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Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011 3:50 am

Explorer announcements



Staff changes

Explorer Managing Editor Wendy Miller has resigned. Miller’s last day was Nov. 18. The Explorer has named Thelma Grimes the interim managing editor. Grimes can be reached at, or by phone at 797-4384.

Also, The Explorer Newspaper is happy to welcome two new interns. Just out of college, Lori Mervin, with a background in English, and Chris Flora, with a background in journalism, will be great additions to The Explorer staff.

Call for questions

The Explorer will be starting the “Doctor is In” as part of the new “Ask the Experts” feature that will be running regularly, starting on Nov. 30. Anyone who has questions for a qualified physician from Northwest Medical Center can submit them to Please put medical questions in the subject line. Questions can range from general health and diet, to children’s and adult medical care. If you have a medical question, do not be afraid to ask.

Tales from Black Friday?

Are you planning to head out during the busiest shopping day of the year? Did you take advantage of stores opening on Thanksgiving Day? Tell us your shopping stories. Was it eventful? Did you have a strategy? Did the strategy work the way you planned? Did something unexpected happen? Let The Explorer know, just email Thelma Grimes at


Grease Collections

The Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department will join local public and private sector organizations to host a grease collection and recycling event on the day after Thanksgiving.

The event keeps oils and grease out of local sewers and it also helps area companies recycle cooking grease into biodiesel fuel.

Cooking grease and oil that is flushed down drains can damage the private pipes beneath your home and also those in the public sewer system.

Over time, grease buildup clogs pipes, reduces sewage flow and acts as a magnet for other debris. Eventually, this build up can clog pipes and result in sanitary sewer overflows. That’s what happens when raw sewage backs up into the street, the environment, or inside buildings.

After you cook, please allow the grease to cool and then pour it into a tin can.

Bring the cans of cooled grease and oil to the Day-After-Thanksgiving Grease Collection and Recycling event and help your household waste become biodiesel. All used cooking grease will be accepted.

Residents can take grease between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Nov. 25.

Northwest residents can drop off the grease at the Pima County Industrial Wastewater Control building located at 5025 W. Ina Road, one-quarter mile west of Interstate 10.


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