Money from the voter-approved, $100 million, five-year Road Recovery street bond program in 2012 already has improved more than 116 miles of roadway, and the work continues to improve additional streets. The bond money pays for repaving, while the bigger widening projects are funded by the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), a 20-year program approved by voters in 2006.
Last night's storm was a torrent in many parts of town and people are still cleaning up messes caused by wind and flooding. Is there a new pothole you discovered? Is a street sign missing? Is a tree limb hanging too close over a roadway or sidewalk? You can report these issues to the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the best meteor shows of the summer takes place this week when the Perseid meteor shower hits the Northern Hemisphere. Up to 100 shooting stars an hour should be visible in the northeast sky (weather permitting). USA Today's 10 Best lists Tucson as the second best city to view the meteors, right behind Kielder Forest, England.
When you take a trip to Reid Park Zoo, you might overlook some of the animals. In the latest edition of “Zoo News” on Tucson 12, learn about some very deserving animals that have interesting adaptations you might not know about.
Cinema La Placita hosts movies in an outdoor setting every Thursday night at 7:30 through the end of this month (weather permitting). Hundreds of Tucsonans enjoy the summer evenings with a different movie each week for $3 per person (includes all-you-can-eat popcorn).
Tomorrow's movie is To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), starring Gregory Peck. La Placita Village is located at 110 S. Church Ave., on the southwest corner of Broadway and Church in Downtown Tucson.
Tucson City Court hosted its first-ever Warrant Day Saturday, clearing up more than 200 cases and collecting $13,325 in fines and fees. Of 210 defendants, 117 took plea offers and 93 were given new court dates, said Court Administrator Christopher Hale.
Warrant Day was created to help deal with a backlog of 40,000 warrants. Most were for failure to appear in court. Prosecutors worked out plea deals for people who set up payment plans and agreed to attend any classes or counseling that may be required.
Tucson Water anticipates no contamination issues from the Animas River near Silverton, Colorado. A contractor for the Environmental Protection Agency last week accidentally released 3 million gallons of wastewater into the river. The source of the contamination is an abandoned gold mine and includes heavy metals such as lead and arsenic. While the Animas River is a tributary to the Colorado River - the principal source of water for Tucson - Tucson Water officials do not expect local water contamination issues.
The Mayor and Tucson City Council recently approved an intergovernmental agreement with the University of Arizona's Compost Cats, a once-pilot program run by students. The Council approved the agreement Wednesday, providing $66,000 a year in funding for the program over the next three years. The formal agreement comes after a one-year pilot program where the City collected organic waste from select local businesses and partnered with Compost Cats to handle the composting and orientation for new businesses joining the program.
A new survey from Cvent, an event-management portal, puts Tucson in the top 50 best cities for meeting attendees. Tucson launched a rebranding effort roughly two years ago to attract more business gatherings.
The City of Tucson Bicycle & Pedestrian Program and Living Streets Alliance are helping children and parents discover that walking and biking can be a fun, everyday part of a healthy life. The alternatives to vehicles also reduce traffic congestion and pollution around schools, improve safety in school zones, and provide families and friends an opportunity to share time with each other and build connections in their community.