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Recruitment Underway for Summer Pool Employees

The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is looking for Water Safety Instructors (WSI) and Lifeguards this summer. More than 150 lifeguards and swimming instructors are needed for seasonal work at City of Tucson pools, beginning the week of May 23. Applicants must be at least 16 years old at time of hire and have knowledge of water hazards, lifesaving techniques, and first aid.

Learn more about the qualifications by following the links below. The application deadline is May 31.

Aging Infrastructure Affecting Tucson Water

While crews spent most of yesterday and today working to repair a broken water main at 22nd Street and Alvernon Way, the 63-year-old, 30-inch main is part of an ongoing problem of aging infrastructure.

Water rate hikes average about 8 percent a year, and even though residents are doing a great job of conserving water, Tucson Water says that's not enough to fix the hundreds of miles of pipeline that are more than 60 years old.

Arizona Senate Wants to Keep Tucson's Main Post Office Open

The Arizona Senate last week sent a memorial to Congress, urging it to stop plans to shut down the Cherrybell mail processing facility in Tucson. The Postal Service wants to close the center as a cost-saving measure.

Many in Tucson are protesting the move that would force all mail to go to Phoenix for processing. Tucson City Council Member Richard Fimbres, U.S. Rep Raúl Grijalva, and U.S. Rep. Martha McSally are among a large group of local, state, and federal officials leading the fight against closure.

Improvement Project on Portion of Silverbell Road to Cause Restrictions

Work began this morning on the next phase to improve the pavement conditions on Silverbell Road between Goret Road and Grant Road. Eastbound and westbound travel on Grant Road/Ironwood Hill Drive at Silverbell Road will be reduced to one through lane in each direction, one dedicated right turn lane, and one dedicated left turn lane.

Survey Underway on Speed Limits on Bike Boulevards

The City of Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian Program is seeking your help through an online survey regarding the motor vehicle speed limit on bicycle boulevards (select residential streets that prioritize bicycling and walking). The survey linked below is part of a graduate research project for the University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. The results will be used to gather the community's opinions on speed limits and safety.

Silverbell Road - Goret Road to Grant Road

TRAVEL LANE RESTRICTIONS

UPDATE

On Tuesday, March 1, 2016, eastbound and westbound travel on Grant Road/Ironwood Hill Drive at Silverbell Road will be reduced to one through lane in each direction and one dedicated right turn lane and one dedicated left turn lane. The restrictions will be in place for approximately two weeks to allow work crews with Hunter Contracting, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), to construct new concrete medians at the intersection.

TCC Home to Big Science Fair This Weekend

The Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Fair will be held Wednesday through Saturday at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC), with projects featuring microbiology, engineering, and more. Participants range from elementary to high school students.

This year's fair has almost 2,000 entries, and only the top 10 percent of each school's science fair is eligible to compete. More than 300 prizes will be awarded.

Reid Park Acorns Are Herbalist's Treasure

Tucson herbalist John Slattery, owner of Desert Tortoise Botanicals, finds food all around Tucson, including fallen acorns at Reid Park. He's been studying acorns for the past several years, and he says there's a misconception that the nutrient-rich nut is poisonous. Slattery says a few raw acorns may not hurt you, but he has a special method of preparation to make them safer and more pleasant to eat by grinding them into flour and soaking out the bitter tannins found in the nut.

Job Opportunity: Lead Well Maintenance Mechanic

Tucson Water is seeking a team player with skills to lead well maintenance mechanics in constructing, installing, repairing and maintaining well sites to run efficiently and in sound condition. Work is subject to standby and on-call hours during off-duty hours.

Duties require working outdoors under varying weather conditions in constrictive and/or slippery areas and around moving equipment. The recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be used to fill vacancies within the next six months.

Tucson Fire Department Works to Reduce Non-Emergency 911 Calls

Non-emergency calls to 911 are straining the system, and the Tucson Fire Department (TFD) recently launched a new program to divert those calls elsewhere, saving taxpayer dollars. Tucson Collaborative Community Care (TC3) is uniting the health care and social service communities to help those who call the emergency line on a daily basis to ask for help with things like diabetes medication, controlling anxiety, asking for doctors, and more.

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