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Tucson Department Of Transportation Initiates Operation Freeze

Beginning at approximately 1 p.m. Friday, December 28, 2018, crews from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division will initiate Operation Freeze in preparation of freezing overnight temperatures. Operation Freeze is put into place to make sure City bridge decks are free of ice and safe for motorists to drive over. 
 

Saguaro National Park Accessible to Public during Government Shutdown

During the shutdown of the federal government due to the lapse of appropriations, national parks will remain as accessible as possible while still following all applicable laws and procedures. Park roads and trails at Saguaro National Park will remain accessible to visitors, but emergency and rescue services will be limited.

There will be no NPS-provided visitor services at Saguaro National Park, including public information, restrooms, trash collection, and facilities or roads maintenance. Both Visitor Centers are closed.

Paul's Note - December 21, 2018

This is the last newsletter before the Christmas Holiday. Thank you all for supporting me and my office for this past year. Blessings to all of you and your families. 

Keep in mind that we will be closing at noon on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

Also, my office has tickets to the NOVA Home Loans Bowl. The game will be at at Arizona Stadium on Saturday, December 29 at 11:15 am. This year’s game will feature Arkansas State and the University of Nevada.

If you’d like to pick up tickets, come by any time next Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

Saguaro National Park Changes Entrance Fee to Address Infrastructure Needs & Improve Visitor Experience

On January 1, 2019, the entrance fees at Saguaro National Park will increase by $5. Visitors will notice that the 7-day private vehicle entrance fee at Saguaro National Park will go up from $15 to $20, 7-day motorcycle entrance fee will rise from $10 to $15, individual entrance passes for pedestrians and bicyclists will increase from $5 to $10, and the Saguaro Annual Pass will increase from $35 to $40.

Treecycle

For the 22nd year, residents can recycle their Christmas trees through the City of Tucson’s TreeCycle Program. The program begins on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 and continues through Monday, January 14, 2019. TreeCycle collection sites are located throughout Tucson and Oro Valley (see list of TreeCycle sites below).

NewsNet - 2018 in Review (Best Videos)

Watermelon Wednesdays Kept Zoo Animals Refreshed (7/23/18) - It was Watermelon Wednesdays last summer at Reid Park Zoo. Guests were able to watch animals enjoy watermelon-flavored ice, investigate puzzle feeders filled with slices of watermelon, and have fun while they smash whole watermelons. In the Tucson 12 video below, see how different animals react to receiving the special treats.

 

NewsNet - 2018 in Review (Part 2 - Awards and Recognition)

As 2018 is drawing to a close, NewsNet this week is taking a look back at some of the accomplishments and fun things that happened in the City of Tucson this year. Today, we have the second of a two-part special edition that focuses on some of the awards and recognition the City received in 2018 (with the original story date added), and that represents only a small portion of good news this year. We hope you enjoy these stories once again.

NewsNet - 2018 in Review (Part 1 - Awards and Recognition)

With only about two weeks left in 2018, NewsNet this week will take a look back at some of the accomplishments and fun things that happened in the City of Tucson this year. Today, we have the first of a two-part special edition that focuses on some of the awards and recognition the City received in 2018 (with the original story date added), and that represents only a small portion of good news this year. We hope you enjoy these stories once again.

Valencia Road - Wilmot Road To Kolb Road - Kolb Road Traffic Switch

Base paving operations on west side of Kolb Road north and south of Valencia Road are ongoing and scheduled to be complete on Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Following the paving work, crews from KE&G Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin relocating the traffic signals at the Kolb Road and Valencia Road intersection in advance of shifting traffic from the east side of Kolb Road to the west side of Kolb Road. 

Paul's Note - December 14, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a general overview of the planning and zoning process. It can get confusing, but one of the things I touched on was the Planning Commission.

The Commission is not always involved in re-zonings, only those where a neighborhood or area plan has to be amended. In some cases, however, a new zoning or a certain sort of development can’t happen unless the neighborhood plan is revised.

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