Do you have Labor Day weekend plans yet? If not, there's plenty to enjoy at home. A recent survey ranks Tucson as the 11th-best place for a staycation. When determining the rankings of 2015’s Best & Worst Cities for Staycations, WalletHub looked at recreational activities, food and entertainment, and rest and relaxation. Orlando, Florida is No. 1 on the list.
Celebrate World Rhino Day with Fireball and Yebonga, Reid Park Zoo’s charismatic rhinos. At this exclusive, after-hours reception, you’ll learn how the Zoo cares for these unique animals and why rhinos in the wild need our help. Enjoy appetizers and drinks with the zookeepers, and then meet a rhino up close. The event is set for Sept. 10, 5:30-7 p.m. and tickets are available online.
Beginning this weekend, Sun Tran will provide limited Saturday bus service from approximately 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Routes 8, 16, and 18. Limited service maps and schedules are available at transit centers, Sun Tran's website, or by calling Customer Service at (520) 792-9222. Passengers are strongly encouraged to check schedules. Riders are advised to plan accordingly, as buses may be delayed due to overcrowding. As more resources become available, Sun Tran will continue add more service.
The American Public Works Association (APWA) announced this week that the Houghton Road - Irvington Road to Valencia Road Project has been selected as one of the nation's Public Works Projects of the Year for 2015. The award will be presented next Monday in Phoenix. Award recipients include the City of Tucson as the managing agency, Hunter Contracting Co. as the primary contractor, Psomas as the primary design consultant, and Gordley Group as the public relations firm.
Monday is the last day for candidates to apply for the position of Tucson Police Chief. The City is seeking a proven leader who can inspire the confidence of the community and police officers. The successful candidate will be committed to using current data-driven policing strategies and applying the principles of community policing to reduce crime and deliver a high level of police services.
"All UA students, staff and faculty can download a free 14-day pass with the new GoTucson app for the Sun Link (streetcar)," the newspaper said. "Keep your pass updated and on hand at all times with this app."
Movies in the Park concludes for the summer tomorrow at Reid Park. The rescheduled, free showing of How To Train Your Dragon 2 begins at dusk (weather permitting). The scheduled July 31 showing was canceled due to rain.
The City of Tucson's Human Resources department, with the assistance of a federal mediator, last night reached a new labor agreement with AFSCME Local 449. The previous agreement expired on Monday after the Mayor and Tucson City Council issued a 60-day continuance in June. The two-year agreement will go to Mayor and Council for ratification next month. AFSCME represents 692 city workers, of which 229 are members.
Sun Tran General Manager Kate Riley issued an open letter to the community regarding the current bus strike. Riley said Sun Tran is working to expand the current limited service for major routes. Nine routes are running 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays. "I do personally apologize for the difficult burden this has placed on all of our riders," she said. "Rest assured, we will continue to work with the federal mediator to get back to the table and resolve this issue."