PAG seeks help for bike count on Oct. 27-29

Volunteers are needed for Tucson's second annual regional bicycle count, to take place Oct. 27-29.

The count, which is coordinated by Pima Association of Governments, "is important to the region to better understand the trends in cycling, the behavior of cyclists, and to identify locations needing improvements," according to a PAG release.

Last year, staff and volunteers counted more than 8,000 cyclists at 50 locations. This year's count is expected to include more than 60 locations.

Volunteers are required to attend a short training session at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, or at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Himmel Park Library, 1035 N. Treat Ave., in Tucson.

Bike count volunteers sign up for one location and count one morning from 7 to 9 a.m. and one evening from 4 to 6 p.m. The morning and evening counts do not have to occur on the same day. Volunteers can pair up with a friend to split the counts.

PAG collects different cyclist attributes with the count, to include gender, approximate age, helmet use and more.

An informational flier is available at under the heading, Bicycle Count.

Volunteers may contact Ann Chanecka, PAG transportation planner, at 792-1093, or for more information or questions.

Seminars on end-of-life decisions to begin Oct. 22

A series of three classes on making end-of-life decisions will be held at Interfaith Community Services, 2820 W. Ina Road, beginning Thursday, Oct. 22.

Tani Bahti, RN, from Passages: Support and Education in End of Life Issues, will address topics on three consecutive Thursdays.

The schedule is:

Oct. 22 — My Life, My Choice — Navigating the Challenges of End of Life Decision-Making.

Oct. 29 — You Call This Living? — How Dying Transforms Us.

Nov. 5 — From Touchy to Touching — Talking About the Dying Process.

Each class is planned from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on those Thursdays.

There is no cost for people to attend any of the classes, which are co-sponsored by Passages and ICS. For more information, contact Karen MacDonald at ICS.

Pinal provider adds two to its board of directors

Sun Life Family Health Center, which serves the communities of southern Pinal County, has added two new members to its board of directors.

Bob Poindexter is the fire marshal with Eloy Fire District. He has worked in Eloy for 22 years.

Henry Velasquez, a retired metallurgist, is a long time resident of San Manuel and now serves the area as a constable.

"Health centers are community directed," said Travis J. Robinette, Sun Life's chief executive officer. "Board members are our patients and residents of our communities. The addition of these two members compliments the diversity of profession and commitment our board of directors brings to Sun Life."

Sun Life Family Health Center is a not-for-profit organization providing health care to Casa Grande, Eloy, Coolidge, Maricopa, Oracle and San Manuel. Sun Life Family Health Center is Pinal County's largest provider of primary care.

To learn more, visit

La Cañada pact award on supes' Oct. 20 agenda

Award of a $13.199 million contract to build a section of La Cañada Drive was on the Pima County Board of Supervisors agenda for Tuesday, Oct. 20.

The county's department of transportation and its procurement office are recommending the award to low bidder KE&G Construction, Inc., of Tucson.

If accepted, the firm would rebuild La Cañada from Ina Road to Calle Concordia as a four-lane roadway with adjacent paths for pedestrians and bicyclists. Construction would be expected to be complete within 440 working days from a "notice to proceed" to the contractor. The contract term is anticipated at 42 months, with the ability to extend for project completion, according to a supervisors' agenda item.

Change order authority of up to $500,000, not to exceed a cumulative total of $1.5 million, has been requested by the procurement office.

Award of the bid had been delayed a week because of a protest filed by the second-lowest bidder, Markham Contracting, which had "numerous complaints" about the low bid, according to Rick Ellis, engineering division manager for the Pima County Department of Transportation.

Markham's bid was $15.48 million, $2.29 million higher than KE&G. There were 12 total bids.

"We evaluated the concerns brought to our attention," Ellis said. "We still determined it was consistent, compliant and met all the requirements. The intent is to move forward with it today."

