STREETCAR UPDATE: NORTHBOUND GRANADA CLOSED AT CONGRESS UNTIL JUNE 16 - All northbound traffic on Granada Ave. at Congress/Broadway will be prohibited until June 16th. This closure will allow crews to complete rail, sidewalk, curb and utility installation along the roadway. Motorists should consider using Cushing Street to Church Avenue or Cushing Street to the westbound I-10 frontage road as alternate routes. Read the construction update from Sun Link here.
COUNTY EYEING NEW TRACK FOR AUTO RACING - The Pima County Board of Supervisors met in executive session this morning to discuss the possibility of a new auto raceway at the fairgrounds. After the closed-door hearing, the supervisors voted unanimously to have staff put together a bid package. The county is not prepared to go public with the details until next month. The first meeting on the proposal will be sometime in early July. From KOLD/KMSB.
TPD, TFD RESPOND TO EXPLOSION INJURING THREE, DRUG ACTIVITY SUSPECTED - A drug-related explosion and fire at a town home in a northwest-side neighborhood injured three people, say authorities. The most seriously hurt person received burns that were not life-threatening, according to TFD spokesman Capt. Barrett Baker. The explosion occurred as the residents "were trying to extract hash oil from marijuana," said TPD spokesman Sgt. Chris Widmer. "They were using butane and kitchen items, which caused the explosion and fire." From the Star.
ADOT RELEASES CRASH FACTS REPORT FOR 2012: HIGHWAY DEATHS DOWN OVERALL, BUT MOTORCYCLE DEATHS UP - Arizona Department of Transportation's annual statistics show that the number of motor vehicle crash fatalities dropped slightly in 2012, while the percentage of motorcycle-related deaths increased by more than five percent. 823 people lost their lives in crashes on state and local roadways in Arizona in 2012, compared to 827 fatalities in 2011. But 139 motorcyclists or passengers were killed in accidents in 2012, compared to 132 deaths the previous year, a 5.3 percent increase. From KOLD/KMSB. Read ADOT's 2012 Crash Facts report here.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE TECH - The Environmental Service Department is seeking motivated individuals to identify, collect, handle, bulk sort, package, and transport hazardous materials, and dispose of household hazardous and universal waste materials in the Household Hazardous Waste Section.. All job duties take place outdoors and require lifting. The individuals chosen for this job must be willing to work in a hot, cold and/or dusty environment. Position requires a valid Class C CDL with HazMat and air brake endorsements. Starting pay $14.10 per hour. Read the City job listing here.