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TEP Transmission Line Upgrade to Cause Brief Water Service Interruptions West of Tucson

Tucson Electric Power (TEP) will be upgrading electrical transmission lines as part of a road project on State Highway 86, and the work will affect water service. The lines serve a Tucson Water booster station that provides service to approximately 3,600 customers. Water service to those customers will be interrupted from 8 p.m. tomorrow until 5 a.m. Saturday.

The affected area generally is west of Kinney Road, south to about Drexel Road, and west and northwest of San Joaquin Road.

Fourth Avenue Street Fair Begins Tomorrow

The Fourth Avenue Winter Street Fair opens tomorrow and runs through Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. The event takes place on Fourth Avenue between Ninth Street and University Boulevard.

The street fair includes more than 400 arts and crafts booths, more than 35 food vendors, street musicians, food, jugglers, street performers, and a hands-on art pavilion for kids. There also will be face painting, balloons, demonstrations, sidewalk entertainment, and other activities.

Zoo Lights Celebration Continues

Reid Park Zoo's annual display of Christmas lights will help put you in the holiday spirit, with jingle bells, twinkling lights, falling snow, and Santa. Light displays, animal-themed light sculptures, and thousands of sparkling bulbs are part of the Zoo Lights holiday tradition.

Camel and carousel rides are open during the event for an additional fee. Free cookies are provided each night, and hot cocoa is available for $1.

Safety Tips for Home Heating

With overnight temperatures expected to return to the 30s this weekend, the Tucson Fire Department is urging people to be careful when heating their homes.

Capt. Barrett Baker says space heaters should be placed at least 3 feet from anything flammable and not be plugged into extension cords or left unattended.

He also suggests you check and change your furnace filter 3-4 times during the season and keep the area around the furnace clean and unobstructed. It's also a good idea to have working carbon monoxide detectors in your home.

City Council Approves New Urban Agriculture Guidelines

The Mayor and Tucson City Council last night unanimously approved an urban agriculture text amendment to the City’s Unified Development Code. It reduces barriers to raising backyard chickens and growing vegetable gardens, and it clarifies rules for community gardens and farmers markets. The amendment sets maximums on the number of animals allowed, based on lot size. The newly-adopted rules will come back for reconsideration after two years.

City Council Amends Public Space Regulations

The Mayor and Tucson City Council last night passed several revisions to the Tucson Code that regulates the use of City parks, sidewalks, and the provision of services to homeless in the community.

Under the new rules, groups will need a permit to sell or distribute food at parks and nearby sidewalks. Permits will not be needed for distributing water, nor will they be required on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.

Need Help Starting or Expanding a Business in Tucson? Call the Small Business Assistance Line

The City of Tucson's Small Business Assistance Line, (520) 837-4100, is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Help is available in both English and Spanish. Staff members from the City Manager's Office of Economic Initiatives answer the calls.

The Small Business Assistance Line is one of a number of City initiatives to make the City of Tucson more business-friendly, along with 21 business incentives, streamlined permit processes, and more.

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