An apartment fire in the 2200 block of North Ralph Avenue (near Grant Road and Columbus Boulevard) displaced two residents yesterday after a fire started on the balcony due to an improperly discarded cigarette. Two dogs that lived in the apartment were taken out by firefighters and are okay. The two apartment residents, a male and female, weren't home at the time of the fire.
A camel at Reid Park Zoo was diagnosed Monday with a bacterial infection (Corneybacterium pseduotuberculosis). In the interest of extreme caution, to prevent any cross contamination with the Zoo’s animals, the camel ride operation has been suspended for the time being. The camel is being treated aggressively with antibiotics, and all four camels will be kept under strict quarantine. The camels, owned by a private contractor, arrived in Tucson in November 2014.
The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department wants to know how it can improve recreation and leisure opportunities for all of its users. The department is in the process of gathering information that will result in a vibrant, new five-year master plan that anticipates future needs and outlines the actions necessary to deliver high-quality recreation facilities, programs, and services to the Tucson area. Public and stakeholder input is essential and critical to the success of the master plan.
ZoomTucson is an interactive mapping site that allows citizens to find government information and services, such as political representatives, trash and recycling collection schedules, zoning, and school boundaries. ZoomTucson's clean and simple map interface allows users to search by an address or click on a location to display a wealth of information. It's also good for people interested in moving to Tucson.
Tucson's summer thunderstorms can turn animal exhibits into mud pits in just a few minutes, but that's not always bad. Lions aren't generally known for their love of water, but this past weekend's break in their afternoon routine proved irresistible for the playful young lions at Reid Park Zoo.
Enjoy the video below.
The deadline to submit arguments about November's ballot propositions is this Wednesday. There will be three Charter change questions on the Nov. 3 General Election ballot, along with a citizen's initiative to ban red light cameras in the City of Tucson. Arguments will be included in the sample ballot/publicity pamphlet for the election. That pamphlet will be mailed to each household with a registered voter in the City.
While Tucson's official 240th birthday isn't until Aug. 20, Tucson Parks and Recreation is celebrating the day early with a free swim day this week. All City pools will be free to the public on Wednesday, which also is the last day for summer pools. Starting Thursday, regular pool schedules resume. For a list of pools and hours, please visit the Parks and Recreation Aquatics website.
Tucson Water’s new Single Family Residential Clothes Washer Program will rebate customers $200 when they purchase a CEE Tier 2 or Tier 3 clothes washer. High efficiency clothes washers save water and energy. Certain conditions apply for the rebate, so please visit this website to learn more about the program.
The City of Tucson cares about the community, and now you have the opportunity to demonstrate your support for the City and the community it serves. All donations to the City are tax deductible and can be made quickly and easily through the Tucson Cares page on the City of Tucson's website. Donation amounts begin at $10, and donors can pledge their support to one of four categories, including animal care.
The Department of Homeland Security is awarding the Tucson Fire Department nearly $8.6 million through the Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) grant program. The funding will be used to hire 54 firefighters, replacing 41 firefighters lost through attrition and adding 13 new positions. The SAFER program was created to provide funding directly to fire departments, with a goal of enhancing the local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response, and operational standards.
The 2nd annual Kidz Expo & Back to School Event will run from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. tomorrow at the El Pueblo Regional Center, 101 W. Irvington Road. More than 1,000 backpacks will be given to kids between 6-13 years old. In addition, the Tucson Police Department and TMC SAFE Team will offer free car seats to parents who take a class tomorrow, and there will be free immunizations, live music, dancing, raffles, and entertainment.
Road crews will begin milling and paving Country Club Road from 22nd Street to Aviation Parkway on Monday and Tuesday. Due to the narrow width of the roadway, the southbound lane on Country Club, from 22nd Street to Aviation Parkway, will be closed to through traffic during work hours, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Northbound travel will not be affected by this work. Electronic message boards will be in place to alert motorists of the upcoming closure.
The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, along with Visit Tucson and Pima Community College, will host the Jennie Finch Softball Camp at the Lincoln Park Softball Complex, 8116 E. Escalante Road. The camp, Oct. 24-25, is open to all girls third grade and up.