Celebrate Completion of Improvements to Portion of Silverbell Road

Join the City of Tucson and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) in celebrating the completion of the Silverbell Road – Goret Road to Grant Road Improvement Project. Tomorrow's 2 p.m. celebration and ribbon cutting will take place at the northeast corner of Goret Road and Silverbell Road. Speakers will include Tucson Mayor and RTA Board member Jonathan Rothschild, Vice Mayor Regina Romero, Pima County Supervisor Richard Elías, and others.

Voice Your Opinions About Highway Improvement Plans

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are hosting a public scoping meeting this week about potential improvements to two important corridors that serve the Tucson area: Interstate 10 from the I-10/Interstate 19 interchange to Kolb Road and State Route 210 (Barraza-Aviation Parkway) from Golf Links Road to a future connection with I-10. The meeting will provide study information and solicit community feedback on study area issues and concepts.

A-10 to Fly at Least Four More Years

The U.S. Air Force says its fleet of A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack planes will keep flying through at least 2021. The A-10 "Warthog" is one of the main missions at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson.

This week's Air Force statement is a departure from previous plans that would have phased out the aircraft starting next year, with the planes being fully retired by 2022.

Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.

Major Company to Locate in Downtown Tucson

Ernst & Young LLP (EY) announced this week that it's opening a national executive support center in Tucson. The company says the new center eventually will create more than 125 jobs in the area with a focus on executive administrative support and creative graphics and digital services.

The firm has selected Downtown Tucson for the support center and will operate in a temporary space at the Transamerica Building on North Church Avenue until a permanent location is identified and made ready in the fall.

City of Tucson Sends Election Statement to High Court

Tucson is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reject a bid by Republican interests to kill the City's unique system of electing council members. Legal briefs filed by City Attorney Mike Rankin say there's nothing inherently unconstitutional about having the six council members nominated by ward and then having a citywide general election. He says it ensures each area of Tucson is represented, and it requires council members to pay attention to voters in the other five wards.

Signature Event of Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase to Open at TCC

The annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® - the one that started all of the gem shows in Tucson - opens tomorrow at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). Presented by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, the show attracts thousands of treasure hunters from around the world. Free seminars and a Junior Education Area make the show a big draw for local families, too. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.

Free Dental Care for Kids Tomorrow

Arizona families without dental insurance can register their children for free dental care tomorrow. It's part of a statewide event called Give Kids a Smile. Dental care will be provided for up to 100 uninsured kids from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Southwest Kids Dentistry, 6970 N. Oracle Road, Suite 110. Children up to age 18 will be able to receive comprehensive oral health care, including cleanings, fillings, and extractions.

Interested parents should complete intake forms. Preregistration is strongly advised.

Special Event at Zoo This Weekend to Celebrate Valentine's Day

Reid Park Zoo is hosting its "I Love Zoo!" event from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday. Keepers will provide animals with valentine-themed treats, and you’ll have the opportunity to make your own valentine for a furry, feathery, or scaly zoo friend.

All activities are free with regular admission, and no registration is required.

The event is supported by Arizona Oncology.