There are a lot of things to talk about this week, and I want to get to as much of it as possible. I am really concerned about our local hospital capacity. Please stay home as much as possible, always wear a mask & wash your hands often. Please support our neighbors whose homes are in danger of burning down in the Bighorn wildfire.
Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), are crack sealing and fog sealing various roadways throughout the City through July. This downtown work was rescheduled from earlier in June 2020. Crews will work Monday through Friday, with occasional weekend work. The dates, work hours and locations where the improvements will take place in the next three weeks of the program are:
The Bighorn Fire in the Coronado National Forest has grown to 88,046 acres as of this morning, June 26, and is 33% contained. The acreage burned now surpasses that of the 84,000-acre Aspen Fire that burned on Mt. Lemmon in 2003 that destroyed more than 300 homes and businesses in the town of Summerhaven.
Nearly 1,200 people are assigned to fight the Bighorn Fire, and evacuation notices have not changed.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is urging residents to stay home whenever they can and to use masks if they have to go out in public during the COVID-19 pandemic. He made those statements at a news briefing yesterday, June 26, but didn't issue an official stay-at-home order or a mask mandate for the entire state, although Tucson, Pima County, and many Arizona municipalities recently passed their own mandatory mask laws.
After Wednesday’s news conference surrounding the in-custody death of Carlos Adrian Ingram-Lopez and Tucson Police Department (TPD) Chief Chris Magnus’ offer of resignation, City Manager Michael Ortega said yesterday that he will not accept the resignation.
The Salvation Army of Tucson and the City of Tucson recently launched the new Operation Chill Out Indoor Heat Relief Project, which provides relief for the community in safe, indoor environments and reduces the risk of exposure, dehydration, heatstroke, and other health risks associated with the desert summer.
The UA Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center and the USDA Southwest Climate Hub will host a panel discussion on current drought conditions in the Southwest, and what to anticipate for the remainder of the season.
The presentation is free and takes place Monday, June 29, at 11 a.m. Register at the link above.
Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), are crack sealing and fog sealing various roadways throughout the City through July. Crews will work Monday through Friday, with occasional weekend work. The dates, work hours and locations where the improvements will take place in the next two weeks are:
Monday, June 29 through Tuesday, June 30 – 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. (fog seal)
Kino Boulevard and 22nd Street Intersection and surrounding side streets
After yesterday’s news conference surrounding the tragic in-custody death of Carlos Adrian Ingram-Lopez and Tucson Police Department Chief Chris Magnus’ offer of resignation, City Manager Michael Ortega has told the Tucson Mayor and City Council that he will not be accepting the Chief’s resignation. The City Manager received support for Magnus from the majority of the council members.
The City of Tucson is hosting another budget presentation with City Manager Michael Ortega and Chief Financial Officer Joyce Garland. The virtual event will take place on Monday, June 29, at noon.
The public can join the meetings using the links or phone numbers provided at the above meeting link. The previous event can be viewed alongside the new participatory budget tool at the same link.
The Tucson Fire Department and Tucson Environmental and General Services (EGSD) want to remind residents to leave hazardous items out of their trash/recycling bins. Certain batteries can start fires at the landfill or in the back of a truck, and it is more common this time of year.
Dangerous batteries include: Lithium Ion Batteries, Rechargeable Batteries, Remote Control Car Batteries, and Button Batteries. When these batteries get crushed or get hot, they can start a fire.
The City of Tucson is hiring a Coordinated Entry Assessment and Housing Navigation Coordinator for its Housing and Community Development (HCD) department. This new position is primarily responsible for support in implementation of the community's assessment and housing navigation plan.
As of this morning, June 24, there are now 6,318 reports of COVID-19 cases in Pima County and 59,974 in Arizona. Those numbers include cases where people have recovered, as state health officials do not track recoveries. There have now been 1,463 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona.
Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website that includes information for businesses, residents, and even activities for kids. The site is updated as information continues to evolve.