NewsNet 02-03-15

GRANT ROAD REHAB TO BEGIN THIS SPRING - The Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) will begin resurfacing Grant Road between Columbus Boulevard and Santa Rita Avenue as soon as next month. While Grant is scheduled to be completely rebuilt as part of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) plan, that work is still four to seven years away. Concerned that the road is rapidly deteriorating, the City is acting quickly to make needed repairs. TDOT's contractor will use a "hot-in-place" method for resurfacing the road, which minimizes lane closures and saves on costs. The process includes a 100-foot-long train of equipment that removes existing asphalt, mixes it with new materials, and immediately lays the new roadway.

TEMPORARY JOBS DURING GEM SHOW FILLED FAST - Primavera Works last month put out a call for jobs for low-income and homeless people to help clean up the city during the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase for the next two weeks and the jobs were filled quickly. Workers are being paid above minimum wage to pick up trash along the I-10 corridor and perform janitorial duties at the Tucson Convention Center. Shifts are eight hours long. While those temporary jobs are filled, Primavera Works offers new opportunities each month. For more information, call (520) 882-9668. Read more from Tucson News Now.

TUCSON SCHOOLCHILDREN INVITED TO CREATE 'DO MORE BLUE' POSTER - The City of Tucson Environmental Services Department is sponsoring the "Look What’s New with Do More Blue" poster contest. Tucson students in grades 4-8 are invited to create a poster that effectively and clearly highlights the importance of recycling in the City of Tucson. This contest is an opportunity for students to creatively express their understanding of recycling and waste reduction in our community and spread that message to the residents of Tucson. In addition to winning prizes, the grand prize winner will have their artwork enlarged and displayed on the sides of a Tucson collection truck. All 4th-8th grade students in City of Tucson public, private, and charter schools (including home-schooled students) are eligible to participate. Entries must be received by Feb. 20.

SPEND VALENTINE'S DAY AT THE ZOO - Woo your loved one or enjoy an evening with friends at Reid Park Zoo's "Woo at the Zoo" this Valentine's Day, 5-7 p.m. There will be plenty of hors d’oeuvres, live music from Ronstadt Generations, encounters with demonstration animals, and a free photo booth. The cost is $40 per person ($35 for members).

PIMA COUNTY OFFERS MEASLES VACCINES FOR CHILDREN - The Pima County Health Department is offering measles vaccines and other immunizations at its various health clinics. There is no charge for children under the age of 18, but you should bring immunization records and insurance cards. If the County doesn't partner with your health plan, you're asked to see your primary care provider first, but you will not be turned away at the clinic. For more information and a list of clinics, please call (520) 243-7736 or follow the link below. While a measles outbreak that began at Disneyland has made its way to Pinal and Maricopa counties, it has not yet surfaced in Pima County. Read more from Arizona Public Media.