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NewsNet 07-18-14

MONSOON THUNDERSTORMS PROMPT MORE 9-1-1 CALLS THAN USUAL - The summer thunderstorm season can be a very dangerous time, and much of that danger results in hundreds of 9-1-1 calls from people needing help. Tucson News Now recently went behind the scenes to see what it's like at Tucson's 9-1-1 dispatch center at Park and Ajo.

HOW TO BICYCLE IN THE STREETCAR ZONE - With Sun Link Tucson Streetcar service starting a week from today (July 25), bicyclists will need to be extra attentive when riding near the tracks. New markings - including green bike boxes, bike dots, and shared-lane markings - will help guide cyclists where they need to be to stay safe and more visible. The City of Tucson produced a video that describes the safest ways to ride.

WEBSITE LISTS ITS TOP TEN ART GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS IN TUCSON - TheCultureTrip.com says Tucson is home to history and culture, but its contemporary art scene is not lagging behind. The website - which covers many countries and cites around the world - names ten galleries, such as Etherton Gallery, Madaras Gallery, Solar Culture, DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, The Museum of Contemporary Art, and others.

CITY OF TUCSON HOLDS WORKSHOPS ON LICENSE AND SALES 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. You should bring a calculator and a pencil. A workshop for contracting questions will be held next Tuesday (July 22), from 10:30 a.m. until noon, at the Wilmot Branch Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road. A retail workshop will be held July 29 at the same time and place.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: UTILITY TECHNICIAN APPRENTICE - Tucson Water is seeking multiple applicants to help monitor and maintain the components of a water system serving more than 700,000 people. Some of the duties include investigating and locating repair sites, collecting appropriate data, testing water quality as situations demand, installing or repairing system components, initiating or terminating service, and resolving water service problems. Advancement opportunities are available after a 12-month probation period.

How to Park in Streetcar Zone

HOW TO PARK IN THE STREETCAR ZONE - With Sun Link Tucson Streetcar service starting a week from tomorrow, July 25, it's important you park properly near the tracks. Adjacent parking requires you to have your vehicle completely in the marked white lines of the parking space.

NewsNet 07-17-14

SUN VAN RECEIVES 42 NEW VEHICLES - The City of Tucson and Sun Van - the City’s award-winning paratransit service - are introducing 42 new Sun Van vehicles. The vehicles include minivans and sedans to improve system efficiency when full-sized vehicles are not necessary. Once all of the new vehicles are received by the end of next month, they will replace 2009 diesel-fueled vehicles in Sun Van’s fleet, decreasing the average age of the fleet from 4.10 years to 2.47 years. The vehicles were purchased with funding from the Federal Transit Administration and the City of Tucson. Read the news release.

HOW TO PARK IN THE STREETCAR ZONE - With Sun Link Tucson Streetcar service starting a week from tomorrow, July 25, it's important you park properly near the tracks. Adjacent parking requires you to have your vehicle completely in the marked white lines of the parking space. A mis-parked vehicle can block a streetcar and cost you a lot of money in fines and towing fees. Watch a video on proper parking along the streetcar route.

TUCSON POLICE EXPLORERS IN COLORADO FOR TRAINING - Seven Tucson Police Explorers, two TPD officers and a civilian advisor are in Gunnison, Colorado attending the 2014 Annual Law Enforcement Explorer Post Advisors Association of Colorado (LEEPAAC). Over the course of this week, the Explorers are networking with agencies from around the western United States in an effort to solve law enforcement- based scenarios. The Explorers are learning to adapt and improvise to solve problems using collective tactics from all of the agencies involved. The Explorer volunteer program is for young people between the ages of 14 and 20 with a strong interest in learning about law enforcement. Follow Explorer training at LEEPAC on TPD's Facebook page.

REDUCE CLUTTER AND GO PAPERLESS WITH CITY E-BILLING - Go paperless with your Utility Services Statement. Set up an eBill account to pay your bill, get notification of your billing statement, view water usage, and read Tucson Water's newsletter.

MOVIES IN THE PARK SERIES CONTINUES AT REID PARK - Looking for some family-friendly entertainment on Friday nights over the summer? Movies in the Park, a Tucson summer staple since 2003, returns tomorrow at Reid Park with a free showing of "How to Train Your Dragon." Residents are invited to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy a free movie every other Friday at the Demeester Performing Arts Pavilion, 900 S. Randolph Way. The events begin at 5:30 p.m. with live music, jumping castles, balloon animals, and arts and crafts exhibits from nonprofits. Popcorn, soda, and food truck vendors also will be available for an additional charge. The Movies in the Park program is hosted by Cox Communications and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance. Read more from Tucson News Now.

Reporting Transportation Concerns After Storm Damage

HOW TO REPORT TRANSPORTATION CONCERNS AFTER STORM DAMAGE - Is there a tree in the road after a thunderstorm? Is there a pothole you'd like to see fixed? Is a street sign missing? You can report these issues to the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to tdotsr@tucsonaz.gov. You also can use the SeeClickFix website and app.

