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  • CDO softball wins title

    The Canyon del Oro softball team has advanced to the state title game 12 times in their history and with a 4-2 win over Sunrise Mountain the Dorados, won their ninth state championship Tuesday, May 9.The Dorados survived a late Mustang rally and a 30-minute lightning delay to win the title at ASU’s Farrington Stadium in Tempe. CDO struck first with a three-spot in the first inning. Hope Banales reached on single, then after the weather delay, Ellessa Bonstrom tripled to score Banales and put the Dorados up 1-0. Ari Acedo singled home Bonstrom, and she eventually scored on a Nene Campos single. The Dorado defense made several big plays to keep the Mustangs off the board, but the offense could not come up with key hits, and the game remained 3-0 until the fifth inning. A.J. Kaiser led off the fifth with a single and was moved over by an Anya Gonzales bunt. Stephanie Cota came in to run for Kaiser and scored CDO’s fourth run on an errant throw by the Sunrise Mountain catcher.

  • [UPDATE] 12-Year-Old found safe after leaving school

    A passerby saw Isabella hiding in a desert area near the school and called 9-1-1. Deputies located her and reunited her with family.  Original StoryThis morning Isabella Martin walked away from Cross Middle School. She was reportedly upset about an incident that recently occurred at the school. Anyone with information on the location of Isabella Martin is urged to call 9-1-1. Name: Isabella Martin

  • Mountain View honors seniors

    Mountain View High School held their first every College Signing Day to honor seniors who will be moving on to colleges, trade schools, internships and the military. Nearly 275 students took part in the ceremony where they were called up based upon what their future plans were and handed a certificate.Over 20 four-year, two-year schools and trade schools were represented, as were four different internship opportunities and four branches of the military.Mountain View Principal Todd Garelick said the event was inspired by similar events at other schools, as well as Letter of Intent signing ceremonies held for student-athletes who accept athletic scholarships.The Marana News will have a full story and photos in the May 17 issue. 

Local News

  • Mountain Vista and Golder Ranch Fire Districts exploring consolidation

    The Golder Ranch and Mountain Vista Fire Districts have begun the process of working through a consolidation after both fire district boards met and unanimously voted to explore the process.“Our organizations have been working collaboratively for over a year in the areas of fleet services, technical support, training and fire prevention,” said Mountain Vista Fire Chief Cheryl Horvath. “Additionally, the districts are now responding under an automatic aid agreement which allows the closest most appropriate resources to respond to an emergency call, regardless of jurisdictional boundaries.”Golder Ranch Fire Chief Randy Karrer said both departments “are committed to providing information to our communities and allowing an informed dialogue to take place.”“We are hopeful that as we move through this dynamic and time-sensitive process, we will be successful in reaching each important commitment outlined in statute,” said Karrer.The public is encouraged to attend public meetings in order to learn more about this process. The following meetings are open to the public:• Thursday, June 8, at 6 p.m.; Mountain Vista Fire District administrative office, 1175 W. Magee Road.

  • Learn about the Naranja Park proposal

    This November, Oro Valley voters will decide whether to approve $17 million in general obligation bonds to fund the multi-sport fields, base-ball diamonds, a playground and other improvements at Naranja Park, 810 W. Naranja Drive. The bonds would be repaid through a secondary property tax, which sunsets after 20 years.To provide more information on the proposal, the Town of Oro Valley has created the Naranja Park Bond web page. The easiest way to click here.The Naranja Park Bond Project web page provides a regularly updated list of press releases, articles, maps, cost details, project overview and other information.Voters who prefer a brief overview can download or print the single-page project sheet, which has a map on one side and project details on the other. Hard copies of the project sheet will be available at Town Hall and at the Oro Valley Community Center by the end of May.Since the Town of Oro Valley cannot advocate for or against a bond election, this information is being made available for public education purposes only. If you have any questions about the Naranja Park Bond, please send an inquiry through Ask Oro Valley, the online constituent services portal, or via email at ask@orovalleyaz.gov.Editors Note: This news item was originally released by the Town of Oro Valley and edited for formatting and readability by Tucson Local Media staff.

