A common refrain is “government should be run like a business.” If that’s the case, the next question should be, what business would sell its most valuable assets for prices set nearly 150 years ago?
That may seem like an odd question, but it’s pretty much what our federal government does with public lands when a mining operation wants to open up there.
According to the 1872 Mining Act, a claim (basically an assertion of a right to mine) can be made on a certain types of public land and the federal government will charge you the lofty price of $5 per acre.
Tucson Medical Center (TMC) hosts more than 13,000 families each March during its annual safety event for children, and tomorrow, March 16, is the 2019 edition of Be Safe Saturday. From 9 a.m.- to 2 p.m., families can get free bike helmets and booster seats at the event.
The 32nd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival will be held Sunday, March 17, beginning at 10 a.m. at Armory Park, 220 S. 6th Ave. The celebration honors Irish heritage with local vendors, games for children, and live music.
Artists will include Wide Awake (a U2 tribute band) and Nancy McCallion and Friends. The 2019 theme of the daylong event is "Community in Action."
A statue outside of Tucson's City Hall commemorates the story of a 2,000-mile march that led members of the Mormon Battalion to Tucson almost 200 years ago. In the Tucson 12 video below, learn more about the long journey and the history of the statue.
Bring your dog(s) and join law enforcement officers and their canines for the 2019 Canine Walk for Cops on the University of Arizona Mall. The walk begins at 8 a.m., Saturday, March 16, and is approximately 1 mile. Registration is $20 and covers two walkers and one dog (add $10 for each additional dog).
The last day to register for spring classes at Tucson Parks and Recreation is Sunday, March 17, and Yummy for the Tummy is just one of the fun and exciting classes for kids at the Randolph Recreation Center.
In the Tucson 12 video below, see how Miss Lilly teaches kids and their parents cooking basics while making delicious carrot cake cookies.
Each year, approximately 60 local teenagers are accepted into Reid Park Zoo's Teen Volunteer Program, with the goal of educating the public. In the Tucson 12 video below, follow Christina Bryant, a volunteer since 2014, as she shows what the program has to offer.
Starting Monday, March 18, at about 10 a.m., Valencia Road east of Kolb Road will be closed to travel for approximately four months. The closure will allow work crews to reconstruct the section of Valencia from Kolb east to the newly constructed southeast ramp.
Thanks to Proposition 101, now known as Tucson Delivers, the Tucson Fire Department has received four new ambulances and soon will begin design plans for a complete rebuild of Station 9. Learn more by watching the Tucson 12 video below.
Enjoy three hours of free time without your children on Friday, March 15, 4:30-7:45 p.m., while your kids have organized activities with Tucson Parks and Recreation. The event will be held at Udall Recreation Center, 7200 E. Tanque Verde Road. The cost per child (ages 5-11 only) is $4.
The City of Tucson is hiring three lead planners for its Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD). Lead planners help the public by providing information on zoning and land use issues, preparing maps and other digital information, and communicating case information updates to related parties.