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Baby Elephant Due at Reid Park Zoo Next Year

The African elephant herd at Reid Park Zoo is about to grow. Semba is pregnant with her fourth calf. She gave birth to Nandi, the first elephant born at Reid Park Zoo, in 2014.

Mabu is the father to all of Semba’s calves. Semba currently weighs a healthy 6,960 pounds and is on track to have a healthy pregnancy. Elephant gestation is between 22 and 24 months, and Semba is about halfway through her pregnancy.

Rodeo Parade Kicks Off Final Weekend of Rodeo

Thousands of people watched today's 94th annual Tucson Rodeo Parade that started this morning near Park Avenue and Ajo Way and ended at the Tucson Rodeo Grounds at 6th Avenue and Irvington Road.

The rodeo, known as La Fiesta de Los Vaqueros, began last weekend, bringing cowboys and cowgirls come to town. The rodeo features bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, and more. Cowgirls take the reins in barrel racing.

Pima County Sheriff's Department Holds Document Shredding Event This Weekend

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department (PCSD) will host a document shredding event on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 8-10 a.m., at the Kino Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way. This will be a drive-through service.

Acceptable items for shredding are any personal paper documents that are loose, folded, stapled, or in envelopes. Shredding will be completed on-site before you leave.

Protect Pipes and Plumbing During This Week's Chill

Freezing temperatures are predicted for Wednesday morning (27°) and again on Saturday (28°), according to the National Weather Service. Exposed pipes and plumbing will be at risk.

Tucson Water has tips to help prevent pipes, plumbing, irrigation systems, and backflow prevention assemblies from freezing. The website also has videos in English and Spanish, as well as links to current weather conditions and forecasts.

Paul's Note - February 15, 2019

I had an opportunity last week to have a sit down with T. Van Hook, Chief Executive Officer of Habitat for Humanity Tucson. I learned a bit more about their business model and how the city could be an even better partner with them in the future.

Most of us know about Habitat's main work, building houses for families who couldn't otherwise afford them. They also have many other programs to help lower income families maintain their houses and continue to contribute as home owners.

City Holiday Closures

The City of Tucson will observe Presidents Day next Monday, Feb. 18. All City offices, except for emergency services, will be closed.

Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected on Monday, but the Los Reales Landfill will be open. All City of Tucson residential and commercial customers will have their trash and recycling services delayed by one day next week.

City Seeks Input on Mayor and Council Salaries

The Citizen’s Commission on Public Service and Compensation is considering a recommendation to voters concerning salaries for Mayor and Council. If approved by the Commission, the recommendation may be placed on the Nov. 5, 2019, City ballot.

The Commission invites you to comment on this issue during several public meetings. The next will be held Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Donna Liggins Recreation Center, 2160 N. 6th Ave. (Medium Room). The meeting begins at 6 p.m.

Bonita Park Playground Celebration Next Week

Ward 1 Tucson City Council Member Regina Romero and Tucson Parks and Recreation invite you to celebrate the new playground at Bonita Park on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 1:30 p.m., at 20 N. Bonita Ave.

In 2016, the original playground was damaged badly by vandalism. It was closed and removed until replacement equipment and a shade structure were installed in December 2018.

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