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Posted: Friday, March 30, 2007 12:00 am

Raytheon Missile Systems wins $64.6M in new Navy contracts

Raytheon Missile Systems has been award an additional $53.5 million contract from the U.S. Navy for 111 Tomahawk composite launching system capsules and 220 retrofit kits. The contract was awarded by the Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md.

Raytheon was also awarded an $11.14 million cost-plus fixed-fee support contract for research and development of a next-generation hypersonic vehicle from the weapons division of the Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake, Calif. The project is scheduled for completion by May 2012.

BIOSCIENCES

UA’s College of Medicine seeks Parkinson’s researchers

The University of Arizona’s College of Medicine has launched a campaign to raise $1.8 million to recruit two researchers to be a part of a four-member medical neurosciences faculty looking into the causes and treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

Donald Soldwedel, former president of the UA Foundation, is chairman of the campaign. The research project is under the direction of Frank Porreca, professor of pharmacology and anesthesiology.

RETAIL

Buffalo Exchange promotes Earth Day with dollar sale

In celebration of Earth Day, April 21, Buffalo Exchange will offer bargain clothing for $1, with proceeds benefiting the Center for Environmental Health. The dollar items will be available at all 32 company-owned and franchise stores in 12 states, as well as online at www.buffaloexchange.com.

The new and used clothing retailer is headquartered in Tucson and has two local retail outlets: 2001 E. Speedway and 6170 E. Speedway.

BORDER ISSUES

Arizona subcontractors back Flake immigration reform bill

The American Subcontractors Association of Arizona has endorsed proposed legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives it says seeks to balance tougher penalties for employers who hire illegal workers with more legal immigrant and temporary worker visas.

Illegal immigrants already in the country would be required to pay owed taxes, fines and penalties and then “touch back” across the border before being allowed to return.

The measure, called the Strive Act, has been introduced by Reps. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and and Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.

Richard Usher, spokesman for the subcontractors association, said the bill “comes at a time when immigration reform remains trapped in rhetoric instead of advanced by realities.” He said, the debate needed a new stimulus to get back on track, “and this is it.”

INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Nogales food packer adopts new disease control process

Certified Pack, a fresh fruit and vegetable packing operation in Nogales, has announced it is the first facility on the border to adopt the new ozone-enriched washing system for killing microorganisms on products, as developed by the National Sanitation Foundation and approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Certified Pack is a division of Premium Produce, also based in Nogales.

MINING

Court schedules hearings on Asarco environmental issues

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Corpus Christi, Texas, will begin hearing claims against copper miner Asarco concerning 75 sites requiring environmental remediation.

The hearings are due to be held at the end of July and continue into early November.

The court will seek to establish a settlement plan to pay for more than $6 billion in toxic waste claims outstanding against Asarco, which is headquartered at 1150 N. Seventh Ave.

A separate series of hearings will be conducted regarding asbestos claims against the company.

HEALTHCARE

University Medical Centeron list of top 100 hospitals

Modern Healthcare magazine has selected University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., one of the top 100 in the nation and among the top 15 major teaching hospitals.

The annual list, compiled by Solucient, a provider of information for the healthcare industry, recognized UMC for its excellence in clinical outcomes, patient safety, financial performance, operational efficiency and growth in patient volume.

GOVERNMENT

Tucson Water tries threeways to rid buffelgrass

Tucson Water last week started the first of a three-part test of eradication efforts of buffelgrass on 1,200 acres it owns in Avra Valley.

March 29, the utility burned 600 acres of invasive weed on the former agriculture property. A second test involves moving and spraying an herbicide on 400 acres and the third will be limited to spraying only on the final 200 acres.

This is the first time various eradication strategies have been compared on this scale, said Mitch Basefsky, spokesman for the water utility.

Once the results are compiled, Tucson Water will know how to proceed adopting whatever option that proves to be the most effective.

Buffalo Exchange joins call for tougher cat, dog fur ban

Buffalo Exchange is endorsing a proposal in the U.S. House of Representatives that calls for strengthening rules against the import of clothing trimmed with dog and cat fur.

The proposal would require importers of garments trimmed with fur to specify the origin. Currently anything costing less than $150 doesn’t have to specify the origin.

Buffalo Exchange is asking customers to sign petitions in support of it the measure through Earth Day, April 22.

Pima County launches work on five miles of the Anza Trail

Pima County is spending $1.6 million to improve five miles of the 1,250-mile Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail in two separate projects.

In the first project, called the Anza Multi-Use Path Project, the county’s Department of Public Works will spend $965,000 to construct a stabilized, multi-use path, parking and staging areas, six ramadas and a pedestrian bridge between Elephant Head Road and the Torres Blancas Golf Course, near Canoa Ranch.

