SUN LINK TUCSON STREETCAR WINS PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD - The Southern Arizona Branch of the American Public Works Association (APWA) announced yesterday that the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar Project has been named the Public Works Project of the Year. They note the "key successes of the Streetcar project include a high level of cooperation among all partners, the creation of more than 500 construction-related jobs, economic impact of more than $800 million invested along the route, installation of $19 million in needed infrastructure improvements, extensive outreach to the public, as well as businesses along the route, emphasis on Made in America jobs and materials for the project, and collaboration among various populations and neighborhoods along the streetcar route." Sun Link Streetcar service to the public is scheduled to begin in late July.
EL TOUR DE TUCSON GETS NEW SPONSOR, BUT DELAYS ANNOUNCEMENT - El Tour de Tucson will soon have a new title sponsor and charitable beneficiary. The details, which were scheduled to be announced yesterday, will be revealed in the next week or two. El Tour officials say they canceled yesterday's news conference because the new sponsor is planning a national announcement in the coming days. The extra time also will allow El Tour to improve its online registration system, allowing potential riders to sign up months in advance. Without revealing the name, race officials say the new sponsor is an international organization with the ability to bring as many as 1,000 extra riders to Tucson every fall. The new sponsor will replace University of Arizona Medical Center, which held naming rights from 2007 to 2012. City and County officials helped defray the cost of last year’s event, which lacked a title sponsor. El Tour is Southern Arizona’s largest participatory sporting event. More than 8,400 riders took part in last year’s race. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
CAMPFIRE RESTRICTIONS IN PLACE ON FEDERAL LAND IN ARIZONA DURING HOT, DRY PERIOD - As of today, fire restrictions are in effect on public land in Southern Arizona and the rest of the state. This includes all districts of the Coronado National Forest (including Mt. Lemmon), Saguaro National Park (east and west regions), Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, Chiricahua National Monument, Ft. Bowie National Historic Site, Tumacacori National Historical Park, and Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Under the rules, campfires are allowed only in developed recreation sites, and smoking is prohibited, except in vehicles and enclosed buildings. Fireworks are illegal year-round on federal land. Read more from Tucson News Now.
FOREST SERVICE SEEKING INPUT ON SABINO CANYON UPGRADES - The U.S. Forest Service is asking the public to weigh in on what changes it would like to see implemented at Sabino Canyon in northeast Tucson. The area's recreational plan is two decades old and many of the facilities and services are outdated. Proposed changes include adding a new trailhead and parking lot north of the Canyon, closing redundant and unnecessary trails, and expanding bicycle access. The Forest Service also is considering changing to an eco-friendly fleet of trams that carry visitors into the canyon. The first public comment session will be held tonight at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Read more from Arizona Public Media.
REPORT ABANDONED SHOPPING CARTS TO THE CITY OF TUCSON - If you see a shopping cart off store property, abandoned along the street, or sitting in a wash, please call the City of Tucson's Environmental Services (ES) Department to have it removed. You can call Customer Service at (520) 791-3171 or use the 'My-Waste'™ app and choose the Report a Problem option. Tucson 12 shows you how it works.