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Traffic Switch - Stone Avenue, Drachman to First Street

Crews from KE&G Construction, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin working in the southbound travel lanes on Stone Avenue between Drachman Street and First Street. To accommodate the work beginning on the west side of Stone Avenue, crews will shift all vehicular travel to northbound (east side Stone Avenue) travel lanes.

Tucson Fire Department to Install Smoke Detectors

The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) will partner with volunteers from Intuit Software to conduct a smoke alarm install event tomorrow morning at Country Club mobile home park, 5600 S. Country Club Road. TFD staff will team up with Intuit employees to canvass the neighborhood, installing smoke alarms wherever they are needed.

During each visit, the install team will educate and assist residents with fire prevention and escape planning.

Saguaro National Park Seeks Public Comment Regarding Proposed User Fee Increase

Saguaro National Park proposes an increase to the park’s 7-Day Private Vehicle Entrance Permit from $10 to $15. The seven day pass admits a private vehicle and all of its occupants into the park for one week. If approved, the increase would go into effect on January 1, 2017. The increase in fees will help bring the park into alignment with the entry costs for other similar parks, a phased process which began in 2015. The park requests comments from the public concerning the proposed increase.

Enrollment Begins Next Week for Children's Health Insurance

For the first time in six years, the State of Arizona will begin accepting applications next week for KidsCare, the state's version of the federal Children's Health Insurance Program, known as CHIP. Coverage will begin Sept. 1.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a law in May to reinstate the stalled program. Federal dollars will cover the entire cost of KidsCare until at least the end of next year.

Enjoy Free Rides on the Streetcar Saturday for Sun Link's Anniversary

Sun Link will celebrate its second anniversary this Saturday, and Tucson Electric Power, the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association, and Main Gate Square will sponsor free rides on the streetcar.

KXCI and Main Gate Square will present a free 6 p.m. concert on the streetcar with Jimmy Carr and The Awkward Moments. To see the concert, board at the stop on Avenida del Convento and Congress, across from Mercado San Agustin, and travel to Main Gate Square for more concerts and other festivities.

Tucson Water Working to Harvest Stormwater

Tucson Water this year will launch a $350,000 pilot project for neighborhood-scale stormwater harvesting to increase shade and mitigate the urban heat island effect.

One way to harvest water from storms includes curb cuts to direct water to landscaping and other areas. Another way is through the use of so-called bump outs, which are small peninsulas that stick out from the curb to better capture flowing stormwater. Other benefits of bump outs include traffic calming and neighborhood beautification.

Walk to End Drunk Driving Scheduled for December

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) will host its "Walk Like MADD" 5k walk on Sept. 17, 8-11 a.m., at Reid Park. Registration already is underway, and you can even bring your friendly dog.

MADD is looking for walkers, team captains, and volunteers. You can even be involved without attending the event by signing up as a virtual walker or making a donation to another walker or team.


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