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  • PRIMARY ELECTION UNDERWAY
    Date: Aug. 4, 2020 
    Today, Aug. 4, is Election Day in Pima County. There are no City of Tucson offices being contested in the primary election, but there are many other races. If you still have your early ballot, you can drop it off at any polling place, but don't mail it. It won't arrive in time to be counted. Pima County is working to ensure that voters and poll workers are protected as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The workers have masks, plastic face shields, gloves, disinfectant spray, and hand sanitizer. Masks and proper social distancing are required for anyone who wishes to cast a ballot. If a voter does not have a mask, they will be provided one. The polls are open until 7 p.m. For additional voter information, contact the Pima County Recorder’s Office at (520) 724-4330.
    From the Arizona Daily Star
    Pima County Recorder's Office
  • NEW COVID-19 CASES TRENDING DOWNWARD AGAIN TODAY
    Date: Aug. 4, 2020 
    As of today, Aug. 4, Arizona now has 180,505 positive coronavirus cases, with 1,008 new cases reported today. The number of new cases is much fewer than what we've seen over the past few weeks if all of the lab partner data was submitted on time. The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 16,809 cases are in Pima County. There have been 3,845 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, and 465 of those occurred in Pima County. Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and even activities for kids. The site is updated as information evolves.
    COVID-19 website
  • THRIVE IN THE 05 RESOURCE CAFÉ FEATURES THE TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT
    Date: Aug. 4, 2020 
    The Thrive in the 05 Resource Café on Thursday, Aug. 6, will feature the Tucson Fire Department (TFD). The Thrive Resource Café is a half-hour live stream that takes place every Tuesday through Thursday on Facebook and Zoom. The purpose of the Thrive Resource Cafés is to highlight various community partners and resources available to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic. During the Thrive Resource Café, hear from TFD Capt. Christopher Don about the Tucson Collaborative Community Care (TC-3) program and how the Tucson Fire Department has adjusted services during the pandemic. Any questions asked during the live stream will be answered in real time. Follow the link below to register for the Zoom call.
    Register for the Thrive in the 05 Resource Café on Zoom
    Thrive in the 05 website
    Thrive in the 05 Facebook
  • HARVEST THE MONSOON RAIN
    Date: Aug. 4, 2020 
    Summer typically brings plenty of monsoon rain that can be used on landscapes, instead of using valuable drinking water, if the rain can be captured correctly. Join the 2,654 customers with rainwater harvesting systems that have collected 70 million gallons of rainwater. Tucson Water offers rebates for both passive and active rainwater harvesting systems. Passive harvesting can be as simple as digging basins, berms, and swales to direct rainwater to plants. Active rainwater harvesting includes storing rainwater in a tank for later use, with overflow directed to the landscape.
    Tucson Water rainwater harvesting rebates
    Rainwater harvesting grants and loans 
    Workshops and project plans
  • EGSD HIRING MECHANICS
    Date: Aug. 4, 2020 
    The City of Tucson's Environmental and General Services Department's (EGSD) Fleet Services Division is looking for highly skilled mechanics to perform preventive maintenance and repairs on heavy-duty vehicles, such as front-end loaders, side loaders, rear loaders, and heavy equipment. This position is for second shift, 2:30-11 p.m., with shift differential pay of $1 per hour for hours worked between 6-11 p.m. Applicants must have at least four years of experience in maintaining, repairing, and rebuilding heavy and specialized trucks, construction vehicles, and street maintenance equipment. Applicants also must have a valid and unrestricted Class D Driver License.
    Read the job description
  • PRIMARY ELECTION DAY TOMORROW
    Date: Aug. 3, 2020 
    Tomorrow, Aug. 4, is primary election day in Pima County, but there are no City of Tucson offices being contested. Pima County is working to ensure voters and poll workers are protected as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Although the Pima County Recorder's Office says nearly half of the 177,000 early ballots mailed to voters have been returned, many people will show up at the polls tomorrow to vote or simply drop-off their early ballots, since it's too late to mail them back and have them counted. The 2,000 poll workers serving in Pima County will be supplied with masks, plastic face shields, gloves, disinfectant spray, and hand sanitizer. Masks and proper social distancing will be required for anyone who wishes to cast a ballot. If a voter does not have a mask, they will be provided one at their polling location. The polls will be open from 6 a.m.-7 p.m.
