Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Wednesday, April 15, that he is looking to restore the ability of Arizona hospitals to perform elective surgeries again. Hospitals are reporting financial losses of up to 40% a month due to the lack of those surgeries.
The Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) announced this morning, April 17, that another 1,000 gift cards were sold in less than 15 minutes. Under the Gift Card Incentive Program, customers buy a $25 gift card and receive another $10 in value for free.
Eastbound and westbound Broadway Boulevard will be closed to travel at Fremont Avenue on Monday, April 20, as part of the improvement project taking place on Broadway between Euclid Avenue and Country Club Road. Westbound Broadway will be closed from approximately 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. Starting Monday, eastbound Broadway will be closed for about seven days, through Monday, April 27.
The City of Tucson's Office of Economic Initiatives (ConnectTucson) is hosting a free webinar next Monday, April 20, from 3-4 p.m., on the latest help for small businesses and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tucson Parks and Recreation is offering virtual opportunities for the public to exercise, create, and learn new skills during the COVID-19 pandemic. Department Director Brent Dennis, also an artist, channeled his inner Bob Ross with a series of short social media videos, including "How to Sketch Trees and Landscapes."
The video is below, along with an Arizona Daily Star story with Dennis about how the pandemic has affected Tucsonans with ties to the world of sports.
Reid Park Zoo’s elephant calf is more than a week old and ready for a name. Reid Park Zoo and the Arizona Daily Star are joining together to ask the community to vote in a poll to pick the calf's name.
The choices are Mapenzi (meaning beloved), Amani (meaning peace), and Zawadi (meaning gift). The names are all derived from Swahili. The names of the other elephants in the herd (Mabu, Semba, Lungile, Sundzu, and Nandi) also have ties to their native land in Africa. T
The Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP) is stepping up again to infuse cash into the downtown community through the DTP Gift Card Incentive Program. The success of the first two rounds of gift cards led HSL Properties to provide the $10,000 required to fund another 1,000 gift cards with bonuses. This will result in an additional $35,000 invested directly into downtown businesses, bringing the total up to $105,000 in a matter of days.
The City of Tucson's Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) is noticing a higher-than-usual number of plastic bags in blue recycling bins. The department wants to remind residents that plastic bags and all flexible plastics are not accepted in the City's recycling program.
The "Revised City of Tucson Citizen Participation Plan" has been amended and
Beginning Sunday, April 19, eastbound travel on Broadway Boulevard, between Campbell Avenue and Stewart Avenue, will shift to the north side of Broadway. This traffic shift will allow work crews to begin improvements on the south side of the roadway between Campbell and Country Club Road.
The NRC at Eastside City Hall, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd., is temporarily closed for repaving. It will not reopen until May 1, unless work is finished earlier than scheduled.
The baby elephant calf at Reid Park Zoo is now a little more than a week old. She has been introduced to the whole herd and is spending lots of time with her mom, Semba, and her sister, Nandi.
The calf has been spending her mornings on habitat and is at times visible on the Zoo Cams. For the best chance to see her on camera, start viewing before 11 a.m. The Zoo will be giving the public an opportunity to vote on the calf's name. Stay tuned for details.
Are you missing your favorite Pilates classes this spring at Tucson Parks and Recreation? If you need to continue your exercises, Lana Butler guides you through a free, condensed Pilates class on the Parks and Recreation Facebook page. Stay home and take the class at your leisure.
If you enjoy it, you can sign up for in-person classes once they resume.