USA Today Spotlight's Tucson's Food Scene

Now that Tucson is an official UNESCO City of Gastronomy, national and international stories about our city's food scene continue to appear. USA Today has a story today called "Chasing the Sources in Tucson's Budding Food Scene." In the article, the reporter visits a number of restaurants downtown and beyond, first focusing on the search for a good lunch along Congress Street.

Colorado River Restrictions Averted for Now

Three years of conservation efforts around the Southwest prevented a water shortage in Lake Mead for at least another year. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation just announced projections for the Colorado River reservoir’s Jan. 1 water level, saying it rises above the elevation at which downstream users must restrict their water diversions.

Tucson Water Director Tim Thomure previously said Tucson is prepared to absorb any future water shortages.

Sun Tran to Distribute SunGO Cards in Advance of Transfer Policy Change

The Mayor and Tucson City Council recently voted to eliminate paper transfers on Sun Tran buses and incorporate an unrestricted two-hour transfer period in any direction on the SunGO Card and SunGO ID & Card. Effective Sept. 1, the change is meant to simplify the transfer policy, reduce costs, and provide an added benefit to passengers.

Pima Council on Aging Founder Dies

Longtime community activist Marian Lupu died at her Tucson home yesterday at the age of 91. The advocate for the aging founded the Pima Council on Aging and was its director for 40 years, retiring about ten years ago. She most recently was a volunteer with Dancing in the Streets Arizona, founded by her daughter and son-in-law, Soleste Lupu and Joseph Rodgers.

Details of a memorial service have not been released yet.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair: Call for Vendors

Applications are available for artists who wish to participate in the Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair, Nov. 26-27. The event has been held for more than two decades, attracting vendors from all over the Southwest.

The Tucson Parks and Recreation department is seeking artists, crafters, photographers, painters, potters, jewelers, and more to sell their original artwork. All items must be handmade and are subject to approval.

Library Hours Changing at Three Branches

After market studies and monthly activity measures, the Pima County Public Library says its changing hours at three of its branches, effective Sept. 12.

The Joel D. Valdez Main Library will close at 6 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. All other hours will remain the same.

The Dewhirst-Catalina Library will shift its Tuesday hours from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. to 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Sahuarita Library will close on Saturdays, but will now be open on Mondays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.