The monsoon claimed a life Monday morning after the vehicle of an adult female was swept downstream after being stuck in a residential wash, with the female trapped inside. The initial Tucson Fire unit arrived at East Calle Betelgeux and South Avenida Ursa for reports of a car in the wash at 9:31 A.M.. They initially could not see a vehicle in the residential. A bystander pulled up next to them and advised them that the car was pinned against a pedestrian bridge completely submerged. The crew immediately began getting equipment for a rescue when the car was pushed under the bridge and
Tucson Police Community Wide Immigration Information and Outreach
In an effort to connect with and inform the community, the Tucson Police Department (TPD) will engage in a community wide dialogue utilizing a variety of media platforms such as Facebook, the TPD webpage, pamphlets in English and Spanish, and participation in meetings with members of the community. This is in addition to TPD’s ongoing membership in the City of Tucson Immigrant Welcoming Task Force.
The Mayor and Council will hold a Special Meeting open to the public on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at or after 5:30 p.m. in the Mayor and Council Chambers of City Hall, 255 West Alameda, Tucson, Arizona, for a Town Hall Inviting Public Comments Regarding the City Manager Recruitment Process
Do you have unused or expired prescription medications but not sure what to do with them? These should never be poured down the drain or flushed in the toilet. They should not be left where people or pets might get to them. The Tucson Household Hazardous Waste Program (HHW) and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department are sponsoring a medicine collection event along with the monthly HHW collection on Saturday, September 6, 2014, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Prescription and over-the-counter tablets, capsules, liquids, and creams will be collected.
The Tucson Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency will again partner to bring the National Prescription Take-Back Initiative to the citizens of Tucson on Saturday, September 27 2014. During this event, the public will be able to bring unwanted or unused medications to either of two drop-off locations, where they can be turned over to members of the Tucson Police Department for disposal. This service is being provided for free, and is anonymous - no personal information will be collected from citizens turning over medication for disposal.
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On Saturday, September 6, 2014, travel restrictions will be in place at the southbound Alvernon Way/Palo Verde Road directional split to allow crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division to remove catwalks on overhead sign structures.
Crews will close access to Palo Verde Road at 6 a.m. and travel will be detoured to the Alvernon Way/Golf Links Road exit. Palo Verde Road is scheduled to reopen at about 10 a.m.
The City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) will detour southbound motor vehicle traffic at the Fourth Avenue Underpass into Downtown to keep the Sun Link Streetcar operations on schedule. The detour will be in place tonight, September 4, Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The northbound travel lane at the Fourth Avenue Underpass from downtown will remain open at all times.
TUCSON POLICE DEPARTMENT (TPD) RECIPIENT OF STATE GRANTS TO BUY EQUIPMENT - More than $250,000 in grants from the Arizona Governor's Office Of Highway Safety (GOHS) helped TPD purchase six police motorcycles, two unmarked SUVs, 24 laser speed detection devices, and more. When combined with additional equipment and overtime funding for training, education and enforcement in the areas of speed, impaired driving, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and occupant protection, GOHS has provided more than $2 million in grant funding for Tucson over the last three years. In recognition of the efforts of GOHS and Director Alberto Gutier, the Tucson Police Department will hold a news conference tomorrow at 10 a.m. at the front entrance of the TPD's Traffic Division at 1310 West Miracle Mile. The items purchased with the grant funds will be on display. Read the news release, and visit the TPD Facebook page.
NEW PROGRAM IN TUCSON AIMED AT BOOSTING HOMEOWNERSHIP - A new program is offering $5.5 million to increase homeownership and strengthen neighborhoods in Tucson. Wells Fargo, NeighborWorks America®, the Primavera Foundation, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, and South Tucson Mayor Paul Diaz announced the Tucson NeighborhoodLIFT® program last month. Down payment assistance of $15,000 will be available for eligible homebuyers with annual incomes that do not exceed 120 percent of the Tucson area median income – about $68,400 for a family of four – with income maximums varying depending on family size and type of loan. Among other things, potential buyers must complete an eight-hour homebuyer education session with The Primavera Foundation or another HUD-approved counseling agency. Participants must commit to live in the home for five years and qualify for a first mortgage with any lender. The Tucson Wells Fargo NeighborhoodLIFT® program begins with a free homebuyer event this Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at the Tucson Convention Center. Pre-registration is closed, but walk-in appointments may be available. Read more from Market Watch/Wall Street Journal.
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Starting Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, Pima County Regional Flood Control District and its contractor, Clear Contracting Company, will begin construction of the Pantano Wash Project: Broadway Boulevard to Kenyon Drive.
The pathway is designated a major pathway for development of The Loop. The Loop is a system of more than 100 miles of shared-use paths designed to link Tucson with Marana, Oro Valley and South Tucson.
On Wednesday, September 3, 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 Ajo Way from 14th Avenue to Bernard Drive and on Ajo Way from the Kino off-ramp to Country Club Road. The contract also calls for resurfacing Country Club Road 200 feet north and 200 feet south of Ajo Way.
