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Cyclovia Returns This Weekend

Cyclovia Tucson is back for its seventh year this weekend, and it continues to grow to be one of the region's largest events, drawing 55,000 participants annually. Sunday's fall bicycling and outdoors celebration (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) has a new route that connects the Miramonte, Palo Verde, and Garden District neighborhoods along a route temporarily closed to vehicular traffic, but open for people biking, walking, rolling, and playing on the streets.

Ride Streetcar to UA Football Game Tomorrow

Prior to tomorrow's homecoming game against the Stanford Cardinal at 8 p.m., University of Arizona football fans can experience the dining, entertainment, and retail opportunities at Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District, and then board the Sun Link streetcar to the UA from any one of the 23 stops along the 3.9-mile route. Once on campus, Arizona Stadium is a short walk from the Second Street and Cherry Avenue stop.

Safe Halloween Event Set for Monday

Next Monday is Halloween, and organizers of the first Safe Halloween Event will be offering free games, music, popcorn, candy, face painting, a haunted house, and more. The party is sponsored by Rod Robertson Auto Auction and the Tucson Police and Pima County Sheriff's departments. It runs Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the Auto Auction, 7600 S. Swan Road. Be sure to have your kids (5-13) dress up, as there will be a costume contest. The 1st place winner will receive $500, and there are lesser cash prizes for 2nd and 3rd place winners.

Smartphone App Encourages Ridesharing

Pima Association of Governments and Metropia Inc., which offers a mobile app to incentivize commuters to make better travel decisions, are partnering on a new app called DUO or Driving Up Occupancy. DUO rewards both drivers and passengers with reward points by sharing a ride that reduces congestion and vehicle emissions. By carpooling, friends, families, co-workers and others can be rewarded for their efforts with Metropia bonus points toward gifts from local businesses.

USPS Committee Chairman tours the Cherrybell Post Office and Processing Center and Takes Part at Roundtable at the Ward 5 Council Office

TUCSON – U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, the Chair of the House Subcommittee overseeing the Postal Service, toured the Cherrybell Post Office and Processing Center and took part in a roundtable meeting of stakeholders at the Tucson’s Ward 5 Council Office.


Rep. Meadows was invited to Tucson by U.S. Rep. Martha McSally (AZ- CD 2), who has worked closely with Ward 5 Councilmember Richard Fimbres, for which the Cherrybell Post Office and Processing Center is located in his Ward.


Tucson Fire Department Responds to Fire Caused by Blowtorch

Three residents were displaced from their home in the 10000 block of East Paseo San Bernardo in Rita Ranch after a fire last night heavily damaged the attic. The resident had been burning weeds with a blowtorch earlier in the evening, and he noticed later the smell of smoke and saw the smoke coming from vents in the home. After calling 911, the man went outside and saw flames in the wall near the ground where he had been burning the weeds.

Roadrunners' Mascot Gets a Name

The Tucson Roadrunners' mascot was unveiled this morning at Tully Elementary School. Just ahead of tomorrow's first home game, the Roadrunners brought out "Dusty" to meet the students and make his official debut alongside "Howler," the mascot of the Arizona Coyotes parent club.

Tucson's new hockey team makes its regular season home debut tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. against the Stockton Heat at the Tucson Arena. All fans in attendance will receive a commemorative ticket.

Road Recovery Update

Work continues to crack seal, fog seal, and asphalt patch roadways associated with the voter-approved $100 million, five-year Road Recovery bond program. Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will work 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. The Tenth Avenue – 22nd Street to 26th Street fog seal work is underway today and is scheduled to be finished tomorrow.

Downtown-Area Roads Closed This Weekend for Charity Runs

TMC Get Moving Tucson events will force the closure of roads this weekend, blocking traffic in Downtown Tucson and the West University, Menlo Park, and "A" Mountain neighborhoods. The streets will be filled with 2,000 expected runners, walkers, and five local rock 'n' roll bands.

Reid Park Zoo is one of the beneficiaries of Saturday's walk/run events.

For a complete list of events and road closures this Saturday and Sunday, please visit the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.

Former Mexican President Supports Tucson's Bid for International Startup Incubator

The former president of Mexico is offering his support in an effort to help entrepreneurs on both sides of the border. Vicente Fox, who was Mexico's president from 2000-2006, listened to a pitch yesterday by Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and other members of a Tucson delegation visiting Guanajuato, Mexico. After a nearly two-hour meeting, Fox agreed to the partnership, extending a handshake to the mayor. Fox also accepted an invitation to come to Tucson in January to meet his new U.S. partners.

UA Hosts Privacy Conversation Tonight

The University of Arizona's College of Social & Behavioral Sciences holds its second lecture tonight as part of its month-long Conversation on Privacy series. The Wednesday night lecture series discusses the online trail of personal data, revealing secrets about our health, habits, beliefs, and more. Local and national experts will explore the benefits and dangers of today's technology.

Tucson Roadrunners Play Home Opener Friday

Tucson's new hockey team makes its regular season home debut this Friday at 7:05 p.m. against the Stockton Heat at the Tucson Arena. All fans in attendance will receive a commemorative ticket. The Tucson Roadrunners started their inaugural American Hockey League (AHL) season Oct. 14 and currently have two wins and one loss.

Tucson 12 has a video preview (below) of some of the action, as well as interviews with the players and coaches.


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