DEADLINE TO MAIL CITY BALLOTS IS THURSDAY - The City Clerk's office recommends that voters who wish to mail in their ballots for this year's City election do so by this Thursday, October 31, to ensure that their votes will be counted. Ballots may also be dropped off at any time between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the City Clerk's Elections Center at 800 E. 12th St., today through Friday as well as the following Monday, November 4th. On Election Day, Tuesday, November 5th, ballots may be cast in person from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. at any of the City's seven polling locations. Replacement ballots will be available on election day at all seven locations. Voters with questions may call the City Clerk at (520) 884-8683, or 884-VOTE.
TPD TO BEGIN CITING LEFT TURNERS AT GRANT/ORACLE THIS WEEKEND - It is now illegal to make a left turn directly from Grant Rd. to Oracle Rd. in either direction. Under the intersection's new "indirect left" design, motorists on Grant must first pass through the intersection and double back to make a right turn. TPD, which has been issuing warnings to drivers who turn left illegally since the intersection became operational last week, will begin issuing citations this Saturday. From KOLD/KMSB.
FORTY NINER COUNTRY CLUB DRILLS TEST WELL, WORRIES NEIGHBORS, CONSERVATIONISTS - Forty Niner Country Club golf course owner Ron McKenzie has initiated a well test at the site. If the test succeeds, the well could ultimately be used to pump groundwater for the golf course, according to the state permit application. A Tucson Water attorney and a longtime neighbor of the course are worried that new pumping would draw down the region's shallow upper aquifer and damage nearby riparian habitat. Protection of the wash's vegetation is the key reason Tucson ratepayers spent $8 million to connect its reclaimed system to the course, according to Chris Avery, Tucson Water's chief counsel. Tucson Water also bought many of the assets of the golf courses water system back in 2003. "We have a contract with them to be exclusive provider of reclaimed water to the golf course. If they continue to pursue this avenue we will be exploring our legal remedies to enforce this contract," Avery said. From the Star.
COURT OF APPEALS TO DECIDE RTA ELECTION CASE - Seven years after a Pima County's RTA election, the state Court of Appeals will decide whether those who contend the election results were inaccurate will get to change future election procedures. Tucson attorney Bill Risner wants the court to order protections to ensure votes are being properly counted. Risner, representing the Pima County Committee of the Arizona Libertarian Party, said the system used to scan and tally ballots is subject to tinkering and abuse. But attorney Ronna Fickbohm, representing Pima County, said there's nothing to the lawsuit. She called Risner's claims "a sensationalistic and emotional attack on Pima County" which relies on "facts" without support. From the Star.
"FIREFIGHTERS WITHOUT BORDERS" RETURN HOME FROM ISRAEL MISSION - A delegation of local firefighters received a hero's welcome home at Tucson International Airport upon their return from Israel. As their flight taxied to the gate, they were greeted by a water canon salute courtesy of the Tucson Airport Authority Fire Department. The group was comprised of seven firefighters from a number of different agencies, including Northwest Fire District, Rincon Valley, and the Tucson Airport Authority. They visited several cities and regions, like the Gaza strip, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv in the nearly two weeks they spent in Israel. The purpose of the trip was to learn from each other in a region of the world that's no stranger to deadly violence. "For years, we thought that terrorist-type events would never happen in the quiet Old Pueblo, but the events of Jan. 8 changed that perspective," said Golder Ranch Fire District Chief Randy Karrer. "Tucson has many high-profile events that could be targeted, much like the Boston Marathon incident, and we must ensure our first responders preplan the event and are astute to the latest most effective procedures." From KOLD/KMSB.