newsnet - March 11, 10:36 am
TUCSON POLICE RECEIVE GIFT OF DEFIBRILLATORS - Some Tucson Police cars will be equipped with automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) to help save the lives of people in cardiac arrest. The 50 AEDs, worth about $100,000, were given to the department by the Steven M. Gootter Foundation. Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor says police officers often are on the scene of an emergency before firefighters and paramedics, and any equipment that will help police save lives before they arrive is appreciated. The Tucson-based Steven M. Gootter Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to save lives by defeating sudden cardiac death through increased awareness, education and scientific research. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star. Steven M. Gootter Foundation: SACRAMENTO NEWSPAPER HIGHLIGHTS TUCSON'S ALLURE - Following Canadian Traveller magazine calling Tucson a city of "boundless possibilities," the Sacramento Bee newspaper also encourages its readers to visit Tucson and the many attractions and scenery it has to offer. The newspaper highlights Saguaro National Park, El Tiradito, 4th Avenue shopping, Hotel Congress, downtown entertainment, Old West history, and more. TUCSON PARTNERS WITH PIMA COUNTY TO HELP WITH HOUSING ASSISTANCE - The City and County are collaborating on an interactive website to help residents in need of housing assistance. The Housing Help and Resources website uses interactive questioning to help people find housing programs for which they may be eligible. The site, available in multiple languages, offers information about 62 housing programs offered by 22 providers. It also includes information about rentals and landlord/tenant rights. TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS THIS WEEKEND - The annual event will be held Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the campus of the University of Arizona. The Tucson Festival of Books features more than 450 authors and presenters, 250 exhibitors, and opportunities to meet famous authors, poets, writers and journalists. There will be book signings, panel discussions, live entertainment, food vendors, children's activities, Science City, and dozens of free activities for all ages. Parking and admission are free.
TEEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT ZOO - The Reid Park Zoo is recruiting teenagers to help teach Zoo visitors about wildlife and conservation, and assist with special events at the Zoo. Teen volunteers, who must attend an intensive training course in June, do not work with zookeepers or behind the scenes. Applications are available now. The deadline to apply is April 1st. Learn more about the volunteer program.
newsnet - March 10, 11:09 am
CITY TRYING TO LAND 6,500 NEW JOBS - The City of Tucson and TREO, the regional economic development agency, are trying to recruit Tesla Motors Inc. to locate a $5 billion factory to make lithium-ion batteries for the company's electric cars. Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild says land within the city has been identified and that land has access to the Union Pacific mainline and the interstates. He also says the city has tax incentives to add to whatever incentives are offered by the Arizona Commerce Authority to lure Tesla to the state. Three other states reportedly are competing for the plant as well. Tesla says it plans to directly invest $2 billion in the new plant, with the rest of the $5 billion coming from its partners. A company timeline shows Tesla wants to pick the site this year, build the facility in 2015, and begin production by 2017. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star. TUCSON CONVENTION CENTER ARENA IMPROVEMENTS START TODAY - The project will enhance the fan experience by improving the comfort, functionality, and appearance of the arena. Some of the renovations include upgrading the restrooms, revamping concession stands, developing a new entryway, improving the lighting and sound systems, and adding new seats with cup holders. The $7.8 million remodel is funded through the Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District and was approved by the Rio Nuevo Board on June 25, 2013. The renovations are scheduled to be complete in December 2014. Read the news release. TRAFFIC ALERT: ST. MARY'S ROAD RESTRICTIONS - St. Mary’s Road is reduced to one travel lane in each direction, from the westbound I-10 frontage road to Church Avenue. The restriction will be in place while the contractor completes street lighting and landscape installation. This work is scheduled to be finished by the end of this month. The final layer of pavement also is scheduled to be placed at the end of this month. The roadway will be striped in late April, after the asphalt pavement has had time to cure. The $7.3 million Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)-funded roadway improvement project began in November 2012. Read the news release. FESTIVAL DEL LIBRO DE TUCSON - Tucson celebra los libros y la alfabetización en la feria anual del libro en Tucson. Este evento de dos días se llevara a cabo el 15 y 16 de marzo de 9:30 a.m. a 5:30 p.m., en el patio de la Universidad de Arizona. Contará con más de 300 presentaciones, 200 expositores, y un sinfín de oportunidades para conocer a famosos autores, poetas, guionistas y periodistas. Habrá firma de libros, mesas redondas, puesta en escena, entretenimiento en vivo, vendedores de comida, actividades para los niños y la programación Science City, y decenas de actividades gratuitas para todas las edades en los patios de la Universidad de Arizona. Tucson Festival of Books
PIMA COUNTY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SUMMER JOBS - The Pima County One-Stop Career Center's Summer Youth Program is accepting job applications from youth between the ages of 14 and 21. The deadline to apply and call (520-798-0546) to set up an assessment test is this Friday. Last summer, more than 1,450 young people in Pima County earned minimum wage and gained valuable experience while working for the City of Tucson, Pima County, the University of Arizona and dozens of participating local businesses. Work hours range from 20 to 40 hours per week. Placements range from four to seven weeks, depending on the specific work or education program.
