Well done!

Each issue, eScoop would like to give a shout-out to employees and departments who have earned special recognition. We want to hear about colleagues who have earned kudos on the job as well as those being recognized for their work or volunteerism outside the office.

This issue, we'll read about a lifesaving day on the trail for an NRPR employee, a grateful PACC patron, an award-winning vaping campaign and RWRD's gonzo grease collection.

Kino South a smashing success

Kino videoDozens of community members, partners, users groups and several dignitaries were on hand Jan. 15 to celebrate the completion of the 167-acre Kino South Complex. Thanks to this addition, Kino Sports Complex has become the largest outdoor sporting and entertainment venue in the region.

During the ceremony, many thanks were given to all involved, but perhaps it was President Don McGann representing the architect firm who said it best, "We didn't do this by ourselves and this project didn't happen without an incredible amount of inspired work by both the Kino staff and by Pima County staff." 

Want to see the new facility in person? Stop by this weekend during the 30th Annual Fort Lowell Shootout or better yet, checkout the Kino South Complex opens for business video

He’s a lifesaver

Bob Logan was strolling along The Loop near Brandi Fenton Memorial Park when he started having problems. William Messinas, a part-time laborer with Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation, could tell Logan was having a health crisis. He summoned help from Michael Stwart, a trade maintenance technician with NRPR.
Michael Stwart and Bob Logan
Stwart drove his utility cart over to Logan and didn’t waste time in phoning 911. Stwart stayed with Logan until paramedics arrived and hustled him off to Tucson Medical Center. And a good thing they did. Turns out Logan had 95% blockage in his heart.

Stwart, who has since been promoted to a trade maintenance specialist, was reunited with Logan at the Jan. 10 meeting of the Pima County Parks Commission where he was lauded for his life-saving phone call.

Great gobs of grease!

Another successful grease collection and recycling event is in the books for the Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department. 

County residents turned out in force Jan. 4 and contributed 1,320 gallons or 9,900 pounds of cooking oil and grease. That’s 1,200 pounds more than the department collected last year. The collected grease will be recycled into biodiesel, a cleaner-burning fuel than regular diesel.

In case you didn't make it out to the event or would like to continue recycling your grease, RWRD has a year-round drop off site at the Agua Nueva Water Reclamation Facility, 2947 W. Calle Agua Nueva.

Praise for tackling vaping 

Pima County's  Real Deal on Vaping campaign last month received national recognition, winning a 2019 Berreth Award for Excellence in Public Health Communication from the National Public Health Information Coalition.
Anti-vaping ad 
Developed by the Health Department's Tobacco Prevention and Cessation team and the Communications Office's Graphic Services team in March 2019, the Real Deal earned a Health Marketing bronze medal among government agencies for its eye-catching visuals, blunt messaging and easy-to-understand resources, intended to educate teens, parents and guardians, healthcare professionals, and teachers about the emerging health dangers associated with vaping products.
Health Department Community Relations Manager Aaron Pacheco accepted the plaque on behalf of the County Dec. 11 at the NPHIC annual meeting in Atlanta, Ga.

Library gets grant to help with census

Pima County Public Library is one of 59 libraries nationwide to receive a Census Equity Fund Grant from the American Library Association (ALA). More than 500 applications were submitted.

The generous $2,000 grant will help the Library in making the Census more accessible to members of indigenous populations in Pima County. 

"The 2020 Census will determine how political representation and critical resources are distributed for the next ten years, and libraries are essential partners in making sure the data collected as part of the Census is Census graphiccomplete and accurate," says ALA President Wanda Brown. 

However, to get that full and inclusive count, it is vital that communities nationwide reach vulnerable and hard-to-count populations that have been historically undercounted, including young people, people experiencing homelessness, American Indians and Alaska Natives, and people of color. 

The funds will be used to purchase four iPads and program supplies. Partnering with the Tribal Liaisons and Tribal Complete Count Committees for Activities throughout the Tohono O’odham and Pascua Yaqui Nations, the Library's Census Team and its Many Nations Team, made up of staff who identify as Native American, will travel to the Tohono O'odham and Yaqui Nations, where they will collaborate with community members on Census-related programs and activities. The iPads will be used to provide more opportunities for tribal members to be counted.

Read more about the Census Equity Fund grants and grantees in this American Library Association press release

Thanks for the pup

When Kristen Hassen, director of animal services at Pima Animal Care Center, ran into a nice woman in the parking lot before opening hours, she wondered why the lady looked so distressed. It turns out she had apparently been looking for a dog for two months, but every time she found the dog she wanted, it had already been adopted. 
“She was here on her last try, so I escorted her in to meet our small dog specialist staff member who helped make sure she was able to adopt Buddy that day.” Hassen didn’t think about the encounter again until she was surprised by a beautiful bouquet of flowers. 

“I’m still constantly surprised at the kindness, generosity and caring of the people who live here.” 

Just keep pumping

Pima County exceeded the American Red Cross’ goal (48 units) for the January 9-10 Blood Drive.  Red Cross collected 57 units, potentially saving 171 lives.

Lisa Matthews, who works in special projects for  Facilities Management, coordinates each blood drive. Also contributing to this drive’s success were all the donors as well as Facilities Management’s maintenance team, who ensures the donation room is always ready for donors.
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