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NewsNet 09-17-14

FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL 5 P.M. TOMORROW - The Tucson area and surrounding communities are under a Flash Flood Watch through tomorrow afternoon. The National Weather Service says conditions for widespread flooding are developing, and rainfall amounts could total two to four inches by late tomorrow. Monitor forecasts closely, take quick action if Flash Flood Warnings are issued, and stay away from washes. The Tucson Fire Department says it only takes as little as eight inches of water to move a vehicle. When in doubt, wait it out.
 
CITY OF TUCSON PREPARED FOR POTENTIAL FLOODING - With the Flash Flood Watch in effect, the City of Tucson is prepared for any emergencies that may arise. City services are coordinated in one place to make response as fast as possible. Monitor the City's website and social media (links below) for late-breaking information, including free sandbag availability. Pima County also has information for those outside of city limits.
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TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT URGES YOU TO BE PREPARED FOR EMERGENCY - September is National Preparedness Month. In a recent "No Bad Days with Barrett" on KGUN9, Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker and crew show you how to prepare for 72 hours of distress. Tips include keeping a gallon of water on hand for each person, stocking a three-day supply of non-perishable food, having a battery-powered radio with fresh batteries, and more.
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HOW TO REPORT TRANSPORTATION CONCERNS AFTER STORM DAMAGE (OR AT ANY TIME) - Tucson transportation crews are prepared to respond to calls after heavy storms. Is there a tree in the road after a thunderstorm? Is there a pothole you'd like to see fixed? Is a street sign missing? You can report these issues to the Tucson Department of Transportation, (520) 791-3154, or email the exact location to tdotsr@tucsonaz.gov. You also can use the SeeClickFix website and app.
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BABY ELEPHANT'S MAIN EXHIBIT DEBUT DEPENDS ON WEATHER - The Reid Park Zoo had hoped to have Tucson's nearly month-old elephant out on the big exhibit by now, but the weather has changed the timetable for the public debut. In this Tucson 12 video, Zoo Education Curator Vivian VanPeenen says zookeeepers are monitoring the weather conditions..

Red Cross Safety Tips

From our friends at the Southern Arizona Red Cross:

Do not walk through flowing water. Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths. Most of these drownings occur during flash floods. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. Use a pole of stick to make sure that the ground is still there before you go through an area where the water is not flowing.

Hurricane Odile

Remember that over the next few days, our area is expecting severe storms. Most flash flood deaths happen in vehicles. Moving water as little as one or two feet deep will carry away most vehicles and can knock a person off their feet. Keep children away from creeks and washes when heavy rain is in the area. Be especially careful at night when water depth and road conditions are harder to see.

The advice from our Fire Department is: WHEN IN DOUBT, WAIT IT OUT!!

Rasheem Parks Named TEP Aztec Power Player of the Week

 

Tucson, AZ – The Pima Community College football program and Tucson Electric Power have teamed up to select a student/athlete every week to be named the TEP AZTEC Power Player of the Week.

Freshman quarterback Rasheem Parks was this week’s selection after he played the final two-and-a-half quarters of Saturday’s game. He went 17 for 31 with 205 yards with one touchdown and three interceptions in Pima’s 36-20 loss against Mesa Community College at the Kino Sports Complex (FC Tucson Stadium).

NewsNet 09-16-14

STAY OFF WET ROADS AND BE PREPARED FOR EMERGENCY - With heavy rain in the Tucson weather forecast - and numerous swift water rescues last week - the Tucson Fire Department (TFD) is urging motorists to stay away from washes when it rains. In addition to that warning, September is National Preparedness Month, and TFD urges you to be prepared for 72 hours of distress. Tips include keeping a gallon of water on hand for each person, stocking a three-day supply of non-perishable food, having a battery-powered radio with fresh batteries, and more. In addition, the American Red Cross Southern Arizona Chapter has published safety tips about what to do - and not to do - during heavy rain. Some of those tips include not walking or driving through water, staying away from power lines, watching for snakes and small animals that could get into your home, and being alert for potential gas leaks.
 
CITY OF TUCSON ENTERS INTO CONTRACT FOR PRIVATE MANAGEMENT OF TCC - The City of Tucson has signed the final contract with SMG for management of the Tucson Convention Center (TCC). The contract runs from Oct. 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. The contract can be extended with 10 one-year renewals at the City's sole discretion. SMG will be paid a fixed annual fee of $135,000, with annual increases consistent with the Consumer Price Index - not to exceed two percent in one year. SMG also is eligible for an incentive fee not to exceed the annual fixed fee amount, if certain conditions are met. SMG is a global leader in convention center management and currently operates properties throughout the southwest. Several TCC employees have accepted jobs with SMG, while others accepted other jobs in the City. For those who haven't accepted jobs, the City's Human Resources Department will continue to work with them to find other civil service positions.
 
