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YumaCon Set for First Weekend in October

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Comics, costumes, and gaming come together when YumaCon returns to the Yuma Civic Center Oct. 2-3. YumaCon provides visitors an opportunity to attend panels, play arcade games and show off their costumes in front of cosplay judges. The event has expanded to two days and will run 11:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday, Oct. 2, and Sunday, Oct. 3 at […]

Becton, Dickinson and Company Air Quality Permit Process Begins

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Pima County, Arizona, September 17, 2021 – The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality (PDEQ) is opening a 90-day public comment period today in order for the public to provide comments on the proposed Becton, Dickinson & Company Air Quality Permit. PDEQ will also host a virtual Open House on October 6, 2021, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. and an in-person […]

City of Yuma Awarded for Excellence in Financial Reporting

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The City of Yuma received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the fiscal year that ended June 2020. This is the 39th year the City has received this award.

Party at PACC to Celebrate Community’s Help

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Pima Animal Care Center is having a huge celebration at the shelter on Sept. 19 to close out its “Clear the Shelters” effort and thank the community for its help during the space crisis this summer. The event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the shelter, located at 4000 North Silverbell Road, and will feature food trucks, giveaways, and […]

Tucson Fire Department Awarded more than $5 Million in Federal Grants

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The Tucson Fire Department has been awarded more than $5 million in federal grants to provide faster turnaround times for crews following fires, grow the number of paramedics working in the area, and train more firefighters to serve the citizens of Tucson.

Supervisors Reallocate Arizona Bowl Funding to Local Youth Program

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The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 at its Sept. 7 meeting to reallocate nearly $40,000 in funding, originally intended for the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl, to Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC), a non-profit organization.

Sentinel Peak Park to Close for Repair to the Structure of the ‘A’

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Sentinel Peak Park (‘A’ Mountain) will be closed from Sept. 13-27 to all traffic. Crews will be working to repair the rock structure of the “A” on the mountain. During this time no vehicular, bicycle, or pedestrian traffic will be allowed past the lower parking lot.

Pima County to Contribute $1 Million to Emerge Center Shelter Expansion

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The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted 5 – 0 to contribute $1 million to the Emerge Center Against Domestic Violence for the planned renovation and expansion of its emergency shelter.

PACC Teams Up with DocuPet for Pet Licensing

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Licensing a pet with Pima Animal Care Center just got a lot easier. The shelter is now using DocuPet as a licensing system, offering colorful and unique ID tag options, and a free lost pet service with the registration.

PACC Offers $0 Adoption Fees for All Pets

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Pima Animal Care Center has seen an increase in pets coming to the shelter, as well as people needing help to keep their pets. In hopes of preventing shelter overcrowding, PACC is offering free adoptions on all pets in the shelter now through Sept. 19 for Clear the Shelters.

Yuma Parks and Rec Activities Guide for Fall, Winter Now Available Online

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The semi-annual Parks and Recreation activities guide, covering events through the fall and winter, is now available online. Program registration for city residents begins Sept. 7, followed by registration for all starting Sept. 13.

City of Tucson to Celebrate the Grand Opening of a New Dog Park at Anza Park

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City of Tucson Council Members Lane Santa Cruz (Ward 1), Karin Uhlich (Ward 3), and Steve Kozachik (Ward 6), invite you to celebrate the completion of a new dog park at Anza Park. This project marks the City’s eighth dog park. The 1-acre, off-leash area includes two separate fenced-in areas, one for larger dogs (over 30 lbs.) and one for […]

Historic Yuma Theatre to Host Yuma Rocks

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Live music returns to the Historic Yuma Theatre with Yuma Rocks, a music festival highlighting local musicians, the evenings of Sept. 10-11, 2021. Born out of a competition formerly known as Battle of the Bands, Yuma Rocks features a range of music that includes rock, metal, reggae, punk, and ska. Doors of the Historic Yuma Theatre, 254 S. Main St., […]

City of Yuma 9/11 Memorial 20th Anniversary

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The City of Yuma Fire Department would like to invite the community to gather for their 9/11 Memorial 20th Anniversary Ceremony.

Meet a Tucson Water Partner: Arizona Project WET

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Arizona Project WET (APW) is a program of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. The program develops water stewardship and STEM literacy in our community through professional development that deepens teacher’s content knowledge and transforms their instructional practice, direct student outreach that is a part of classroom learning — whether in the classroom or in the field — and with […]

Picture Rocks Community Center Set to Reopen, Offer After-School Program

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Picture Rocks Community Center is reopening for the first time since it closed in March 2020.

