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Family Festival in the Park This Weekend

The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department presents the 10th annual Family Festival in the Park this Saturday. The free community-wide event will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Reid Park, 22nd Street and Country Club Road.

The Festival is about having fun with your family, while also serving as an opportunity for Tucson Parks and Recreation to showcase programs and activities offered to the community.

El Tour to Affect Landfill Entry

Customers who wish to use the Los Reales Landfill on Saturday should expect delays from 6-10 a.m. The landfill will open at 6 a.m., but Los Reales Road will be closed until approximately 10 a.m. for El Tour de Tucson. Landfill customers will only be able to access Los Reales by exiting Interstate 10 at the Valencia Road exit, traveling east on the frontage road to Craycroft Rd. and turning south to the entrance.

For more information please call Environmental Services, 791-3171.

Stay Safe This Winter (Video)

As people begin turning on their gas furnaces and using their fireplaces, the Tucson Fire Department offers tips on how to protect yourself against carbon monoxide and house fires.

Some of the early warnings of carbon monoxide poisoning are headaches, nausea, and vomiting. Later stages can include confusion, brain damage, and even death.

Your best defense is to use carbon monoxide detectors in your home.

Mayor and Council Approves Appointment of Police Chief

The Mayor and Tucson City Council last night approved the hiring of Richmond, California Police Chief Christopher Magnus as the Tucson Police Department’s new chief. City Manager Michael Ortega selected Magnus for the job, but the selection needed approval from Mayor and Council.

Magnus, who will start work Jan. 1, will be paid $200,000 a year during his first year, with a $5,000 dollar increase the following year upon a successful evaluation. He'll replace the retiring Roberto Villaseñor as chief.

City Council Selects Team for Ronstadt Center Redevelopment

The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday selected Peach Properties to enter into negotiations with the City to develop a mixed-use project with transit on a 4.7-acre key downtown site. The City-owned site currently is used as the Ronstadt Transit Center and two parking lots.

The selection is consistent with the unanimous recommendation to Mayor and Council of the project evaluation committee, comprised of members representing bus riders, downtown businesses and neighborhoods, the development community, and City departments.

Pre-Construction Open House for Kolb Road Project

The public is invited to attend an open house for the Kolb Road: Connection to Sabino Canyon Road project. The purpose of the meeting is to introduce the contractor, provide information, and answer questions regarding the project’s construction.

Planned improvements include a four-lane roadway with bike lanes and sidewalks and extending Sabino Canyon Road south from its intersection with Tanque Verde Road to connect with Kolb Road, approximately one-third mile north of Speedway Boulevard.

View Status of Road Bond Projects

The City of Tucson has an interactive map to track the progress of the Road Recovery bond project. The five-year plan voters approved in 2012 spends $100 million to improve roadways in our community.

You can click an area of the city on the map and find out which projects are completed, planned, and active. Information also includes the number of miles in each project and the ability to turn map layers on and off to narrow your search.

Tucson Department of Transportation Initiates Operation Freeze

Crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division initiated Operation Freeze yesterday. The program makes sure bridge decks are free of ice and safe for motorists to use.

During Operation Freeze, TDOT crews spray magnesium chloride on the bridge decks to lower the freezing temperature of water and prevent ice from bonding on a roadway. The treatment lasts for approximately 10 days.

Safety Tips for Home Heating

With overnight temperatures in the 30s in Tucson this week, the Tucson Fire Department is urging people to be careful when heating their homes. Capt. Barrett Baker says space heaters should be placed at least 3 feet from anything flammable and not be plugged into extension cords or left unattended.

If your furnace is up and running, Baker suggests you check and change the filter 3-4 times during the season and keep the area around the furnace clean and unobstructed. It's also a good idea to have working carbon monoxide detectors in your home.

Donate Now Through Tucson Cares

The City of Tucson cares about the community, and now you have the opportunity to demonstrate your support to the City and the community we serve. All donations to the City are tax deductible and can be made quickly and easily through the Tucson Cares page on the City's website.

Donation amounts begin at $10, and donors can pledge their support to one of four categories, including animal care.

City Manager Selects Next Police Chief

After an extensive search, City Manager Michael Ortega has selected Richmond, California Police Chief Christopher Magnus as the Tucson Police Department’s new chief. The appointment will be made final if approved by the Mayor and City Council at tomorrow’s Regular Meeting.

Over the weekend, Dallas Deputy Chief Malik Aziz requested his name be withdrawn from consideration.

Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villaseñor is scheduled to retire in December, after 35 years with the Tucson Police Department.


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