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CONGRATS TO OUR WOMEN IN GOVERNMENT AWARDS WINNERS - The lifetime achievements of three women who broke new ground in local government service were honored at today's third annual Women in Government Day Awards Celebration: Katie Dusenberry, Pima County's first female supervisor; Barbara Weymann, Tucson's first female council member; and Jean Wilkins, former Assistant Budget Director and 41-year veteran City employee. Leadership Award winners were TFD's Laura Baker and Pima County Wastewater's Jing Luo. Pima Animal Care Chief Veterinarian Bonnie Lilley received the Unsung Heroine Award. The Tapestry Award was given to TPD's Kristi Ringler. Emely Aguino of Tucson City Court was granted the Evolving Young Woman Award. The Plan Tucson Team and Pima County's Communicable Disease Investigators were each granted the Sisterhood in Government Award.
PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD GETS UNDERWAY FOR ADOT FIVE YEAR PROGRAM - The Arizona Department of Transportation's Tentative Five-Year Program is now online and available for public comment. The program, which is updated each year, provides a blueprint for the planning of transportation improvement projects and programming of regional, state and federal funds. Public input is being sought on three scenarios: one focused primarily on major projects, one focused primarily on preserving existing highways, and one attempting to balance these goals. Comments will be accepted online, by telephone, and by U.S. Mail between today and May 17. Additionally, public hearings will be held today in Phoenix, April 12 in Tucson, and May 10 in Flagstaff. The ADOT board is expected to adopt the 2014-2018 Five-Year Program at its June 14 meeting in Pinetop-Lakeside.
TPD SEEKS HELP IDENTIFYING GEM SHOW FRAUD SUSPECTS - Police are asking the public to help identify two women suspected of defrauding a gem show visitor at the hotel where they stayed. Images of the two suspects were captured by surveillance cameras at the Hotel Tucson, at 475 N. Granada. Read TPD's news release here. Story from KOLD/KMSB here.
SUNDZU THE ELEPHANT UNDERGOES DENTAL PROCEDURE - Sundzu, a 2-year old male elephant calf at the Reid Park Zoo, underwent a dental procedure Wednesday, March 6. He cracked a tusk while wrestling with his 5-year old brother Punga several weeks ago. It is common for elephants, including youngsters, to chip or break tusks while playing or digging, says Elephant Supervisor Sue Tygielski. Although Sundzu was not in pain, the tusk was repaired to help prevent further damage. Read more in the Reid Park Zoo's news release.
20 MILES OF I-10 TO CLOSE NEAR BENSON TONIGHT - The section of Interstate 10 between S.R. 83 and S.R. 90 will be closed in both directions from 9 p.m. tonight until approximately 6:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. Crews will be removing the railroad bridge near S.R. 90 so that taller trucks can use I-10. AP Story, via KSAZ.