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Tickets on Sale for Tucson Football Bowl Game

Game tickets are now available through Ticketmaster for the inaugural NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl, Dec. 29 at 5:30 p.m. at Arizona Stadium. Projected to bring $25 million to Tucson, the bowl game will feature teams from the Mountain West Conference (MWC) and Conference USA (CUSA). The Sun Belt Conference will provide a team if the MWC or CUSA can't fill the game.

Sundays are Play Days at the Reid Park Zoo

Visit Reid Park Zoo the next two weekends for Nature Play Sundays. From 10 a.m.-1 p.m. each Sunday in November, the Zoo will have a play area set up near the Conservation Learning Center for kids to dig, build, splash, and more. Sand pits, water tables, building blocks, and tools will be provided. Activities are free with regular Zoo admission, and no registration is required. If you’re not familiar with the location of the Conservation Learning Center, ask for a map when you arrive.

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.


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