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Tucsonans on American Idol?

The 14th season of American Idol premiered last week with a new batch of contestants trying to become famous. In preparation for the season, the Fox television show came to Tucson last June to hold auditions.

In the video below, Tucson 12 caught up with some of the singer wannabes, and some even performed for the camera.

Tucson Fire Performs Swift Water Rescue

Tucson Fire Department (TFD) crews yesterday rescued two people and a dog from their vehicle after it became stuck in high water flowing through the neighborhood wash at the intersection of East Lee Street and Santa Rosa Avenue. Nobody was injured.

TFD says while this type of call happens with much more frequency during the summer monsoon, this is a reminder that washes with flowing water can be dangerous, especially in residential neighborhoods.

Snow on Mt. Lemmon

With winter in high gear now, Tucsonans are starting to head to Mt. Lemmon to enjoy the snow. Tucson 12 went up the mountain during a previous snowstorm to capture some of the sights of people at play. Enjoy the video below.

Senior Olympic Competition Opens Tomorrow

Tucson Parks and Recreation presents the 32nd annual Senior Olympic Festival, tomorrow through Jan. 31, at several venues throughout Tucson. The festival is a celebration to promote fitness, health, and an active lifestyle among adults 50 years of age and older.

Some of the events include volleyball, bowling, bridge, racquetball, basketball shoot, pickleball, archery, golf, tennis, horseshoes, badminton, and more.

Annual Holiday Grease Collection Tomorrow

Pima County’s Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department is hosting its Annual Grease Collection and Recycling Event tomorrow, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. After the event, the collected grease and cooking oil will be recycled into biodiesel, a cleaner burning fuel for the environment.

The collection event originally was held on the day after Thanksgiving, but now takes place in early January to accommodate grease collected throughout the holidays.

Road Recovery Resurfacing Project

Campbell Avenue – Ft. Lowell Road to Glenn Street
22nd Street – Tucson Boulevard to Alvernon Way

On Sunday, January 10, 2016, crews from Sunland Asphalt, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin milling and paving operations on Campbell Avenue from Ft. Lowell Road to Glenn Street.

AC Hotel by Marriot Construction

Construction is underway on the new AC Hotel by Marriott in Downtown Tucson at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Broadway. The multi-story building will take approximately 18 months to complete.  Daily traffic control set-ups will be necessary in order to construct this new building.  Below is the vehicular travel restrictions associated with this construction. Please note that pedestrian and bicycle access is being maintained in and around road closures. 

City Sees Significant Growth in Purchasing Card Program

The City of Tucson recently received a rebate of more than $849,000 for its participation in the JP Morgan Purchasing Card (P-Card) program. The program allows the City to buy items through a credit card, instead of the traditional purchasing and payment process.

The City receives a percentage of total spending as a rebate at the end of the year. The rebate contributes to the City’s General Fund, which is used for public safety, parks, and other services.

Shred-It Event This Weekend

Vice Mayor Karin Uhlich and Pima County Constable Bennett Bernal are partnering with Pima County Public Library to host a Shred-It service during the Freecycle™ Post-Holiday Swap at Woods Memorial Branch Library.

The events will take place this Saturday, 2-4 p.m., in the parking lot of  the library, 3455 N. 1st Ave. Individuals may bring boxes of documents to be securely shredded onsite at no cost.

Read the news release.

Tucson Ranked as City With Active Lifestyle

Tucson is ranked the 7th best city in a WalletHub study of "2016’s Best and Worst Cities for an Active Lifestyle."

WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 most populated cities based on 24 key metrics to identify those that help their residents stick to their health goals. Items taken into consideration include the average monthly fitness club fee, number of sports clubs per capita, percentage of residents engaging in physical activity, and more.

32nd annual Senior Olympic Festival

Tucson Parks and Recreation presents the 32nd annual Senior Olympic Festival. This festival is a celebration of fitness to promote healthy living and an active lifestyle among seniors. This is Tucson’s largest organized, annual senior activity and is open to anyone 50 years of age or older.

What: The 32nd annual Senior Olympic Festival, featuring nearly 100 events and activities at more than 30 venues throughout the City of Tucson.

When: Jan. 9-31, 2016


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