TUCSON'S BABY ELEPHANT WEIGHS IN AT 245 POUNDS - The City of Tucson's Reid Park Zoo continues to monitor our first-ever newborn African elephant calf. She came into the world at 10:55 p.m. Wednesday, August 20th, which was also Tucson's 239th birthday. Cameras in the Zoo captured many of the yet-unnamed calf's first moments, such as standing, nursing, and sleeping. The calf stays close to Semba, her 24-year-old mom. At this point, only essential Zoo staff is allowed near the two, allowing them time to bond. Details on when the public can see the baby, and how the naming process will be handled, will be released soon (watch Tucson 12 interview). Until then, the Zoo is offering photos and videos of the new family on its Flickr page. In addition, you can follow the Reid Park Zoo and City of Tucson Facebook and Twitter sites for photos, links, and more information as soon as it becomes available.
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TRAFFIC ALERT: SOUTHBOUND 4TH AVENUE UNDERPASS CLOSURE - With the return of University of Arizona students and the anticipation of heavy traffic in the downtown area, the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) is not permitting southbound traffic through the 4th Avenue Underpass at 9th Street this weekend, from 7 p.m. - 2 a.m. During the temporary closure, which took effect last night, the Sun Link Streetcar and bicyclists will be allowed to use the southbound travel lane through the underpass, and pedestrians will be allowed to use the sidewalk. TDOT staff recently adjusted the timing of the traffic signals to allow for better traffic flow through the busy Congress/4th/Toole intersection, and engineers will continue to evaluate and monitor travel patterns this weekend. Read the news release.
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.
TUCSON'S 239th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION CONTINUES THIS WEEKEND - Even though Tucson's birthday was Wednesday, the celebration continues tomorrow at the Historic Train Depot downtown, 414 N. Toole Ave. The Southern Arizona Transportation Museum on site will host a birthday party from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will help cut the birthday cake at 11 a.m. Both parking and admission to the museum are free.
LEARN TO RECOGNIZE HEART ATTACK SYMPTOMS - It's important to know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack if you ever need to help someone in cardiac arrest. Knowing what to do beyond that point also is necessary. Calling 9-1-1 is a must, but you can help before paramedics arrive. Tucson Fire Department Captain Barrett Baker offers some tips on CPR and the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).