Desert Cities

Look Out, Bill Nye! Earyn McGee Rises to Social Media Stardom


If you don’t already recognize Earyn McGee‘s name, you might soon. Known as @Afro_Herper to her over 36,000 Twitter followers, nearly 19,000 Instagram followers, and a growing number of YouTube subscribers, the University of Arizona graduate student began her higher education journey with her sights set on field research. She has since expanded her focus to include advocacy for environmental conservation and inclusivity in the sciences, […]

Senior Pro Golf Tour Event Returns to Desert Hills

Yumans will again have a chance to watch golf professionals up close – and some will even get to play side-by-side with them – when the Sunbelt Senior Professional Tour Championship returns to Yuma’s Desert Hills Golf Course Dec. 8-11.​ Yuma will host the Sunbelt Tour Championship, a season-ending finale with a large field of professionals playing for cash and […]

Tucson Parks and Recreation Makes Operational Adjustments

The City of Tucson continues to actively work with local, state, and federal partners to mitigate the presence of COVID-19 in our region, which is currently experiencing an increase in positivity rates. Pima County recently released data that says the County’s test positivity rate, which had plateaued at 3%, now exceeds 10 %. As of Nov. 19, we have recorded […]

Mayor and Council Votes to Remove Glass from Blue Barrel Recycling Program

On Tuesday, Nov. 17, the City of Tucson Mayor and Council voted to remove glass from the residential and commercial blue barrel program. Starting Feb. 1, 2021, glass will no longer be accepted in the blue bins, but instead will be collected at drop-off sites across the city. By removing glass from curbside collection, the Environmental and General Services Department (EGSD) will reduce processing costs at […]

City of Tucson – Santa’s Calling!

Santa and his elves would like to add some sparkle to a child’s holiday season through the Santa’s Calling program, courtesy of Tucson Parks and Recreation. The special child(ren) in your life will have a wonderful opportunity to speak with Santa and listen to his elves hard at work. Please complete the Santa’s Calling Form and have it postmarked by […]

Sonoran Corridor Transportation Study Public Hearing and Public Engagement Opportunities in Tucson

The Arizona Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration will hold an in-person public hearing Tuesday, Dec. 1, and a virtual public engagement event Thursday, Dec. 3, to provide information on a study that would connect Interstate 19 and Interstate 10 south of Tucson. The public will have the opportunity to make formal comments about the Draft Tier 1 […]

What is Happening at Reid Park?


Big changes are underway in Reid Park! This beloved oasis in the heart of Tucson will be the subject of many improvements over the next few years. These upgrades include new playgrounds and splash pads, improvements to walking paths and the DeMeester outdoor performance center, and an expansion of Reid Park Zoo. Zoo Expansion Reid Park Zoo will be expanding […]

Tucson Mayor Reginal Romero to Deliver Inaugural State of the City Address

The City of Tucson, Tucson Metro Chamber, and Visit Tucson present Mayor Regina Romero’s virtual State of the City address December 2, 2020, at 5 p.m. The Tucson Metro Chamber has held the annual State of the City event for decades to provide a platform for the City of Tucson’s Mayor to address the community and share future plans. “Although […]

Public hearing and Public Engagement Event Scheduled Dec. 1 and 3, in Tucson for the Sonoran Corridor Transportation Study

Formal comment period underway for project to connect Interstate 19 and Interstate 10

The Arizona Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration will hold an in-person public hearing Tuesday, Dec. 1, and a virtual public engagement event Dec. 3, to provide information on a study that would connect Interstate 19 and Interstate 10 south of Tucson. The public will have the opportunity to make formal comments about the Draft Tier 1 Environmental […]

Yuma PD Opens Applications for 2021 Citizens Police Academy

The academy, which is 12 weeks long, will give participants an opportunity to see how the police department works and get some hands-on instruction on various topics relating to police work. Some of those classes include a driving course, firearms training, building searches, decision-making scenarios, K-9 demonstration, crime scene processing, narcotics, gangs, animal control, driving under the influence, and traffic […]

Tucson Parks and Recreation Earns National Accreditation

Tucson Parks and Recreation continues to be among the elite park and recreation agencies across the country by earning reaccreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). This distinguished accomplishment was awarded during the 2020 NRPA Annual Conference: A Virtual Experience. The department originally was awarded CAPRA Accreditation […]

Thanksgiving Closures for Tucson, Yuma

With Thanksgiving Day around the corner, many city services close in honor of the holiday. Below is your quick reference list for all the city closures happening in Tucson and Yuma Cities. City of Tucson Tucson City Court, including the City Prosecutor’s Office and City Public Defender’s Office, will be closed to the public on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, and […]

Shelter Holding Virtual Black Fur Day Event

Pima Animal Care Center is moving the Black Fur Day sales online this year. Starting Nov. 27, there will be social media posts on PACC’s Black Fur Day Facebook event page featuring available pets. This sale continues through Monday, Nov. 30. “We saw great interest in the Whisker Wednesday events over the summer, which tells us there is still a […]

Choose Your Own Adventure at Reopened Biosphere 2

Using the updated Biosphere 2 Experience app, visitors can now explore the world-class research facility safely and at their own pace.

