NewsNet 02-25-15

TUCSON POLICE DEPARTMENT (TPD) REVISES IMMIGRATION POLICY - TPD officers no longer will ask crime witnesses about their immigration status under revised general orders that seek to better align with federal enforcement policies. A provision of Arizona's immigration law, SB 1070, requires police officers to check the status of anyone they stop if they believe the parties are in the country illegally. The updated federal guidelines are in response to President Obama’s executive action on immigration, which issued new guidance on who is a priority for deportation. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

RODEO PARADE TOMORROW LEADS TO TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES - The 90th annual Tucson Rodeo Parade begins at 9 a.m. tomorrow at Park Avenue and Ajo Way. To prepare for the event, at approximately 7 a.m., Sixth Avenue will be closed between Ajo Way and Irvington Road. A half-hour later, Ajo Way between Sixth Avenue and Park Avenue, Park Avenue between Ajo Way and Irvington Road, and Irvington Road between Park Avenue and Sixth Avenue will be closed.  All streets should reopen sometime between noon and 1 p.m. Access to the Veterans Administration Hospital will be provided on Veterans Boulevard at Sixth Avenue during the road closures. Read more from Tucson Department of Transportation.

MUSEUM OF LOST BARRIO CLOSES - After a 15-year run, La Pilita Museum in Downtown Tucson closed earlier this month. The little museum at 420 S. Main Ave. told stories about Tucson's early days, the oldest Mexican-American barrio in Arizona, and urban renewal. The founders and directors say grants have become more competitive lately and that made it hard for the museum and its after-school program to continue. Approximately 6,000 tourists visited La Pilita each year, and about 125 people were members of the museum. The museum's collections have been parceled out to the Sosa-Carrillo-Fremont House, the Arizona Historical Society, and the University of Arizona's Special Collections Library. The City of Tucson owns the small building next to El Tiradito (The Wishing Shrine), and Parks and Recreation Administrator Peg Weber said she wants to see a nonprofit with a historical or educational mission take over the building. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT NOW PREPARED TO SAVE PETS - Thanks to donors, The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) now has 26 animal resuscitation kits, including oxygen masks, for pets. Fire crews will have multiple kits on scene in case more than one animal needs assistance in the event of a fire causing smoke inhalation for pets. TFD reports 40,000 pets a year in the United States die from smoke asphyxiation.

ENJOY 'MONSTER JAM' THIS WEEKEND - Monster Jam® is a mixture of sports, entertainment, racing, and showmanship in one live performance. Monster Jam® comes to the Tucson Convention Center for three consecutive days, beginning this Friday. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster  and the TCC Ticket Office, 260 South Church Ave.