Deadline Approaching for Historic Preservations Awards Nominations

This week is the deadline to submit nominations for historic preservation awards. The Tucson-Pima County Historical Commission is recognizing individuals, firms, groups, and/or organizations that have demonstrated their interest or contribution to the preservation, conservation, or interpretation of local history, architecture, or historic preservation in Tucson or Pima County.

For more information, please refer to the 2017 Awards Program Description and Nomination Form.

Reminder: Free Tax Preparation Sites Are Open

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) provides free tax preparation for households and individuals earning up to $64,000 a year. The program ensures taxpayers receive all credits for which they may be eligible, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, which can equal as much as 50 percent of a family's annual earnings.

VITA offers same-day, in-person assistance from IRS-certified preparers at locations across Tucson.

Buy a Qualified Washing Machine and Get a Credit on Your Utility Statement

Tucson Water’s Single Family Residential Clothes Washer Program will credit customers $200 on their Utility Services Statement when they purchase a CEE Tier 2 or Tier 3 high-efficiency (HE) clothes washer. HE clothes washers save water and energy. You must be a Tucson Water customer with active service to get the credit.

Follow this link above to learn more about the program and conditions. You also can view the list of washers that qualify.

Fourth Avenue Street Fair Underway

The Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair opened this morning and runs through Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., each day. The event takes place on Fourth Avenue between Ninth Street and University Boulevard.

The street fair includes artisans, street musicians, food, jugglers, street performers, and events for kids. There also will be face painting, balloons, demonstrations, sidewalk entertainment, and other activities.

Head of Metro Chamber to Retire

The Tucson Metro Chamber announced to staff yesterday that President and CEO Michael Varney will retire after nearly six years of heading the group. Varney will remain engaged with the Chamber during the transition period for "a reasonably open-ended period of time," the Chamber said in a news release.

In a letter posted on the Chamber's website, Varney cited the need to be closer to family, especially grandchildren out of state, as the primary reason for making his decision.

Sign Up for a Free Water Audit to Save Water and Money

Water efficiency is more than just conserving a resource. Tucson Water’s Zanjeros are specially-trained water efficiency experts who have performed thousands of comprehensive inventories of home water use that helped customers lower their water bills.

Learn more about your home’s water-using fixtures, water meter, plumbing, irrigation, and more.

Request an appointment by calling (520) 791-3242 or emailing

Ban on Hand-Held Devices in Moving Vehicles to Begin in May

The Mayor and Tucson City Council this week voted 5-2 to approve a ban on hand-held devices while driving a vehicle. Council Members Richard Fimbres and Steve Kozachik were the dissenting votes.

Violation of the new ordinance, which goes into effect May 1, will be considered a secondary offense, meaning you must be pulled over for another reason before police can cite you.