Downtown Tucson is now a public art gallery; new programs are available to help with mortgage down payments; and learn what the Tucson Department of Transportation is doing to help keep motorists safe during monsoon thunderstorms. Those stories are featured in the latest edition of In Tucson, produced by Tucson 12.
You can click an area of the city on the map and find out which projects are completed, planned, and active. Information also includes the number of miles in each project, and the ability to turn map layers on and off to narrow your search.
In his first meeting with the local media earlier this week, Tucson Roadrunners Coach Mark Lamb said it will take a lot of hard work getting the new American Hockey League (AHL) team up and running, but he's ready for the challenge.
In a guest opinion today in the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild discusses the city's recent accomplishments and economic activities. He cites the renovated Tucson Convention Center arena, the new Tucson Roadrunners hockey team, and the use of business incentives that helped bring thousands of jobs and major employers to Tucson, including HomeGoods, Comcast, and Caterpillar.
Reid Park Zoo this weekend will recognize the vaquita, a critically endangered porpoise species that lives in the Sea of Cortez, about 400 miles from Tucson. The latest scientific research estimates the population to have fewer than 60 individuals, which means the vaquita is in severe risk of becoming extinct.
Starting tomorrow, crews will work from 6 p.m.-4 a.m to fog seal Camp Lowell Drive from Swan Road to Vista del Forte. Fog sealing is the application of a thin layer of asphalt emulsion that helps cover small roadway imperfections, cracks, or other small voids and seals the existing asphalt to preserve and protect the roadway. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather.
The Mayor and Tucson City Council yesterday voted to ban sales of high-capacity guns at the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). As part of an expansion of existing gun sale policies, weapons capable of firing 10 or more rounds no longer can be sold at the TCC. Gun control advocates, including former Congressman Ron Barber and several other victims of the Jan. 8, 2011 mass shootings in Tucson, were in the audience as the council discussed the measure.
Milling will begin tonight at the intersection of Fort Lowell Road and Alvernon Way. The work tonight and tomorrow night will run from 9 p.m.-6 a.m. and will continue with paving this Saturday, 6 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunland Asphalt, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), is working on the project as part of the $100 million, five-year Road Recovery street bond program. One lane of travel in each direction will be maintained during the work, which is scheduled to be finished by Friday, July 15.
How do you get a 12,000 pound African elephant to dunk his head in his pool? You simply ask him.
Reid Park Zoo's Elephant Manager Sue Tygielski regularly works with the elephants in the pool to cool them off.
"The pool is great for them because not only does it help them cool down, but it provides an opportunity for weightless exercise," she said.