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F-35 Jets and Drones Won't Come to Tucson for Now

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base was passed over as a home for F-35 Lightning II next-generation fighter jets. The Air Force yesterday named Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, as the preferred location for the first Air Force Reserve-led F-35 base.

D-M also lost out on being home to new drones. The Air Force says Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina is the chosen location to base a new MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft group.

D-M was a finalist for both missions.

Horse Racing to Continue at Rillito Park

The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously yesterday to extend an operating agreement with Rillito Racing, Inc. through June 2021. The subsidiary of the Rillito Park Foundation manages the County's annual Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing season. The operating agreement says Rillito Racing will use a $1 million grant over five years to improve facilities at the racetrack.

Free Tax Preparation Sites Open Next Week

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) provides free tax preparation for households and individuals earning up to $64,000. The program ensures taxpayers receive all credits for which they may be eligible, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, which can equal as much as 50 percent of a family's annual earnings.

Tucson Police Department Releases New Informational Video on Traffic Stops

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) often receives questions from citizens about what to do when they are pulled over by police. TPD recently produced a 30-second video for its Facebook page that provides tips to help make the community and officers feel safe during traffic stops.

The video linked above describes the acronym H.A.S.T.E.

Tucson Parks and Recreation Getting New Registration System

Tucson Parks and Recreation has a new registration system. Account information has been transferred into the new system for those who have taken a class since July 1, 2015. Login names for those accounts will be the email address on file. Parks and Recreation is asking people to update their accounts to be sure the most current email and phone number are in the system.

Stone Avenue - Drachman Street to First Street Roadway Improvement Project - Helen Street Closure at Stone

Crews from KE&G Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin work on Helen Street east of Stone Avenue on Friday, January 20, 2017. This work will require the contractor to close Helen Street at Stone Avenue at approximately 5 a.m. The work on Helen Street is scheduled to be complete by Monday, February 6, 2017. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Dillinger Days - Toole Avenue / Fifth Street Closures

Dillinger Days weekend begins with the Dillinger Speakeasy at Hotel Congress on Friday, January 20, 2017, from 7 to 10 p.m. On Saturday, January 21, 2017, Toole Avenue from Congress Street to Fifth Street, and Fifth Street from Congress Street to Toole Avenue will be closed from approximately 4 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information and a schedule of events, please visit:

Free Concert to Celebrate MLK Day

A free concert to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work for social justice will take place at Centennial Hall on Sunday, Jan. 15, at 3 p.m. at the University of Arizona's Centennial Hall.

The opening presentation will feature children from the Ocotillo Early Learning Center, followed by performances by artists from the UA School of Dance, UA School of Theatre, UA Poetry Center, and the MLK Choir arranged by Southwest Soul Circuit.

City Holiday Closures

The City of Tucson will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day next Monday, Jan. 16. All City offices, except for emergency services, will be closed. Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday, but the Los Reales Landfill will be open. All City of Tucson residential and commercial customers will have their trash and recycling services delayed by one day next week.

Kino Parkway Bridge Over I-10 To Close Tonight

The Kino Parkway bridge over Interstate 10 will be closed for six hours tonight while the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) removes concrete construction barriers from the bridge. Kino Parkway will close to traffic in both directions at 11 p.m. and reopen by 5 a.m. tomorrow. The on- and off-ramps connecting eastbound I-10 with Kino Parkway also will be closed during the work.


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