Your July 23 PCFYI is here: Floods, drought and good reasons to adopt a pet

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Newsletter 2

July 23, 2021 - Vol. 6, No. 14  


County urges caution as powerful storms move through area

Pima County is advising the public to use caution over the next few days when traveling through southern Arizona because of a powerful storm system moving through the region.
Forecasts from the National Weather Service show an increased chance of thunderstorms and heavy rainfall with the possibility of flash flooding through Saturday night.

Find flood safety information from the Pima County Regional Flood Control District at

The site includes information on how to sign up for flood and other emergency alerts from the Pima County Office of Emergency Management.

For the latest on road conditions and closures, call the Road Conditions Hotline at (520) 547-7510 or visit the Department of Transportation’s Road Closure Updates webpage


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Health Department director addresses long-haul COVID symptoms

While COVID-19 may not be deadly for everyone, studies estimate about 25 percent of those infected by the virus will develop long-haul symptoms that affect day-to-day health and finances. It's important to note that long-haul symptoms also occur in younger people who would otherwise be considered healthy, making this another reason to get vaccinated if you haven't been already.


STEM students

Pima County program paves path to STEM careers

Valeria Castro, a 17-year-old at Amphitheather High School, wants to become a pediatrician specializing in cardiology. Juan Fierros, 17, of Pueblo High, wants to become a neurosurgeon or a psychiatrist. And 18-year-old Santi Groat, a recent graduate from Ironwood Ridge, hopes to one day become a medical examiner.

Where do these young adults find the confidence and ambition to pursue such careers? Well, they and their parents probably deserve most of the credit. However, Pima County has played a role in their plans by helping to send them to the Steps 2 STEM program at the University of Arizona.



Despite monsoon rains, Arizona still grappling with consequences of drought

Arizona has faced down more than one natural disaster this summer, from a welter of wildfires to a record-smashing heat wave. The most serious peril can be summed up in one word — drought, says a Pima County water policy manager.

When a region suffers from drought, it means precipitation — whether rainfall or snowfall — has been lower than usual, resulting in less water available for our use. What makes drought dangerous is its duration. The longer a drought lasts, the more serious the consequences are likely to be. Arizona has been in the grip of a severe drought for the past 26 years, with no end in sight.



Upcoming special events offer chances to run, walk, bike on The Loop

More and more of us are getting back to in-person events. For Pima County’s Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department, that means walking tours, running races and bike events on The Chuck Huckelberry Loop.

The Loop will remain open to the public during these events so, as always, be aware of all others who are out enjoying the path.


PACC play group

Need a reason to adopt from PACC? We’ve got several

It’s a great time to adopt a pet from Pima Animal Care Center. The shelter is in its busiest time of year, taking in 75 to 100 pets every day. The shelter typically opens with a handful of available kennels every day, and each day PACC gets out around 10 to 20 fewer pets than come into the shelter.

Therefore, we’d like to offer a few reasons why you should stop by PACC, even if it’s “just to look!”


library stacks

Find out what happens behind the stacks at your local library

Imagine you're a mystery lover, but go to your local library and find those whodunnits are mixed in with romance novels, how-to books and a myriad of other titles.

Cataloging — the process of pulling relevant information like publisher, author, illustrator, even the measurements — from an item and deciding where it fits into our collection takes a lot of time. Jennifer Felix walked readers through the process in a recent Arizona Daily Star story.