In the second project, called the Abrego Trailhead Project, the county is spending $645,000 to build a parking/staging area, a covered ramada and utility hook-ups for future restrooms at the intersection of Abrego Drive and Continental Road.

The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail was the first overland colonizing expedition for the Spanish Empire. To commemorate the expedition, the historic trail is being preserved and improved with the goal of eventually developing a single continuous route, from the Mexican border at Nogales north through Tucson and then west through Yuma to San Diego and, ultimately, to San Francisco.

EDUCATION

Eller College expands global offering for MBA program

The University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management is introducing two international study opportunities for students in the Masters in Business Administration program.

Both of the opportunities are designed to focus on emerging global opportunities.

In one of the programs, four students will work with Astec Power and Artesyn Technologies, which are subsidiaries of Emerson Network Power, an international technology company based in St. Louis.

Another four students will spend the summer at four major scientific institutions in Mexico: the Center for Optical Research, León, Guanajuato; National Council Center for Science and Technology, Mexico City; Center for Scientific Research and Education, Ensenada, Baja California; and the National Institute for Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics, Puebla, Puebla.

ENVIRONMENT

Southern Arizona vehicles among those to order fries

MJKL Enterprises, the largest franchise owner of Carl’s Jr. restaurants in Arizona, has announced it has undertaken plan to convert about a dozen of its company-owned vehicles to be powered by fuel derived from it’s restaurants’ used vegetable frying oil.

It was announced on International Earth Day, March 20, by Jason LeVecke, chief executive of MJKL. He said the move was a challenge to other franchise owners to “play an active role in lessening America’s dependence on foreign oil.” He said the conversion will be complete in three years.

ADEQ launches effort to cut

mercury release from wrecks

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality is sponsoring a volunteer National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program to try to help persuade the more than 200 Arizona motor vehicle recyclers to take steps to reduce the emission of the toxic metal into the environment.

The program was launched last year by representatives of the automotive dismantlers, automotive steel and scrap metal industries, in cooperation with environmental groups, the national association of state environmental agencies and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It’s estimated 11 tons of mercury leaks into the atmosphere annually during the scrapping of 13.5 million automobiles. The voluntary program encourages removal of lighting switches and anti-lock braking systems containing mercury, prior to vehicle scrapping.

In Arizona, the Department of Environmental Quality has a $4 million fund from which it will pay recyclers $1 per mercury light switch or assembly, or $3 per anti-lock brake system module received. Information on how to participate is online at http://azdeq.gov.

CIVIC

Plan for Nogales signage wins Main Street grant

A plan for directional signs to help visitors find their way through downtown Nogales was one of five proposals to receive support from the Arizona Department of Commerce in the latest round of Main Street Program grants awards.

Nogales’ Main Street Program received $14,635 to continue to develop design concepts and an implementation plan for the signs. The grants were awarded through the Community Assistance Section of the state’s commerce department. The other recipients of the Arizona Main Street Program grants are Casa Grande, Pinetop-Lakeside, Williams and Florence.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe presents South Tucson $200,000 grant

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe has given the City of South Tucson a $200,000 grant to purchase a new garbage truck to help the square-mile city continue providing free solid waste collection. The grant was awarded from the tribe’s gaming revenue from its two casinos, Casino of the Sun and Casino del Sol.

Cable technician’s response

highlights pilot safety program

A Cox Communications technician working in Sierra Vista helped with the return of a seven-year-old boy who wandered away from an elementary school.

The cable company cites the instance as an example of the value of its test-program called STOP (Safety Trucks On Patrol). The program is co-sponsored by the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department, Sierra fire and police department, Fry Fire Department and Southwest Gas.

STOP provides technicians with laminated cards containing police and fire department telephone numbers to alert authorities if they spot suspicious or dangerous situations.

NONPROFITS

Wells Fargo seeks applicants for community partner grants

Wells Fargo Community Partners is looking for applicants for 10 grants of $5,000 each to support educational programs that can help break the cycle of poverty.

The deadline for nonprofit agencies to submit applications is June 1. The grant awards will be announced in November. For more information, contact JoAnn Holland at (602) 378-4601.

KUDOS

San Xavier Mission gives Snell & Wilmer first award

The law firm of Snell & Wilmer has been given the first Founders Award from Patronato San Xavier, the organization helping to preserve historic Mission San Xavier del Bac.

For two decades Snell & Wilmer has coordinated fundraising campaigns, paid for mailings and helped oversee restoration projects. Even more, James Pyers, president of Patronato San Xavier, said that when his organization needed to hire a team of European conservators to restore the interior statuary, murals and frescoes, the law firm guaranteed their salaries.