Historic Canoa Ranch to reopen September 4

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Starting next month, the public will once again be able to see the historic buildings and corrals of Historic Canoa Ranch for themselves.

Labor Day Closures for Tucson, Yuma

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With Labor Day just around the corner, many city services close in honor of the holiday. Below is your quick reference list for all the closures happening in Tucson and Yuma Cities.

Yuma Residents Encouraged to Prepare for Monsoon

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While Tropical Depression Nora has mostly dissipated, it is still monsoon season in Arizona and there is a potential for severe storms and rainfall. The Yuma area is predicted to receive rainfall through Wednesday this week. For those properties that have experienced flooding issues in the past, the City of Yuma is providing a self-serve sandbag filling station at the […]

SAHVC Designated a State of Arizona Visitor Center

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The Southern Arizona Heritage and Visitor Center (SAHVC) is now an official State of Arizona Visitor Center. This designation means the Arizona Department of Transportation will soon add SAHVC signage along Interstate 10 to help draw more travelers to the Center. It’s a timely addition as, starting Aug. 30, SAHVC will open 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. to […]

Paving Operations Underway as Part of Downtown Links Project

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Crews are paving the Stone Avenue and Franklin Street/Toole Avenue intersection as part of the Downtown Links Phase 3 Improvement Project.

Litter Push Removes 11,000 Pounds of Roadside Garbage in Tucson Region

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In an unprecedented push to remove roadside garbage and debris, 42 Arizona Department of Transportation employees from southern Arizona were recently able to pick up 11,000 pounds of trash and bulk items.

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Tucson Hiring Community Services Project Supervisor

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The City of Tucson is hiring a community services project supervisor within the Housing and Community Development (HCD) department.

Pima County to Expand COVID-19 Testing Services

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Beginning Saturday, Aug. 28, Pima County will offer COVID-19 antigen testing services during expanded hours at the Abrams Public Health Center, 3950 S. Country Club Road. The testing will be offered five days per week, Tuesday through Saturday, 1 – 8 p.m. It will be free of charge and available to everyone age 5 and older. The antigen test uses […]

City of Yuma Rolls Out “Keep Yuma’s Roads Safe” Campaign

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On Monday, August 23rd, the City of Yuma began a transportation safety campaign to raise awareness on how Yuma residents can ‘Keep Yuma’s Roads Safe.’ Messaging will focus on bicycle, pedestrian, school zone, and electric scooter safety. The campaign launched on the City’s social platforms and includes digital messaging and videos. To date this year, the Yuma area has seen […]

Night Lights, Better Bunkers Among Improvements at Crooked Tree Golf Course

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Visitors at Crooked Tree Golf Course can now practice their swing after sunset. Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation (NRPR) has partnered with the course’s operating team to make a series of improvements.

PACC Offering Weekly Promotion to “Clear the Shelters”

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After a year on hold due to the pandemic, “Clear the Shelters” is back at Pima Animal Care Center. The month-long series of events kicks off Aug. 23 and will end Sept. 19 with a big celebration. “We are very excited to have this adoption event happening at PACC!” said Monica Dangler, Director of Animal Services. “This event couldn’t come […]

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ADOT Selects Final North-South Corridor Route in Pinal County

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Following several years of study, technical analysis and input from communities and stakeholders, the Arizona Department of Transportation has selected a final 55-mile North-South Corridor through Pinal County.

Supervisors Vote to Oppose Proposed Interstate 11 Route

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The Pima County Board of Supervisors reiterated its opposition to a proposed route for Interstate 11, a planned highway expansion proposal to connect Nogales to Wickenburg before joining existing highways on route to Nevada.

City of Tucson Kicks Off the Fall Ready, Set, Rec! Mobile Recreation Program

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Tucson Parks and Recreation are excited to announce the fall kickoff event for the mobile recreation program, Ready, Set, Rec! This engaging program was made possible by Tucson’s Mayor and Council, who voted to use federal CARES Act funds to acquire six vans, equipment, and personal protective equipment (PPE) to bring recreation to the community.

Pima County to Offer Third Dose of COVID Vaccine Recommended for Some Immunocompromised People

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Pima County Health Department vaccination sites are offering a third dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine for certain immunocompromised people.

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Governor Ducey Assesses Flood Damage In Gila Bend

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Governor Doug Ducey today traveled to Gila Bend to tour flood damage from the historic storms that devastated the rural community.

NRPR Co-Sponsors Water Safety Expo at Manzanita Pool

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A water slide, splash pad, and inflatable obstacle course are just a few of the kid-friendly activities that will be featured at a Water Safety Expo this Saturday, August 21.

