Controlling mosquitoes, curbing crime and the return of Tucson M(eat) Yourself

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Newsletter 2

Oct. 8, 2021 - Volume 6, No. 19

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Tucson Meet Yourself returns to downtown Tucson

Tucson Meet Yourself is being held this weekend, Oct. 8-10, in downtown's Jácome Plaza. The festival, which is in its 48th year, features a diverse array of local artists and food vendors. This year's event will be slightly scaled back in light of COVID-19 protocols. Attendees will notice social-distancing guides and are encouraged to wear masks.

To learn more, visit


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Got questions? Ask Pima County's Green Geek

Wondering about how the additional grass and weeds might contribute to our fire danger? And speaking of those weeds, what's the most environmentally friendly way to get rid of them?

Ask the Green Geek.

Pima County FYI has a monthly column featuring questions and answers on all things green. Our own Green Geek gets assistance on answering your questions from the experts in Pima County's Office of Sustainability and Conservation. Send your questions to and look for the column the second Friday of each month.



Dragons, damsels among desert’s dazzling denizens

Do you know the difference between a dragonfly and a damselfly? The quickest way to tell which of the two insects you’re looking at is to observe them at rest; while a dragonfly keeps its wings extended, a damselfly will fold its wings back. Even at a distance, the difference is clear.

That’s one of many fascinating facts we learned at Dragonfly Day on the Santa Cruz River Oct. 2. The event included a livestream dragonfly hunt, guided in-person tours and an open house at the Mission Garden, where visitors could view dragonfly adults and larvae up close.

This special event was a collaboration among Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation’s Environmental Education program; the Pima County Regional Flood Control District; Town of Marana Parks and Recreation; the University of Arizona School of Natural Resources and the Environment; Mission Garden; and the Sonoran Institute.


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Controlling mosquitoes and monitoring disease

Pima County’s Vector Control Division monitors the mosquito population in the county from March to October.

Trapping and testing mosquitoes allows Pima County to identify diseases such as West Nile virus, which is carried by mosquitoes, and alert the public when cases are identified in the community.

For more information on how to protect your family and yourself from mosquitoes, visit


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Santa Cruz River 'in good shape' following record monsoon

This year's monsoon was one of the wettest on record, with 13 inches of rain and, at times, bank-to-bank flows of all the major rivers and washes.

After numerous flood events coursed through area waterways, Pima County Regional Flood Control and County staff decided to inspect some areas that saw the heaviest flows. They assessed the conditions of the Cañada del Oro Wash and the Rillito and Santa Cruz rivers; any damage that may have occurred to flood systems; and revisited possible long-term management strategies.


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Whole latte cute pets out at PACC

For the price of a fancy cup of coffee, you can take home your new best friend.

Pima Animal Care Center’s sale on pumpkin spice pups and coffee-colored cats continues through October. You’ll find that all dogs and cats 4 months and older have a $5 adoption fee. A $20 licensing fee may apply.

Find pups like Alice (white) and Harry who will be as snuggle-worthy as these two.


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Public meeting will offer details on I-10 widening project

Get ready for traffic delays on Interstate 10 between Ina and Ruthrauff roads, interchange closures and even closures on The Chuck Huckelberry Loop due to a road widening project.

To find out more about the design and construction plans, check out the Arizona Department of Transportation’s virtual public meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21. Construction is scheduled to begin after June 2022.


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October is National Crime Prevention Month

Communities are safer when law enforcement works with residents as equal partners to prevent crime.

That’s why the mission of the Pima County Attorney’s 88-Crime Program is to collect crime information effectively from anonymous callers and online visitors and channel the information to the appropriate law enforcement agency. The program provides the community an opportunity to assist in the prevention of crime safely and confidentially.


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Award-winning author headlines Library’s annual LGBTQ+ talk

The LGBTQ+ Services Committee in partnership with the Library's Nuestras Raíces Team presents "A Conversation with Lydia R. Otero." The free, virtual event will be held on Saturday, Oct.16, from 10 to 11 a.m.

This conversation will be held on GoToWebinar. Register to attend and an email will be sent the day before the event with information on how to join.