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NewsNet 07-15-14

BE PREPARED DURING MONSOON THUNDERSTORMS - With swift water rescues, power outages and flooding seemingly part of the daily news lately, there are steps you can take to be prepared for an emergency. Be Prepared Tucson advises all residents to create a 72-hour emergency kit. Each member of your family, including pets, should have a kit. A website from the City of Tucson, U.S. Department of Energy, Homeland Security, and FEMA has a checklist of everything you need to be ready for an emergency. Watch a Tucson Fire Department/Tucson 12 video on how to prepare for an emergency.

SUMMER RAINFALL AT TIA IS ABOUT AVERAGE, SO FAR - The Tucson International Airport has measured 0.85 inches of rain since June 15 (not counting this morning's storms). That is near-average. However people in other parts of Tucson report higher totals. Sierra Vista is one of the most-soaked locations in Southeast Arizona so far, recording more than 4 inches of rain. That is more than three times the average. For recordkeeping purposes, the monsoon season runs from June 15 through September 30. Read more from Tucson News Now, and track rainfaill totals at

MANY OF TUCSON'S OLDER STREETS NOT MADE FOR DRAINAGE - Storm drainage planning in road construction didn't really come into play in our community until the 1980s, and flood control officials say older streets were designed to fill with water that would funnel into washes. With a growing population and heavy summer storms, that flooding sometimes causes safety problems and traffic detours. Crews from the City of Tucson and Pima County stay busy this time of year removing debris that can clog washes and cause flooding. “Most of our folks have been out working most of the night clearing drains," said Tucson Department of Transportation Director Daryl Cole. The City says you can help flood control by clearing debris on your land that could clog small washes.

SUN LINK TEAM QUICKLY REPAIRS LIGHTNING-DAMAGED WIRE - Sun Link Streetcar testing was suspended briefly yesterday near the University of Arizona after a damaged catenary wire fell down around noon. The Tucson Fire and Tucson Police Department secured the scene on 2nd Street. Crews discovered that the non-powered span wire was frayed and blackened which led the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) to believe lightning struck the line the night before, TDOT Deputy Director Carlos DeLeon told NewsNet. The wire was repaired and replaced within hours, he said, and testing resumed at about 5 p.m. Streetcar service begins July 25, a week from Friday.

HOW TO REPORT TRANSPORTATION CONCERNS AFTER STORM DAMAGE - Is there a tree in the road after a thunderstorm? Is there a pothole you'd like to see fixed? Is a street sign missing? You can report these issues to the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to You also can use the SeeClickFix website and app.

Newsnet Update

TUCSON NAMED TOP 10 CITY FOR MILLENIALS IN THE SOUTHWEST - A new study, conducted by Havas PR North America, surveyed Hispanic and non-Hispanic 18-to-34-year-olds living in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas on topics including family, food and work. The findings were published in a report called, “Mi Casa en Los Estados Unidos: Millennials of the Border States.” As part of the survey, about 800 participants were asked to name one Southwest city that they thought would be best for their generation in the future. Tucson was the 10th most popular.

NewsNet 07-14-14

TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT (TFD) PERFORMS SWIFT WATER RESCUES - Tucson Fire units rescued an 8-year-old girl and her father after they became trapped in a wash on Tucson's southeast side yesterday. The wash, at the 4000 block of South Avenida De Las Palmas, was dry when the two entered, and they ended up climbing the tree for safe refuge. Four firefighters with safety equipment made their way across the wash in an in-line position to the stranded pair. The 8-year-old was placed in the middle of the four firefighters and the five walked to safety. The same technique was used to then get the father. TFD units also were in place downstream as standard procedure in the case that someone got swept away. Neither father nor daughter required medical attention after being rescued. In another incident early this morning, rescue crews also removed a man from a flowing wash near Starr Pass and Mission Road. Tucson Fire crews remind people to stay out of washes this time of year, as water can flow quickly during the monsoon. Watch the rescue video at TFD Facebook page.

TUCSON NAMED TOP 10 CITY FOR MILLENIALS IN THE SOUTHWEST - A new study, conducted by Havas PR North America, surveyed Hispanic and non-Hispanic 18-to-34-year-olds living in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas on topics including family, food and work. The findings were published in a report called, “Mi Casa en Los Estados Unidos: Millennials of the Border States.” As part of the survey, about 800 participants were asked to name one Southwest city that they thought would be best for their generation in the future. Tucson was the 10th most popular. Factors cited include the University of Arizona, diversity, proximity to the border, rich history and culture, and an open-minded community. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

CITY PARTNERS WITH TECH LAUNCH ARIZONA TO HELP START-UPS - With the creation of new businesses an important part of the City of Tucson’s economic development strategy, the City and the University of Arizona have formed an alliance to incubate local technology start-up companies. The Commercial Network Alliance is a part of the University’s Tech Launch Arizona (TLA) program and focuses on engaging local talent and expertise, particularly UA students and faculty. Tucson has been identified in several recent national studies as one of the most promising cities for entrepreneurship and innovation in the country. The Commercialization Network Alliance was created to help fully realize that promise. 