Pima County Board Adopts Tax Levy for Fiscal Year 2022

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The Pima County Board of Supervisors Monday adopted the tax levies for numerous property taxes, which lowers the combined tax rate by 11 cents and is the final act of budget adoption by the Board for fiscal year 2022. State law requires counties to adopt the tax levy by the third Monday in August. The fiscal year began July 1.

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Arizona Fast Tracks Funding to City of Tucson to Restart its Treatment Plant and Begins Construction for the New Central Tucson PFAS Project Demonstration Remedy

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With support from Governor Ducey, and a combined $5.3 million in state funding, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) has transferred $2 million in state funding to the City of Tucson to restart its treatment plant and initiated construction for the new Central Tucson PFAS Project demonstration remedy to protect Tucson’s central wellfield.

It’s Raining Big Dogs at PACC

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In response to a marked increase in pets coming into the shelter, Pima Animal Care Center is offering tips to pet owners in hopes of preventing lost dogs and cats frightened during monsoon storms. The shelter is already dealing with a very high intake and lack of space for incoming pets.

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Supervisors Ask City to Reconsider Water Rate Plan that Would Charge Unincorporated Residents More for Tucson Water

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In response to the Tucson Mayor and Council’s decision to move ahead with a plan to charge unincorporated County residents more for water service, the Board of Supervisors has suggested alternatives that don’t unfairly target one group of water customers.

Tucson’s E-Scooter Pilot Program has become Permanent

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The City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility (DTM) selected Spin and Razor to participate in a twelve-month e-scooter program that includes enhanced safety and education requirements, as well as required parking corrals to keep sidewalks clear of obstructions and encourage better riding and parking habits. The pilot program, which launched in September 2019, has shifted to a permanent […]

Barrel Cactuses get New Lease on Life at Desert Haven

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You’ll see green wherever you look at Desert Haven Natural Resource Park, an idyllic triangle of land nestled near the corner of 36th Street and Kino Parkway. Nourished by the monsoon rains, the 15-acre, open-space park was blooming with life on the morning of July 29. One thing you wouldn’t have seen much of in the park before that day, […]

Pima Animal Care Center in Need of Adopters/Fosters

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Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) is out of space for incoming dogs. All kennels, including non-public ones, are being used to hold stray pets. The shelter is also placing pop-up kennels around the shelter to make room.

Supervisors Nix Funding to Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl

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The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 at its August 10 meeting to remove nearly $40,000 in funding for the Barstool Sports Arizona Bowl, due to ethical concerns with its title sponsor.

First Shots Offers Free Primer for Beginning Shooters

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The Southeast Regional Park Shooting Range is hosting a free introduction to shooting sports this Sunday, August 8.

Mars Lake Hypothesis on Ice After Study Offers Different Explanation

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Scientists have long debated what's under the surface of Mars' south pole. A new study points to clays being more likely than a subsurface lake.

For years, scientists have been debating what might lay under the Martian planet’s south polar cap after bright radar reflections were discovered and initially attributed to water.

Pima County Restarts Youth Bicycle Safety Program

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The Pima County Health Department Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Program is bringing back bicycle education to youth and schools following its pandemic-related hiatus. Staff expect to work with 35 elementary and middle schools during the 2021-2022 academic year. Educators already have returned with summer programming at Imago Dei Middle School, Lawrence 3-8, and El Grupo Youth Cycling Summer Camp. So […]

A Water-Resilient Future: Preparation, Conservation, and Diverse Water Sources

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Here are facts that are driving a more water-resilient future – where our community will have water to thrive, but not enough to waste. Tucson Water has been preparing for shortages for decades and will continue to do so. We have known for many years Colorado River supplies could be cut. Over 40 years, the utility has invested more than […]

Yuma City Council to Meet Wednesday in Chambers as Planned

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The Council will meet 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, in the Council Chambers at City Hall as regularly scheduled.

Yuma City Hall to be Closed Due to Flooding

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Over the weekend, City Hall experienced a major plumbing failure which caused extensive water damage to portions of the facility. The incident was not related to the storm. Crews are working diligently to make the necessary repairs. However, for the safety of the public, City Hall will be closed this week (Monday – Thursday) in order to complete restoration and […]

NRPR After-School Programs to Return in August

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Starting next month, Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation (NRPR) will once again offer after-school recreation programs at several of its community centers.

Yuma Aqua Zumba at Carver Pool to Resume

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The City of Yuma’s Aqua Zumba aquatics program will return in August, offering residents a way to get an invigorating workout while staying cool.

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City of Yuma Welcomes New Finance Director

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City welcomes new Finance Director Douglas Allen brings 25-plus years of financial management experience

The City of Yuma announces Douglas Allen as its new Director of Finance.


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