NewsNet 06-16-15

HOT WEATHER WATER TIPS - With temperatures of 105 degrees and higher predicted for the rest of the week, it's important to stay hydrated. Tucson Fire Capt. Barrett Baker says you should drink water before, while, and after you're active. Caffeinated drinks, such as coffee and soda, actually can make you get dehydrated faster, so stick with water.

KOLB ROAD TO SABINO CANYON ROAD OPEN HOUSE - Construction on the Sabino Canyon Road extension to Kolb Road could start within a few months, as the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) board decided it will fully fund the project and not wait for money from the Federal Highway Administration. Total costs for the extension are estimated at $22 million. Meanwhile, an open house will be held on June 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at St. Pius X Church Gymnasium, 1800 N. Camino Pio Decimo. Project improvements include a four-lane roadway with bike lanes and sidewalks, extending Sabino Canyon Road south from its intersection with Tanque Verde Road to connect with Kolb Road, a bridge over the Pantano Wash, additional traffic signals, drainage improvements, native landscaping, and public art. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE PROGRAM PRIVATIZES PAINT SALES - As of next month, the City of Tucson’s Household Hazardous Waste  (HHW) paint sales will be at Gerson’s Building Materials, 4726 S. Country Club Road, and the Beacon Group will manage the sales. The HHW program will continue to collect paint at its sites and outreach collection events. “This will provide a substantial savings in our operating costs, yet continue to provide a sales outlet for the public,” said Andrew H. Quigley, director of Environmental Services. Latex paint collected by the program is not hazardous and easily can be processed by a subcontractor.

SIGN UP FOR A FREE WATER AUDIT TO SAVE WATER AND MONEY - Water efficiency is more than just conserving a resource. Tucson Water’s Zanjeros are specially-trained water efficiency experts who have performed thousands of comprehensive inventories of home water use that helped customers lower their water bills. Learn more about your home’s water-using fixtures, water meter, plumbing, irrigation, and more. Request an appointment by calling (520) 791-3242 or emailing

JOB OPPORTUNITY: POLICE DISPATCHER - The Tucson Police Department (TPD) currently has multiple vacancies for Public Safety Dispatcher within the Communications Division. The position involves skilled radio communications, including dispatching emergency and non-emergency calls for service. The position requires the dispatcher to relay critical information via a radio system to public safety personnel who are dispatched for service. The dispatcher also evaluates, triages, disseminates information, and keeps track of the location and welfare of the responders. The job also requires the dispatcher to access and enter computer information according to established policies and procedures. Extensive keyboarding and multitasking abilities are essential. The application deadline is July 12. Read the job description.