SOCCER REFEREE THANKS RESCUERS & TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT CAPTAIN WHO SAVED HIS LIFE - Salpointe Catholic High School soccer referee Michael Chaison collapsed two weeks ago from sudden cardiac arrest while officiating a game. Thankfully, Mr. Chaison survived, thanks to some quick-thinking and well-trained bystanders. Tucson Fire Department officials say Salpointe athletic personnel and an off-duty Tucson Fire Department captain performed compression-only CPR to save Mr. Chaison. The 56-year-old gathered with his rescuers yesterday to thank them for what they did. The rescuers - Kyle Bowen, a certified athletic trainer; Phil Gruensfelder, athletic director; Keith Shinaberry, assistant athletic director; and Tucson Fire Capt. Michael Coyle - exchanged hugs with Chaison during a recognition ceremony at Salpointe. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
VOTER-APPROVED ROAD REPAIR WORK ON BROADWAY CHANGED TO EVENING HOURS - To accommodate Tucson drivers, lessen traffic congestion, and stay on schedule, road repair work on Broadway Boulevard between Country Club Road and Wilmot Road, will now take place between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. on weekdays through March 3rd. This extensive project is part of the voter-approved $100 million, five-year street bond program, Proposition 409. Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation, will be performing the work. Travel lane restrictions will be in place during the work period. However, at least two lanes of travel will be maintained in both directions. Read the TDOT news release and learn more about the Road Recovery Bond Program.
ARIZONA FORECLOSURE RATES DIP TO PRE-RECESSION LEVELS - The number of houses going through foreclosure in Arizona continued to drop in January. There were 2,363 foreclosure filings in the State last month. The report from RealtyTrac says one in every 1,202 homes in Arizona is going through the process of foreclosure, down almost 24 percent from December and 58 percent from January 2013. Arizona had the second-highest rate of foreclosures in the country between 2009 and 2011. The State now is ranked 17th. Read more from Arizona Public Media.
ADMISSION TO SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK IS FREE THIS WEEKEND - Saguaro National Park is one of 401 national park sites across the nation waiving entrance fees Saturday through Monday to celebrate President's Day. The free admission applies to both the Tucson Mountain and Rincon Mountain Districts of the Park. Additional user fees, such as backcountry camping permit fees, still apply.
SCORE A DEAL ON CITY SURPLUS - Need a bus? How about some bicycles? Maybe some concrete pavers will help you finish a project? You can find these items and more on the City of Tucson's surplus auction website and view the latest items listed for bid.