“To date, we have raised more than $6 million to support the continuing restoration of Tucson’s crown jewel,” Pyers said. “It wouldn’t have been possible without the continued interest and support of Snell & Wilmer and its employees.”

Patronato San Xavier was established in 1978 with the goal of restoring the 210-year-old church building at Mission San Xavier, 1950 W. San Xavier Road.

CODAC leadership program receives national recognition

Annapolis Coalition on the Behavioral Health Workforce honored CODAC Behavioral Health Services with its Innovative Practice in Workforce Development award. The Tucson mental health center was recognized for its “Working, Together!” leadership development program, designed to improve leadership and management skills within the organization.

EVENTS

Irrigation design, management

workshops for landscapers

Training for landscapers on effective irrigation design and management will be offered in two workshops this month by David Kopec, plant sciences specialist for the University of Arizona’s department of plant sciences.

The free workshops will be from 7:30 a.m. to noon, Wednesday (April 4) and again April 10 at the UA’s Karsten Turfgrass Research Center, 2101 E. Roger Road. To register, call (520) 626-5161.

The workshops, sponsored by Tucson Water and the Arizona Cooperative Extension, are part of the SmartScape Program.

College of medicine hosts

look at revolutionary change

Dr. Kenneth Ludmerer, a professor of medicine and a professor of history at Washington University in St. Louis, will discuss the revolutionary changes ahead for medical education at a lecture Wednesday (April 4) that is part of the University of Arizona College of Medicine’s Medical Humanities Speaker series.

Author of the books, “Learning to Heal: The Development of American Medical Education” and “Time to Heal: Medical Education from the Turn of the Century to the Era of Managed Care,” Ludmerer will discuss the necessary professional and social conditions needed for medical education to progress and what that will mean for medical students, patients and the practice of medicine in the 21st century.

The free lecture will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the DuVal Auditorium and University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.

Kyl’s ‘State of the Nation’

is April chamber event

Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., is the featured speaker at the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s 2007 State of the Nation.

Kyl will deliver his speech during a luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. Thursday (April 5) at the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave. Tickets to the event cost $40 per person or $400 for a table of 10. For reservations, call Shirley Wilka (520) 792-2250, ext. 132, or go online at www.tucsonchamber.org.

The luncheon is co-sponsored by Raytheon Missile Systems and Southwest Ambulance.

Giffords talks about veterans’

health at April 12 luncheon

U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., will talk about care for veterans and strategies for making it better at a public health luncheon April 12 put on by the University of Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Arizona Inn, 2200 E. Elm St. To make reservations, contact Donna Knight at (520) 626-6459 or e-mail dknight@email.arizona.edu.

Small business federation

offers minimum wage class

Arizona’s minimum wage law that went into effect in January will be the subject of a class for small businesses April 12.

The session, put on the by National Federation of Independent Business, will be held from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. at the Sam Lena-South Tucson Branch of the Pima County Public Library. Reservations are available online at www.nfib.com/az.

AIDS Foundation marks

decade of community service

Members of the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation will hold a reception April 12 marking 10 years of service to those affected by HIV and AIDS.

The reception will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the foundation’s office, 375 S. Euclid Ave.

The Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation was formed in 1997 through a merger of the Tucson AIDS Project, Shanti Foundation and People with AIDS Coalition of Tucson.

For information on the event, contact Rick Wilson, the foundation’s director of development, at (520) 628-7223.

Transportation museum holds

volunteer docent workshop

The Southern Arizona Transportation Museum is holding a free workshop for potential volunteer docents. The two-hour workshop begins at 9 a.m. April 17 in the Historic Depot, 414 N. Toole Ave. Register online at www.tucsonhistoricdepot.org.

SAHBA presents 20th annual

celebrity auction, tournament

University of Arizona Head Basketball Coach Lute Olson will join with the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association (SAHBA) for the 20th annual Celebrity Auction, Lunch and Golf Tournament to benefit the Arizona Arthritis Center at the UA’s College of Medicine.

This year’s event honors the late Saul Tobin, long-time local, SAHBA life director and former chairman of the arthritis center.

The three-day event begins April 19 with the SAHBA/Lute Olson Auction from starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Randolf Golf Complex, 600 S. Alvernon Way. The cost is $25 per person, plus the cost of purchased auction items.

Lunch with Lute is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 20 at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 6360 N. Campbell Ave. The cost is $100 per person, $175 per couple or $850 for a table of 10.

Finally, starting at 7:30 a.m. April 21 is the SAHBA/Lute Olson Golf Tournament at Randolph Golf Complex. Cost for the event, including golf shirt and boxed lunch, is $200 per golfer, $700 per foursome and $1,000 per foursome with tee sign.

Advanced reservations are required for all events. Contact the Arizona Arthritis Center at (520) 626-7901.

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