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Zoo Lights 2018 Begins This Week

Zoo Lights, presented by Tucson Electric Power, opens to the public this week. Sip hot chocolate as you stroll through thousands of twinkling lights and lighted animal displays that illuminate the grounds of Reid Park Zoo. There also will be falling snow in the winter wonderland, pictures with Santa, and live music on the weekends. S’mores, sweet treats, and food will be available for purchase.

Enjoy Cookies with Santa

The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department is hosting Cookies with Santa on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 6-7:30 p.m., at Randolph Center, 200 S. Alvernon Way. The cost is $2 per person.

Children will enjoy crafts, holiday stories, cookies, hot chocolate, and a picture with Santa. Register now through Dec. 11 at Randolph Center. The event is limited to the first 75 people to sign up. Call (520) 791-4560 for more information.

Free Booklet: 2018 Status and Quality of the Aquifer

Tucson Water’s 2018 Status and Quality of the Aquifer booklet documents 20 years of groundwater recovery since a 1998 report reflected overdraft and subsidence. Gains such as using renewable water and implementing conservation programs have helped achieve water reliability.

The free booklet documents these and other strategies that can ensure a reliable water future. For a free booklet by postal mail, write to pico@tucsonaz.gov and provide your name, postal address, and zip code.

City Hiring System Operators for Water Department

The City of Tucson is recruiting water system operators to join its Water Quality and Operations division of the Tucson Water department. The positions are responsible for operating, monitoring, and controlling water treatment facilities and distribution systems utilizing SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) to help ensure appropriate water supply, quality, and pressure.

City of Tucson Announces New Permitting System

The City of Tucson has selected Tyler Technologies' Energov permitting system to replace the more than 20-year-old Permits Plus program.

The current users of Permits Plus, the Planning and Development Services Department (PDSD), Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), Tucson Fire Department, and Environmental Service's Code Enforcement section will move to the new system, along with new users Tucson Water and Business Licenses.

Two Libraries to Reopen

Pima County Public Library this month is reopening the Sam Lena-South Tucson and Flowing Wells library branches after making improvements. The Sam Lena-South Tucson Library will reopen this Thursday, Dec. 6, at 9 a.m. The Flowing Wells Library will reopen on Monday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m.

Both branches have been closed for renovation and expansion. In addition, both libraries will have updated collections, new furniture, and more public use computers.

Match-Up Set for Arizona Bowl

The 2019 NOVA® Home Loans Arizona Bowl will take place on Dec. 29 at 11:15 a.m. at Arizona Stadium, as the Arkansas State Red Wolves of the Sunbelt Conference will face the Nevada Wolf Pack of the Mountain West Conference.

Nevada (7-5) and Arkansas State (8-4) have met six times previously, having last faced each other in 1999. The Wolf Pack is 4-2 against the Red Wolves. The football game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network. Tickets are now available.

City Recruiting Traffic Engineering Technician

The City of Tucson is recruiting a traffic engineering technician in its Transportation department. The position provides technical support through review and implementation of projects and plans; investigates, analyzes, and resolves complaints from the general public, ward offices, other agencies, and other city departments; and conducts field studies of traffic conditions, including traffic counts, traffic observations, measuring distances, and measuring traffic speeds.

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