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Self-Guided Tours Available Via Smartphone at Sweetwater Wetlands

Tucson Water and Arizona Project WET are offering a series of self-guided tours at the Sweetwater Wetlands, 2551 W. Sweetwater Dr. The Discovery Program engages visitors through a journey along the path that surrounds the ponds and recharge basins. Guests can use a QR code reader app on any smart device to view the Wetlands in a scientific way as they navigate around the 60-acre site.

More Tucson Roads to Be Repaved

Additional major roads in Tucson will be repaved soon, thanks to the City's five-year, $100 million Road Recovery bond program coming in under budget. The savings are the result of lower fuel prices and favorable bids.

"The contractors themselves in town have been very hungry," said Daryl Cole, director of the Tucson Department of Transportation. "There have been several who have had really good bids."

Sun Tran Testing New Electric Buses

Sun Tran this week is testing an all-electric bus on select routes to see if the new technology could play a role in Tucson's future bus fleet. While there is no commitment to buy the bus at this time, Sun Tran says the testing is part of an evaluation process, which also includes studying the environmental impacts and travel costs of the BYD bus.

It takes about 18 to 24 months for Sun Tran to purchase a bus, and the company already is slated to buy 21 compressed natural gas (CNG) buses in 2018.

Need Help Starting or Expanding a Business in Tucson? Call the Small Business Assistance Line

The City of Tucson's Small Business Assistance Line, (520) 837-4100, is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Help is available in both English and Spanish. Staff members from the City Manager's Office of Economic Initiatives answer the calls.

The Small Business Assistance Line is one of a number of City initiatives to make the City of Tucson more business-friendly, along with 21 business incentives, streamlined permit processes, and more.

City of Tucson Workshops: License and Transaction Privilege Tax Reporting

Learn your rights and responsibilities for Transaction Privilege (Sales) Taxation by attending a Tax and License Workshop sponsored by the City of Tucson Finance Department.

Questions will be answered and written materials will be available. Samples of sales tax records, worksheets, and monthly returns will be explained. Sample returns can be completed. It is recommended that you bring a calculator and a pencil.

Tucson Fire Department Teams with UA to Reduce Cancer Risks Among First Responders

Researchers at the University of Arizona will track new Tucson firefighters for three years to learn more about what chemicals play a role in causing cancer among first responders. Researchers will take blood and urine samples from firefighters after they finish working at a scene.

The concern is that synthetic materials used in everyday items in homes could release harmful chemicals in the event of a fire.

A $1.5 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will fund the study.

City of Tucson Tax Workshop This Week

Learn your rights and responsibilities for Transaction Privilege (Sales) Taxation by attending the Tax and License Workshop sponsored by the City of Tucson Finance Department. The contracting workshop will be from 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursday at the Murphy-Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road.

Questions will be answered and written materials will be available. Samples of sales tax records, worksheets, and monthly returns will be explained. You should bring a calculator and a pencil to the free workshop.

UA Downtown Lecture Series Continues This Week

The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Science's annual Downtown Lecture Series continues tomorrow. The theme of this year's series focuses on immortality. The latest lecture features Jerrold Hogle speaking about "The Dark Immortality of the Vampire." His lecture runs from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Fox Tucson Theatre. Overflow seating with a video stream will be available at Hotel Congress and Playground Bar and Lounge.

Road Recovery Fog Seal Program Resumes This Week

Several streets will undergo pavement preservation beginning today through next Tuesday. The work is part of the five-year, $100 million Road Recovery bond program that City voters approved in 2012. Fog Sealing is the application of a thin layer of asphalt emulsion that helps cover small roadway imperfections, cracks, or other small voids and seals the existing asphalt to preserve the roadway.

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