JOB OPPORTUNITY: I.T. SPECIALIST - The City of Tucson is seeking a problem solving, solution and detail oriented individual for the IT Service Desk. The position requires great customer service and teamwork, the ability to lift up to 30 pounds, and a valid driver's license, and the ability to obtain a TPD security clearance. The selected candidate may be required to be available for a rotating schedule of on-call support after hours and on weekends and holidays. Salary range: $20.54 - $31.94 per hour. Read the C.O.T. job posting here.

AIRPORT AUTHORITY BOARD APPROVES PLANS FOR SECOND RUNWAY AT T.I.A. - The board of directors for the Tucson Airport Authority approved plans for a second runway at the Tucson International Airport. The addition will run parallel to the existing 11,000 foot runway. Jill Merrick, Vice President for Planning and Development, says the addition is necessary to accommodate growth. Altogether, the environmental, design, and construction phases of the new runway will take about six years to complete. T.I.A. is owned by the City of Tucson and has been operated by the T.A.A. under a lease agreement since 1948. Read KVOA's story here. Read about the history of T.I.A. here.

COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR RELEASES REPORT ON ROAD FUNDING - County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry has issued a report dated May 7, 2013 on the issue of transportation funding, in which he focuses on the condition of roads in unincorporated Pima County. He says the cost of improving roads rated Failed, Poor or Fair in a recent report by the American Society of Civil Engineers will require a future investment of $268M. He presents a series of recommendations intended to help manage the problem over the short term, beginning by recommending a $5M annual allocation from the County's General Fund for road maintenance. But he states his recommendations, which also include lobbying the State Legislature to restore swept HURF revenues, will not solve the problem. He concludes only comprehensive transportation funding reform will provide sustainable solutions. Read Huckelberry's report here.

TUCSON ARCHITECT FEATURED IN NEW YORK TIMES - New York-based defense consultant Paul Palandjian, an architecture enthusiast, became enamored of the work of Tucson-based architect Rick Joy after learning Joy had won a Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award. Palandjian, who says he was moved by the simple, monumental forms Joy was known for producing, commissioned Joy to build a summer home for his family in Vermont. More recently, Joy designed a 1,000 square-foot studio apartment for Palandjian in Manhattan. The apartment, the first of its kind Joy has designed, is featured in an article and slide show titled, "How to Make a Basic Studio Look Monumental," in yesterday's New York Times.

PLAYABLE PARKS VISITS FT. LOWELL PARK - About a month ago, Tucson mom Maloree Renaud received some media attention for her Playable Parks project, an idea that started with two new year's resolutions: "I really wanted to make sure to spend more time outside with my son, and I wanted to start keeping a journal again," Renaud says. She has since been posting photos and blogging about each visit on her website, In her entry on Ft. Lowell Park, to which he son took a particular liking, she features many photos and describes the historic park's unique amenities, including its lake, soccer fields, and the Arizona Historical Society's Ft. Lowell Museum.