NewsNet 06-12-15

TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT RESCUES MAN IN HOLE - Using ropes and other equipment yesterday, the Tucson Fire Department (TFD) helped pull a man out of a hole, estimated to be between 15 to 20 feet deep. The man was walking in the backyard of his home at the 3100 block of East Lester when the ground collapsed and suddenly dropped him into the hole. The man was conscious and alert, and firefighters lowered water to him before bringing him back above ground. He didn't suffer any injuries. City Code Enforcement is investigating the incident to find out why the ground collapsed. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

BE PREPARED TUCSON - With the monsoon officially beginning Monday (for recordkeeping purposes), Tucson officials are urging you to be prepared for an emergency, such as a multi-day power outage or an interruption in utilities. Be Prepared Tucson advises all residents to create a 72-hour emergency kit. Each member of your family, including pets, should have a kit. A website from the City of Tucson, U.S. Department of Energy, Homeland Security, and FEMA has a checklist of everything you need to be ready for an emergency.
Watch a Tucson Fire Department/Tucson 12 video on how to prepare for an emergency.

TUCSON WATER PART OF 'FIGHT THE BITE' - As the monsoon approaches, Tucson Water is again a partner in “Fight the Bite,” an effort to help protect residents from West Nile Virus, which is transmitted to animals and humans through bites of mosquitoes that previously have bitten infected birds. Weekly monitoring of adult mosquito populations, weekly application of larvicide, and twice-weekly night adulticide fogging take place at Sweetwater Wetlands. Health experts say the best ways to minimize your contact with mosquitoes are to remove any pots or items with standing water, make sure there are no holes in screening on your home, wear long-sleeve shirts and pants, and use mosquito repellents that contain DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.

SILVERBELL ROAD PRE-CONSTRUCTION OPEN HOUSE MONDAY - The City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) invite the public to attend a pre-construction open house for the Silverbell Road, Goret Road to Grant Road Improvement Project. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, 6-7 p.m., at El Rio Neighborhood Center, 1390 W. Speedway Blvd. The planned improvements include widening Silverbell Road, between Goret Road and Grant Road, to a curbed four-lane divided roadway (two lanes in each direction), which will include a raised median, bike lanes, a sidewalk on the west side of Silverbell, a multi-use path on the east side of Silverbell, drainage crossing improvements, LED street lighting, signal improvements at the Grant and Goret intersections, bus stop improvements, native landscape, retaining walls at the large slopes, and public art. Read the news release.

2ND SATURDAYS DOWNTOWN THIS WEEKEND - Visit Downtown Tucson tomorrow for 2nd Saturdays and enjoy live music, a movie, street performers, restaurants and street vendors. Gallery shows begin in the morning. Starting at 6:30 p.m., the main stage at Scott Avenue and Congress Street features musical performances. You can use the Sun Link streetcar to move easily through the downtown area.
Watch Tucson 12 video about 2nd Saturdays.