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Transportation Overview Tomorrow

Did you ever wonder how transportation planning works in Tucson and Pima County? The Tucson Department of Transportation, Pima Association of Governments (PAG), and Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) will answer any questions you have during a Transportation 101 presentation. Vice Mayor Karin Uhlich's office is hosting tomorrow's 6 p.m. event at the Donna Liggins Recreation Center, 2160 N. 6th Ave.

Sixth Avenue to Close Temporarily Between Sixth and Seventh Streets

As part of the City of Tucson Department of Transportation's Downtown Links Phase III project, Century Link is continuing work to relocate its existing facilities within project limits. Starting tonight at 11 o'clock, through 5 a.m. tomorrow, and the same hours Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, the northbound and southbound lanes on Sixth Avenue between Seventh Street and Sixth Street will be closed. The closure will allow work crews to safely use a crane to install a utility vault in the construction site.

Cactus Vandals Sought

Several saguaros, prickly pear and cholla cactuses were damaged in a weekend vandalism incident along the Gould Mine Trail, near the King Canyon Trailhead in Saguaro National Park's west district. The damage was reported to park staff at approximately 7 p.m. Saturday, and the investigation is ongoing.

Park authorities are asking anyone with information about the vandalism to call (520) 733-5118.

Landfill and Recycling Plant Tours Available

The City of Tucson Environmental Services (ES) department is offering a tour of the Los Reales Landfill and the ReCommunity, Inc. Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) on Feb. 12. Participants will be able to learn how ES operates the landfill and see the work begin performed. Tour participants will also gain an in-depth understanding of how recyclables collected in the blue barrels are sorted and marketed.

Dillinger Days Tonight and Tomorrow in Downtown Tucson

The 22nd annual Dillinger Days returns to Hotel Congress in Downtown Tucson to mark the time in 1934 when the Tucson Police Department captured and arrested John Dillinger, who was the most wanted outlaw at the time.

The celebration begins tonight with the sold out Speakeasy fundraiser for the Greater Tucson Fire Foundation. That event will feature live music, a 1930s costume contest, whiskey and beer tastings, cigars, memorabilia from the era, and more.

City Council Continues Budget Talks and Moves Broadway Improvement Project Forward

The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday discussed the decision to move Code Enforcement and graffiti abatement operations to Environmental Services. The change is expected to provide significant operational efficiencies. The departmental reorganization, a hiring freeze, and retirement incentives are part of the City's efforts to address long-term funding solutions.

Volunteers Needed to Help Remove Buffelgrass This Weekend (Video)

Volunteers are needed for Saturday's Beat Back Buffelgrass Day. The goal is to help slow the spread of the non-native weed, which poses a severe fire hazard and a deadly threat to native vegetation.

Organizers of the event, hosted by the Southern Arizona Buffelgrass Coordination Center, will guide volunteers in removing buffelgrass from neighborhoods, roads, washes, and schools.

Food Bank Benefits from 'Stuff the Bus'

Last week's "Stuff the Bus" food drive collected nearly 26,000 pounds of food for the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

Donors brought items such as canned soups, boxed cereals, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, canned meats, and even cash. The event, which took place at an east side apartment complex, was sponsored by Sun Tran, KGUN 9 News, and HSL Properties.

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