Tucson Fire Department Responds to Fire Caused by Blowtorch

Three residents were displaced from their home in the 10000 block of East Paseo San Bernardo in Rita Ranch after a fire last night heavily damaged the attic. The resident had been burning weeds with a blowtorch earlier in the evening, and he noticed later the smell of smoke and saw the smoke coming from vents in the home. After calling 911, the man went outside and saw flames in the wall near the ground where he had been burning the weeds.

Roadrunners' Mascot Gets a Name

The Tucson Roadrunners' mascot was unveiled this morning at Tully Elementary School. Just ahead of tomorrow's first home game, the Roadrunners brought out "Dusty" to meet the students and make his official debut alongside "Howler," the mascot of the Arizona Coyotes parent club.

Tucson's new hockey team makes its regular season home debut tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. against the Stockton Heat at the Tucson Arena. All fans in attendance will receive a commemorative ticket.

Road Recovery Update

Work continues to crack seal, fog seal, and asphalt patch roadways associated with the voter-approved $100 million, five-year Road Recovery bond program. Crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will work 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day. The Tenth Avenue – 22nd Street to 26th Street fog seal work is underway today and is scheduled to be finished tomorrow.

Downtown-Area Roads Closed This Weekend for Charity Runs

TMC Get Moving Tucson events will force the closure of roads this weekend, blocking traffic in Downtown Tucson and the West University, Menlo Park, and "A" Mountain neighborhoods. The streets will be filled with 2,000 expected runners, walkers, and five local rock 'n' roll bands.

Reid Park Zoo is one of the beneficiaries of Saturday's walk/run events.

For a complete list of events and road closures this Saturday and Sunday, please visit the Southern Arizona Roadrunners.

Former Mexican President Supports Tucson's Bid for International Startup Incubator

The former president of Mexico is offering his support in an effort to help entrepreneurs on both sides of the border. Vicente Fox, who was Mexico's president from 2000-2006, listened to a pitch yesterday by Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and other members of a Tucson delegation visiting Guanajuato, Mexico. After a nearly two-hour meeting, Fox agreed to the partnership, extending a handshake to the mayor. Fox also accepted an invitation to come to Tucson in January to meet his new U.S. partners.

UA Hosts Privacy Conversation Tonight

The University of Arizona's College of Social & Behavioral Sciences holds its second lecture tonight as part of its month-long Conversation on Privacy series. The Wednesday night lecture series discusses the online trail of personal data, revealing secrets about our health, habits, beliefs, and more. Local and national experts will explore the benefits and dangers of today's technology.

Tucson Roadrunners Play Home Opener Friday

Tucson's new hockey team makes its regular season home debut this Friday at 7:05 p.m. against the Stockton Heat at the Tucson Arena. All fans in attendance will receive a commemorative ticket. The Tucson Roadrunners started their inaugural American Hockey League (AHL) season Oct. 14 and currently have two wins and one loss.

Tucson 12 has a video preview (below) of some of the action, as well as interviews with the players and coaches.

Howl-o-Ween This Weekend

Reid Park Zoo is hosting its annual Howl-o-Ween celebration this Friday through Sunday. The safe trick-or-treating event, presented by Carondelet Medical Group, features costumed characters, decorations, and limited spooks and scares. The line opens for Zoo members starting at 5:30 p.m., and the public celebration starts at 6 p.m. each night.