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12th Avenue Repaving Celebration Tomorrow

Ward 1 Tucson City Council Member Regina Romero is inviting the public to attend an event tomorrow to celebrate the upcoming repaving of 12th Avenue from 44th Street to Santa Paula Street. The 9:30-10:30 a.m. celebration will be held at St. John's Church, 602 W. Ajo Way. Learn about the repaving schedule that begins next week, and meet the project managers, neighbors, and businesses in the area. Refreshments will be provided.

Discover the Presidio's History

The upcoming Presidio District History Tour is an opportunity to educate people about the downtown area that started our community. Tour-goers can explore an authentic Native American pit house at the Presidio Museum, witness demonstrations, and see an original Sonoran row house. Visitors also have the opportunity to walk through the five historic houses at the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block.

The two tours this week are sold out, but additional walking tours are still available for Feb. 25 and April 22.

Electrical Work to Close Nebraska Street at 12th Avenue Next Week

In preparation for an upcoming reconstruction project on 12th Avenue, from 44th Street to Santa Paula Street, work crews will be conducting underground electrical work at the 12th Avenue and Nebraska Street intersection. To place electrical conduit at the intersection, crews will cut a trench across Nebraska Street on both the east side and west side of 12th Avenue.

Free Pet Adoptions to Help Clear PACC Shelter

Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) is waiving adoption fees for all adult dogs and cats to help empty its overcrowded shelter, which currently has about 463 pets. The adoption sale today and tomorrow does not include the $17 licensing fee for dogs and will not apply to puppies and kittens less than 6 months old.

All adopted pets will be spayed or neutered, with up-to-date vaccines, microchips, and a free vet visit.

Safety Fair for Seniors Next Week

Various agencies will take part in a free safety fair for seniors next Monday, 1-1:30 p.m., at Fellowship Square Tucson, 8111 E. Broadway Blvd.

The Pima Council on Aging will talk about medication misuse and its Be Med Smart program, which teaches people about how medication misuse occurs.

There also will be free walker checks/adjustments, and presentations on medical alert systems, medical equipment safety, scam prevention, home safety, retirement communities, and more.

Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

TPD Lieutenant/Air National Guard Member Surprises Children With Return Home

Tucson Police Department (TPD) Lieutenant and Air National Guard First Sergeant Dominic Flores had a big surprise yesterday for his kids at school. After returning home from the Middle East on Wednesday night, Lt. Flores and his wife Flora arranged to surprise their children at school. Flores deployed with the Air National Guard's 162nd Wing last July.

You can witness the surprise reunion by following TPD's Facebook page.

Road Recovery Bond Program - 12th Avenue - 44th Street to Santa Paula Street Roadway Reconstruction Project

In preparation for an upcoming reconstruction project on 12th Avenue from 44th Street to Santa Paula Street, work crews are conducting underground electrical work at the 12th Avenue and Nebraska Street intersection. To place electrical conduit at the intersection, crews will cut a trench across Nebraska Street on both the east side and west side of 12th Avenue. For the safety of the traveling public, Nebraska Street will be closed to travel at 12th Avenue.

Rio Nuevo Approves Arizona Architects and Contractor for Caterpillar's New Facility

After a competitive selection process, the Rio Nuevo Board this week approved contracting with the architectural team of SmithGroupJJR and WSM Architects to design the new building for Caterpillar’s Surface Mining & Technology Division west of Downtown Tucson.

Rio Nuevo simultaneously approved the selection of Tucson-based Sundt Construction, Inc. as the project’s general contractor. Rio Nuevo is paying for the new building and leasing it back to Caterpillar.

Tucson Improving Drainage at Wash Near Pima and Swan

Crews began work yesterday to install a large underground drainage box culvert at the Columbus Wash at Belvedere Avenue at Lester Street and improve water and sewer utilities at various locations on Catalina Avenue, Belvedere, and Lester.

Clear Contracting is performing the work under contract with the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT). The work extends north and south on Belvedere Avenue and will take approximately two weeks to complete.

Beware of traffic restrictions in the area.

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