The annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® - the one that started all of the gem shows in Tucson - opened this morning at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). Presented by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, the show attracts thousands of treasure hunters from around the world. Free seminars and a Junior Education Area make the show a big draw for local families, too.
The printed Tucson Birding Trail Map is available starting Saturday. The free map shows the 45 best locations in and around Tucson for finding wild birds. The sites include a range of mountain, desert, and wetland locations, each with its own variety of species.
Curious about what goes on beyond the barricades of road projects in the city? In a new segment on Tucson 12, Tucson Department of Transportation Engineering Manager Sam Credio goes "Behind the Barricades" to show the process of roadway construction projects.
Living Streets Alliance is again partnering with the City of Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program and the Pima Association of Governments to give away bike lights to people without them. Not only do bike lights improve visibility for both cyclists and others on the street – it's the law that bicyclists have them.
Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega says 110 employees took advantage of a retirement incentive and left the City last week. In a video message to employees, Ortega says 52 of the retirements were in General Fund departments, saving an estimated $4.5 million in future fiscal years. He also discusses changes in his office.
Those who want to participate in Arizona's March 22 Presidential Preference Election must be registered to vote by midnight on Feb. 22. Voters must register with the same political party affiliation as the presidential candidate for whom they wish to vote. The political parties participating in the election are the Democratic Party, the Republican Party and the Green Party. Arizona’s Open Primary law does not apply to the Presidential Preference Election, but those registered as Independent or Party Not Designated can vote if they re-register with one of the three parties.
Work began this morning on sidewalk improvements along 22nd Street between Wilmot Road and Kolb Road. Crews will work Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. The work is scheduled to be finished by the middle of next month.
You can click an area of the city on the map and find out which projects are completed, planned, and active. Information also includes the number of miles in each project, and the ability to turn map layers on and off to narrow your search.
The City of Tucson Department of Transportation, Parks and Recreation, El Presidio Neighborhood Association, and Centennial Park Committee will join Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, Ward 1 Council Member Regina Romero, Tucson Water, and community members Friday at 3:30 p.m. to dedicate Centennial Park in honor of Christopher Franklin Carroll. The downtown preservationist, developer, and fourth-generation resident of El Presidio died in 2013.