NEW SURCHARGE WOULD BOOST COST OF TRAFFIC CITATIONS AND CIVIL COURT FILINGS - Pima County wants to add a new fee for certain traffic violations and complaints. The additional $20 fee would apply to civil traffic cases, as well as for filing civil and eviction complaints. That’s on top of the $176 or more it already costs speeders in fines and court surcharges, depending on how fast they were driving. The extra fee would be levied in addition to a new state surcharge of $17 for traffic tickets, bringing the total hike for traffic violations to an additional $37, according to a memo from County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. The additional revenue, projected to be up to $1 million, would help pay for operational costs at the new Pima County Public Service Center, Huckelberry said. If approved by the Board of Supervisors, the new fees would become effective July 1. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
CONVOCATIONS THIS WEEK AT TUCSON CONVENTION CENTER - The Tucson Convention Center (TCC) will host several University of Arizona convocations this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. In addition, the TCC also will host the Salpointe Catholic High School graduation ceremony on Saturday. Attendance for each of the convocations and the Salpointe graduation ceremony is estimated to be between 2,500 and 5,500 people. Motorists traveling in and around the downtown area prior to, and following, the ceremonies can expect significant travel delays. Read the convocation schedule and the parking and road maps.
MISSING WOMAN FOUND SAFE THIS MORNING - Tucson Police say 19-year-old Clarissa Romero was found safe and unharmed at 5 a.m. at a local McDonald's. Police officers began looking for Romero on Saturday, at approximately 10 p.m., after she went missing from her home. Someone at the McDonald's recognized Romero and called 9-1-1. Read more from KGUN9.
WARM WEATHER PROMPTS WILDLIFE WARNING - With hot, dry temperatures getting ready to settle in for the next few months, you may have some unexpected encounters with wildlife. Arizona Game and Fish officials say the weather conditions could bring bobcats, coyotes, snakes, and other wildlife to urban areas. They say if the animals cannot find food or water in the forests, deserts, and mountains they will look in other places, such as residential neighborhoods. Some safety tips include not feeding the animals, removing pet food from outside your home, lighting areas at night, and creating loud noises if you see any animals. Read more from Tucson News Now.
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.