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NewsNet 01-22-14

CITY COMMISSION APPROVES REPAIRS OF 100 MILES OF NEIGHBORHOOD STREETS - A City commission has approved $6 million in repairs for neighborhood roads over the next two years. The directive approved by the Bond Oversight Commission, made up of Tucson residents, identifies which neighborhood streets will be repaired, as part of the voter-approved Proposition 409. Over five years, the $100 million bond program sets aside $15 million to fix residential streets. The major roadways to receive street bond funds were approved by voters in the 2012 bond package. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

EXPOSICIÓN DE GEMAS Y MINERALES TUCSON 2014 - La cacería de tesoros de gemas, minerales y fósiles más grande del mundo se lleva a cabo año con año en Tucson, y en el 2014, celebra su edición número 60. Del 1-16 de Febrero del 2014, la ciudad de Tucson se convertirá en un bullicioso mercado internacional de compradores y vendedores de piedras preciosas de todos los rincones del mundo. La mayoría de los espectáculos son gratuitos y abiertos al público en general.
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UA ELLER STUDENTS WIN COMPETITION - Four Eller College of Management students at the University of Arizona won first place in the national PricewaterhouseCoopers accounting competition in New York earlier this month. In addition to providing an opportunity to test presentation skills, the competition offered the students a chance to learn more about high-level accounting policy issues and compete for cash prizes at the local and national levels. The competition included 2,200 students in 500 teams from 43 universities. The UA winning team was awarded $10,000, plus an additional $10,000 to allocate to DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that supports public school teachers and their students. Read more from the Arizona Daily Wildcat.

VAIL TEACHER EARNS NATIONAL RECOGNITION - Empire High School teacher Christine In-Albon was recognized this month by the U.S. Department of the Interior, receiving the 2013 Partners in Conservation Award. In-Albon received the award for her collaboration on the Cienega Watershed Partnership program. In-Albon and her AP Environmental Science students partnered with the Bureau of Land Management to allow the students to become stewards for public lands through habitat restoration and conservation.
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BEAT BACK BUFFELGRASS DAY IS SATURDAY - Volunteer at various locations to remove invasive buffelgrass from roadways, washes, and parks. The rapid spread of buffelgrass converts fire-resistant desert to flammable grassland and crowds out native plants, negatively affecting native wildlife species and their habitat. Buffelgrass is considered a serious threat to the saguaro cactus, the iconic plant of the Sonoran Desert. More information about volunteering is at the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center or read more from the City of Tucson.