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NewsNet 06-12-14

PIMA COUNTY PURSUES PAINTED HILLS PROPERTY - The County has made a $7.5 million offer to the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System for the purchase of the 286-acre Painted Hills Property in the Tucson Mountains. The County intends to pay for the land with money from open-space bond funding. "Our main goal is preserving the site as open space in perpetuity," said county Supervisor Richard Elías. Both the County Board of Supervisors and the Tucson City Council would need to weigh in on the land sale before the final purchase could be completed. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE (HHW) COLLECTION SATURDAY - Do you have unused chemicals, oils or pesticides sitting in your shed or garage? The City of Tucson and Pima County are hosting the Household Hazardous Waste Program 2nd Saturday Collection tomorrow at the Clements Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Drive from 8 a.m. to noon. The HHW program accepts automotive fluids, auto and rechargeable batteries from electronics equipment, toxic cleaning products, fluorescent lamps, paints, solvents, lawn and garden products, and computer equipment ($2 for monitors without computer). Drop off of HHW is free for residents. Learn more about the Household Hazardous Waste program and download the 'my-waste'™ app.

ADOT LAUNCHES 'SAFE PHONE ZONES' - The Arizona Department of Transportation has unveiled new Safe Phone Zone signs on highways throughout the state. The signs feature the GEICO Gecko image and encourage drivers to pull over to rest areas to use mobile phones. ADOT has entered a five-year contract with Infrastructure Corporation of America, a private company, to operate the state's 14 highway rest areas. The GEICO sponsorship is the first of the private company's planned sponsorship and advertising campaigns to generate revenue for reinvestment in the rest areas. Read the original ADOT news release and learn more about Infrastructure Corporation of America's work for ADOT.

ZOO LAUNCHES PACHYDERM PREGNANCY PAGE - The Reid Park Zoo's African elephant "Semba" is expected to give birth sometime between late June and August. In anticipation of the newborn calf, the Zoo has created a Pachyderm Pregnancy Page on its website with ways for the public to stay informed and involved. The page includes an elephant pregnancy blog, frequently asked questions, and Semba's Baby Wish List. Visit the Pachyderm Pregnancy Page.

UPDATE ON TUCSON LOCATION FOR MIGRANT CHILDREN - The federal government plans to open a shelter in Tucson to accommodate the influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the border. The City of Tucson confirmed Wednesday that Southwest Key, a service provider for the federal government, will be able to provide shelter services to migrant children at a location near downtown under a temporary use permit until such time as they are able to satisfy all City's zoning regulations. Information on this and other local issues can be found on the City of Tucson Facebook Page.