transportation - March 10, 7:32 am
On Monday, March 10, 2014, St. Mary’s Road will be reduced to one travel lane in each direction from the westbound I-10 frontage road to Church Avenue. This restriction will be in place while the contractor completes street lighting and landscape installation. This work is scheduled to be complete at the end of this month.
ward4 - March 7, 3:48 pm
TUCSON CONVENTION CENTER ARENA IMPROVEMENTS TO BEGIN MONDAY
ward3 - March 7, 3:27 pm
Karin's Note: Friday, March 7, 2014 -Ward 3 Events -Upcoming Area Neighborhood and Coalition Meeting(s) -Citywide Events -Did You Know? **********************************************
newsnet - March 7, 10:43 am
TRAFFIC ALERT: DOWNTOWN RESTRICTIONS TOMORROW - If you plan to head downtown for the Old Pueblo Grand Prix bicycle races and 2nd Saturdays Downtown tomorrow, prepare for traffic detours and restrictions. Beginning at approximately 1 p.m., Stone Avenue will be closed between Franklin Street/Toole Avenue and Congress Street. Also, Pennington Street between Church Avenue and Stone Avenue will be closed, as will Church Avenue between Franklin Street and Pennington Street. Alameda Street will be closed between Main Avenue and Scott Avenue. Additionally, Council Street between Stone Avenue and Meyer Avenue, and Washington Street between Church Avenue and Meyer Avenue will be closed. All roads should reopen by approximately 10 p.m. Read the news release. TUCSON POLICE TRAINING FOR NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT - Tucson Police officers have been undergoing training at the Public Safety Academy, in preparation for the success of the University of Arizona Wildcats in the upcoming NCAA tournament. TPD says it has crowd management plans for both evenings of the Final Four, before and after the games, if the Cats continue their winning ways. Assistant Chief Brett Klein says TPD expects to have more than 300 officers on the streets the evening of the championship game and they will be assisted by Pima County Sheriff's deputies and officers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety and the University of Arizona Police Department. Read more from Tucson News Now. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS SOLICITED FOR CITY OF TUCSON GRANTS - The City is accepting proposals for Economic and Workforce Development Grants, and Special Events Grants for Fiscal Year 2015. The development proposals should include items for small business and development, job training and education programs for adults, at-risk youth, and at-risk adults. Special events grants will be awarded to those who help develop the local economy via emerging and established special events that build the community, economy and tourism. Proposals are due no later than Friday, March 21, 2014 at 4 p.m. MAGAZINE: "TUCSON IS A CITY OF BOUNDLESS POSSIBILITIES" - Canadian Traveller magazine features Tucson in its latest issue, calling the city "a place where the freedom to be/think/experiment/try intersects with a world of boundless possibilities." The magazine points out our virtually year-round sunshine, spectacular desert and mountain views, and Tucson's rich history of Native Americans, ranchers and frontiersmen of the Old West. It also talks about our famous restaurants and multitude of entertainment venues. Read the article. TUCSON RECORDS WARMEST WINTER ON RECORD - The National Weather Service reports Tucson just finished its warmest December-February on record, beating the previous record-holding period of 1980-81. In the past three months, Tucson’s average temperature was 56.9 degrees. That’s 0.3 degrees warmer than the previous record. Records were first kept for the Tucson area in 1895. The Weather Service also says this is the 15th-driest winter on record, with 0.84 inches of rain falling at Tucson International Airport, which is almost two inches below normal. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
transportation - March 7, 9:38 am
On Saturday, March 8, 2014, Downtown Tucson will host the Fourth Annual Old Pueblo Grand Prix. The first of four races begins at 3:15 p.m. and utilizes Church Avenue, Pennington Street, Stone Avenue, Council Street, Meyer Avenue, and Washington Street. There will be a “Fan Fair” located at Jacome Plaza in front of the Main Library. More information on the Old Pueblo Grand Prix may be found at www.oldpueblograndprix.com/ Below is the vehicular travel restrictions associated with this event.
