URBAN LAND INSTITUTE ADVISORY WORKING WITH PRIVATE, PUBLIC PARTNERS IN DOWNTOWN TUCSON - An Advisory Services Panel from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) is in Tucson through Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. The ULI is an independent global nonprofit that provides leadership in real estate development and responsible land use. The Advisory Service Panel will focus on providing a technical assessment for underutilized properties in downtown Tucson. The Panel will provide a private sector perspective on the market viability and implementation strategies for various uses and concepts, and the best approaches to leveraging private investment with limited public resources.
Bios for the Tucson Panel members and more information about the focus of the project can be found at http://cms3.tucsonaz.gov/uli.
BIGHORN SHEEP CAPTURED FROM YUMA TO LIVE IN TUCSON MOUNTAINS - Wildlife officers in helicopters captured bighorn sheep in the rugged mountains northeast of Yuma Saturday, the first step in a plan to transplant bighorns from healthy herds near Yuma to the Catalina Mountains, north of Tucson, where a native bighorn herd died out in the 1990s. By midday, the officers had captured nearly a dozen animals and taken them to a staging area on the Imperial National Wildlife Refuge for veterinarian exams and installation of Global Positioning System collars. Capture teams seek to catch more females than males. "We try for two to three ewes for each ram," said Anne Justice-Allen, veterinarian with the Arizona Game and Fish Department. "The ewes are the ones that make the population grow."
From the Star.
NEWSPAPER FINDS FEW CASES OF VOTER FRAUD AMONG UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS - Arizona has spent large amounts of time and money waging war against voter fraud, citing the possibility of undocumented immigrants casting ballots. An examination of voter-fraud cases in Maricopa County shows those involving undocumented immigrants are nearly non-existent, and have been since before changes to voter-ID requirements were enacted in 2004. In response to an Arizona Republic records request, the Maricopa County Attorneys Office provided a list of 21 criminal cases since January 2005 in which the suspect was charged with a felony related to voter fraud. A search of court records found 13 other cases. The non-citizens came from around the world - Indonesia, Canada, Mexico, Yugoslavia, the Philippines and Thailand. Most had been living legally in the United States for decades. Several stated in court documents that they thought they were permitted to vote because they were legal permanent residents of the United States. None was convicted of a felony or given any jail time. The newspaper made no mention of any voter fraud cases in Pima County.
From the Republic.
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER RETURNING TO TUCSON - FC Tucson and MLS revealed the six-team field for the 2014 FC Tucson Desert Diamond Cup. The Monday announcement says the Chicago Fire, Chivas USA, Colorado Rapids, New England Revolution and Real Salt Lake will join host FC Tucson of the USL's Premier Development League in the third edition of the pre-season tournament set to run from February 19 until March 1. This years tournament will consist of four days of triple-headers with the final day culminating with the championship game. The first three-match days will be played at North Stadium at Kino Sports Complex. The final day of matches will take place at Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. Five other MLS teams - Houston Dynamo, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, Sporting Kansas City and Seattle Sounders FC - will participate in pre-season friendlies in Tucson in early February at North Stadium at Kino Sports Complex. Vancouver Whitecaps FC will also visit Tucson for a behind-closed-doors pre-season friendly against the Dynamo.
JUDGE DISMISSED SUIT FILED BY SLAIN AGENT'S FAMILY OVER "FAST AND FURIOUS" - A federal judge threw out a lawsuit filed against federal officials connected with the botched "Fast and Furious" program by the parents of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. In an eight-page ruling, U.S. District Judge David Campbell said he recognizes that Terry's parents, Kent and Josephine Terry, have suffered a great loss, and that any financial remedy is likely insufficient to redress their injury. However, Campbell pointed out that Congress approved several ways of dealing with federal agents who die in the line of duty, including the federal Public Safety Officers Benefits Act. He said that means the only relief the family can get is what that law provides. The attorney for the parents acknowledged that law, but called it inadequate because it provided no separate deterrence against government wrongdoing. The lawsuit is a direct outgrowth of Fast and Furious, a plan by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to allow straw buyers for Mexican drug cartels to legally purchase firearms from Arizona dealers. The plan was to track the weapons to the cartels, but ATF lost track of thousands of the weapons. Two of those weapons turned up at the scene where Terry was shot and killed in December 2010 during a firefight with drug runners near Rio Rico.
From the Star.