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This October is the Deadline to Have New Arizona Travel ID

Arizonans who want to travel on or after Oct. 1, 2020, will have to get an identification card that meets federal REAL ID Act security requirements. The new ID card will be needed to gain access to airports, restricted federal buildings, military bases, and more.

It's available as both an Arizona Driver License and identification card. The cost is $25 and the card is valid for up to eight years.

Haiku Hike Literary Contest Now Open

The Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) and the University of Arizona Poetry Center will host the second annual Haiku Hike literary competition. The theme of this year’s competition is "Living in the Present Moment."

Twenty winning haiku poems will be printed on acrylic signage and displayed in planters located downtown on Congress Street and on Stone Avenue. Winners will be announced on the DTP website and social media. Submissions will be accepted through March 10.

Tucson Police Helping Refugee Youth

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is participating in a refugee youth mentorship program that is part of a partnership with Lutheran Social Services. There are currently four police officers and two community service offices who are mentoring the youth refugees, and two of those being mentored are in our hiring pipeline.

TPD says it's important the police force reflects the diverse population in our community. KGUN9 recently featured a story on the program.

Thrive in the 05 and Partner Agencies to Screen Early Childhood Education Documentary

Thrive in the 05, Child & Family Resources, Pima Community College, and other agencies will host a free screening of the movie "No Small Matter," a documentary about early childhood education. The event takes place on Monday, Feb. 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Pima Community College Downtown Campus, 1255 N. Stone Ave., Amethyst Room (CC180).

ADA Ramps and New Sidewalk - Wilmot Rd - Broadway to Carondelet Dr

On Monday, February 17, 2020, KE&G Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Transportation Department, is scheduled to begin work to install ADA compliant ramps and new sidewalk along the east side of Wilmot Road, just north of Broadway to Carondelet Drive.

During the work, the northbound curb lane and bike lane will be closed. Work will take place from approximately 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. This project is scheduled to be complete in mid-April 2020. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances.

Paul's Note - February 14, 2020

We are embarking on another discussion about the long range future of our community, this time it’s on a topic I’ve spoken and written about before: our water future.

Tucson Water is preparing a new comprehensive long range plan for the first time since 2004, based on a nationally recognized integrated approach to water resource management known as “One Water.”

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