NEED HELP STARTING OR EXPANDING A BUSINESS IN TUCSON? CALL THE SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE LINE - The City of Tucson's Small Business Assistance Line, (520) 837-4100, is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Help is available in both English and Spanish. Staff from the City Manager's Office of Economic Initiatives answer the calls. The Small Business Assistance Line is one of a number of City initiatives, along with 21 new business incentives, streamlined permit processes and more, to make the City of Tucson more business-friendly.

FOLLOW THE PROGRESS ON THE DOWNTOWN LINKS PROJECT - The City of Tucson and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) have a Downtown Links website to give citizens information and updates on one of the largest transportation projects in Tucson. The $76 million project will result in a four-lane roadway north of the Union Pacific Railroad that will link Barraza-Aviation Parkway and Interstate 10, Broadway Boulevard with 4th Avenue, and downtown with the neighborhoods to the north. Downtown Links also will provide alternate access to downtown, new and safer underpasses and railroad crossings, and improved sidewalks and bike paths.

Wounded Warrior Congressional Fellowship Application Deadline Extended

Wounded Warrior Congressional Fellowship Application Deadline Extended


TUCSON – Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva is proud to participate in The Wounded Warriors Program and offers the opportunity for a veteran to serve in his district Congressional office for two years.  The application process now extends to Thursday, July 23rd. Full details are available below.


NewsNet 07-11-14

STREETCAR LAUNCH IN JUST TWO WEEKS - The Sun Link Tucson Streetcar officially begins passenger service two weeks from today (July 25), with grand opening ceremonies and three days of free rides. While official service hasn't begun, the streetcar vehicles welcomed their first test passengers on Wednesday. The major purpose of the test was to determine how well the validators worked, with the passengers getting on and off at various stops. Validators are the machines where riders will tap their SunGO cards and passes to pay their fares. The tests also helped determine the timing of stops and the counting of passengers.

HOW TO USE A BIKE BOX - You may be noticing more green bike boxes at signalized intersections. The box allows bikes to pull in front of vehicles at a red light and wait behind the crosswalk, while motor vehicles are required to wait behind the white stop bar. This provides more safety and visibility for the bicyclists. The City of Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian Program's latest  newsletter has a simple infographic and instructions on how bike boxes work. The newsletter also includes information about how to bring your bike onto the streetcar when it begins service July 25.

PARKS AND RECREATION FALL CATALOG AVAILABLE NOW - The Fall Program Guide and Class Catalog is now available in print form at Parks and Recreation facilities across Tucson. You can also view it online. The guide has information on leisure classes, KIDCO, pools, and sports programs. You also will find information on recreation centers, senior centers, fitness and special needs centers, Reid Park Zoo, Tucson City Golf courses, and year-round pool locations.

2nd SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN TOMORROW - The monthly, free, family-friendly event this Saturday begins with gallery shows at 9 a.m. and entertainment later in the day. At 6:30 p.m., the main stage at Scott Avenue and Congress Street features musical groups, and there are plenty of activities for children. Food from vendors and downtown eateries will be available. Tomorrow also is the first Ice Cream Showdown at the event, hosted by Maynard's Market. From 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., tasters will buy tickets for the competition, which is open to creameries throughout Arizona. Proceeds will benefit Ben's Bells. Street parking is free on Saturdays, or you can pay $3 to park in the Pennington Street Garage. View the 2nd Saturdays Downtown schedule.

DOWNLOAD APP TO REPORT GRAFFITI IN TUCSON - Graffiti Protective Coatings and the City of Tucson have a smartphone application for reporting graffiti. MyTucson is a free download on the iOS App Store and Google Play for Android. Watch a University of Arizona PSA about the app.

I-10 Update

*Eastbound I-10 exit ramp at Rex Allen Drive in Willcox to close Monday for paving*


The eastbound Interstate 10 exit ramp at Rex Allen Drive in Willcox will be closed Monday, July 14 for paving operations.


Exit 340 on eastbound I-10 will close at 4 a.m. Monday and is scheduled to reopen at 5 p.m. the same day.


Eastbound motorists wishing to access Rex Allen Drive can take either Taylor Road (Exit 336) or Old Stewart Road (Exit 344).



10 BEST THINGS TO DO IN TUCSON - The USA Today's travel website highlights the best things to do in Tucson. As for attractions, the site lists the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Old Tucson Studios, Mission San Xavier del Bac, Mt. Lemmon Ski Resort and others. For outdoor activities, Sentinel Peak Park tops the list. When it comes to annual events, the site ranks the 4th Avenue Street Fair, Tucson International Mariachi Conference and All Souls Procession as the top three.
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