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AJO WAY - COUNTRY CLUB ROAD TO 14TH AVENUE 
SIXTH STREET - COUNTRY CLUB ROAD TO CAMPBELL AVENUE

Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation, has issued a revised milling and paving schedule for two projects - Ajo Way from Country Club Road to 14th Avenue and Sixth Street from Country Club Road to Campbell Avenue.

The revised schedule is as follows:

NewsNet 09-23-14

TUCSON POLICE WARNING OF MULTIPLE PHONE SCAMS - The Tucson Police Department (TPD) Financial Crimes Unit is urging people to be skeptical about unsolicited phone calls regarding alleged past due payments. There are various scams in which the caller claims to be from the IRS, Tucson Electric Power, the courts, and other public and private entities. The consistent link is that the scammers will claim to need payment quickly or consequences will occur, such as tax liens, shutting off power, or an arrest warrant. The callers will usually request payment through prepaid cash cards which can be obtained at various local merchants. They request the numbers on the front and back, at which point the money becomes extremely difficult to recover. If you get a call demanding payment, TPD asks you to confirm your account status by calling the business or agency directly at any of the publicly available numbers. Do not use a number provided by the caller. Read the warning on TPD Facebook page.

BABY ELEPHANT PUTS ON MUD SHOW FOR ZOO VISITORS - She's only been on the main exhibit since Friday, but Reid Park Zoo's baby elephant calf is already a crowd pleaser. Yesterday, the month-old baby decided to have some fun playing in the mud, and Tucson 12 caught it on video. It's already a big week for the baby, as the public voting on a name for her ended at noon today. The winning name - "Imvula (Immie)" or "Nandi" - will be announced Thursday in the Arizona Daily Star.
Zoo Cams
Baby Elephant FAQ
Reid Park Zoo Flickr page
Reid Park Zoo Twitter
Reid Park Zoo Facebook

COX EXTENDS PARTERNSHIP TO HELP LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS - Cox Communications says it will continue its partnership with Connect2Compete to provide discount high-speed Internet service to low-income families who meet eligibility requirements. Some of those requirements include having a child eligible for free lunches through the National School Lunch Program, and not having been a Cox customer for 90 days (with no outstanding bills or equipment). The national discount program was launched in Tucson earlier this year. Cox is promoting the program to certain agencies and school districts in Southern Arizona. A public information session will be available Oct. 25 at Hope Fest, at Kino Stadium.

HOW TO MANAGE HARD WATER AND OTHER TIPS FROM TUCSON WATER - Get tips on how to manage hard water, increase dishwasher efficiency, flush your water heater, check faucet aerators, and more. Information is available in English and Spanish. You can download, print, or request a mailed copy of the tips. You can also learn how to pay your water bill online and stop and start service. Visit Tucson Water website for more information.

YMCA FIESTA DE LOS NINOS CELEBRATION SEPTEMBER 27

 

Dear Friends:
         

The Mulcahy YMCA is excited to announce our upcoming FIESTA De Los Niños celebration & fundraiser on Saturday, September 27th from 9am to 1pm at the Mulcahy/City YMCA Program Center, 5085 S. Nogales Highway, Tucson.  Activities include Mexican food, ballet folklorico dancers, mariachi music, performances by Mulcahy YMCA youth, a car & bike show, a salsa contest, children’s art auction, raffle prizes, and other fun activities for children.

 

NewsNet 09-22-14

CITY SEEKING COMMENTS ON POSSIBLE CHARTER CHANGES - Tucson's Charter Review Committee is asking for public comments as it reviews and make recommendations regarding possible amendments to sections of the Tucson City Charter. Comments will be accepted through 2015, and potential amendments to the City Charter may be on the Nov. 3, 2015 City ballot. All comments should be made via email to the City Clerk’s Office, cityclerk@tucsonaz.gov.

PARKS AND REC BEGINS NEW SESSION OF CLASSES SOON - Did you miss the first session of Arts and Craft classes this fall? Session two begins later next month, and registration is open now. Choose from Art Safari, Parent/Tot, Yummy for the Tummy, Painting for Tots, or try more than one. Many other types of classes also begin in October, including pottery and dancing. The registration deadline for the next session of classes is Oct. 14.

