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NewsNet 3-13-13

CITY LAKES PROVIDE HAVEN FOR BIRDS AND BIRDERS - According to species counts reported by the website eBird.org, Urban Tucson draws even more bird species than some of Southern Arizona's most popular birding destinations, such as Madera Canyon. The website, which is run by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, says 345 species have been reported at about 41 hot spots in the Tucson metro area. That compares with 265 species at 15 hot spots in Madera Canyon, and 295 species at nine hot spots along the Upper San Pedro River. Birding spots in Tucson include the lakes at Reid, Kennedy, Columbus and Lakeside Parks. Story in today's Star.


TWO MIDTOWN NEIGHBORHOODS GET CHIP SEALS THIS WEEK - Chip seal projects are starting this week in two residential areas, one in the Palo Verde neighborhood near Catalina High School, and one in the Pueblo Gardens Neighborhood, near Pueblo Gardens Elementary School. Story in today's Star.

MARANA VOTERS APPROVE TOWN CONTROL OF WASTEWATER SYSTEM - In the Town of Marana's first all-mail election, voters took a major step toward settling their town's long-running dispute with the government of Pima County over the operation of its wastewater services. Under a proposed settlement agreement between the two jurisdictions, the Town of Marana would take ownership of the Marana Wastewater Reclamation Facility, currently owned by Pima County, and would pay down the facility's outstanding bond debt of about $14.5M. Voter approval was a condition of the settlement. The measure was approved 4,132 to 1,387, a margin of about 75%. Story from KOLD/KMSB. Story from today's Star.

PIMA COUNTY OPPOSING PLANNED ALTAR VALLEY GAS PIPELINE - The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted yesterday to protest a proposed 59-mile gas pipeline between Tucson and Sasabe. In a unanimously approved resolution, the board states the pipeline corridor will increase border security problems, illegal traffic, safety risks for residents and safety costs. Story from today's Star.

WATCH THE SNOW FALL IN TUCSON - Not quite ready for the 90-degree temps forecasted for this week? Reminisce over this beautiful, one-minute clip of footage shot by Tucson 12 during the February 20 snowfall. From Tucson 12.