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Summer Safari Nights Program Continues Tomorrow at Reid Park Zoo

Enjoy Reid Park Zoo and cooler evening temperatures at a themed night featuring different zookeeper chats, animal encounters, live music, family friendly activities, special dining options, and gift shop discounts. Events take place every Friday, 6-8 p.m., through July 8.

Tomorrow's theme is Go Grey: Elephant and Rhino Night..

Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online.

Mayor and Council Approve New Environmental Service Fees

The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday approved a new fee to help fund recycling within the Environmental Services (ES) department. ES says sales of recyclable materials have declined, estimating it will receive no revenue from sales during the next fiscal year. In addition, ES will pay more than $200,000 for processing recyclables. The residential recycling surcharge initially will be set at 45 cents per month, which would yield an estimated $767,100 per year.

Learn About Operation Splash on 'Behind the Barricades'

Why did the City of Tucson place 500 barricades at 140 locations this month? In a new segment on Tucson 12, Tucson Department of Transportation Engineering Manager Sam Credio and Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker go "Behind the Barricades " on Operation Splash to remind drivers that just 8-12 inches of moving water can wash away a vehicle during monsoon rains.

Summer Movies at Old County Courthouse

Cinema La Placita hosts movies in an outdoor setting every Thursday night at 7:30 from May through August. Hundreds of Tucsonans enjoy the summer evenings with a different movie each week for $3 per person (includes all-you-can-eat popcorn). This week's movie is “Roman Holiday” (1953), starring Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn and Eddie Albert. Now in its 17th year, Cinema La Placita has moved to a new home at the historic Pima County Courthouse, 115 N. Church Ave.

Kolb Road-Broadway to Golf Links Road Sidewalk Improvements

On Friday, June 24, 2016, crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) will begin sidewalk improvements on Kolb Road between Broadway and Golf Links Road. Crews will work Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The work is scheduled to be complete in late August 2016. 

Crews are improving curb access ramps to meet American with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. During the work, there will be curb lane travel restrictions in place. 

Tucson City Council to Vote Tonight on Comcast Jobs Incentive

The Mayor and Tucson City Council tonight will vote on finalizing a resolution offering the Primary Jobs Incentive to Comcast. The council approved offering the incentive last year, but directed staff to return with the appropriate agreements formalizing the incentive points. Comcast says it will create 1,000 new jobs over the next four years, 40 of which will pay at least $52,400 annually. Funds would be disbursed once documentation confirming the new hires is  presented to the city.

Watch Art on the Street Unfold in Downtown Mural Video

Eight new murals are beautifying downtown Tucson, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Tohono O’odham Nation. The City contracted with the Tucson Arts Brigade to coordinate the project with the hope that the program will improve urban aesthetics and ultimately save taxpayers money. Tucson 12 documented the work, and you can see the video below.

Public Meetings in Tucson and Marana This Week to Discuss Proposed New Interstate

Public meetings around Arizona this month are an opportunity for state residents to help shape the next step in planning for the proposed Interstate 11, as the Arizona Department of Transportation moves ahead on a three-year environmental study for a corridor stretching from Nogales to Wickenburg.

The 280-mile corridor that is the focus of the current environmental study begins in Wickenburg and runs west of the Phoenix metropolitan area and then south to the Tucson area and Nogales.

Escalante Road - Pantano Road to Apache Well Drive Repaving Project

Crews from Borderland Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), have started lowering manhole covers and water valve covers on Escalante Road from Pantano Road to Apache Well Drive in preparation of an upcoming roadway reconstruction project. Crews will work Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

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