Voter-Approved Road Work Begins Monday

A fog seal program starts next week at a couple of locations. Starting Monday, crews from Southern Arizona Paving and Construction Co, under contract with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT), will begin fog sealing Fort Lowell Road from Oracle Road to Campbell Avenue. The following week, crews will work on Campbell Avenue from Benson Highway to Valencia Road. To minimize disruptions to motorists, the work will take place from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday through Thursday, with at least one lane open in both directions.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair: Call for Vendors

Applications are available for artists who wish to participate in the Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair, Nov. 28-29. The event has been held for more than two decades, attracting vendors from all over the Southwest. The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department is seeking artists, crafters, photographers, painters, potters, jewelers, and more to sell their original artwork. All items must be handmade and are subject to approval.

Bus Strike Over: Agreement Reached Between Sun Tran and Teamsters

Sun Tran and Teamsters Local 104 finalized a new contract last night, after union members voted to ratify the agreement reached early yesterday. Regular passenger service resumed this morning. Sun Tran passengers with an active 30-Day Pass, 30-Day Express Pass, or 30-Day Economy Pass on a SunGO Card or SunGO ID & Card during the work stoppage automatically will receive 42 days on the pass to replace the days lost during the strike, but the extra days could take a few weeks to load.

Open Houses Continue for Tucson Parks and Recreation

The Tucson Parks and Recreation Department held it first community-wide open house last night to gather public input on how it can best deliver recreation and leisure opportunities. The draft five-year master plan anticipates future needs and outlines the actions necessary to deliver high-quality recreation facilities, programs, and services to the Tucson area. Public and stakeholder input is essential and critical to the success of the master plan. If you missed last night's open house, there's another one tonight, 5:30-7:30, at the Donna Liggins Center 2160 N. 6th Ave.

Tucson Police Department Holding Voluntary Fitness Assessment

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) Recruiting Unit is accepting registrations for a voluntary physical fitness orientation this Saturday. It will provide future applicants the opportunity to gauge their fitness level before testing for the position of Police Officer Recruit. Participants will also receive mentoring from the Recruiting Unit and physical training instructors. The fitness orientation is not part of the actual hiring process.

Neighborhood Leadership Institute Meeting This Weekend

Pima County’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Program invites neighborhood leaders and residents to attend its Neighborhood Leadership Institute this Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress. The workshop is free for designated representatives of neighborhood groups. To register, contact Leslie Nixon at (520) 724-6769 or

Final Two Public Forums Set for January 8th Memorial

Two more public forums are scheduled for community input into the proposed January 8th Memorial design concept at El Presidio Park downtown. Los Angeles-based Chee Salette Architecture Office (CSAO) was chosen to design a master plan for the park and memorial. A final design could be completed in January, followed by a development and construction stage that could start next year. The public meetings are scheduled for Oct. 8 at 5:30 p.m. at Tucson Fire Department Headquarters (300 S. Fire Central Place) and Nov. 7 at 9:30 a.m.