The Pentagon will delay until 2022 its plan to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack jet, a mainstay at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter made the announcement yesterday. Eventually, the A-10s will be replaced with the newer F-35s.
D-M supporters fear retiring the A-10s would make the base more vulnerable to future closure. D-M pumped an estimated $973 million into the local economy in 2014.
A new Greyhound bus terminal will be built on a now-vacant lot near East Broadway and South Euclid Avenue. Rio Nuevo says its buying the site for $575,000. The property will be located on East 12th Street, behind the OfficeMax store. The terminal will be on the alignment for Downtown Links, a project that will allow traffic to get to I-10 without going through downtown.
State and local representatives and federal official from Mexico gathered in Tucson yesterday to dedicate the new offices of the Mexican Consulate at 3915 E. Broadway Blvd. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey was joined at the ceremony by Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Claudia Ruiz-Massieu, Sonora Gov. Claudia Pavlovich, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, and others.
Do you have unused chemicals, oils, or pesticides sitting in your shed or garage? The City of Tucson is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection this Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon at the Eastside Service Center, 7575 E. Speedway Blvd.
Drop off at HHW is free for City of Tucson residents. There is a fee of $10 for each television and $2 for each monitor brought in without a computer.
Nature play starts this Sunday at Reid Park Zoo, followed by the same format every Sunday in February. From 1-3 p.m., the Zoo will have a free-play area set up near the Conservation Learning Center for kids to dig, build, splash, and more. Sand pits, water tables, building blocks, and tools will be provided. Children just need to bring their curiosity and imagination.
The Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase is happening at more than 40 sites, and most shows are free and open to the public. The shows run until Feb. 14, culminating with the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® opening on the 11th. That event packs the Tucson Convention Center for the final four days of shows, pulling in thousands of treasure hunters from around the world.
Starting Friday, the City of Tucson Environmental Services (ES) department will unveil and begin delivery of five metal waste collection containers painted with murals as part of an effort to reduce graffiti. ES contracted with the Tucson Arts Brigade to coordinate the project. Additional funding was provided by the Graffiti Resource Council in Washington, D.C.
Cesar Millan, original host of NatGeo WILD’s Dog Whisperer series and star of Cesar 911 on the same network, will reveal the secrets of happier, healthier relationships between humans and their dogs during a live show this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Tucson Music Hall. Millan will share his training secrets using demonstrations with multiple dogs.