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Mayor Delivers State of the City Address

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild delivered his sixth State of the City address this afternoon. Speaking to more than 1,000 guests at the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort, the theme of Rothschild's speech was "Tucson: A Reliable Partner."

The mayor discussed successes in economic development and partnerships with Rio Nuevo, the Regional Transportation Authority, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Raytheon, the Tucson Metro Chamber (which hosted the event), and others.

Greyhound Opens New Bus Station

A ribbon-cutting ceremony this week marked the opening of Greyhound's new facility in Tucson. Located near Broadway Boulevard and Euclid Avenue, buses began running at the new facility at 8 a.m. yesterday.

The Rio Nuevo Multipurpose Facilities District owns the site and is leasing it to Greyhound.

Until this week, Greyhound was operating out of a temporary facility near Congress and I-10 after losing its former facility between Broadway and Congress, at the east end of downtown, to make room for student housing.

Watch Zoo Animals Beat the Heat (Video)

With above-average temperatures in the low-to-mid-90s this week, we're all getting a preview of summer a bit early. While most of us can turn on the air conditioning to stay cool, animals at Reid Park Zoo have different ways of coping. With the help of zookeepers, there are many different ways to keep the animals cool and engaged at the same time.

Tucson 12 produced a Zoo News video last summer on ways animals beat the heat.

Bear Down with Pride

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is joining the University of Arizona in urging fans to act responsibly and not let their emotions get out of hand when the Arizona Wildcats play in the NCAA Tournament. The No.2-ranked Wildcats face No. 15 North Dakota Thursday at 6:50 p.m. The game will be televised on TBS. TPD partnered with the university for a Bear Down with Pride PSA.

Open House for Playgrounds at Lincoln Park and Groves Park

Tucson Park and Recreation invites you to an open house tomorrow to discuss plans for new playgrounds being planned for Lincoln Park and Groves Park. The meeting will be held at the William M. Clements Regional Center, 8155 E. Poinciana Drive, from 5-7:30 p.m. There will be a short presentation and question/answer period starting at 5:30, but people may come any time during the open hours to learn about the playground options and vote on their favorite design.

Steve K's Newsletter 3/13/17

Topics in this Issue

  • Half-Staff
  • Pullover Protocol
  • Border Patrol - TPD Incident
  • Nike Hijab
  • Military Families - Deportation
  • Private Prisons
  • Arts Event at Ward 6
  • Investment in Tucson
  • La Placita
  • UA Student Rec Center
  • Sun Tran Frequent Transit Network
  • Garden District Porch Fest
  • Ring-Tailed Lemurs
  • Local First: MiAn Sushi & Modern Asian Cuisine
  • Events

Tucson's Major Roads Getting Better

A new report shows Tucson is in the middle of major American cities when it comes to the condition of roads. The latest urban roads report from TRIP, a national transportation research group, found that of 70 urban areas with populations above 500,000, Tucson came in at 35th place. The same report in 2013 ranked Tucson's roads the fifth-worst in the country.

The City of Tucson's road improvement efforts have been funded mostly through its voter-approved, five-year, $100 million Road Recovery bond program.

Tucson to Get Nonstop Flights to and from San Jose

Southern Arizonans will get nonstop access to another Bay Area airport in August when Alaska Airlines introduces daily nonstop service between Tucson International Airport (TUS) and Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC).

Last week's announcement was part of the largest new market announcement in the history of Alaska Airlines.

The flights to and from San Jose will be on 76-seat Embraer 175 jets (no middle seats). Twelve of those seats are in first class, with the rest in coach.

New Poet Laureate for Tucson

TC Tolbert is Tucson's new poet laureate. After former poet laureate Rebecca Seiferle moved out of state, a call for applications was issued through the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona. Three finalists emerged from that process, and Mayor Jonathan Rothschild made the final selection.

Tolbert is a poet and teacher who graduated with a master’s in fine arts from the University of Arizona.

Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

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