The Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase begins Saturday, Jan. 27, and continues through Sunday, Feb. 11. During that time, visitors and residents come to hunt for jewelry, jewelry-making supplies, bargain-priced collectibles, and rare treasures.
Two highly endangered red pandas are on exhibit for a limited time at Reid Park Zoo. Due to their sensitivity to the heat, the animals can only stay until the temperatures rise. Hopes are that the two will become a successful breeding pair at their future home in Salt Lake City, Utah. Watch the Tucson 12 video below to learn more.
Sun Link is testing a pilot program for a 3-Day Pass that allows unlimited weekend rides on the streetcar for $10.
The 72-hour period begins when the pass is activated. Using the card allows passengers convenient, multi-day travel on the streetcar within the Mercado, Downtown Tucson, 4th Avenue, and University of Arizona districts. The trial period for purchasing the pass ends Feb. 15. It will still be accepted on transit vehicles after this date, if purchased prior.
Beat Back Buffelgrass Month takes place Jan. 27-March. 4, and volunteers are needed and welcome. The rapid spread of buffelgrass, an invasive species, has introduced a new wildfire risk to our desert ecosystem. Buffelgrass grows in dense stands, crowds out native plants, and negatively affects wildlife and wildlife habitat.
On Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 6:30 a.m., PACE Electrical Construction Inc., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) will replace the traffic signal pole at the intersection of Houghton Road and Golf Links Road for southbound traffic. The work is scheduled to be complete by 11 a.m. During the work, Tucson Police Department officers will direct traffic through the intersection.
Please use caution when traveling through this area and watch for work crews and personnel providing traffic control.
Topics in this issue...
- Tucson Be Kind
- State Militia
- Keeping Your Hands on the Wheel
- Fry's Design Review
- Broadway Logjam
- Puppies and More
- Animal Health Center
- Stormwater Harvesting
- Arizona Stadium Renovations
- Local First: Center on 4th
- Mural Art
- Events & Entertainment
Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation, are beginning a bicycle/pedestrian improvement project on Broadway from Aviation Parkway to Fourth Avenue downtown.
The Ward 5 Council Office, along with other City of Tucson offices, will be closed Monday, January 15, in observance of the federal Martin Luther King Holiday. The Ward 5 Council Office will reopen Tuesday, January 16.
The Mayor and Tucson City Council voted 4-2 Tuesday to direct the city attorney to amend an ordinance that would make texting and driving and the use of handheld electronic devices by motorists a primary offense in city limits (item 1 in Study Session agenda materials). The vote also would lower the fines currently imposed for violations.
Governor Ducey has ordered that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Wednesday, January 10, 2018 to honor the life of Specialist Robert W. Jones, of Vail, Arizona, who died Saturday while on assignment in Kosovo. Specialist Jones was a member of the 18th Military Police Brigade, of the United States Army, based in Germany.
Flags will also be flown at half-staff on the day of his interment which will be communicated as soon as possible.
Individuals, businesses, and other organizations are encouraged to join in this tribute.
Geico has signed a deal to move its regional corporate office in Tucson to a 200,000-square-foot building at The Bridges, near 22nd Street and Kino Parkway, according to an article in the Arizona Daily Star.
Bourn Companies plans to develop the 20-acre site for the insurer, which currently is located near Speedway Boulevard and Kolb Road. Geico is one of Tucson's largest employers, with 2,100 workers. The company says the move will add room for another 700 employees over the next few years.
The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is the recipient of a $65,000 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) to address aggressive driving behavior. The grant will be allocated toward the utilization of motor officers to enforce traffic laws in and around eight designated intersections with a high number of collisions.
The AZ Water Association will host a technical luncheon that includes a presentation by Tucson Water Construction Engineering Manager Jeff Drumm on the 2017 Revised Water Standard Specifications and Details Manual. The luncheon is this Thursday, Jan. 11, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Hotel Tucson City Center, 425 N. Granada Ave. There is a registration cost.