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Saguaro National Park Seeks Public Comment Regarding Proposed User Fee Increase

Saguaro National Park proposes an increase to the park’s 7-Day Private Vehicle Entrance Permit from $10 to $15. The seven day pass admits a private vehicle and all of its occupants into the park for one week. If approved, the increase would go into effect on January 1, 2017. The increase in fees will help bring the park into alignment with the entry costs for other similar parks, a phased process which began in 2015. The park requests comments from the public concerning the proposed increase.

Enrollment Begins Next Week for Children's Health Insurance

For the first time in six years, the State of Arizona will begin accepting applications next week for KidsCare, the state's version of the federal Children's Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP. Coverage will begin Sept. 1.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a law in May to reinstate the stalled program. Federal dollars will cover the entire cost of KidsCare until at least the end of next year.

Enjoy Free Rides on the Streetcar Saturday for Sun Link's Anniversary

Sun Link will celebrate its second anniversary this Saturday, and Tucson Electric Power, the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association, and Main Gate Square will sponsor free rides on the streetcar.

KXCI and Main Gate Square will present a free 6 p.m. concert on the streetcar with Jimmy Carr and The Awkward Moments. To see the concert, board at the stop on Avenida del Convento and Congress, across from Mercado San Agustin, and travel to Main Gate Square for more concerts and other festivities.

Tucson Water Working to Harvest Stormwater

Tucson Water this year will launch a $350,000 pilot project for neighborhood-scale stormwater harvesting to increase shade and mitigate the urban heat island effect.

One way to harvest water from storms includes curb cuts to direct water to landscaping and other areas. Another way is through the use of so-called bump outs, which are small peninsulas that stick out from the curb to better capture flowing stormwater. Other benefits of bump outs include traffic calming and neighborhood beautification.

Walk to End Drunk Driving Scheduled for December

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host its "Walk Like MADD" 5k walk on Sept. 17, 8-11 a.m., at Reid Park. Registration already is underway, and you can even bring your friendly dog.

MADD is looking for walkers, team captains, and volunteers. You can even be involved without attending the event by signing up as a virtual walker or making a donation to another walker or team.

Pokémon GO Safari Nights at Reid Park Zoo This Weekend

Come and catch Pokémon at Reid Park Zoo this Saturday and Sunday, 7-10 p.m. Trainers can capture Pokémon, meet other players, and learn tips and tricks from local Pokémon GO pros.

Meanwhile, guests can enjoy music, face painting, caricatures, and more. Lures will be activated in the Pokémon GO app at several different locations in the Zoo approximately every 30 minutes.

Report: Arizona Ranks First in Aerospace Manufacturing

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) ranks Arizona No. 1 in the United States for aerospace manufacturing. The study's methodology measured the weighted average of taxes, operating costs (industry and overall wage rates, business climate, and energy costs), industry size (existing suppliers and supply/growth of workforce, including available aerospace technicians, engineers, and mechanics), and educational attainment.

City of Tucson Tax Workshop This Week

Learn your rights and responsibilities for Transaction Privilege (Sales) Taxation by attending the Tax and License Workshop sponsored by the City of Tucson Finance Department. The contracting workshop will be held this Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-noon, at the Murphy-Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road. Questions will be answered, and written materials will be available. Samples of sales tax records, worksheets, and monthly returns will be explained. You should bring a calculator and a pencil to the free workshop.

Predator-Prey Relationships Explained (Video)

Reid Park Zoo is home to more than 200 animals. Some are predators, and some are prey. That determines how they act and how they're cared for at the Zoo. Predators have adaptations that make them excellent hunters, while prey animals are always ready to flee.

Learn more about the differences between predator and prey animals in a past edition of Zoo News, produced by Tucson 12.

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