The Pentagon will delay until 2022 its plan to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack jet, a mainstay at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter made the announcement yesterday. Eventually, the A-10s will be replaced with the newer F-35s.
D-M supporters fear retiring the A-10s would make the base more vulnerable to future closure. D-M pumped an estimated $973 million into the local economy in 2014.
A new Greyhound bus terminal will be built on a now-vacant lot near East Broadway and South Euclid Avenue. Rio Nuevo says its buying the site for $575,000. The property will be located on East 12th Street, behind the OfficeMax store. The terminal will be on the alignment for Downtown Links, a project that will allow traffic to get to I-10 without going through downtown.
State and local representatives and federal official from Mexico gathered in Tucson yesterday to dedicate the new offices of the Mexican Consulate at 3915 E. Broadway Blvd. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey was joined at the ceremony by Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz-Massieu, Sonora Gov. Claudia Pavlovich, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, and others.
Do you have unused chemicals, oils, or pesticides sitting in your shed or garage? The City of Tucson is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection this Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon at the Eastside Service Center, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd.
Drop off at HHW is free for City of Tucson residents. There is a fee of $10 for each television and $2 for each monitor brought in without a computer.
Nature play starts this Sunday at Reid Park Zoo, followed by the same format every Sunday in February. From 1-3 p.m., the Zoo will have a free-play area set up near the Conservation Learning Center for kids to dig, build, splash, and more. Sand pits, water tables, building blocks, and tools will be provided. Children just need to bring their curiosity and imagination.
SCHEDULED STREET CLOSURE FOR CRANE OPERATIONS CANCELLED
Sixth Avenue from Sixth Street to Seventh Street has reopened to two way travel following work yesterday to remove storm water from a utility trench just north of Seventh Street. Work crews from Century Link continue to relocate their existing facilities at this location as part of the City of Tucson Department of Transportation's Downtown Links Phase III project.
The Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase is happening at more than 40 sites, and most shows are free and open to the public. The shows run until Feb. 14, culminating with the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® opening on the 11th. That event packs the Tucson Convention Center for the final four days of shows, pulling in thousands of treasure hunters from around the world.
Starting Friday, the City of Tucson Environmental Services (ES) department will unveil and begin delivery of five metal waste collection containers painted with murals as part of an effort to reduce graffiti. ES contracted with the Tucson Arts Brigade to coordinate the project. Additional funding was provided by the Graffiti Resource Council in Washington, D.C.
Cesar Millan, original host of NatGeo WILD’s Dog Whisperer series and star of Cesar 911 on the same network, will reveal the secrets of happier, healthier relationships between humans and their dogs during a live show this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Tucson Music Hall. Millan will share his training secrets using demonstrations with multiple dogs.
The Sun Rideshare Rewards Program continues this month, offering the chance to win prizes for motorists who decide to use alternative modes of transportation (carpool, public transit, bikes, walking, etc.) once in a while. Prize drawings include gift cards and other items. Learn more and register for the program online.
Sixth Avenue from Sixth Street to Seventh Street will be closed to motor vehicle traffic until further notice to allow work crews to pump out storm water from a utility trench just north of Seventh Street. Northbound traffic from the Sixth Avenue underpass is being diverted to eastbound and westbound Seventh Street. Southbound travel on Sixth Avenue from Sixth Street is prohibited.
Pedestrian access on Sixth Avenue is not affected by the closure. Businesses adjacent to Sixth Avenue are open with parking available on Seventh Street.
Sunday at 10 p.m. is the deadline for Tucsonans and the rest of the country to purchase health insurance and avoid hundreds of dollars in fines from the IRS.
The Marketplace, created by the Affordable Care Act, sells private insurance to individuals and families who aren't insured through their employers or a government program.
Money from the voter-approved, $100 million, five-year Road Recovery street bond program in 2012 already has improved more than 131 miles of roadway, and work continues to improve additional streets.
The bond money pays for repaving, while the bigger widening projects are funded by the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), a 20-year program approved by voters in 2006.