SINGER LINDA RONSTADT TO HEADLINE SUNDAY EVENING FORUM - Native Tucsonan Linda Ronstadt returns to Tucson next month to reflect on her long singing career at the Sunday Evening Forum. During a recording career spanning four decades, Ronstadt performed rock 'n' roll, folk music, older pop standards, and traditional Mexican songs. Ronstadt will be interviewed by Jeff Haskell, her longtime friend. Haskell is the musical director of the Tucson Jazz Orchestra and past conductor of the "Linda Ronstadt Sings the Great American Songbook" show, with arrangements by Nelson Riddle. The Sunday Evening Forum, which will be held Oct. 5 at the Fox Theatre in Downtown Tucson, is free and open to the public. The box office opens at 4:30 p.m., and the interview and audience question and answer session starts at 7 p.m.

PREDATOR-PREY RELATIONSHIPS - Reid Park Zoo is home to more than 200 animals. Some are predators, and some are prey. That determines how they act and how they're cared for at the Zoo. Predators have adaptations that make them excellent hunters, while prey animals are always ready to flee. Learn more about the differences between predator and prey animals in the latest edition of "Zoo News," produced by Tucson 12.

REDUCE CLUTTER AND GO PAPERLESS WITH CITY E-BILLING - Go paperless with your Utility Services Statement. Set up an eBill account to pay your bill, get notification of your billing statement, view water usage, and read Tucson Water's newsletter.

CITY OF TUCSON OPENS SANDBAG DROP-OFF LOCATION

Residents who no longer want to keep sandbags distributed earlier this week in preparation of severe weather can return the bags to the parking lot of the Ward 5 Council Office at 4300 S. Park Avenue. The drop-off location opened today at 10 a.m. and will remain open until Friday, September 26, 2014 at 5 p.m. Staff from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division will collect the sandbags at the end of each work day. Staff will not be on hand to collect sandbags from residents.

NewsNet 09-19-14

TUCSON'S BABY ELEPHANT MADE HER PUBLIC DEBUT THIS MORNING - One day shy of her one-month birthday, the 342-pound baby African elephant at Reid Park Zoo made her first public appearance in the main exhibit this morning. Approximately 300 visitors were on hand to watch the historic moment. Tomorrow, the Zoo will host a debut celebration for the calf (normal admission applies). Education staff will offer crafts, activities, and information stations to celebrate the debut. For the rest of the month, the Zoo will allow the calf to have daily access to the public-facing side of the exhibit from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m., weather permitting. Beginning next month, the Zoo opens at 9 a.m. As the public got its first glimpse of the baby elephant, the naming contest continues. Online polling at the Arizona Daily Star offers two name choices for the calf: "Imvula (Immie)" and "Nandi." The winning name will be announced next Thursday.
Watch Tucson 12 video of the elephant's public debut
Zoo Cams
Baby Elephant FAQ
Reid Park Zoo Flickr page
Reid Park Zoo Twitter
Reid Park Zoo Facebook
 
HOW TO DISPOSE OF SANDBAGS - Residents who no longer want to keep sandbags distributed earlier this week, in preparation of severe weather, can return the bags to the parking lot of the Ward 5 Council Office, at 4300 S. Park Ave. The drop-off location opened today at 10 a.m., and will remain open until Friday, Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. Staff from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation Streets and Maintenance Division will collect the sandbags at the end of each work day. Staff will not be on hand to collect sandbags from residents. Signs are posted in the parking lot to indicate the location for people to drop off sandbags. Monitor tucsonaz.gov for info and road closures.
 
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK BEGINS TONIGHT - The El Rio Theatre Project will present its 8th Annual Shakespeare in the Park, with William Shakespeare's King Lear at the Himmel Park Outdoor Amphitheater, 1000 N. Tucson Blvd. Performances are scheduled for tonight, through Sept. 21, Sept. 25-28, and  Oct. 2-5. Curtain time is 7 p.m. for all performances. The event is free, with a suggested donation of $5. You're invited to bring a blanket and a picnic basket.
 
RIDE THE STREETCAR TO UA FOOTBALL GAME TOMORROW - University of Arizona football fans can ride the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar to University of Arizona football games. Prior to tomorrow's  7 p.m. game against the California Golden Bears, fans can experience the dining, entertainment, and retail opportunities at Main Gate Square, Fourth Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District, and then board the streetcar to the UA from any one of the 23 stops along the 3.9-mile route. Once on campus, Arizona Stadium is a short walk from the Second Street and Cherry Avenue stop. Fans can also park in one of the many garages downtown and take the streetcar to the game to avoid UA congestion. The Pennington Street Garage is offering discounted parking fees when you buy a Sun Link Day Pass, park in the garage, and ask for the "Park, Dine, and Ride" bundle. 
UA Parking and Transportation football information
 
TV SAFETY SEGMENT FROM TUCSON FIRE DEPARTMENT CELEBRATES 100TH EPISODE - KGUN9's "No Bad Days with Barrett" just completed 100 episodes. Each week, Tucson Fire Captain Barrett Baker offers safety tips, typically mixed with plenty of humor to keep them interesting. In yesterday's edition, Baker reflected on some of the past episodes.