    From the Arizona Daily Star
    Pima County Recorder's Office
  • COVID-19 MONDAY UPDATE
    Date: Aug. 3, 2020 
    As of today, Aug. 3, Arizona now has 179,497 positive coronavirus cases, with 1,030 new cases reported today. The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 16,741 cases are in Pima County. There have been 3,779 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, and 462 of those occurred in Pima County. Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and even activities for kids. The site is updated as information evolves.
    COVID-19 website
  • PIMA ANIMAL CARE CENTER HOSTS VIRTUAL ADOPTIONS THIS WEEK
    Date: Aug. 3, 2020 
    If you're looking for a new pet, you can check out your options virtually on Wednesday, Aug. 5, noon to 2 p.m. Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) will be hosting a live feed on its Facebook page where you can ask questions about the animals and adopt them. Adoption fees will vary, but puppies and kittens are $50, and there is an additional $20 licensing charge per adult dog. Adult dogs and cats are $35. See the animals virtually and then pick them up at the shelter.
    PACC Facebook
  • FOOD BANK HAS ONLINE MAP FOR THOSE IN NEED
    Date: Aug. 3, 2020 
    With many people seeking food assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic and after the $600 extra federal unemployment benefit expired last week, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona offers an online map of where to go for those who need help. The Food Bank has locations in Tucson, Marana, Amado, Green Valley, Nogales, and a few other locations. You can find a link to the map below.
    Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona locations
    Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona's website
  • STUDY CONTINUES TO DETERMINE IF TUMAMOC HILL WILL REMAIN OPEN
    Date: Aug. 3, 2020 
    The University of Arizona on July 24 said it was conducting a two-week study to see if visitors to the popular walking trail are adhering to the mandatory mask-wearing rule. If not, university officials say they will again close the mountain to visitors. The site was closed March 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic. It reopened May 25 and within a week saw nearly 1,000 people each day, according to the university. School officials also said that only 30-40% of visitors were following mask guidelines. The two-week evaluation period is due to end this Friday.
    From the Arizona Daily Star
  • MT. LEMMON HIGHWAY TO OPEN THIS WEEKEND
    Date: July 31, 2020 
    The highway up Mt. Lemmon will reopen beginning tomorrow, Aug. 1. The Pima County Department of Transportation and contracted workers replaced more than 250 guardrail posts that were critically damaged during the Bighorn Fire. Replacement of non-critically damaged posts will continue next week, including the repair or replacement of nearly 1,700 feet of guardrail. Speed reductions and lane restrictions will remain in place in areas where repair work continues. The reopening will allow vehicular access on Mt. Lemmon Highway to Summerhaven and Ski Valley, and limited parking is available in those areas. Once parking areas become full, the Pima County Sheriff’s Department will control access to the Mt. Lemmon Highway until enough vehicles leave and allow for additional visitors to drive up the mountain. National Forest Service areas on the mountain will remain closed. A lightning strike sparked the Bighorn Fire on June 5, which burned for nearly seven weeks, covered 120,000 acres, and closed public access to the mountain.
    Read the news release.
  • SMALL BUSINESS AND NONPROFIT CONTINUITY GRANT APPLICATIONS OPEN TODAY
    Date: July 31, 2020 
    As part of the City of Tucson’s CARES Act funds, the Mayor and Tucson City Council approved $2.5 million for small businesses and nonprofits. Under the We Are One | Somos Uno Resiliency Fund, the grant program will distribute $2 million to small businesses and $500,000 to nonprofits. In partnership with the YWCA of Southern Arizona (YWCA) and the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA), the grant program is now accepting applications. The YWCA’s Women’s Business Center will administer the small business continuity grants, up to $10,000. Applications are available in English and Spanish, and grants will be awarded within 10 business days of submission. Nonprofit continuity grants, up to $20,000, will be administered through the CFSA. Nonprofits in the City of Tucson and the City of South Tucson are eligible to apply. Follow the links below for more information.
    YWCA (for small businesses)
    CFSA (for nonprofits)
  • COVID-19 CASES INCREASE FROM YESTERDAY
    Date: July 31, 2020 
    As of today, July 31, Arizona now has 174,010 positive coronavirus cases, with 3,694 new cases reported today. The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 16,167 cases are in Pima County. There have been 3,694 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, and 459 of those occurred in Pima County. Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and even activities for kids. The site is updated as information evolves.