Seventy percent of total funds for the road project are coming from the Regional Transportation Authority, which collects a voter-approved sales tax.

Brochure lists advantages of flying  from Tucson airport

Tucson Airport Authority's newest brochure, Fly Tucson Airport, is now available at

The brochure is part of a new marketing campaign intended to tell people about the advantages of flying from and to Tucson International Airport.

"The brochure is another element of our integrated communications strategy to educate local consumers about what TIA has to offer so they can make informed travel decisions," said Bonnie Allin, president and chief executive officer of TAA.

"Getting buy-in from the local community is essential to demonstrate support to the airlines," Allin continued. "Demand is what drives additional airline service to Tucson."

According to the brochure, flying from TIA as compared with Sky Harbor in Phoenix can cost an average of $260 less when all costs – including gasoline and parking – are considered.

The brochure is available at media brochures.html.

State offers free mediation training in Pinal

The state Attorney General's Office Civil Rights Division, in partnership with the Arizona Supreme Court Administrative Office of the Court, is offering a free, 40-hour mediation course to train Pinal County volunteers to help resolve local court disputes.

Mediation training will be offered in Casa Grande on Nov. 17, 18, 20, 23 and 24.

Mediators are neutral parties who help disputing parties reach agreements in various types of cases. Mediation is a valuable alternative to litigation; it can save time and money and reduce stress, a release said.

Training courses are open to the public. In exchange for the free training, those who successfully complete the course must agree to mediate a certain number of disputes for the court on a volunteer basis.

Each court has its own requirements and application procedures to become a volunteer mediator. Disputes to be mediated can include small claims, commercial, truancy and other types of cases, depending on the court program.

The Attorney General's Office has been training mediators for the courts since 1984 and has its own volunteer mediation program for resolving civil rights cases.

Training sessions run each day from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and include a working lunch. Participants must complete all five days of a scheduled training to become eligible to mediate for the courts.

Please note that most courts require volunteers to successfully complete an application process, which includes background checks, to be accepted as a volunteer. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

For more information or to register for one of these training sessions, contact Adam Glaser, conflict resolution program coordinator, Arizona Attorney General's Office, Civil Rights Division. Adam can be reached by phone at 628-6782 or by e-mail at

Benefit golf for Salpointe fund Nov. 14 at club

Registration is open through Oct. 25 for the Richard and Catharine Flint Memorial Golf Tournament, a fund-raiser for scholarships at Salpointe Catholic High School.

The tournament is being played Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Hilton El Conquistador Country Club located on North La Cañada Drive in Oro Valley.

There is a tee time of 12:30 p.m.

Cost is $125 per player, $400 for a foursome or $32.50 for after-tournament activities only. The golf fee includes 18 holes on the Conquistador course, greens fees, shared cart, driving range with balls, contests, gift bag, entry into the golfers-only raffle, a hot dinner buffet and opportunities to win auction and raffle prizes. The after-tournament event begins at 5 p.m.

People may register at All proceeds benefit the Richard and Catharine Flint Scholarship, which gives deserving students the opportunity to attend Salpointe Catholic High School.

For more information, contact Kelly Caruso at

Oro Valley seeks input via Web survey on its business sign code

The Town of Oro Valley has launched a survey on its Web site to gather public input on the current sign code ordinances.

The survey will be posted Wednesday, Oct. 21 through Friday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m.

The town council in August directed its planning and zoning department to put together a plan outlining a comprehensive review of the Oro Valley sign code.

The request followed an Aug. 19 meeting at which the business community requested the town allow illuminated signs to stay on later at night to help promote business. The current code calls for businesses to turn signs off one hour after closing.

There are two surveys included on the town's Web site, one for the general public and one for businesses. Results from the survey will be included in a larger report presented to the council at the Nov. 18 council meeting.

To view the survey, visit For questions regarding the planning process, please contact Dee Widero, Oro Valley Zoning Inspector, at 229-4812.

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