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An RV is going up in flames at the Canoa Road exit.


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Despite soaring costs caused by COVID-19, Amado Youth Center still moving forward

Despite rising costs, labor shortages and shipping delays caused by the pandemic, executive director for prevention at PPEP (Portable Practical Education Program) Amy Bass is “walking in faith” that the Amado Youth Center project will be fully funded.

While fundraising has almost reached the goal of $465,000 to launch the project, it will take an additional $400,000 for completion.

There haven’t been any indoor youth meetings since a flood destroyed the youth center’s previous meeting space in 2018.

The center serves about 125 youths ages 8 to 20 annually, and is used for programs covering topics like addressing developmental consequences of substance abuse as well as teaching positive life skills.

The new youth center will be more conveniently located and much bigger than the previously-leased space which had been built before 1950. 

The building fund should be bolstered by an upcoming online auction, and Amado’s annual chili cook-off on Nov. 13.

Go here if you would like more information on the chili cook-off and to donate to the Amado Youth Center Building Fund.

For more information, see this article.

Did you benefit from a youth center, or youth programs when you were growing up?


Pima County builds toward 'Dementia-Friendly' Community

Did you know that there are over 20,000 residents in Pima County living with dementia?

Last month, the Pima County Board of Supervisors formed an alliance with Pima Council on Aging (PCOA) to become an officially certified "Dementia-Friendly Community".

PCOA will work hand in hand with county leaders and other community related organizations to draft an action plan, determine opportunities and challenges, and establish new support programs for people living with dementia and their caregivers.

The goal of the alliance between the Pima County Board of Supervisors and PCOA is to reduce the stigma associated with dementia while empowering those living with the disease.

For more information, see this article.

Do you know anyone who is living with dementia?

What do you think about this new initiative to make Pima County a dementia-friendly community?



2021 monsoon predictions?

The National Weather Service has spoken, and it's looking like a coin toss as to what we can expect for this year's monsoon. 

The Climate Prediction Center has forecasted equal chances for below normal, near normal, and above normal rainfall across the state, with a slight tilt toward a drier than normal season in parts of eastern Arizona, including Tucson. 

Last year was the warmest and driest monsoon on record across Arizona. I'm curious: how do you think this year will compare? Comment with your thoughts, or your best rain dance moves. 

Find more in my latest article, here. 

Watch the official 2021 Monsoon Outlook video from the National Weather Service, here.