Get them skeeters!

On the very day Glenn County supervisors approved formation of a county-wide mosquito-abatement district (Tuesday, July 31), public health officials confirmed that a second county resident had fallen ill with the West Nile virus.

The week before (on Thursday, July 26), Butte County similarly announced that two people had tested positive for the infection. Over the weekend, Colusa County reported that an elderly woman had become the first North State fatality from West Nile and the third human fatality statewide this year.

Glenn County will now be able to extend its current program, which is limited to the Willows area, to the rest of the county. In earlier mail-in balloting, nearly 61 percent of county residents supported assessing themselves $21 per family to pay for the program.