The City of Tucson, Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, and University of Arizona Poetry Center have an open call for nominations to appoint Tucson’s next poet laureate. The selected individual will serve a two-year term to begin March 1.
Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus says an officer shot multiple times yesterday while trying to make an arrest likely was saved by his protective vest. One round was embedded in the center of the vest, Magnus said. Police continue to investigate the officer-involved shooting that occurred early yesterday morning at 4750 S. Campbell Ave.
After three town halls and a public hearing, the Mayor and Tucson City Council next Tuesday will hold another public hearing before deciding whether to send to voters a proposal to raise the City sales tax by a half-cent. The hearing will be held during the 5:30 p.m. Regular Meeting at City Hall, 255 W. Alameda St.
The Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce today honored two City of Tucson employees with "40 Under 40" awards. The 2016 honorees include Juan Francisco Padres, economic development specialist for international trade, and Steve Arnquist, a Ward 1 Council aide.
The awards recognize "Tucson's Rising Stars" who are 40 years old and younger.
Sun Tran and E.W. Scripps Co. (formerly Journal Broadcasting) are partnering again for tomorrow's annual Stuff-the-Bus event that benefits the Salvation Army’s Christmas Gift Distribution Program. Tucsonans are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys for children (12 and under) at the Wal-Mart located at El Con Mall, 3435 E Broadway Blvd., from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Cash also will be accepted.
The Tucson Homeless Work Program begins next Tuesday, Dec. 6. It will allow homeless people to join a day-labor crew to clean streets and medians in five-hour shifts for $10 an hour in cash. Those who take part in the one-year pilot program will get two meals, a shower, and other services provided by various agencies.
The public is invited to attend the Safety + Justice Community Collaborative Meeting next Monday from 2-4 p.m. at the Pima County Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. (Community Meeting Room in the basement).
The 32-member Safety + Justice Community Collaborative is made up of a cross-section of justice system partners and community representatives, including individuals who previously were incarcerated. Members meet regularly to review data and propose adjustments to the strategies of the Pima County Safety and Justice Challenge as needed.
The Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division initiated Operation Freeze earlier this week. The program makes sure bridge decks are free of ice and safe for motorists to use.
During Operation Freeze, TDOT crews spray magnesium chloride on the bridge decks to lower the freezing temperature of water and prevent ice from bonding on a roadway.
The swift reporting and abatement of graffiti discourages future vandalism, so when you see graffiti report it immediately. Graffiti Protective Coatings and the City of Tucson have a smartphone application for reporting graffiti. MyTucson is a free download on the iOS App Store and Google Play for Android.
You can also report graffiti by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling (520) 792-2489 and choosing option 1.
The Tucson Police Department (TPD) invites the public to attend its annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony tomorrow. Elementary school students from around the city, as well as children from the Erik Hite Foundation Childcare Center, will participate in decorating the Christmas tree in the TPD headquarters lobby, 270 S. Stone Ave. The event will begin at 10 a.m., featuring holiday music performed by the Davis Bilingual Elementary School Mariachi Group.
More than 300 firefighters from 21 states and five continents are at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson to debate fire suppression ideas and to learn more about managing fire for social, economic, and ecological benefits. The conference, which began Monday and runs through Friday, is hosted by the Association for Fire Ecology and the Southwest Fire Science Consortium.
Held every two years, the conference discusses fire in a warming climate, using fire as a tool in forest management, and how to best manage fires with shrinking budgets.
With winter in high gear now, Tucsonans are starting to head to Mt. Lemmon to enjoy the two to four inches of snow that fell over the area Sunday night. Tucson 12 went up the mountain during a previous snowstorm to capture some of the sights of people at play. Enjoy the video below.