newsnet - March 6, 11:51 am
ARIZONA'S TEEN JOBLESS RATE AMONG HIGHEST IN NATION - The current unemployment rate for teenage workers in Arizona is 29.4 percent, according to the Employment Policies Institute and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That is up from 28.9 percent at the end of 2012 and 25.3 percent in 2011. Arizona ranks 7th on the list of 10 the states with the highest teen unemployment rates. Mississippi has the highest jobless rate, at 32.3 percent. One of the reasons cited for the high rates includes teens having more competition in the job market for service, retail and entry-level jobs. Read more from the Phoenix Business Journal.
TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS PREPARATION UNDERWAY - It doesn't happen until next weekend, but tents already are going up on the University of Arizona campus for the Tucson Festival of Books. Chris Kopach, assistant vice president of Facilities Management at the UA, says there is a systematic way to set up the Mall for the festival and it takes a long time. Setup, which began Saturday in the rain, starts from the east side of the Mall near Campbell Avenue and works its way down the length of the Mall. More than 300 exhibitors and 450 authors are expected to attend, along with a predicted 125,000 visitors. Read more from the Arizona Daily Wildcat.
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2nd SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN THIS WEEKEND - The monthly, free, family-friendly event this Saturday begins at 4 p.m. with shows lasting into the late evening. The main stage at Scott Avenue and Congress Street features musical groups, and there are plenty of activities for children. Food from vendors and downtown eateries will be available. Street parking is free on Saturdays, or you can pay $3 to park in the Pennington Street Garage. View 2nd Saturdays Downtown schedule. TWO BIG BICYCLE EVENTS TAKE PLACE THIS WEEKEND - Enjoy a weekend of outdoor fun in Tucson and have the opportunity to watch a professional cycling event with some of the best athletes in the world in various races. The Old Pueblo Grand Prix races start this Saturday at 3 p.m. in front of the Old Pima County Courthouse, 115 N. Church Ave. On Sunday, The Old Pueblo "Gran FUNdo" (Fun Ride) is a 40-mile community bike ride with the pros along Pima County's Loop. That ride starts at 8 a.m. at Mercado San Agustin, 100 S. Avenida Del Convento.