    COVID-19 website
  • GOV. DUCEY WON'T PUSH FOR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS INCREASE
    Date: July 31, 2020 
    As the federal pandemic unemployment benefits program that provides an extra $600 a week expires today, July 31, and Congress has yet to approve an extension or scaled-back plan, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says he will not consider boosting the state's unemployment rate of $240 per week. That rate is the second-lowest in the nation. In his COVID-19 news briefing yesterday, Ducey said Congress needs to work overtime to solve that problem and the state can't just print money. Arizona lawmakers haven't raised the $240 weekly benefit since 2004. “If I have any advice for Congress it would be to turn around, order sandwiches in, stay the weekend, and figure this out,” he said.
    From Capitol Media Services via the Arizona Daly Star
  • CITY RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS FOR AUDITING COMMISSION
    Date: July 31, 2020 
    The City of Tucson is looking to fill several vacancies on the Independent Audit and Performance Commission (IAPC). The IAPC is an advisory committee made up of seven members, with one member appointed by the mayor and each member of the Tucson City Council. Each member of the commission must reside in the City of Tucson and will serve without compensation. Qualifications include at least 10 years of financial or executive experience or at least five years of such experience plus another five years experience in a comparable field, such as project management, grant administration, compliance reporting, or data analysis. City employees are not eligible to serve on the IAPC. More information can be found at the link below, or you can call (520) 791-4204 or email Robert.Kulze@tucsonaz.gov.
    IAPC
    Apply online
  • TUCSON UNDER EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING AGAIN TODAY (VIDEO)
    Date: July 30, 2020 
    The National Weather Service's Excessive Heat Warning continues today, July 30, and runs through Aug. 1 at 8 p.m. Today's high temperature is expected to reach 109 degrees, increasing to 111 tomorrow, with no chance of rain until a slight chance (10%) moves in Saturday night. As the weather heats up, Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) encourages community members and pet owners to take extra precautions to keep their pets safe and cool. If you see a pet suffering in the heat, please call (520) 724-5900 and press 4. Watch the videos linked below for some important safety tips for humans and their pets.
    Watch a heat safety video (humans)
    Watch a safety video (pets)
    PACC
    National Weather Service 7-day forecast
  • PIMA COUNTY INCREASES CONTACT TRACING FOR COVID-19
    Date: July 30, 2020 
    Local contact tracing efforts will be increasing significantly this week as the Pima County Health Department and Maximus Health Services, Inc.’s expanded workforce begin making calls. The new contact tracing teams have completed training and will be starting calls this week. Calls will be coming from (833) 771-XXXX or (520) 724-XXXX. Caller ID will display as “Pima Health Dept.” If you get a call from a number beginning with these numbers, please answer. You will only receive a call if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are listed as a contact in a case. You will be asked about any symptoms you may have, when they began, and where you have been since two days before they started. You also will be reminded of isolation practices or what to look for if you do start to feel sick. Beware of scams, though, as the Health Department and Maximus will never ask you for your social security number, insurance information, or money for testing.
    Read the news release
  • COVID-19 THURSDAY UPDATE
    Date: July 30, 2020 
    As of today, July 30, Arizona now has 170,798 positive coronavirus cases, with 2,525 new cases reported today. The total number of cases includes people who have recovered. Of that number, 15,884 cases are in Pima County. There have been 3,626 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, and 450 of those occurred in Pima County. Meanwhile, the City of Tucson maintains an up-to-date COVID-19 website (link below) that includes information for businesses, residents, and even activities for kids. The site is updated as information evolves.
    COVID-19 website
  • NEW MOB AT REID PARK ZOO (VIDEO)
    Date: July 30, 2020 
    Meet the five new meerkats who made their first appearance on April 10 at Reid Park Zoo. See them as tiny pups, and now almost full grown, imitating their parents' behaviors. While the Zoo is currently closed, check its website and social media posts for updates on these active cuties.
    Watch the video
    Reid Park Zoo
  • SPECIAL DESIGNATION HELPS BUSINESSES REOPEN DURING PANDEMIC
    Date: July 30, 2020 
    The Pima County Health Department this month launched a media campaign to help educate the public about how to find restaurants, pools, and attractions that meet the department’s COVID-19 operating requirements. The program, called Ready For You, is tied to the Pima County Board of Supervisors' May 21 proclamation establishing required COVID-19 protective measures for restaurants, County-leased visitor attractions, and pools operated by resorts, hotels, fitness centers, and gyms. Though Gov. Doug Ducey has again closed gyms and bars, the program will still apply to those facilities when they are ready to reopen. Businesses that meet the County’s requirements will receive the Ready For You emblem to display at entrances and use in marketing materials and social media.
    Read the news release
    Ready for You