TWO TUCSON NONPROFIT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AGENCIES MERGE - As of today, Southern Arizona Mental Health Corp.(SAMHC) and Compass Behavioral Health Care Inc. are now a single nonprofit called the Pasadera Behavioral Health Network, which will be funded with a combined, estimated $18 million in public funds per year. Pasadera means stepping stone in Spanish. Former SAMHC Chief Executive Officer Chuck Burbank is the new CEO of Pasadera. As a combined agency, Pasadera will offer detoxification services, a residential program, outpatient care, housing for the homeless in recovery, multicultural services, and prevention outreach. The new agency will also serve the communities of Green Valley and Three Points. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

PIMA COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR RECOMMENDS TAX HIKE FOR SHERIFF'S BUDGET - Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry is recommending an $8 million increase in the Pima County Sheriff’s Department’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year, which would require a boost of about 11 cents in the primary property tax rate, according to a memo he released last week. That memo says the Sheriff’s Department was nearly $6 million over budget last fiscal year and is projected to go over budget again by $1 million for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. County and Sheriff’s Department officials say the tax increase is necessary in order to maintain an adequate level of service for county residents. The only alternative would be deep cuts to the patrol division, support operations and criminal investigations, as well as the reduction and elimination of other services, officials said. The County's proposed budget for next fiscal year will be discussed next month. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

TRAFFIC ALERT: IRVINGTON ROAD CHIPSEAL OPERATION - Beginning tomorrow, crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division will begin a chipseal project on Irvington Road, from Pantano Road to Kolb Road. Hours for the street maintenance work will be 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. During the work, one lane of travel in each direction will be maintained. The project is scheduled to be completed tomorrow. Read the news release.

CITY OF TUCSON HOLDS WORKSHOP ON LICENSE AND TRANSACTION PRIVILEGE TAX REPORTING - Learn your rights and responsibilities for Transaction Privilege (Sales) Taxation by attending a Tax and License Workshop sponsored by the City of Tucson Finance Department. Questions will be answered and written materials will be available. Samples of sales tax records, worksheets, and monthly returns will be explained. You should bring a calculator and a pencil. A free workshop geared toward contracting will be held tomorrow from 10:30 a.m. until noon at the Woods Branch Library, 3455 N. First Ave.

WHEN USING A FIRE EXTINGUISHER, REMEMBER 'PASS' - The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) urges you to know how to use a fire extinguisher before you ever need to put out a fire. In the latest edition of KGUN9's "No Bad Days with Barrett," TFD Captain Barrett Baker says you should remember the the acronym PASS - Pull (the pin), Aim (low), Squeeze (lever slowly), Sweep (the nozzle from side to side).