The University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 has reopened to the public. The facility closed to visitors due to COVID-19 in March, then reopened for driving tours in August. Now, visitors are welcome to walk the grounds again but should anticipate changes. “We have developed a new app that will allow visitors to explore the facility at their own pace while […]

Planned Vail-Area Library Renamed W. Anne Gibson-Esmond Station Library

The Pima County Board of Supervisors at its Nov. 17 meeting approved the renaming of the planned Esmond Station Vail Library for Anne Gibson. The Library, which will be located at 10931 W. Mary Ann Cleveland Way, will be named W. Anne Gibson-Esmond Station Library. The Library will primarily serve residents of the greater Vail area, including Corona de Tucson, […]

Banner Medicare Advantage Announces Affiliation with Northwest Healthcare

The relationship enhances access to health care for enrollees living in Pima County.

TUCSON, Ariz. (November 16, 2020) – Banner Medicare Advantage, the only non-profit and locally-based Medicare plan in Arizona, announces a new contract with Northwest Healthcare and its affiliated physicians to expand access to health care for plan members 65 or older in Pima County. To expand in-network and preferred provider options for plan enrollees in northwest Tucson, Oro Valley, Sahuarita, […]

Neighborhood Tree Planting

Mayor Regina Romero, Tucson Clean & Beautiful, and volunteers gathered in Tucson’s North Dodge neighborhood to plant 50 trees as part of the Mayor’s Million Trees Initiative. Tree plantings will continue every Saturday morning through April. Volunteers can sign up to help on Tucson Clean and Beautiful’s website (link below). Additionally, neighborhoods can request tree volunteers to assist with plantings […]

For Pima County Library Patrons, It’s Back to the Stacks

Beginning Nov. 16, you can access Library shelves, pick out your own books, and use self-checkout.

Pima County Library staff look forward to seeing you and welcoming you back to one of the best parts of the library…row upon row of books just waiting to be checked out. It’s an exciting time for the staff – and for customers, too. The library system will continue to look forward to the day when it can fully reopen […]

The City of Yuma Virtual Community Meetings to Set Priorities for Using Federal Funds

The City of Yuma invites residents to either of two upcoming online “virtual” meetings to help set priorities for local use of federal funds. The meetings – 2 p.m. Nov. 16 and 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17 – seek residents’ insights on the area’s greatest housing and community development needs. Both meetings will have English and Spanish language options. The meetings […]

Veterans Day Closures for Tucson, Yuma

With Veterans Day around the corner, many city services close in honor of the holiday. Below is your quick reference list for all the city closures happening in Tucson and Yuma Cities. City of Tucson The City of Tucson will be closed Wednesday, November 11th for the observance of Veterans Day. Trash Collection: No collection on Wednesday – Customers with […]

New Changes to Tucson Transit Service Effective November 8th

On Sunday, November 8, new service changes will begin for multiple Sun Tran, Sun Express, and Sun Shuttle routes. Transit users should check the details of their individual schedules. New changes include the following: Sun Tran Routes 6, 9, 10, 12, 17, 21, 26, 27, 50 & 61 will have schedule adjustments. Routes 2 & 7 will modify routing and will […]

Yuma to Hold Public Auction of Surplus Property Nov 6-7

The next City of Yuma Public Auction will be held at 9:00 am, Friday, Nov. 6 for vehicles only and Saturday, Nov. 7 for surplus items at the city’s surplus property warehouse, 190 W. 14th St. Miscellaneous items up for bids include, but are not limited to, the following: 22 pickup trucks, 17 cars, 2 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, 5 sport utility […]

Yuma Art Center Wins Governor’s Art Award

The Yuma Art Center received the Governor’s Art Award for Outstanding Organization on Wednesday night. This is the first win for a Yuma-based arts organization in the awards’ 38-year history. “We are tremendously honored to have received this recognition,” said Arts and Culture Program Manager Lindsay Benacka. “Our team at the Yuma Art Center is incredibly dedicated to the work […]

Look Out (and up!) for Reid Park Zoo’s Newest Additions

Reid Park Zoo’s giraffe herd has grown by two!