TCC ARENA IMPROVEMENTS NEARING COMPLETION: CELEBRATION PLANNED - The Rio Nuevo Board is hiring the Beach Boys to headline a grand reopening concert early next year to show off the $7.8 million improvement project at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC) arena. The board will pay the band $100,000 for a Jan. 3 concert. Work began on the TCC last March to replace seats, upgrade acoustics, renovate bathrooms and concession stands, add video scoreboards, as well as making other improvements. The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. The concert isn’t designed to make money (at $25 a ticket), but to demonstrate to Tucsonans and the entertainment industry that the TCC has new life, said Rio Nuevo Chairman Fletcher McCusker. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT OF ELEPHANT BIRTH - After 22 months of anticipation, Reid Park Zoo's African elephant Semba gave birth to her third calf almost two weeks ago, on Tucson's birthday. Zookeeper Mara Jameson was there to watch the birth of the healthy female. She recently shared her experience, in a video produced by Tucson 12. You can follow the calf's progress at the Reid Park Zoo and City of Tucson social media sites (links below).
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UA STUDENT OFFERS FRESH PERSPECTIVE ON STREETCAR - Even though the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar has been running since July, University of Arizona students only recently discovered the new mode of travel, which runs through the heart of campus, 4th Avenue, downtown and the Mercado District, west of I-10. Plenty of students are finding the streetcar exciting, not only for transportation between housing and classes, but also as a travel option to food and entertainment spots not located directly on campus. One student recently wrote an Arizona Daily Wildcat opinion piece about the streetcar, saying it's "awesome."
TUCSON EXHIBIT CELEBRATES 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF ARIZONA HISTORICAL SOCIETY - Arizona Historical Society staff, volunteers, and board members have chosen 150 items from across the state that they feel best represent the history of Arizona. Items range from the artifacts of early settlers to more modern memorabilia. A small paper airplane on display dates from Charles Lindbergh's 1927 trip to Tucson to dedicate Davis-Monthan Airfield. The 150th anniversary exhibit opened Saturday at the Arizona History Museum, 949 E. 2nd Street, and will run through the rest of the year. Read more from Arizona Public Media.
GET THE LATEST NEWS AND INFORMATION ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER - "Like" the City of Tucson on Facebook to get the latest news, community updates and fun facts about Tucson local government and our community. You can also "Follow" the City of Tucson on Twitter for timely, concise updates throughout the day.
MEXICAN BASEBALL RETURNING TO TUCSON - The Mexican Baseball League says it will return to Kino Sports Complex for its fourth annual Vamos a Tucson Mexican Baseball Fiesta, Oct. 2-5. The tournament, sponsored Visit Tucson and Cox Communications, will feature eight games between some of the best and most popular professional baseball teams in Mexico. Visit Tucson reports last year's Mexican Baseball Fiesta generated nearly $350,000 for the Metro Tucson economy. Read more from Tucson News Now, and watch a 2011 video from Tucson 12 archives.
TRAFFIC ADVISORY: SIXTH STREET – CAMPBELL AVENUE TO COUNTRY CLUB ROAD - The City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) yesterday removed the barricades on Sixth Street, from Campbell Avenue to Country Club Road, and placed temporary striping to reopen the roadway to two lanes in each direction. Motorists are currently driving on the first layer of asphalt that was installed two weeks ago. The final paving will take place after TDOT staff completes quality control checks on that layer. The pavement preservation project is part of the $100 million, five-year Road Recovery bond program.
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WEEKEND BEACH BASH TO MARK THE END OF SUMMER - The Downtown Tucson Partnership is hosting a seasonal sendoff tomorrow at the pop-up beach in the shadow of the MLK lot at One North Fifth downtown, near Hotel Congress. The free bash runs from 4 p.m.-1 a.m., featuring live music and plenty of activities for children. The YMCA and Children’s Museum Tucson will be on hand, as will several food trucks. The beach, which includes tons of trucked-in sand, palm trees, and artificial grass has been a popular gathering spot over the summer. Even though this weekend's party marks the unofficial end of summer, the beach will remain in place through the middle of September. The beach is easily accessible via the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar.
DISNEY ON ICE COMING TO TUCSON CONVENTION CENTER - Tickets went on sale this morning for "Disney On Ice: Let's Celebrate," Oct. 9 -12 at the Tucson Convention Center. Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they're joined by Alice and the Mad Hatter, Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen, Lilo & Stitch, and Woody, Jessie, and Buzz Lightyear. Princesses and villains will also be on hand, and there will be a medley of holidays, celebrations and festivals from around the globe. Tickets can be purchased at the TCC Box Office or online via Ticketmaster. See the links below.
TRASH AND RECYCLING COLLECTIONS DELAYED BY ONE DAY NEXT WEEK - Due to the Labor Day holiday Monday, residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday. All City of Tucson Environmental Services residential and commercial customers will have their trash and recycling service delayed by one day. In addition, the Los Reales Landfill and the Household Hazardous Waste Facility will be closed Monday.
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