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County: Mosquito Spraying Expenses Top a Half Million Dollars

By Bob Conrad
Loading helicopter hopper with larvicide. Image courtesy of Washoe County Heath District.
Loading helicopter hopper with larvicide. Image courtesy of Washoe County Heath District.

Loading helicopter hopper with larvicide. Image courtesy of Washoe County Heath District.

The Washoe Board of County Commissioners today approved more than $500,000 to cover mosquito spraying expenses.

Winter floods led to standing water on more than 3,000 acres, and Washoe County is footing the bill to spray for mosquitos in flood-impacted areas.

“It is critical that these areas receive continued treatments in the interest of public health and safety,” county staff indicated in a report to the commissioners.

Mosquitos carry West Nile Virus, which can cause death in horses, humans, and other animals. The virus was detected in early July in the the South Meadows area.

“The weather has been particularly hot and humid offering prime breeding factors for mosquitos,” said the county health district’s Phil Ulibarri.

The county conducts aerial abatement and ground-based insecticide fogging to prevent the spread of mosquitos.

Larvicide are scheduled in August and September for Lemmon Valley, Kiley Ranch, Red Hawk, Rosewood Lake, South Meadows, Damonte Ranch, and Washoe Valley.

The county uses a larvicide that only targets mosquito larvae. Officials caution that mosquitos can still be present and recommend taking precautions, such as using DEET, and removing standing water near residences.

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Code Changes Approved for Recreational Marijuana Business Licenses

Washoe County Commissioner Kitty Jung.

Courtesy of Washoe County

Commissioners also approved an ordinance change that will allow for temporary business licenses for recreational marijuana in unincorporated Washoe County. Sales will begin by August 4, 2017. Businesses with medical marijuana licenses that are in good standing are eligible to apply for recreational marijuana business licenses.

The county has been working to create code changes for approval to meet these requirements. After today’s approval, the new code changes will be adopted, allowing three existing businesses and one cultivation facility to sell recreational marijuana beginning August 4, 2017 upon successful application processing.

“This process to approve temporary recreational licenses has been a diligent effort to comply with the state’s direction on recreational marijuana,” said Commissioner Kitty Jung. “We realize these licenses are the first step and we look forward to continually working with our partners on this initiative.”

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