The Arizona Legislature gave final approval early this morning to a $9.6 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that begins July 1. The package came together after legislative leaders agreed to rescind a proposal to cut public education — at least for this fiscal year. The final deal demanded by moderate Republicans ensures there will be no loss of funding for schools that are losing students, small charter schools, and district-run charter schools.
The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department are asking for public input in a discussion regarding the future needs and improvements to John F. Kennedy Park at Mission Road and Ajo Way. A public meeting will be held tonight from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Fred Archer Center, 1665 S. La Cholla Blvd.
The City of Tucson invites residents to a public meeting next week to review and comment on three tools designed to encourage reinvestment in our community.
The tools include a Planned Area Development (PAD) rezoning tool, an administrative process for Major Streets & Routes setback relief, and optional concurrent plan amendment and rezoning applications.
The public meeting will be held next Wednesday, May 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Sentinel Building, 320 N. Commerce Park Loop.
Treat your mom to a special Mother's Day at Reid Park Zoo, this Sunday, 8-9:30 a.m. Start off the morning with a breakfast and mimosa at the Conservation Learning Center’s deck overlooking Mill Pond, and then take a stroll through the Zoo and participate in a variety of activities.
It's not only human moms who will be honored, as animal moms get special treats to celebrate the day.
Individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to historic preservation in Tucson and Pima County will be recognized at the annual Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony later this month.
The Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission (T-PCHC) and the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation (THPF) will host the event on Saturday, May 21, 9:30 a.m.-noon at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 160 S. Scott Ave.
Caterpillar Inc. is coming to Downtown Tucson, bringing hundreds of six-figure jobs to the region. State and local officials made the announcement this morning. Caterpillar, which manufactures construction and mining equipment, says it will bring 600 jobs to Tucson over the next five years. Those positions include executives, engineers, and product development and support positions. State officials say the economic impact of the move is projected to be about $600 million.
Community groups and local agencies have a new summer target date to help homeless veterans secure housing. The July 4 date extends the original estimate of last December. Approximately 300 homeless veterans remain to be housed, according to Mayor Jonathan Rothschild's office.
Two 8-year-old dogs were killed after being attacked by bees Friday night in Rita Ranch, near Valencia and Houghton roads.
The owner of the dogs tried to help, but he said the animals were completely covered with bees within a couple of minutes, and he was stung himself. He rushed the dogs to the vet after getting them inside, but they had to be euthanized.
The Tucson Fire Department (TFD) was called in to foam the swarm. TFD says of the 90 bee-related calls it received in April, crews only had to use foam about five times.
Tucson is still in the running in the Best Town Ever contest from Outside magazine. The publication is looking for cities with great access to trails and public lands, thriving restaurants and neighborhoods, and a good beer scene.
You can vote for Tucson on the magazine's website (linked above), which features a competition bracket like the NCAA basketball tournament.