NewsNet 03-05-15

PARTICIPANTS NEEDED FOR CITIZENS TRANSPORTATION ACADEMY - A new Citizens Transportation Academy, hosted by the Pima Association of Governments (PAG) and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), will focus on the work of transportation planning and funding, while also helping people get involved in future planning efforts. The academy will be held over three, 90-minute sessions and will be limited to 50 participants. Anyone who is a resident of Pima County may apply (follow links below) to serve on the academy, which begins March 31. Participants will be selected through an application review process. Applications, due by March 16, must be emailed to You also can send an application via regular mail to: Citizens Academy, Pima Association of Governments, 1 E. Broadway Blvd., Suite 401, Tucson, AZ 85701.

TWO CITY EMPLOYEES HONORED BY PUBLIC WORKS GROUP - The Southern Arizona Branch of the American Public Works Association (APWA) this week honored two City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) employees for their contributions to the Public Works industry and the community. TDOT Park Tucson Administrator Donovan Durband received the 2015 Public Works Employee of the Year Award for his leadership, management skills and strategic innovations. TDOT Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager Ann Chanecka received the 2015 Professional Award of Merit for her commitment to improving pedestrian and bicycling facilities and safety features within the City of Tucson. Read the news release.

FREE SHREDDING EVENT THIS WEEKEND - A Shred-It event to benefit Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse and Lend A Hand Senior Assistance will take place Saturday, 9 a.m.-noon, at the Donna R. Liggins Center, 2160 N. 6th Ave. Individuals may bring two boxes of documents to be shredded securely at no cost. A $5 donation to Lend A Hand or Emerge! is requested for additional boxes. The Ward 3 Council Office is co-sponsoring the event. Read the news release.

ARIZONA OPERA PERFORMS THE MAGIC FLUTE THIS WEEKEND - Full of magical melodies and fantastic creatures, Mozart’s beloved tale follows Prince Tamino and bird-catcher Papageno on an adventure to rescue Princess Pamina. As they face unexpected trials and challenges on their journey, audiences will experience the imagination of the composer. Mozart’s final masterpiece is a lighthearted and profound look at man’s search for love and his struggle to attain wisdom. Performances of The Magic Flute are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Tucson Convention Center. Tickets are available from Arizona Opera.

REDUCE CLUTTER AND GO PAPERLESS WITH CITY E-BILLING - Go paperless with your Utility Services Statement. Set up an eBill account to pay your bill, get notification of your billing statement, view water usage, and read Tucson Water's newsletter.