July 25 TAR event to kick off 6th annual Tucson Supplies Teachers

July 25 TAR event to kick off 6th annual Tucson Supplies Teachers 

On July 25, the Tucson Association of REALTORS® (TAR) will present a special event to launch the 6th Annual Tucson Supplies Teachers Drive in partnership with Tucson Values Teachers (TVT).  Because TVT can leverage cash donations at 2-to-1, the REALTORS® will focus on collecting cash donations instead of actual school supplies.  

 

NewsNet 07-16-14

VOLUNTEER AS A STREETCAR GUIDE DURING OPENING WEEKEND - The Sun Link Tucson Streetcar team is recruiting volunteers to assist riders on the streetcar, July 25-27. Volunteers are asked to register to work a two-hour shift (or multiple staggered shifts) to help people board and exit the streetcar, answer questions and hand out free water. Volunteer shifts are available between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. all three days. As part of the volunteer training, you will get to ride the streetcar before the official launch, and you will get a free T-shirt. After the grand opening celebrations July 25, rides on the streetcar will be free through Sunday, July 27.

TUCSON ARCHITECTURAL FIRM MOVES DOWNTOWN TO BE PART OF AREA'S REVIVAL - With the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar and a vibrant food and entertainment scene leading Downtown Tucson's revival, a Tucson architect says he wants to be "part of the entire scene." Thomas Sayler-Brown, founder of SBBL Architecture + Planning, recently relocated his office from midtown to 15 E. Pennington Street to realize his dream of working in the urban center of Tucson. His company even is helping create part of the new downtown, finishing design plans for the forthcoming Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market, the long-awaited downtown grocery store. SBBL's portfolio also includes the Foothills Mall Loews Theater, the Lodge at Canoa Ranch, the Stone Curves multi-family housing development, the Cord Blood Registry, and other projects. Read more from the Downtown Tucson Partnership.

RIO NUEVO RECEIVES TWO BIDS TO REDEVELOP CURRENT GREYHOUND SITE - Rio Nuevo has two proposals to develop land it owns near the Tucson Convention Center. The Rio Nuevo Board board voted 4-1 Tuesday to publicly interview the two bidders in a final evaluation before it selects a winner to purchase and develop the approximately 8.5 acres of land now occupied by the Greyhound Bus Depot. Both proposals include plans for a hotel, parking garage and some mix of apartments, office space, restaurants, and shops. One bid, for $100 million, is from developer Allan Norville, who owns land adjacent to the property. The other, for nearly $112 million, is from Peach Properties. Once the Rio Nuevo Board picks a winner, it would then enter into negotiations to develop a final agreement. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

VOTER-APPROVED ROAD REPAIR WORK CONTINUES - Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), began work today to improve the roadway conditions on Sixth Street from Ferro Avenue (just west of Sixth Avenue) to Park Avenue. Crews are lowering manhole and water valve covers through Friday, from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. During the utility-lowering phase of the project, at least one lane of travel in each direction will be maintained. Beginning Monday, crews will begin a full-depth mill (removing asphalt) and repaving on Sixth Street. The milling and repaving is scheduled to be complete by Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Business and residential access will be maintained at all times. The pavement preservation project is part of the $100 million, five-year Road Recovery bond program. Read the Bond Oversight Commission Annual Report.

TUCSON MAKES THE LIST OF TOP 50 CITIES FOR SWIMMERS - A study commissioned by USA Swimming and Speedo ranks Tucson 42nd on the list of 50 top cities in which to swim. The study ranks cities based on the number of USA Swimming clubs and members, number of competitions, and other factors. Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics is one of the nation's most successful post-collegiate clubs, building on the achievements of the University of Arizona swim teams. Former UA coach Frank Busch is USA Swimming national team director. Phoenix did not rank among the top 50 cities in the survey. Read more from azcentral.com, and read the entire survey.

Sixth Street: Ferro Avenue to Park Avenue Resurfacing Project

On Wednesday, July 16, 2014, crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin work to improve the roadway conditions on Sixth Street from Ferro Avenue (just west of Sixth Avenue) to Park Avenue. The pavement improvement project is part of the $100 million, five-year street bond program - Road Recovery. The Road Recovery program is funded by voter-approved bonds.

ROAD RECOVERY SIXTH STREET - FERRO AVENUE TO PARK AVENUE RESURFACING PROJECT

ROAD RECOVERY

SIXTH STREET - FERRO AVENUE TO PARK AVENUE 

RESURFACING PROJECT

On Wednesday, July 16, 2014, crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin work to improve the roadway conditions on Sixth Street from Ferro Avenue (just west of Sixth Avenue) to Park Avenue. The pavement improvement project is part of the $100 million, five-year street bond program - Road Recovery. The Road Recovery program is funded by voter-approved bonds.

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