Oct. 22 PCFYI: Converting gas, Halloween fun and an Olympian on The Loop

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Newsletter 2

Oct. 22, 2021 - Vol. 6, No. 20


Waste not: County completes project that converts wastewater gas into clean-burning methane

Pima County and Southwest Gas held a dedication ceremony Oct. 21 to mark the opening of the Tres Ríos Renewable Gas Center biogas cleaning facility – a site equipped to produce 99 percent pure, clean-burning, renewable natural gas that will bring many benefits to the environment and taxpayers.



Ghoulish greetings for a Happy Halloween

It's almost Halloween and all the little ghosts and goblins of Pima County are ready to celebrate!

Pima County Health Department Director Dr. Theresa Cullen offers some tips on how you can trick or treat safely and still have a hauntingly good time.


Jazelle memorial

County-crafted memorial at Manzanita Park honors young girl

Jazelle Armenta loved otters, seashells and spaghetti. She also loved being a member of the cheer squad for the Tucson Redskins youth football team. 

All of these loves are visible on the colorful new memorial that was unveiled earlier this week at Pima County's Winston Reynolds-Manzanita Park to honor Jazelle, who died in a car accident on Sept. 18, 2019.


Vax and Fadez event

Shaves, cuts and shots on tap at Curley’s Family Barbershop

Gregoria Brown her husband, Tom, were among the first to show up at Curley’s Family Barbershop on Oct. 19 for “Healthy Shops Vax & Fadez,” a Pima County Health Department COVID-19 vaccine initiative in partnership with local barbers.

Brown said she wanted to get vaccinated so she’d be ready for a planned family reunion to her native Paleau, an island republic in the South Pacific. A haircut would have just been icing on the cake.



Record-breaking runner coaches UA athletes on The Loop

“I like The Loop for our team for the same reasons I like it as a professional runner,” says Bernard Lagat, a five-time Olympian and head coach for the University of Arizona cross country team. “You can get the best workouts because it’s flat, and it’s a beautiful trail. Also, you can run on the dirt part so you’re not pounding on the pavement all the time.”

If anyone knows how to train, it’s Lagat. At age 46, he’s still the American record-holder for the 1,500-meter and one-mile races indoors. Outdoors, he holds the American records for the 1,500-meter, 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter events. He inspires the UA team with his lifetime of running success.


Chita the dog

Go big and go home

Pima Animal Care Center is celebrating Adopt a Shelter Dog Month with a special request for adoptions of big dogs. These pups, like Chita (pictured, A727023), are most in need of homes. They are also the ones who tend to sit in kennels for much longer.

Because they have been here so long, many of them have $0 adoption fees, so all you’d have to pay is the $20 licensing fee to take them home. Stop by PACC today!


blood donation

Got blood? Our Red Cross drive is Oct. 27-28

The American Red Cross is always in need of blood donors. Roll up your sleeve for a good cause Oct. 27-28, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the basement conference room at Pima County’s Public Works Building, 201 N. Stone Ave.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call the American Red Cross at 800-733-2767 or call ReCharde Johnson at 520-486-7499.


Lydia Otero

If you missed the Library’s talk with Lydia Otero, watch it now

The LGBTQ+ Services Committee of the Pima County Public Library, in partnership with the Library's Nuestras Raíces Team, presented "A Conversation with Lydia R. Otero" on Oct. 16. Did you miss it?

If so, the recording of the event will be up on the Library's YouTube channel for 30 days. Catch it now.