Mayor Rothschild Remembers Senator John McCain

Friends and political leaders from across the United States are reacting to the death of U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona. The 81-year-old Republican died over the weekend after a battle with brain cancer.

Condolences and remembrances in Arizona also are coming in, including reaction from Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild. While Rothschild, a Democrat, and McCain were on different sides of the fence on many political issues, the mayor said he respected the senator's defense of Arizona and Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

ICYMI: Jesse Owens Parks Improvements Unveiled Over the Weekend

Community members and local leaders gathered at Jesse Owens Park over the weekend to celebrate more than $2 million in improvements. A ribbon-cutting ceremony at the park at 400 S. Sarnoff Drive commemorated improvements at the ball fields and playground facilities. Other upgrades include a complete irrigation system throughout the park, improved grandstands, a resurfaced parking lot, and covered playgrounds.

Two Recreation Centers to Close This Week for Cleaning

The recreation centers at Donna Liggins Center and Freedom Park are closed today (Aug. 27) through Saturday (Sept. 1) for deep cleaning of the centers. The Donna Liggins gym also is closed today and will remain that way until Sept. 8 for resurfacing of the wood floor.

Feel free to use any of the nearby recreation centers during this time. You can find a listing of the centers here.

Final Paving on Grant Road, Stone Avenue to Park Avenue, Begins Today

Construction crews will begin paving Grant Road from Stone Avenue to Park Avenue beginning at 6 p.m. today. The final paving operations will take place from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly through Saturday, Sept. 8.

During the work, at least one lane of travel in each direction will be maintained on Grant Road. There will be periodic left turn restrictions in place, but access to businesses will be maintained.

Indoor Football Comes to the Tucson Arena Next Year

Tucson is getting an expansion team to play in the Indoor Football League (IFL) starting in March 2019. The official announcement came yesterday at an afternoon news conference at the Tucson Convention Center to introduce the team's owners and management staff.

The team is owned by Arizona Rattlers Head Coach/General Manager Kevin Guy and his wife, Cathy Guy. A naming contest is underway for the team, and fans also can submit their ideas for the team's colors.

Tucson Water Recruiting Utility Accounts Supervisor

The Tucson Water department is recruiting two experienced supervisors to support its Solution Center, which houses its call center and billing activities. Job responsibilities include supervising and coordinating 10 or more full-time employees, responding to complex or sensitive customer inquiries, and providing technical expertise to internal and external customers regarding services, policies, and procedures.