SAHUARITA COUNCIL REJECTS REQUESTING COUNTY BONDS FOR FREEWAY INTERCHANGE - In their Monday meeting, Sahuarita Mayor Duane Blumberg and the Town Council opted against requesting bond funding from Pima County to rebuild the I-19 interchange at Sahuarita Road. The interchange could become part of a proposed east-west corridor, connecting Interstates 10 and 19 south of the airport. From the Green Valley News.
MCCAIN, SENADORES, JUNTO A LA FRONTERA CON MEXICO - Un grupo de senadores estadounidenses que participará de la reforma de la ley de inmigración realizará un viaje por la frontera con México en Arizona a fin de apreciar directamente los temas que afectan la divisoria. Los senadores republicanos John McCain y Jeff Flake visitarán la zona fronteriza el miércoles junto con sus colegas demócratas Chuck Schumer y Michael Bennet. Todos ellos son miembros de la llamada Banda de los Ocho, que en las últimas semanas ha intentado redactar un proyecto de reforma a la ley de inmigración. En La Estrella.
LOCAL ACTIVIST PLANS TO DISTRIBUTE FREE SHOTGUNS IN TUCSON - Local political activist Shaun McClusky plans to give free shotguns to Tucsonans in neighborhoods he believes are high in crime. The guns would be given out through a local affiliate of the Armed Citizen Project, which launched in Houston earlier this year. McClusky says recipients “will receive a cleaning kit, they’ll receive the shotgun, they’ll receive slugs, they’ll go through a background check and they’ll also go through the training class.” He intends to initially focus on the Pueblo Gardens, Midvale Park, and Grant-Campbell neighborhoods, the latter of which he says “is becoming rampant with break-ins.” Various City of Tucson elected officials expressed opposition to the plan. Read the Tucson Weekly's story here, read the Star's here.
ORPHANED BROWN BEARS COMING TO REID PARK ZOO - Snow, the zoo’s one remaining polar bear, died last September and declining polar bear populations have made the prospect of replacing the polar bears unfeasible. The newly available space will soon become a home for orphaned brown bears. "When a mother brown bear wanders into an area that's populated, it often gets shot," says Area Supervisor Leslie Waters. "Then their cubs are left orphans, and unless there's a zoo that's going to step forward and offer to place those bears in their institution, those bears end up being euthanized." The zoo says it has room for twins or triplets. Some of the renovations include connecting the grass and pool yards, adding a running stream and shallowing out parts of the deep water pool, since brown bears do not like deep water. From KVOA.
R.I.P., EDDIE BASHA - Arizona grocer, philanthropist and activist Eddie Basha has died at the age of 75. In 1968, Basha took over the Chandler-based Basha’s supermarket chain founded by his father and uncle. He spent the next 40 years expanding and diversifying the business, creating the upscale AJ’s Fine Foods and Hispanic-oriented Food City chains and successfully steering the company through labor and bankruptcy struggles in more recent years. As an activist and philanthropist, Basha’s passions were education and poverty, serving on numerous education boards, raising millions of dollars for charities like St. Vincent de Paul, and donating tons of food to local food banks. Basha ran for Governor in 1994, defeating former Phoenix Mayors Terry Goddard and Paul Johnson before losing in the general election to Fife Symington. In a statement to Basha’s employees last night, his son, Edward Basha III, said “during Eddie’s lifetime, he faced many challenges, the last few years being among the most challenging. But his desire to serve the people of the state he loved so well, and to take care of the members that he cared for so much, always gave him strength in the face of adversity.” From the Republic.