Reticulated giraffes Penelope and Sota have arrived at their new home in Tucson from Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Penelope recently celebrated her second birthday on October 2 and is 11 feet and four inches tall. Sota (named for his home state of Minnesota) turned 1-year-old last month on September 10 and is currently 10 feet […]

Voters Urged to Mask Up at the Polls, Additional Measures will be in Place to Ensure Safety

Pima County’s commitment to public health extends to polling places on Election Day, where COVID-19 protocols will be in place, including the availability of masks for voters who do not have one. As part of Pima County’s ongoing effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of the public, voters are asked to wear masks […]

Tucson Parks and Recreation Opens Pools for Adult Swim

On October 28th, Tucson Parks and Recreation opened five pools for adult lap swim only. This is in addition to Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center which opened last month for lap swim. Pools will be operating at reduced capacity and limited to one lap swimmer per lane. Those interested in visiting a pool for lap swim may walk-in or call […]

Sessions with a Scientist! Program Brings Biosphere 2 to Classrooms Around the World

A new virtual program brings Biosphere 2 science and scientists to student groups wherever they may be on the first biosphere – planet Earth.

Field trips are off the table at many elementary, middle, and high schools worldwide, so the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 has made itself available to meet them where they are. The amazing research and history of the steel-and-glass science facility can now be shared virtually with students everywhere as part of a new program. The Sessions with a Scientist! […]

City of Yuma to Unveil Website Makeover

with a new look, an updated design, new photos, new features and enhanced functions, City of Yuma’s new website debuts October 29th. The updated design will feature: Quick links to the pages most used by site visitors. A “service finder” feature that should help focus your searches for information on the site. A “quick search” feature “Our goal is to […]

New Online Survey Seeks Priorities Regarding Housing, Economy

The City of Yuma is joining with other Yuma County communities in seeking residents’ experiences with housing, jobs, transportation, and community needs in a new online survey open now. The findings of this housing and economic opportunity study will influence how local agencies prioritize federal Community Development Block Grant and HOME funds to best respond to community needs. The survey […]

University of Arizona Team Cheers Success of Asteroid-Contact Mission


After more than a decade of work, $800 million, and 200 million miles of space travel, it all came down to six seconds. That’s how long OSIRIS-REx spent on the surface of near-Earth asteroid Bennu, collecting a small sample of soil before lifting off again for a return trip to Earth. But those six seconds were enough to get University […]

City of Tucson to Break Ground on the Buffalo Soldier Memorial on Oct 29th

City of Tucson Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres, the Greater Southern Arizona Area Chapter (GSAAC) of the Buffalo Soldiers, and Tucson Parks and Recreation will break ground on a memorial honoring the contributions of Black Americans when settling in Southern Arizona. The memorial is funded through donations to the GSAAC of the Buffalo Soldiers and funds from Tucson Delivers […]

Health Department Provides Added Guidance for Halloween Activities

Pima County – While many of our favorite Halloween activities may look different this year, the Health Department encourages families to have a plan for their fun. In addition to hosting online or drive by/in Halloween activities, which are lower risk, there are layers of protection that you and people in your neighborhood should use if you do choose to […]

Rollin’ Haunt Drive-Thru Event at Tucson Rodeo Grounds

Rollin’ Haunt Drive-Thru Event at Tucson Rodeo Grounds Saturday, Oct. 24 The City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department is hosting a drive-thru Rollin’ Haunt event. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Parks and Recreation had to cancel many of its popular fall events, including the Boo Bash. “This office looks forward to the Boo Bash at Lincoln Park every year,” […]

Pima County Landscape Equipment “Cut Down Pollution” Program is Back in Action!

Tucson – After cutting back on services due to the COVID-19, the Cut Down Pollution program is now functioning at full capacity to bring healthier air to our region. Residents in Pima County can trade gas-powered landscaping equipment for up to $400 worth of vouchers towards the purchase of zero-emission electric-powered equipment (corded or battery) and in some cases, manual landscaping tools. Businesses can also […]

Pima County Opens Another Round of PPE Business Assistance

Pima County has opened a third round of support for small businesses that might need help in acquiring Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for employees. The County delivered free PPE to 202 businesses in the first two waves of the program. Priority in this round goes to businesses applying for the first time. Businesses that already obtained PPE through this program […]

City of Yuma’s Fall Slurry and Oil Seal Programs Started Oct 19th

The City of Yuma began its seasonal application of slurry seal today, October 20th, and oil sealant on October 19th. The work planned will affect several major roadways, area neighborhoods, and one major intersection over the next several weeks, but will provide an improved driving surface and nicer look once complete. While most work will take place in subdivisions, are […]

Free Microchip Clinic on Halloween

Pima Animal Care Center will be hosting a free drive-thru microchip clinic from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 31 in the overflow parking lot next to the shelter, 4000 N. Silverbell Road. The event is for members of the communities that PACC serves: unincorporated Pima County, City of Tucson, City of South Tucson, Oro Valley, and Green Valley. The […]

Pima County Health Department has Delivered Over 6.7 Million Items of PPE During Pandemic

Pima County – Since before the COVID-19 pandemic first arrived in Pima County, the Pima County Health Department started securing and distributing personal protective equipment (PPE), delivering over 6.7 million masks, face shields, gowns, and gloves within the community to date. “We started by making sure doctors, nurses, first responders, and other essential medical personnel a priority,” said Spencer Graves, […]

Rainforest at Biosphere 2 Offers Glimpse into Future of the Amazon

Tropical forests may be more resilient to climate change than previously thought, according to a new study.

