NewsNet 02-27-15

PROPERTY VALUES RISING IN DOWNTOWN TUCSON - Property valuations being mailed today by Pima County show the largest value increases in the Central Business District, an area that includes Downtown Tucson and surrounding areas. Median valuations increased in that area by 20 percent. Much of the success of the growing area is attributed to the Sun Link streetcar. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
Pima County Assessor

RODEO A MAJOR BOOST FOR TUCSON'S ECONOMY - The weeklong La Fiesta de los Vaqueros wraps up Sunday, after attracting 600 participants and approximately 55,000 tourists, along with the locals who attend each day of competition. The Tucson Rodeo Committee estimates the event pumps about $16 million into the Tucson area's economy. The rodeo is the second most popular event in Tucson, trailing only the Tucson Gem, Mineral, & Fossil Showcase, which brings in about $120 million. Read more from KVOA.

SWEETWATER WETLANDS CONTROLLED BURN NEXT WEEK - As part of a joint project to enhance Tucson Water’s Mosquito Abatement Program at the Sweetwater Wetlands and provide a firefighting exercise for the Tucson Fire Department, the two City departments are planning a controlled burn of Wetlands vegetation. Weather permitting, the burn is scheduled to begin Monday at 8:15 a.m. at 2667 W. Sweetwater Drive. As in years past, there will be smoke in the area and there's no cause for alarm. Sweetwater Wetlands will be closed to the public Monday, but will reopen Tuesday.

STUDY SHOWS WOMEN ADVANCING IN TECH JOBS IN TUCSON - A new survey from SmartAsset.com shows Tucson ranks 6th in a study of technology jobs for women. The University of Arizona, Raytheon Missile Systems, and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base are cited as major assets to Tucson. The financial website study reports the Tucson area has seen strong growth in the number of women employed in technology jobs in recent years, from 1,113 in 2010 to nearly 2,000 in 2013, a growth rate of 78 percent. That figure is the highest in the survey of 15 cities.

MEET THE ZOO’S GIRAFFES UP CLOSE WHILE FEEDING THEM - Can't get enough of Reid Zoo's Giraffe Encounter or want to experience it for the first time? Now, through March 31, you can feed the giraffes every day of the week at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The cost is $2 per person (not included with regular admission).