NewsNet 06-19-15

FEDERAL FUNDING TO HELP BATTLE BUFFELGRASS - The Coronado National Forest and Saguaro National Park are receiving some help in the fight against invasive and destructive buffelgrass. The U.S. Department of the Interior is providing $150,750 to help combat buffelgrass in Southern Arizona, where it competes with native vegetation and fuels intense fires that can permanently affect desert landscapes. The funding is from the Wildland Fire Resilient Landscapes Program. Buffelgrass removal is one of 10 projects in the nation that will receive the federal funding. The money will be used for herbicide treatments, ground crews to apply it, and helicopter delivery of the supplies, said Heidi Schewel, spokeswoman for the Coronado National Forest. Forest lands receiving treatments will include Tanque Verde Canyon in Redington Pass and Soldier Canyon, Bear Canyon, Sabino Canyon, Finger Rock Canyon, Pima Canyon, Romero Canyon, and Montrose Canyon in the Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, Schewel told the Arizona Daily Star. Read the Arizona Daily Star article.
 
LIVE MUSIC DEBUTS TOMORROW ON STREETCAR - Ride the Sun Link streetcar and enjoy the first KXCI Presentes: Sun Link Summer in the City Concert Series, a live concert inside a specially-marked streetcar. The series will feature six concerts throughout the months of June, July and August. The first of the six concerts will take place tomorrow from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with music from local folk group Jimmy Carr and The Awkward Moments. Passengers can attend the concert by boarding the marked streetcar at the stop on Avenida del Convento and Congress (across from Mercado San Agustin) at 7 p.m. All passengers must have a valid SunGO card or ticket to board Sun Link. Riders without passes are encouraged to purchase a SunGO 1-Day Ticket before the event to help avoid wait times. The ticket can be purchased for $4 at any of the streetcar stops or the Ronstadt Transit Center downtown.
 
GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE MAINTENANCE GUIDELINES VIDEO - As the City of Tucson installs more green infrastructure along streets and on public properties, maintenance practices will need to be adjusted to fit the designed structures. Crews will need to know the difference between native plants, invasive plants, and excess volunteer plants. They also will need to know proper techniques for pruning. To learn more, watch the video from Tucson 12.
 
45TH ANNUAL JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL TOMORROW - The Tucson Juneteenth Festival will be held from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at the Donna Liggins Center in Mansfield Park, 2160 N. 6th Ave. The family-friendly event will feature food, education, fellowship and entertainment. Juneteenth celebrations will be held around the country to increase knowledge and appreciation of the roles, achievements, and contributions of African Americans to society and to commemorate the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865.

MOCA OPENS MOBILE POOLS - The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) is hosting the Macro Sea Pools, tomorrow through Sept. 26. The three pools are code-compliant, street-legal dumpster pools. They are housed in the Great Hall, the former garage where Tucson Fire Department No.1 parked its fire trucks, at 256 S. Church Avenue. The pools are open to MOCA members during the museum's regular hours of operation, Wednesday through Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. This Saturday's opening celebration will feature live music.