Thursday, March 3, 2022

Posted By on Thu, Mar 3, 2022 at 8:31 AM

click to enlarge The Daily Agenda: Did We Just Write About Baseball?
Yerrrr Out! For now, anyway.

Look at us, we’re sports reporters! … Ducey dodges Rogers questions per usual … And a new job for school librarians.

We wouldn’t call ourselves sports fans by any stretch of the imagination, but we’ve paid attention to the Major League Baseball lockout because it’s a huge labor story and an underappreciated government story.

If you’re as aware of sports as we are, some backstory: MLB owners locked out their players about three months ago after the collective bargaining agreement between the players and league expired. They’ve continued to negotiate since, but the league announced this week that Opening Day would be pushed back.

That’s left Spring Training basically up in the air. It was supposed to start in late February. While our grasp on the calendar is typically loose, we do know that it is now March.

Monday, November 29, 2021

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Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Posted on Wed, Nov 17, 2021 at 10:47 AM

The following travel restrictions and road closures will be in place at 6 a.m. Saturday because of the annual El Tour de Tucson bike race.

Downtown – Sixth Avenue, north of 22nd Street and south of Broadway, will be closed to motorists from 3 a.m. to 5 p.m., after the last rider. Expect additional downtown side street closures.

East side – Houghton Road will be closed to motorists from Mary Ann Cleveland Way/Old Vail Road to Sahuarita Road from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

West side:

  • Silverbell Road southbound from Ina Road to Goret Road
  • Mission Road eastbound ramp onto Starr Pass Boulevard
  • Aviation Parkway eastbound from Broadway to Golf Links Road
  • Wilmot Road southbound from Golf Links Road to Davis Monthan
  • Nicaragua Drive/Calle Polar/Escalante Road eastbound from Wilmot Road to Kolb Road

Additional closures include:

  • I-10 and Houghton Road exits
  • Kolb Road southbound from Escalante Road to Valencia Ramp Road
  • Valencia Road eastbound from Kolb Road to Old Vail Road
  • Mary Ann Cleveland Way westbound from Colossal Cave Road to Houghton Road
  • Irvington Road eastbound from Kolb Road to Houghton Road
  • Houghton Road northbound from Irvington Road to Escalante Road
  • Escalante Road eastbound from Houghton Road to Old Spanish Trail will be highly restricted to travel

Further information about El Tour de Tucson, including a route map, can be found at

Motorists may experience lengthy traffic delays associated with this event, so please plan accordingly. The traveling public should use caution when driving, bicycling or walking in these areas. Please watch for event participants, obey all traffic control, and watch for detour signs and personnel providing traffic control.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

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Friday, November 5, 2021

Posted By on Fri, Nov 5, 2021 at 6:45 AM

click to enlarge The Supreme Court struck down more than  a ban on school mask mandates. Here’s everything that’s no longer law.
Jim Small, Arizona Mirror

Bans on face mask mandates and critical race theory in schools were the highest-profile laws that were thrown out when the Arizona Supreme Court tossed numerous provisions of the state budget for violating the Arizona Constitution, but the list of new laws that are now off the books is far more extensive than that.

Many of the other rejected laws besides the prohibition on face mask mandates in K-12 schools pertain to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those laws included prohibitions on colleges and universities requiring students to wear masks, get vaccines or submit to regular testing; barring K-12 schools from requiring students to take vaccines that have received emergency approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration; and barring cities and counties from requiring “vaccine passports” or otherwise imposing pandemic-related restrictions on private businesses, schools and churches.

Another of the now-defunct laws would have severely curtailed future governors’ ability to use emergency powers to manage health emergencies such as the coronavirus outbreak. Starting in 2023, when Gov. Doug Ducey will leave office, governors would have been limited to 30-day emergency proclamations for public health emergencies, with the option to extend it for no more than 120 days — though it could be extended for longer with legislative approval. 

Various election laws were also scrapped by the Arizona Supreme Court’s ruling. One provision would have required counties that wanted to include anti-fraud countermeasures in their ballots to use specific kinds of types of paper and specific technologies, such as holographic foil, special inks and watermarks. A $12 million “election integrity fund” that the state treasurer would have administered to fund election security measures at the county level is also now gone. 

Also gone is the creation of a “major events fund” that would have helped the state shoulder the cost of hosting the 2023 Super Bowl, as well as attract sporting and other events in the future. 

Friday, October 29, 2021

Posted By on Fri, Oct 29, 2021 at 1:55 PM

Hey, sports fans! FC Tucson, the Old Pueblo's soccer team, had a rough start to the season but now just has to win two more games to land a spot in the national USL League One playoffs. It's our community's comeback story of the year!

If you're interested in cheering on the team's effort to land that post-season berth, FC Tucson will take on the Richmond Kickers at 7 p.m. Saturday at Kino Sports Stadium in the last home game of the regular season. Tickets are $10 to $20. Buy them here!

It's also Fan Appreciation Night with some spooktacular fun planned for the evening, so there's fun on and off the field. There's no better place to get your kicks on Saturday night.

Monday, October 18, 2021

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Friday, October 15, 2021

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Posted on Tue, Oct 5, 2021 at 7:05 AM

Thanks to University of Arizona golf star David Laskin, every UA student, faculty member and staffer will be able to access the Wall Street Journal for free.

When Laskin was named the Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year, two UA alumni donated $200,000 in his honor to be used for the men's golf team and the Eller College of Management’s Department of Finance.

“I remembered that I’d had to buy the Wall Street Journal for some of my classes, so, in talking with my dad, he suggested figuring out a way to give access to it. That made a lot of sense to make it accessible for students.”

 Through their memberships, students, faculty and staff will have unlimited access to, WSJ apps, podcasts, curated newsletters and more. Those that currently have memberships may be eligible for partial refunds when they switch to their school-sponsored subscription.

Students, faculty and staff can visit to access their free subscription. For more, visit

Monday, October 4, 2021

Posted By on Mon, Oct 4, 2021 at 1:00 AM