Tropical forests may be more resilient to predicted temperature increases under global climate change than previously thought, a study published in the journal Nature Plants suggests. The results could help make climate prediction models more accurate, according to the authors – an international team led by scientists in the University of Arizona Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The group […]

Yuma, State Withdraw Request to Include State Land in City’s General Plan

The City of Yuma, in coordination with the State of Arizona, withdrew the State’s request to amend the City of Yuma General Plan affecting State Trust land roughly east of Fortuna Road, between 24th Street and U.S. Highway 95. The beneficiary of the State Trust Land in Arizona is the public school system. The Arizona State Land Department acts as […]

Ride Tugo Bike Share for Free this October

The City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM), in partnership with Shift Transit, the Tugo Bike Share operating company, announce Free Ride Thursdays during the month of October, thanks to program sponsor El Rio Health. Getting active while maintaining a safe distance from others, riders can enjoy no-cost daily passes every Thursday in October. The free daily pass […]

A Year Later and Mission Garden’s Topminnow are Thriving

Dragonflies and damselflies dance over the water. Toads are hopping. In short, in the year since the endangered Gila topminnow were released into the waters at Pima County’s Mission Garden, the native fish species has thrived. “The Garden and canal really are humming with growth and life,” said Ian Murray, a conservation biologist with the Pima County Office of Sustainability […]

yuma tribute of the muses

Tribute of the Muses, Helios Award Winners for 2020

Yuma – A longtime staple in the Yuma arts community won the area’s top arts award Friday night, while a couple who use their business as a venue to host musicians and arts was named the top newcomer.​ With its Under the Big Top theme, the 20th annual Tribute of the Muses Awards ceremony was held online Friday. The Tribute […]

Health Department Creates Special Event Public Health Permit Application

Helps organizers comply with state limitation on public gatherings of more than 50 people

Anyone in unincorporated Pima County wishing to hold an event with more than 50 people will need to complete a public health application that will be reviewed by the Pima County Health Department. Applications may find the form and guidance on hosting events on Pima County’s Back to Business webpage. Event organizers should submit applications at least 14 days, but […]

Joint Statement from Pima County Board of Supervisors Chairman and City of Tucson Mayor Regarding COVID-19 and Events/Festivals


Traditionally, October through March, we pack a year’s worth of fun into six months through numerous community events, concerts in the park, food festivals, street fairs, fundraisers, and more. But unfortunately, these are not normal times. Our community, along with the rest of the nation, continues to confront the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It remains a serious public health emergency to […]

Stadium to Host Yuma Rocks Concert to Support Local Bands

Finding a way to merge the need for social distancing with the desire for entertaining events, Desert Sun Stadium will host Yuma Rocks at 8:00 pm on October 17. Local bands Weezerton and The Sam Goodies will perform. Once gates open at 7:30 pm that evening, ticketholders will be able to claim one of a number of marked “spots” on […]

Take Community Survey and Let Pima County Know Your Public Health Priorities

The Pima County Health Department needs your help in defining its vision and mission and setting goals to align the Health Department’s resources with the community’s public health priorities. Your responses to this short survey will help the Health Department improve programs, services, and more to improve programs, services, and more to improve the health of all members of our […]

Tucson Mayor and Council Approve Restrictions on Third-Party Restaurant Delivery Services

On October 6th, the Mayor and Tucson City Council approved a 15% cap on fees charged by third-party restaurant delivery services. Led by Mayor Regina Romero, the new cap prevents delivery services, such as DoorDash, UberEats, and GrubHub from charging local restaurants with fewer than five Tucson locations more than 15% commission while limitations on dine-in service remain in place […]

Tucson Water’s Infrastructure: More than Pipes

Delivering Water, Safety, and Confidence

It takes a massive and complex system to deliver water to more than 730,000 people across a 390-square mile service area. Explore Tucson Water’s infrastructure system, representing more than $2 billion in pipes, boosters, hydrants, wells, reservoirs, meters, and sophisticated control systems! Learn how Tucson Water is applying AI – artificial intelligence – to proactively manage and maintain pipelines. It’s […]

Yuma City Council Invites Public Input on Strategic Planning

The City of Yuma is seeking resident input that will inform strategic planning the City Council will begin this fall, the City of Yuma invites residents to participate in one of four events in the coming weeks. “Your insights, Yuma’s Future: A Citywide Listening Tour” will consist of three in-person and one online remote event in October. City Administration and […]


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