NewsNet 08-04-14

TUCSON POLICE DEPARTMENT (TPD) HOSTS NATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR WOMEN - TPD is hosting the 2014 National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) Conference this Wednesday through Sunday. NAWLEE is a nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization sponsored and administered by law enforcement personnel whose mission is to serve and further the interests of women executives and those aspiring to be leaders in law enforcement. The organization promotes the ideals and principles of women of all ranks within law enforcement by conducting training seminars in leadership, management, and overall wellness.
POLICE UNION DROPS PENSION LAWSUIT AGAINST CITY - The Tucson Police Officer's Association (TPOA) dropped its lawsuit against the City over the sick leave sell-back program. In June, the TPOA sued the City after it stopped counting the selling back of unused sick days toward police and fire employees’ pensions. The union decided to suspend the lawsuit, since it - and the City’s other three unions -  will enter comprehensive labor negotiations with the City of Tucson within the next few weeks. Newly-appointed Interim City Manager Martha Durkin will be part of those negotiations. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
TUCSON'S TRANSPORTATION PAST LIVES ON, AS MODERN ERA BEGINS - While the modern era of streetcars debuted in Tucson last month, a symbol of the city's past is on display for everyone to see. Locomotive 1673 is housed at the Historic Train Depot downtown. In the early 1900s, the steam locomotive was part of the Southern Pacific rail network from California to the small desert outpost of Tucson. That meant cheaper goods and faster transportation. In later years, the train was used in the movie "Oklahoma," filmed in Elgin, AZ. Southern Pacific donated the train car to the City of Tucson in 1955. In 1962, it was moved to Himmel Park where it succumbed to the elements and vandalism. Locomotive 1673 eventually was restored and is now residing at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, 414 N. Toole Ave. Watch the history of Locomotive 1673, from the Tucson 12 archives.
Tucson Historic Depot timeline for Locomotive 1673

ALWAYS BE PREPARED FOR POWER OUTAGE DURING MONSOON SEASON - The Tucson Fire Department works closely with Tucson Electric Power to get power restored as soon as possible after a thunderstorm, but you should always be prepared.  Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker says, at the minimum, keep your refrigerator closed when the power goes out and make sure you have flashlights with fresh batteries.
FOLLOW THE PROGRESS ON THE DOWNTOWN LINKS PROJECT - The City of Tucson and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) have a website to give citizens information and updates on one of the largest transportation projects in Tucson. The $76 million project will result in a four-lane roadway north of the Union Pacific Railroad that will link Barraza-Aviation Parkway and Interstate 10, Broadway Boulevard with 4th Avenue, and downtown with the neighborhoods to the north. Downtown Links also will provide alternate access to downtown, new and safer underpasses and railroad crossings, and improved sidewalks and bike paths.