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Voice Your Opinions About Highway Improvement Plans

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are hosting a public scoping meeting this week about potential improvements to two important corridors that serve the Tucson area: Interstate 10 from the I-10/Interstate 19 interchange to Kolb Road and State Route 210 (Barraza-Aviation Parkway) from Golf Links Road to a future connection with I-10. The meeting will provide study information and solicit community feedback on study area issues and concepts.

Celebrate the Completion of Silverbell Rd. - Goret Rd. to Grant Rd. Improvements

Join the City of Tucson and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in celebrating the completion of the Silverbell Road – Goret Road to Grant Road Improvement Project – at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. The celebration and a ribbon cutting will take place at the northeast corner of Goret Road and Silverbell Road.

Speakers will include Tucson Mayor and RTA Board member Jonathan Rothschild; Vice Mayor Regina Romero; Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías; Chuck English, Vice President of Hunter Contracting; and public artist Kevin Berry.

Stone Avenue - Drachman Street to First Street Roadway Improvement Project - Stone Avenue Closure - Final Paving

On Tuesday, February 14, 2017, both northbound and southbound travel on Stone Avenue at Speedway Boulevard will be prohibited to allow crews from KE&G Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), to complete the final paving at the intersection. The Stone Avenue closure will be in place from approximately 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

A-10 to Fly at Least Four More Years

The U.S. Air Force says its fleet of A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack planes will keep flying through at least 2021. The A-10 "Warthog" is one of the main missions at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson.

This week's Air Force statement is a departure from previous plans that would have phased out the aircraft starting next year, with the planes being fully retired by 2022.

Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

Major Company to Locate in Downtown Tucson

Ernst & Young LLP (EY) announced this week that it's opening a national executive support center in Tucson. The company says the new center eventually will create more than 125 jobs in the area with a focus on executive administrative support and creative graphics and digital services.

The firm has selected Downtown Tucson for the support center and will operate in a temporary space at the Transamerica Building on North Church Avenue until a permanent location is identified and made ready in the fall.

City of Tucson Sends Election Statement to High Court

Tucson is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a bid by Republican interests to kill the City's unique system of electing council members. Legal briefs filed by City Attorney Mike Rankin say there's nothing inherently unconstitutional about having the six council members nominated by ward and then having a citywide general election. He says it ensures each area of Tucson is represented, and it requires council members to pay attention to voters in the other five wards.

Signature Event of Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase to Open at TCC

The annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® - the one that started all of the gem shows in Tucson - opens tomorrow at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). Presented by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, the show attracts thousands of treasure hunters from around the world. Free seminars and a Junior Education Area make the show a big draw for local families, too. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.

Free Dental Care for Kids Tomorrow

Arizona families without dental insurance can register their children for free dental care tomorrow. It's part of a statewide event called Give Kids a Smile. Dental care will be provided for up to 100 uninsured kids from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Southwest Kids Dentistry, 6970 N. Oracle Road, Suite 110. Children up to age 18 will be able to receive comprehensive oral health care, including cleanings, fillings, and extractions.

Interested parents should complete intake forms. Preregistration is strongly advised.

Special Event at Zoo This Weekend to Celebrate Valentine's Day

Reid Park Zoo is hosting its "I Love Zoo!" event from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday. Keepers will provide animals with valentine-themed treats, and you’ll have the opportunity to make your own valentine for a furry, feathery, or scaly zoo friend.

All activities are free with regular admission, and no registration is required.

The event is supported by Arizona Oncology.

Ward 5 Summary of Current Events

Here is the Summary of Current Events Councilmember Richard Fimbres reported on during the February 7, May and Council meeting:


More than fifty people turned out Thursday, January 26, for the Water Harvesting Dedication and Tree Naming Ceremony at the Ward 5 office.


Four trees were planted in the courtyard at the Ward 5 office in honor of the four living individuals who serve and have served as the Ward 5 Councilmember: Rudy Castro, Roy Laos, Steve Leal and Richard Fimbres.


City Wins National Budget Award

The City of Tucson is receiving national recognition, winning an award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). The GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for Tucson's Office of Finance/Budget reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting.

In order to receive the award, the City had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation.


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