The plan calls for the city to purchase seven acres of undeveloped land at Granada Avenue and Interstate 10 for $17 million, as well as the existing Hotel Arizona and adjacent, privately owned property for $28 million. The existing hotel will be renovated, with a new building constructed if and when the market is right.
Checking out of downtown Tucson: plans for Presidio Terrace, a condo tower that was planned near the Tucson Museum of Art. Rio Nuevo officials decided that developer Peggy Noonan's project, which had changed from condos to apartments as a result of the continuing collapse of the housing market, was no longer viable. The city will seek new developers for the property.
If Shelton gets his way, UA students will have a little less to spend on food, booze and Dance Dance Revolution. Shelton has proposed a $450 increase for in-state undergrad tuition in the next academic year, and a $2,350 increase for nonresident undergrad tuition, as well as a phased-in $80 annual fee to support health, counseling and safety programs.
Also on Shelton's wish list: new or increased fees for law school, the College of Pharmacy and business, optical and journalism programs.
University officials noted that tuition at the UA would remain in the bottom third of major public universities, and that only one-third of incoming freshman pay retail. The rest get some form of financial aid.
The Arizona Board of Regents will decide whether to approve Shelton's proposals in December.
Symington now says he is among those who believe they saw the UFO pass over Phoenix, but he initially made light of the episode to keep people calm.
"The growing hysteria intensified when the story broke nationally," Symington wrote in an article posted on CNN.com. "I decided to lighten the mood of the state by calling a press conference where my chief of staff arrived in an alien costume. We managed to lessen the sense of panic but, at the same time, upset many of my constituents."
Yes, how well we remember the sense of panic that was gripping Arizona 10 years ago! People running through the streets, screaming things like, "Watch the skies!" and, "It's a cookbook!" At least until Fife held his press conference and everyone calmed down right down. Way to save the day, Fife!
"I would now like to set the record straight," Symington continued in his article. "I never meant to ridicule anyone. My office did make inquiries as to the origin of the craft, but to this day, they remain unanswered."
Skeptics point out that military officials later said they were operating a training run along the same path as the alleged UFO and dropped flares that corresponded precisely with another report of floating lights.