Chris Tschinkel is stuffing mosquitoes into small plastic test tubes.
He’s the field operations manager for the North Fork Mosquito Abatement District. It’s a very small organization that tries to keep the local mosquito population under control. Their territory runs from Hotchkiss to Paonia and further up the valley.
"We are not planning to spray the North Fork for mosquitos."
Ken Nordstrom, Director of Environmental Health for Delta County, set those words as his voicemail message in response to a flurry of calls from North Fork area residents, who initially thought the health department was proposing to carry out aerial insecticide spraying throughout the county.