City of Tucson Opens Sandbag Drop-Off Location

Residents who no longer want to keep sandbags distributed earlier this week in preparation of severe weather can return the bags to the parking lot of the Ward 5 Council Office at 4300 S. Park Avenue. The drop-off location opened today at 10 a.m. and will remain open until Friday, September 26, 2014 at 5 p.m. Staff from the City of Tucson Department of Transportation Streets and Traffic Maintenance Division will collect the sandbags at the end of each work day. Staff will not be on hand to collect sandbags from residents.

Ajo Way - Country Club Road to 14th Avenue Resurfacing Project Work Rescheduled Until Tomorrow

The milling and paving work scheduled for today on Ajo Way from Country Club Road to Kino Boulevard has been canceled due to wet roadways. Crews will resume milling and paving operations on Saturday, September 20, 2014 beginning at 5:30 a.m. Crews will work until 6 p.m. tomorrow, weather permitting. During this work two lanes of travel will be maintained in each direction. 

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

In order to finish the paving operations on a section of Ajo Way from Country Club Road to Kino Boulevard, crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co., will shift its paving operations to daytime hours on Friday, September 19, 2014. Crews will begin taper milling at 5 a.m. and begin mainline paving at 8:30 a.m. Crews will work until 5 p.m. Crews will return Saturday morning, September 20, 2014 at 5:30 a.m. and are scheduled to complete the paving operations by noon. During this work two lanes of travel will be maintained in each direction. 

NewsNet 09-18-14

THOUSANDS TURNED OUT FOR FREE SANDBAGS YESTERDAY - Even though the expected big storm yesterday never really materialized, the City of Tucson handed out thousands of sandbags to help residents prepare for the worst. The National Weather Service originally predicted up to four inches of rain in Tucson before the storm changed course. The Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) quickly assembled six distribution points, helped residents fill the sandbags, and offered advice on where to place them. In addition, TDOT crews spent yesterday cleaning washes of fallen tree limbs, shopping carts, and trash to allow water to flow properly. Read more from KVOA.
 
SEE THE BABY ELEPHANT TOMORROW - Weather permitting, the baby African elephant at the Reid Park Zoo will make her public debut in the main exhibit tomorrow morning at 8:30. The Zoo opens at 8 a.m. After the debut, zookeepers will allow the calf to have daily access to the public-facing side of the exhibit daily from 8 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  It's a big week for the baby elephant, as she's also the subject of a naming contest (see story below).
Watch Tucson 12 archive video of the calf's first days of outside
 
HELP NAME TUCSON'S BABY ELEPHANT - The Reid Park Zoo's baby elephant is a couple days shy of being a month old, but she doesn't have a name yet. However, that's about to change. After weeks of calling her "Tucson's Big Baby," the Zoo has selected two names, and the public will get to pick the winner. The names choices are "Imvula" and "Nandi." Tucson 12 recently caught up with Zoo Education Curator Vivian VanPeenen to explain the names and the online voting at the Arizona Daily Star's website (voting link below). The winning name will be announced next Thursday.
Vote online
Zoo Cams
Baby Elephant FAQ
Reid Park Zoo Flickr page
Reid Park Zoo Twitter
Reid Park Zoo Facebook
 
TUCSON POLICE DEPARTMENT TO PARTICIPATE IN FEDERAL REVIEW PROJECT - The Tucson Police Department (TPD) has been nominated to participate in the Comprehensive Law Enforcement Review Project, which is a U.S. Department of Justice program the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) office will be managing. COPS recently was tasked by the U.S. Attorney General to lead the project that will examine what the United States has learned in policing since the Crime Commission was established by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965. Eight team review panels will examine existing reports, studies, and practices in a number of key areas related to law enforcement. The review will help identify current gaps in the criminal justice system, particularly those that focus on the organization and delivery of police services.
Tucson Police Department Facebook page
 
FOLLOW THE PROGRESS ON THE DOWNTOWN LINKS PROJECT - The City of Tucson and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) have a Downtown Links website to give citizens information and updates on one of the largest transportation projects in Tucson. The $76 million project will result in a four-lane roadway north of the Union Pacific Railroad that will link Barraza-Aviation Parkway and Interstate 10, Broadway Boulevard with 4th Avenue, and downtown with the neighborhoods to the north. Downtown Links also will provide alternate access to downtown, new and safer underpasses and railroad crossings, and improved sidewalks and bike paths.

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