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Nominations Open for 2019 Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission Awards

Each year, the Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission (TPCHC) recognizes individuals, firms, groups, and/or organizations that have demonstrated their interest in or contribution to the preservation, conservation, or interpretation of local history, architecture, or historic preservation in Tucson or Pima County.

Annual Grease Collection Event Proves Successful

The 14th annual Grease Collection event in January had a successful outcome. With the help of its partners, the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD) reports it recovered 8,700 pounds of fats, oil, and grease (FOG). The amount collected reduces our carbon footprint by 22,000 pounds when the FOG products are recycled into biodiesel, a cleaner-burning fuel than regular diesel.

Traffic Alert: 12th Avenue and Irvington Road Traffic Signal Work


On Thursday, March 21, 2019, the traffic signals at the 12th Avenue and Irvington Road intersection will not be in operation as work crews replace underground conduit and wiring at the intersection.

The work is scheduled to begin at 5 a.m. and is anticipated to be complete by 3 p.m. the same day. This schedule could change due to unforeseen circumstances.

Job Opportunity: Senior Heavy Equipment Mechanic

The City of Tucson is seeking senior heavy equipment mechanics to work in its Environmental & General Services Department (EGSD). Duties include performing preventive maintenance and repairs of heavy vehicles and equipment as well as rebuilding and installing engines. A senior mechanic also makes service calls, keeps records and reports, and helps maintain a safe work area.

Paul's Note - March 15, 2019

A common refrain is “government should be run like a business.” If that’s the case, the next question should be, what business would sell its most valuable assets for prices set nearly 150 years ago?

That may seem like an odd question, but it’s pretty much what our federal government does with public lands when a mining operation wants to open up there.

According to the 1872 Mining Act, a claim (basically an assertion of a right to mine) can be made on a certain types of public land and the federal government will charge you the lofty price of $5 per acre.


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