BABY ELEPHANT TO GET NAME SOON - After weeks of calling her "Tucson's Big Baby," the Reid Park Zoo is getting close to naming the elephant calf born Aug. 20, on Tucson's birthday. The Zoo has come up with two names, and you can vote on your favorite. Watch a Tucson 12 video about the naming process.
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TUCSON COMMUNITY INVITED TO HELP DESIGN ALL-AGES PLAYGROUND - The City of Tucson, Lend a Hand Senior Assistance, and Humana Inc. will join organizers from KaBOOM! (a national non-profit organization that has built more than 2,300 playgrounds) tomorrow to begin design plans for a one-of-a-kind, multi-generational playground. The customized playground, funded primarily by Humana, will be created with personal drawings and other input from local community members, including children and seniors. The existing playground at La Madera Park, 2700 E. La Madera Drive, is in need of replacement, as it is outdated and contains some unusable components. Organizers say the community will come together to design senior-focused and adult elements, including fitness stations and walking paths to promote good posture, balance, and flexibility. There also will be traditional, kid-friendly equipment to create a multi-generational space. The design meetings will be held tomorrow at JP Industries, 2851 N. Country Club Road. Child-focused design talks will run from 4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m., with adult volunteers helping in the process from 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Read the news release.
 
SUNGO CARDS ACCEPTED ON BOTH SUN LINK STREETCAR AND SUN TRAN BUSES - The SunGO card is the best way to pay fares when riding public transit in Tucson. The card works on both the Sun Tran bus system and the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar. A SunGO card with unlimited rides for a month is just $42. If you're an occasional rider, you can load the SunGO card with a cash value to pay the $1.50 one-way fares whenever you use transit. In addition, there are many discounts available for students, low-income residents, senior and others. If you have a promotional U-Pass, the free ride period has expired. Please visit the UA Parking and Transportation website to buy your discounted pass. If you ride the streetcar, you must have a SunGO card, or purchase a day pass with cash or a credit card from a vending machine at the stop. Cash is not accepted on the streetcar. Read answers to Frequently Asked Questions about SunGO cards.

ROAD RECOVERY AJO WAY - COUNTRY CLUB ROAD TO 14TH AVENUE RESURFACING PROJECT

Beginning tonight, crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin to improve the roadway conditions on Ajo Way from 14th Avenue to Bernard Drive and on Ajo Way from the Kino off-ramp to Country Club Road. The contract also calls for resurfacing Country Club Road 200 feet north and 200 feet south of Ajo Way.

The pavement improvement project is part of the $100 million, five-year street bond program - Road Recovery. The Road Recovery program is funded by voter-approved bonds.

Ajo Way - Country Club Road to 14th Avenue Resurfacing Project

Beginning tonight, crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin to improve the roadway conditions on Ajo Way from 14th Avenue to Bernard Drive and on Ajo Way from the Kino off-ramp to Country Club Road. The contract also calls for resurfacing Country Club Road 200 feet north and 200 feet south of Ajo Way.

The pavement improvement project is part of the $100 million, five-year street bond program - Road Recovery. The Road Recovery program is funded by voter-approved bonds.

NewsNet 09-15-14

FALLEN TUCSON FIREFIGHTER TO BE HONORED IN COLORADO - Former Tucson Fire Department (TFD) Investigator Tom Quesnel, who died of cancer this past March at the age of 59, will be memorialized again this weekend. His TFD colleagues honored him with a special memorial ceremony in Tucson earlier this year, and now Quesnel will be honored Saturday at an international ceremony in Colorado. His name will be added to the Wall of Honor at the annual International Association of Firefighters Memorial in Colorado Springs. In addition, the 19 firefighters who died in Arizona's Yarnell Fire in June 2013 will have their names added to the Wall of Honor during the same ceremony. Read more from KVOA.
 
PREPARE FOR THE POSSIBILITY OF MORE HEAVY STORMS THIS WEEK - As Hurricane Odile climbs up the coast of Baja California, the tropical moisture surge could bring heavy rain to Arizona this week, according to the National Weather Service. The forecast calls for a slight chance of rain tonight, gradually increasing through Thursday night, then falling a bit through the rest of the week. After numerous swift water rescues last week, the Tucson Fire Department urges motorists to stay away from washes when it rains. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star, and watch storm safety tips from a July edition of "No Bad Days with Barrett" on KGUN9.
 
FREE CAR SEAT SAFETY CHECKS THIS WEEK
- As part of this week's National Child Passenger Safety Seat Week, several local law enforcement agencies will be checking child safety seats for proper installation. A big event is scheduled for this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, when the Tucson and Marana Police Departments, in partnership with Safe Kids Pima County and Tucson Medical Center, will check car seats in the parking lot of the Target store at 4040 N. Oracle Road, near West Roger Road. Parents and caregivers also can call law enforcement to make an appointment with a nationally-certified car seat technician. Operational funding for National Child Passenger Safety Seat Week comes from grants awarded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Arizona law requires every child under the age of five to be properly secured in a federally-approved car seat. Read more from the Arizona Daily Star.
 
DESIGN CONCEPTS BEING SOUGHT FOR TUCSON’S JANUARY 8TH MEMORIAL - The January 8th Memorial Foundation and the Tucson Pima Arts Council invite designers to submit their qualifications and design interests to create a Master Plan Concept for El Presidio Park in Downtown Tucson and a schematic design for a January 8th Memorial. The memorial will commemorate the tragic events of Jan. 8, 2011, remembering those who lost their lives and those who were injured while participating in the democratic process and the community response that followed. The application deadline to submit a design is Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 11 p.m. The budget for the scope of work is $90,000, and each finalist will receive a $5,000 stipend.
 
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