While crews spent most of yesterday and today working to repair a broken water main at 22nd Street and Alvernon Way, the 63-year-old, 30-inch main is part of an ongoing problem of aging infrastructure.
Water rate hikes average about 8 percent a year, and even though residents are doing a great job of conserving water, Tucson Water says that's not enough to fix the hundreds of miles of pipeline that are more than 60 years old.
The Arizona Senate last week sent a memorial to Congress, urging it to stop plans to shut down the Cherrybell mail processing facility in Tucson. The Postal Service wants to close the center as a cost-saving measure.
Many in Tucson are protesting the move that would force all mail to go to Phoenix for processing. Tucson City Council Member Richard Fimbres, U.S. Rep Raúl Grijalva, and U.S. Rep. Martha McSally are among a large group of local, state, and federal officials leading the fight against closure.
Work began this morning on the next phase to improve the pavement conditions on Silverbell Road between Goret Road and Grant Road. Eastbound and westbound travel on Grant Road/Ironwood Hill Drive at Silverbell Road will be reduced to one through lane in each direction, one dedicated right turn lane, and one dedicated left turn lane.
The City of Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian Program is seeking your help through an online survey regarding the motor vehicle speed limit on bicycle boulevards (select residential streets that prioritize bicycling and walking). The survey linked below is part of a graduate research project for the University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. The results will be used to gather the community's opinions on speed limits and safety.
TRAVEL LANE RESTRICTIONS
On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, eastbound and westbound travel on Grant Road/Ironwood Hill Drive at Silverbell Road will be reduced to one through lane in each direction and one dedicated right turn lane and one dedicated left turn lane. The restrictions will be in place for approximately two weeks to allow work crews with Hunter Contracting, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), to construct new concrete medians at the intersection.
The Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Fair will be held Wednesday through Saturday at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC), with projects featuring microbiology, engineering, and more. Participants range from elementary to high school students.
This year's fair has almost 2,000 entries, and only the top 10 percent of each school's science fair is eligible to compete. More than 300 prizes will be awarded.
Tucson herbalist John Slattery, owner of Desert Tortoise Botanicals, finds food all around Tucson, including fallen acorns at Reid Park. He's been studying acorns for the past several years, and he says there's a misconception that the nutrient-rich nut is poisonous. Slattery says a few raw acorns may not hurt you, but he has a special method of preparation to make them safer and more pleasant to eat by grinding them into flour and soaking out the bitter tannins found in the nut.
Can't get enough of Reid Park Zoo's Giraffe Encounter or want to experience it for the first time? You can feed the giraffes every day at 10 a.m., with additional feedings at 1:30 p.m. on weekends. The cost is $2 per person (in addition to regular admission). Proceeds benefit Zoo conservation efforts and staff professional development.
Tucson Parks and Recreation offers discounts that allow low-income residents to pay a 50 percent discounted fee for KIDCO, Jr. Leadership, In-Betweener's, Learn-to-Swim, and therapeutic programs. There also is a 25 percent discount for annual/quarterly passes at recreation centers and for a Senior Activity Card.
Tucson Water is seeking a team player with skills to lead well maintenance mechanics in constructing, installing, repairing and maintaining well sites to run efficiently and in sound condition. Work is subject to standby and on-call hours during off-duty hours.
Duties require working outdoors under varying weather conditions in constrictive and/or slippery areas and around moving equipment. The recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be used to fill vacancies within the next six months.
Non-emergency calls to 911 are straining the system, and the Tucson Fire Department (TFD) recently launched a new program to divert those calls elsewhere, saving taxpayer dollars. Tucson Collaborative Community Care (TC3) is uniting the health care and social service communities to help those who call the emergency line on a daily basis to ask for help with things like diabetes medication, controlling anxiety, asking for doctors, and more.
The 91st annual Tucson Rodeo Parade yesterday kicked off the closing weekend of competition at La Fiesta de los Vaqueros at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds, 4823 S. 6th Ave. Gates open at 11 a.m. tomorrow and Sunday. The rodeo opened last Saturday.
The Tucson Rodeo Committee estimates the event pumps about $16 million into the Tucson area's economy every year.
It's weed and allergy season in Tucson, and City inspectors are receiving numerous reports from people complaining that their neighbors aren't taking care of the vegetation in their yards. City code requires property owners to cut their weeds, even if they don't live in a homeowners association.
The code says weeds and lawn grass must not exceed six inches in length. Residents are given a 10-day notice to take care of the weeds. If they ignore the violation, they might be fined $153 to $2,500.