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Open Houses Scheduled for Proposed Changes to Sun Tran Express Routes

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.

Start of Road Recovery Project Rescheduled

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.

City Council Votes to Raise Bus Fares for the First Time in Five Years

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.

Meet Police Chief Magnus Next Week

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.

Experience Shakespeare in the Park

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.

Shred-It Event This Weekend

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.

Mayor and Council to Vote on Memorial Encouraging New Monument

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.

National Public Lands Day

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 Wins Pair of Environmental Awards

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.

Former Arizona Governor

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."

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