ANNOUNCING CAMP FURY 2013 - The Tucson Fire Department and Tucson Police Department are proud to partner with Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona for this year's Camp Fury. The Camp is a five-day, four-night long resident camp in which girls entering 9th through 12th grade can train alongside firefighters and law enforcement personnel to learn search and rescue skills, crime scene investigative techniques, perform physical fitness drills, and more. In January, University High School Junior Erica Yee was recognized by Mayor Jonathan Rothschild for saving the life of a classmate last fall, using skills she learned at Camp Fury. Read the announcement from Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona here.
TOWN HALLS SET FOR PROPOSED 2014 WATER RATES AND FEES - In the upcoming weeks, Tucson Water will host four town halls to present three options for proposed fiscal year 2014 water rates and fees that have been recommended by the Citizens Water Advisory Committee (CWAC). Rate changes could result in an estimated increase from $2.91 to $3.68 in the monthly water bill for the average residential customer in a single family home. A public hearing is scheduled during the Tuesday, May 21, Mayor and Council meeting. Following the hearing, Mayor and Council are expected to vote on adopting a new water rate schedule. Read the news release from Tucson Water here.
ADOT ACCELERATES PLAN TO REBUILD AJO/I-19 INTERCHANGE BY THREE YEARS, WILL NOW START IN 2015 - At the urging of business stakeholders, an $86M improvement project along Interstate 19 that includes a new interchange at Ajo Way, new ramps at Irvington, freeway sound walls and a new bridge across the Santa Cruz has been split into two phases in order to speed construction of the interchange. Mayor and Council and City of Tucson Intergovernmental Relations Staff also worked with ADOT and requested speeding up this project. The first phase of the project, originally slated to start in 2018, is now expected to start in 2015. From the Star.
MENLO PARK REVITALIZATION CELEBRATION NEXT SATURDAY - Neighborhood residents, officials from the City of Tucson and Pima County, and community partners will gather next Saturday morning at the Menlo Park Plaza to celebrate the Menlo Park Neighborhood Revitalization Project. The project includes new park amenities, transportation improvements, safety improvements, and environmental sustainability improvements. The project was paid for with funding from a combination of county bonds, city bonds, CDBG, Back to Basics, and other funding sources. Read the news release from Parks & Rec here.
SECOND CYCLOVIA ATTRACTS AN ESTIMATED 15,000 - An estimated 15,000 cyclists and pedestrians took to Tucson's midtown streets on Sunday for April's second Cyclovia event, an annual celebration in which a course along city streets is opened exclusively to cyclists, pedestrians, and other non-motorized forms of transportation. More than nine Tucson neighborhoods and two regional jurisdictions - the City of Tucson and Pima County - hosted Cyclovia's new route. From KOLD/KMSB.