NEW LOCATION ANNOUNCED FOR URBAN AGRICULTURE MEETING – A public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 10, from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the YWCA building, 525 N. Bonita Avenue to discuss proposed urban agriculture code changes. The City of Tucson is in the process of modifying its zoning rules to revamp regulations on urban agriculture, including community gardens, farmers’ markets, urban farms, and the keeping of small animals. The foundation for the policy changes stem from Plan Tucson, the City ‘s General and Sustainability Plan, which was ratified by voters last fall. View the meeting flyer in English or Spanish.
TUCSON FIRE RESPONDS TO 4 RESIDENTIAL FIRES IN SINGLE EVENING – The Tucson Fire Department responded to four residential fires in a ten hour period Wednesday night. The calls included two apartment fires and two-single family homes. Several residents were displaced from their homes and two residents were hospitalized for smoke inhalation after being awoken by the fire alarm. Tucson Fire recommends testing smoke alarms once a month and changing the batteries every year. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star. Learn more about fire safety at the Tucson Fire Department's website.
TUCSON LOCATION IDENTIFIED TO HOUSE MINOR CROSSERS - The federal government plans to open a shelter in Tucson to accommodate the influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the border. Southwest Key, a national nonprofit organization has been hired to provide the shelter services by the Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of Refugee Resettlement under the Division of Children Services. The Federal government estimates that as many as 60,000 children will be caught along the border this year – a tenfold increase from 2011. An increasing number of crossers are girls and younger than 13 years-old. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star:
“THIS IS A DOOR TO OPEN UP FOR THEIR FUTURES” – Camp Fury, the summer camp created by Southern Arizona police and fire representatives and the Girls Scouts to expose girls ages 14 to 18 to a career in public safety, has completed another successful year. In addition to teaching leadership skills, teamwork, respect, and self-confidence, the hands-on experience hopes to inspire young women to pursue careers in non-traditional fields. The team of women who found and run Camp Fury were recently acknowledged for their innovation and service at the 2014 Women in Government Awards ceremony. View the Camp Fury video from Tucson 12 and read about the Women in Government Recognition Awards.
CIRCUS RETURNS TO THE TUCSON CONVENTION CENTER – The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus returns to the Tucson Convention Center Arena June 12 through June 15. All circus tickets include free admission to a 1-hour pre-show where attendees can interact with circus performers on the arena floor. The eight circus shows have been scheduled around the $8 million upgrade to the TCC Arena which is on schedule to be completed by the end of the year. Ticket information is available through the TCC and Read about the TCC Arena renovations in the original news release from the City of Tucson.