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NewsNet 10-18-13

BALLOTS MAILED FOR 2013 CITY OF TUCSON ELECTION - Ballots were mailed yesterday to all registered City of Tucson voters for this year's general City election. Voters will choose council members in wards 3, 5, and 6, and will also decide whether to approve propositions 401 and 402. Voters who have not received their ballots by Tuesday, Oct. 22, should call the City Clerk at 291-3221. Replacement ballots will not be mailed after Oct. 29. All voted ballots must be received by the City Clerk by 7 p.m. on November 5 to be counted. More info on the City of Tucson election info page.

HIGH MARKS FOR TPD IN ARMY TIMES "BEST FOR VETS" CAREER SURVEY - The Army Times has released its "Best For Vets: Law Enforcement 2014," a law enforcement career survey aimed at identifying agencies with recruitment and employment policies desirable to military veterans. Agencies are ranked based on a rigorous, 90-plus-question survey on topics such as military recruiting, service member-related policies, rules for reservists and departmental culture. TPD was recognized with distinction in the survey for its veteran hiring preference, providing retirement credit for military service, and other veteran-friendly features. According to the survey, 28 percent of TPD officers are veterans. From the Army Times.

INDIRECT LEFT TURN STARTS NEXT WEEK AT ORACLE & GRANT - The new "indirect left" feature of the intersection at Grant and Oracle roads is scheduled to take effect next Tuesday, Oct. 22. Drivers on eastbound and westbound Grant Road at Oracle will see yellow flashing turn signals starting today to alert them to the changeover. The project is the first segment of the larger Grant Road improvement project, which will widen Grant from Oracle to Swan road. The project is part of the Pima County RTA's 20-year, $2.1B regional transportation plan. From KVOA.

ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR HALOWEEN LANDFILL TOUR - This Halloween, City of Tucson Environmental Services (ES) is offering a tour of the Los Reales Landfill and the ReCommunity, Inc. Materials Recovery Facility (MRF). Participants will get a "behind the scenes" view and learn how ES operates the landfill and how recyclables collected in the blue barrel are sorted and marketed. Tour participants will meet in the upper level parking lot at 4004 S. Park Avenue on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. The tour will be complete by 12 noon. Those who join the tour should wear long pants, closed-toe shoes, hats and sunscreen. Drinking water will be provided. The tour is not for children younger than age 14. Seats are available on a first come basis. To reserve a seat, call ES at 791-3175 by Friday, October 25.

SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK, SABINO CANYON AND OTHER FEDERALLY MANAGED SITES REOPEN - Sahuaro National Park, the Coronado National Forest (which includes Sabino Canyon), Tumacacori National Historical Park and other federally managed attractions in Southern Arizona re-opened yesterday. The sites had been closed for 17 days due to the partial shutdown of the federal government. From the Star.