newsnet - March 5, 3:35 pm
CITY APPROVES NEW HOLIDAY HONORING CÉSAR E. CHÁVEZ - The Mayor and Tucson City Council voted unanimously last night to establish a City holiday honoring the legacy of civil and labor rights leader César E. Chávez. The paid holiday for City workers also recommends residents observe the holiday as a day of service to their community. Council Member Regina Romero brought the issue to the Council. The first Chávez holiday will be observed on March 30, 2015. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star. REPORT: DEMOGRAPHICS OF ARIZONA'S ELECTORATE SHIFTING - A new report by the opinion research group Latino Decisions says Latinos will make up 44 percent of the Arizona population by 2050. Some experts say that could shift the outcome of future elections. Arizona’s Latino population is younger than other groups and growing faster, yet the report says the percentage of U.S. citizens who identify as Latinos going to the polls on Election Day does not reflect the population growth. The report also says that during the last general election only 52 percent of Latinos eligible to register to vote in Arizona did so, and only 40 percent of the Latino voting-eligible population actually voted. Read more from Arizona Public Media. ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (ADOT) SEEKS COMMENTS ON TUCSON-TO-PHOENIX RAIL LINE - The Arizona Department of Transportation is seeking public comments about the feasibility of three potential alternatives for a passenger rail line between the Tucson and Phoenix areas. All three routes run along Interstate 10, south of Eloy, but there are different options for connecting with the Phoenix metro area. Project team members will answer questions this month in the Phoenix area, and they'll be at the Pima County Fair, April 18 -19, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. The public comment period runs through May 31. There currently is no construction schedule and no funding identified for the rail project. Read more from KJZZ. HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (HHW) COLLECTION SATURDAY - Do you have unused chemicals, oils or pesticides sitting in your shed or garage? The City of Tucson and Pima County are hosting the Household Hazardous Waste Program 2nd Saturday Collection this weekend at Himmel Park, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. from 8 a.m. until noon. Accepted materials include automotive fluids, auto and rechargeable batteries from electronics equipment, toxic cleaning products, fluorescent lamps, paints, solvents, lawn and garden products, and computer equipment ($2 for monitors without computer). Drop off of HHW is free for residents. Download the 'my-waste'™ App TUCSON CITY NEWS IN REVIEW - A new law enforcement graduating class is set to patrol the streets; Ft. Lowell Park archaeologists are digging up the past; and it's never too late to get in shape and feel younger. Catch up on the news you may have missed on the latest edition of Tucson City News in Review, produced by Tucson 12.
newsnet - March 4, 12:55 pm
TUCSON POLICE MOURN PHOENIX DETECTIVE KILLED IN LINE OF DUTY - Tucson Police officers today are wearing mourning bands on their badges following the death yesterday of 43-year-old Phoenix Police Detective John Hobbs. Police say Detective Hobbs and another detective from the Fugitive-Apprehension Unit were shot by the suspect, William R. Thornton, who died in the gun battle. Hobbs died about two hours after the shooting. The other detective, who has not been identified, is in stable condition. Read more from azcentral.com.
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA NAMES NEW POLICE CHIEF - Longtime University of Arizona Police Department (UAPD) Commander Brian Seastone is the department's new Chief. His appointment was announced yesterday in a news release from the office of UA President Ann Weaver Hart. Seastone, who began working for UAPD in 1980, previously served as the UAs Emergency Preparedness manager and on the UAs Campus Emergency Response team. He also provides training on the National Incident Management System and Incident Command System for the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the State of Arizona Division of Emergency Management. Seastone replaces Anthony Daykin, who retired last August. Read more from the Arizona Daily Wildcat.
VOTER-APPROVED ROAD REPAIR WORK CONTINUES - Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), is continuing its road repair program associated with the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond program. Tonight, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., crews will be working on Wilmot Road, from Broadway Boulevard to Park Place Drive. Tomorrow and Thursday, work shifts to 29th Street, between Wilmot Road and Craycroft Road. Travel lane restrictions will be in place during the work period. However, at least one lane of travel will be maintained in both directions.
IS TUCSON'S LEMUR EXPECTING? - Is Nuit, Tucson's Black and White Ruffed Lemur at the Reid Park Zoo, expecting? Dr. Moreno and the zookeepers recently performed an ultrasound to find out. Watch the short video of the procedure and hear the latest results at the link below.
HOW TO MANAGE HARD WATER AND OTHER TIPS FROM TUCSON WATER - Get tips on how to manage hard water, increase dishwasher efficiency, flush your water heater, check faucet aerators and more. Information is available in English and Spanish. You can download, print, or request a mailed copy of the tips. You can also learn how to pay your water bill online and stop and start service. Read more from Tucson Water.