The City of Tucson, Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), and Sun Tran are seeking public input on proposed changes to Sun Express routes. Open houses are scheduled to provide information on realignments to Express Routes 102X, 105X, 107X, 109X, 202X and 203X, and discontinuing Express Routes 103X and 312X.
The lowering of manhole and water valve covers on Rosemont Boulevard from Speedway Boulevard to Winsett Street will now begin the week of Oct. 10 for logistics reasons and better efficiency. The work originally was set to begin this week.
Crews are scheduled to begin milling (removing asphalt) operations and roadway improvements on Rosemont Boulevard in mid-October.
The project is part of the voter-approved, $100 million, five-year Road Recovery street bond program.
Following more than 20 open houses, the Mayor and Tucson City Council last night voted unanimously to raise bus fares starting in January. The Council considered four options, settling on a plan to raise the full cash fare from $1.50 to $1.75. All other passes and fares also will increase. The changes are expected to increase Sun Tran revenues about $1.5 million over the next couple of years.
Tucson City Council Member Karin Uhlich and The Oracle Project (TOPS) will host a meet and greet with Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus at the Westside Police Service Center from 6 -7 p.m. on Sept. 22. Ward 3 residents are encouraged to take the opportunity to meet Magnus and learn more about his initiatives for the department, specifically regarding community policing and patrol service in neighborhoods.
The El Rio Theatre Project presents its 10th annual Shakespeare in the Park, featuring William Shakespeare's “Romeo & Juliet” at the Himmel Park Outdoor Amphitheatre, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. Bring a blanket, a picnic basket, and the whole family for an evening of theater in the park.
The next performances are tomorrow through Sunday at 7 p.m. each night. The shows are free, but a $5 donation is suggested.
The Mayor and Tucson City Council last month passed a resolution saying Tucson has "The Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food." Street signs with the designation are blanketing the city.
A video from Tucson 12 highlights the region, showing the area provides not only a good meal, but an experience.
Now that the weather is getting cooler, it's a good time to go birdwatching. The free Tucson Birding Trail Map shows the 45 best locations in and around Tucson for finding wild birds. The map is available online and at a variety of Tucson Audubon and Tucson Parks and Recreation department locations.
Tucson City Council Member Karin Uhlich and Pima County Constable Bennett Bernal are hosting a Shred-It service this Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon, at Sacred Heart Church, 601 E. Ft. Lowell Road. Individuals may bring two boxes of documents to be shredded securely on-site at no cost. A $5 donation is suggested to Lend-A-Hand Senior Assistance for each additional box.
The Mayor and Tucson City Council tonight will vote on a memorial calling for President Barack Obama to exercise his authority under the Antiquities Act of 1906 to create a Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument. The proposed area designated for national monument status would encompass 1.7 million acres of public land that surrounds Grand Canyon National Park, providing protection to preserve the national park's values.
The 9th annual Arizona Underground Film Festival runs through Saturday at The Screening Room, 127 E. Congress. Organizers call the event Arizona’s only premier genre cult film festival, and one of the biggest underground film festivals in the country.
Films being shown are from the genres of narrative, horror, documentaries, experimental, animation, and exploitation.
National Public Lands Day is a day set aside to celebrate land that is publicly owned by the American people and encourage those people to come out and enjoy a day in their public lands. This Saturday, September 24, all 413 National Park sites across the country are joining Saguaro National Park in waiving entrance fees to celebrate the day and many are hosting volunteer opportunities for people who choose to serve in honor of the day.
Tucson Water recently received two first-place Crescordia awards at the Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Awards. The utility was recognized for its Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) project in the Energy and Technology Innovation category and its Conservation and Education Programs in the Environmental Stewardship category. AOP operates in conjunction with the nearby Tucson International Airport Area Groundwater Remediation Project (TARP) to produce up to 8 million gallons of purified water a day.
Rose Mofford, Arizona's first female governor, died Thursday at the age of 94. Mofford, a Democrat revered by members of both parties, served as governor from 1988 to 1991. She was the elected secretary of state when she took over after Republican Gov. Evan Mecham was impeached and removed from office by the Legislature. "Rose Mofford was a class act and devoted public servant who loved Arizona," said Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. "My wish for the future: we produce a lot more just like her."