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Tucson Groups Offer Plans to House Homeless

Advocates for the homeless are proposing designated campsites and micro houses in Tucson, based on successful pilot programs in Eugene, Oregon. That city allows legal campsites on city, county, or private property, where up to 20 people can live in tents or small huts on top of a wooden platform.

City leaders in Tucson recently formed a work group to study ways to help the homeless get into stable transitional housing. Ward 5 City Council Member Richard Fimbres is leading the group.

Rio Nuevo Wants to Invest in West Side Development

Rio Nuevo wants to buy the City of Tucson's stake in an agreement to develop 14 acres on the west side of downtown. The $1.2 million amount would equal what the City would receive if it decided developer Gadsden Co. has defaulted on a performance bond tied to the development agreement.

Gadsden agreed in 2008 to buy and develop the land in phases, but the company hasn't completed all of the agreed-upon work. The City granted the developer several extensions.

'Flame Off' Tonight as Part of Gem Show

The Sonoran Glass School (SGS) Flame Off has grown into a highly-anticipated flameworking event and highlight of the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase. Renowned local and visiting glass artists will compete against the clock tonight in front of hundreds of spectators.

Founded in Tucson by Tom Philabaum, the Flame Off is a fundraiser for the nonprofit glass arts school and its programs.

Tucson Police Department Holding Voluntary Fitness Assessment

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) Recruiting Unit is accepting registrations for a voluntary physical fitness orientation this Sunday. It will provide future applicants the opportunity to gauge their fitness level before testing for the position of Police Officer Recruit. Participants also will receive mentoring from the Recruiting Unit and physical training instructors.

Tucson Police First Aid Kits Saving Lives

The Tucson Police Department is crediting its new Individual First Aid Kits (IFAKs) with reducing the number of deaths of crime victims and others in medical distress. Since the IFAKs were deployed in 2014, every officer can address traumatic injuries while a scene is still active, before emergency medical personnel can arrive. The practice has been very successful and has attracted the attention of law enforcement communities across the country.

A-10 'Warthog' Safe Until 2022

The Pentagon will delay until 2022 its plan to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack jet, a mainstay at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter made the announcement yesterday. Eventually, the A-10s will be replaced with the newer F-35s.

D-M supporters fear retiring the A-10s would make the base more vulnerable to future closure. D-M pumped an estimated $973 million into the local economy in 2014.

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