NewsNet 05-28-15

THREE CHALLENGERS QUALIFY FOR CITY COUNCIL RACES - Barring any successful legal challenges, three Republican candidates submitted enough signatures yesterday to earn spots on the Aug. 25 city Primary Election ballot in Wards 1, 2 and 4. Since they have no primary opposition, the challengers will go on to face the Democratic incumbents in the Nov. 3 General Election. The incumbents all filed their nominating petitions earlier this month. Although a Democrat and a Republican previously announced their intentions to run for mayor, neither submitted signatures by the deadline to qualify for a spot on the ballot. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star and City Clerk election information.

TUCSON WATER TREATMENT FACILITY WINS NATIONAL AWARD - Tucson Water’s AOP Water Treatment Facility is the recipient of the 2015 Grand Prize in Design from the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists (AAEES). Advanced Oxidation Process (AOP) technology is used to treat groundwater contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, which was used by aircraft manufacturing companies in the Tucson airport area from the 1940s to 1970s. The process combines ultraviolet light with hydrogen peroxide to purify up to 8 million gallons of water a day. AAEES’s Excellence in Environmental Engineering and Science Competition identifies the best in environmental projects and programs. As a national award winner, Tucson Water’s AOP Water Treatment Facility is automatically entered to compete for the International Water Association’s Global Project Innovation Award. Read the news release.

SOME TUSD SCHOOLS TO OFFER FREE MEALS FOR CHILDREN - The Tucson Unified School District's 2015 Summer Food Services Program for Children provides free breakfast and lunch to kids 18 and under. For adults accompanying children, breakfast is available for $2 and lunch for $3. Some locations already are open, while others begin food service June 1. The meal sites are open to the public, even if there is no participation in summer programs. View the schedule.

SUMMER SAFARI NIGHTS PROGRAM CONTINUES TOMORROW AT REID PARK ZOO - Enjoy Reid Park Zoo and cooler evening temperatures at a series of themed nights featuring different zookeeper chats, animal encounters, artifact stations, enrichment-making activities, crafts, and scavenger hunts. The event runs every Friday, 5:30-8 p.m., through July 10. The bands and animal themes change each week. Tomorrow's theme is Perfect Primates – featuring lemurs, gibbons and macaques. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online.

SURVEY: TUCSON RANKS HIGH ON LIST OF PLACES TO VACATION AT HOME - A new survey ranks Tucson as the 11th-best place for a staycation. When determining the rankings of 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Staycations, WalletHub looked at recreational activities, food and entertainment, and rest and relaxation. Scottsdale is the only Arizona city to place higher than Tucson, ranking No.4. Orlando, Florida is No. 1 on the list. Read more from Tucson News Now.