NewsNet 04-28-15

SUN LINK PREPARES FOR ONE MILLIONTH PASSENGER - Less than three months away from celebrating its first anniversary, the Sun Link streetcar is getting ready to serve its one millionth passenger. Current Sun Link ridership is a little more than 955,000, and the millionth passenger is expected to board in the next couple of weeks. The lucky millionth passenger will receive several special gifts when he or she enters the streetcar. Sun Link is experiencing higher-than-expected ridership numbers during its first year of service. Read the news release.

FREE VACCINATIONS FOR DOGS THIS WEEKEND - The Pima Animal Care Center, the Animal Welfare Alliance of Southern Arizona, and the Humane Society of the United States are participating in a collaborative effort to increase canine vaccination rates throughout Tucson. This Saturday, from 7-10 a.m., vaccines for rabies, parvovirus and distemper will be offered at no cost for the first 200 dogs brought in by their owners to the Ward 5 Council Office, 4300 S. Park Ave. For more information, please call (520) 724-5976 or email A valid rabies vaccination is required to license your dog. Every dog three months of age or older that is kept within the boundaries of cities, towns or unincorporated areas of Pima County for 30 days or longer is required to be vaccinated for rabies and licensed by Pima County. Read more from Pima County.

CELEBRATE MOTHER'S DAY AT THE ZOO - Treat your mom to a special day at Reid Park Zoo this Mother's Day, May 10, at 11 a.m. Start off the morning with a breakfast and mimosa at the Conservation Learning Center’s deck overlooking Mill Pond, and then take a stroll through the Zoo and participate in a variety of activities. It's not only human moms who will be honored, as animal moms get special treats to celebrate the day. Ticket prices and registration information are available at the event page. Act fast, as the early morning breakfast already is sold out.

TUCSON MAKES FORBES LIST OF BEST PLACES TO RETIRE - Tucson is included in the 2015 list of "The Best Places to Retire" from Forbes Magazine. The list of 25 cities does not rank those cities in any particular order. Forbes weighed data on nearly 500 cities from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The most important factors were economic: overall cost of living and home prices as compared with national averages, and general state tax climate for retirees. Tucson is an "affordable big city with college veneer," said Forbes, which pegs our cost of living at nine percent below the national average, with a median home price of $174,000. The magazine also cites a high number of doctors per capita, a top rating for bicycling and pleasant weather. Read Tucson's description from Forbes.

JOB OPPORTUNITY: TUCSON WATER SENIOR ENGINEERING ASSOCIATE - Tucson Water is recruiting two Senior Engineering Associates in its Planning & Engineering Division. One position is engaged mostly in civil design review projects, while the second position is involved in a combination of civil design reviews with hydraulic modeling projects. Some of the duties include reviewing developer-financed water infrastructure design plans to make sure they conform to Tucson Water standards and other local, state, and federal regulations. Incumbents in the position also develop and review project design plans and specifications.