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  • List of road closures for Saturday's El Tour de Tucson

    List of road closures for Saturday's El Tour de Tucson

    Friday, November 17 2017 8:23 PM EST2017-11-18 01:23:20 GMT

    According to the Pima County Sheriff's Department, about 9,000 riders in El Tour de Tucson will be on the road from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. all around the Tucson metro area.

    According to the Pima County Sheriff's Department, about 9,000 riders in El Tour de Tucson will be on the road from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. all around the Tucson metro area.

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    Freezing temperatures coming to southern Arizona

    Freezing temperatures coming to southern Arizona

    Friday, November 17 2017 5:03 PM EST2017-11-17 22:03:37 GMT
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    No rain is in the forecast but many will notice it feeling more like November after the recent record heat.

    No rain is in the forecast but many will notice it feeling more like November after the recent record heat.

  • Maps, routes for El Tour de Tucson

    Maps, routes for El Tour de Tucson

    Wednesday, November 18 2015 1:10 PM EST2015-11-18 18:10:01 GMT
    Tuesday, November 14 2017 12:52 PM EST2017-11-14 17:52:32 GMT
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    The 35th annual El Tour de Tucson is scheduled for Saturday. The main race, a 106-mile run around the city, begins at 7 a.m. and will end at approximately 5 p.m at Armory Park, located at 13th Street and Sixth Avenue. The other routes -- 76, 54, 37 and 28 miles as well as fun rides -- will start at different times and locations but will all end at Armory Park.

    The 35th annual El Tour de Tucson is scheduled for Saturday. The main race, a 106-mile run around the city, begins at 7 a.m. and will end at approximately 5 p.m at Armory Park, located at 13th Street and Sixth Avenue. The other routes -- 76, 54, 37 and 28 miles as well as fun rides -- will start at different times and locations but will all end at Armory Park.

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild launched a campaign to help bring a little more shade to the Tucson area. It's all part of the 10,000 Trees project.

Mayor Rothschild was scheduled to speak at a press conference preceding a tree planting.  The project is part of the Mayor's Urban Forestry working group, a partnership with Trees for Tucson and Tucson Electric Power.

The mayor stated that it is not hard to convince Tucsonans that shade is a good thing.  Trees provide cool air for nearby structures reducing energy costs.  Experts say Tucson is still losing trees faster than they are being replaced.  

So the goal is to plant 10,000 trees at homes, businesses and on public property by the end of 2014.

After the press conference today Rothschild was scheduled to plant a tree at the northwest corner of Armory Park.

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