TUCSON FIREFIGHTERS KEPT BUSY BY LAST NIGHT'S STORM - Last night's storm caused major issues on the west side of Tucson. Tucson Fire units responded to close to 20 calls for wires down, 5 calls for arcing wires, 5 calls for small fire related issues such as brush fires, fence fires, and tree fires, and over 30 calls for fire alarms. A storm passed through Tucson tonight, its force causing major issues on the west side of Tucson. Units responded to a scene in the 2500 block of West Ironcrest Drive in which power lines had fallen on or near two vehicles, trapping the three occupants inside. Crews were able to secure the power lines and safely escort the three occupants away from their vehicles. TFD reminds everyone to always assume that downed power lines are energized and never attempt to move them. News release from TFD.
TUCSON WATER RELEASES ANNUAL WATER CHECKBOOK UPDATE - In 2008, M&C established Tucson's "Water Checkbook" reporting process as a way to track supplies of potable water and reclaimed effluent from year to year. On June 19th, the Water Checkbook Report for calendar year 2012 was presented to the Citizens Water Advisory Committee, showing an increase of about 4% to the potable water supply, and a decrease of about 6% to the reclaimed water supply. Read the M&C memo from Tucson Water here. Read the 2012 Checkbook Balance report here.
BOMBEROS DE ARIZONA ARRIESGARON SU VIDA - Eran padres y padres en ciernes, jugadores de fútbol estadounidense en la escuela secundaria y ex infantes de Marina, bomberos de primera generación e hijos de bomberos forestales. Los que unía al equipo de bomberos forestales de elite de Granite Mountain era el "amor al trabajo duro y las aventuras peligrosas", así como el deseo de arriesgar sus vidas para proteger a otros. Y ahora, 19 familias comparten el dolor causado por su muerte. En la Estrella.
US HOUSE COMMITTEE SUPPORTS SEVERE CDBG CUTS, MUNICIPAL BOND RESTRICTIONS - The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development voted last month to cut the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program by 50 percent, from $3.08 billion in FY 2013 to $1.6 billion in FY 2014. An amendment proposed by Representative Chaka Fattah (PA) to restore the funding cut was defeated. Other pending proposals in Congress would eliminate or cap the tax deduction for municipal bonds. Since this vote in the House, the corresponding Senate committee voted to fund these programs at higher levels. From ICMA.
STREETCAR STOPS TO INCLUDE UA POETRY CENTER PROJECT - Public art at the Sun Link modern streetcar's 17 stops will include the display of short poems provided by the UA Poetry Center. "While we are still developing the process by which we will provide poetry content to the reader boards, we know that we will be submitting short poems to the City of Tucson on a regular basis," said Gail Browne, the Executive Director of the UA Poetry Center who will be replaced by Tyler Meier this coming fall. Meier and the Poetry Center will be tasked with procuring and clearing licensing rights to various poems that reflect the current season or specific values of the Tucson community. From the Wildcat.