SONORA Y ARIZONA, UNA RELACIÓN ESTRATÉGICA SIN PRECEDENTE – El Alcalde de Tucson, Arizona, Jonathan Rothschild, junto a su homólogo de Nogales, Sonora, Lic. Ramón Guzmán Muñoz, en compañía de Pedro Yucupicio, Gobernador de la Tribu Pascua Yaqui, etnia indígena que tiene la mayoría de su población entre los dos estados fronterizos, se reunieron con el Comisionado de Migración Ardelio Vargas Fosado. Dicha reunión, obedece al apremiante interés de entablar un diálogo propositivo sobre las particularidades de la frontera, ya que las zonas colindantes con el país vecino deben ser tratadas con las diferencias y el mérito que permitan abrir la puerta que une a los dos países. En Enlace México.

TPD AIR SUPPORT UNIT AWARDED FOR NIGHT VISION TECHNOLOGY – TPD’s Air Support Unit has been honored by the Airborne Law Enforcement Association. TPD personnel received an award Thursday afternoon at an annual conference in Orlando for the department's use of effective Night Vision technology. The Air Support Unit has used night vision goggles for ten years on a nightly basis to monitor ground activity and pass information along to the ground units. Police say this leads to quicker and more accurate information sharing, which helps to apprehend criminals and solve crimes. Story from KOLD/KMSB here. Air Support Unit info page from TPD here.

SUN TRAN: SMART CARD ISSUES SHOULD BE RESOLVED BY NEXT WEEK – Sun Tran officials say by next week they expect to have fixed the problems that have plagued its new “SunGO” electronic, card-based fare payment system since the system first went online June 30th. Kate Riley, general manager of Sun Tran, said it has had success this week on fixing problems with the cards not being recognized on the bus, cards having mysterious balances and problems with the new vending machines. Sun Tran officials say they are still working with their contractor, SPX Genfare, on addressing one of the last remaining problems - an intermittent problem with cards not registering funds added to them. Customers still experiencing problems are urged to submit detailed descriptions of their experience, including the time of the incident and bus line they were riding, by calling customer service at (520) 792-9222 or sending an e-mail to From the Star.

TWO FINALISTS NAMED FOR TOP JOB AT PAG/RTA – Two finalists have been named for the executive director job at the Pima Association of Governments and the Regional Transportation Authority. The finalists are Mark Gibb, executive director of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, and Farhad Moghimi, the assistant town manager in Sahuarita. The PAG Regional Council is expected to make a final selection in August. From the Star.

PIMA COUNTY URGES PUBLIC TO PARTICIPATE IN BOND PROJECTS SURVEY – Pima County has developed an anonymous online survey intended to measure community support for proposed projects. The survey lists proposals submitted to date to the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee. Participants are asked to identify projects they believe are most needed. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. Participants are asked to only take the survey once. The survey will be available through Friday, August 2. Bond projects survey here, info page from Pima County on survey here.