  • Council gives direction for new roadway

    Project to create four-lane parallel roadway east of 1-10The Marana Town Council held a study session last week to hear three proposals for the extension of Adonis Road to Tangerine Road. None of the proposals were selected, but the council did give town staff direction on what they wanted to see from the project.As per the Town of Marana’s General Plan, town staff has been working for some time to create a four-lane parallel roadway east of 1-10. One of the main reasons for the project is to give secondary access to some of the area’s current and planned developments, including San Lucas. Portions of what will come exists today as Adonis, Postvale and Grier roads, all of which are currently two-lane roadways. Eventually, the three will become one and be given a single name that does not benefit any one major development. Currently the town is using Adonis Road as the working name for the project.Complicating the project is the decision in 2007 to relocate the Tangerine Interchange to accommodate some of the planned development in the area. Most of that development was either stalled or scrapped after the recession of 2008 and in 2015 the town formally voted to keep the interchange in its current location. While this was good news for some developers in the area, others bought land or changed development plans because of the new interchange and were displeased when the town decided to keep the original placement.  The first option presented to the council was proposed by developers of the Mandarina project, who are negatively affected by keeping the interchange where it is. They currently have a lawsuit pending against the town over the decision not to move the placement. Their proposal would have a roundabout on Tangerine that leads onto Adonis, and the road would briefly cut through the middle of their property before running parallel to the Union Pacific Rail Road near I-10. 

Entertainment

  • “The Wall” hits the mark as psychological thriller

    Few modern war films give a voice to the enemy. Speaking parts are usually reserved for the battlefield’s victor, with only short glimpses of the losing opponent scrambling through a thick jungle or getting shot down in the sky from behind. In this latest movie from “Jason Bourne” series director Doug Liman, we find ourselves watching a deadly game of cat and mouse take place between a pair of overmatched U.S. soldiers and a single Iraqi sharpshooter in a post-Saddam Hussein timeline.Given the mission to find out who is repeatedly taking out an American contractor supply route, last year’s Golden Globe winner Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Nocturnal Animals”) teams up with professional wrestler John Cena to scope out the source of the convoy trouble. As spotter and sniper, both make costly mistakes that jeopardize their position and lives.“The Wall” refers to the dilapidated and war-torn rock remains of an Iraqi school that serves as a source of cover from an enemy well-hidden and versed in American military tactics. Despite a couple of camouflaged political statements, “The Wall” asserts itself as psychological thriller with several suspenseful moments. Highlighting the film’s success is the established communications between opposing sides of this duel. The isolation of counter-sniper operations and both stars morphing, from being the hunter to the hunted, jumps out at shocked viewers.With less than a handful of characters in the entire 81-minute movie, this quagmire instills a deep sense of survival on the battlefield. Most interesting is the notion that misery loves company. Having a battle-buddy elevates one’s spirits and helps push them through intense adversity. Suffering alone, though, has the opposite coping effect upon a soldier’s mindset.

  • Events for some fun around town

    Finding the right bit of entertainment can always be a bit of a hassle, especially as the summer sun begins to beat down on our necks, forearms and ears. Instead of searching through online listings, ads and previews, take a moment to consider Logan’s top five things to do this week. 1. The Arizona Grand Opry: Located at Oro Valley’s Gaslight Music Hall, the Opry follows in the long tradition of live country music performances through which legends of the likes of Elvis were discovered. Local musicians and touring performers alike take the stage for a memorable performance of a truly southwestern character. By filling the void between stadiums and garage sets, the Opry is a chance for some of the newer names in country music to impress the community. Details: Sunday, May 21 at 6 p.m., 13005 N. Oracle Rd., tickets are $12.50, gaslightmusichall.com or 529-1000. 2. National Museum Day at the International Wildlife Museum: Dedicated to spreading knowledge about the animals of the world, the International Wildlife Museum has caught the attention of both local families and regional visitors since its founding in 1988. Including displays of more than 400 species of insects, mammals and birds from around the globe, the museum hosts exhibits more than 100 years old, and gives visitors a chance to interact with hands-on dioramas, computers, displays and more. Details: Thursday, May 18 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., though the last admission is at 4:15 p.m., 4800 W. Gates Pass Blvd., free admission, thewildlifemuseum.org or 629-0100. 

  • Raccoon saves “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2” disaster

    As one of my most anticipated films of 2017, I was anxious to see how this next volume of “Guardians of the Galaxy” stacked up to its first mixtape. I unapologetically gave that first edition a well-deserved Top 5 ranking on my Best Films of 2014 list. In fact, this charming group--led by space scavenger Peter Quill—replaced Tony Stark’s initial “Iron Man” as my favorite comic book-to-movie release of all-time. Well, until last year’s unbelievably edgy adventure “Deadpool” (my 4th ranked film of 2016) elevated the superhero movie game to new heights. So now comes “Guardians” v2.0 and I am left feeling very disappointed. Disappointed not because this sequel tried too hard to match the flamboyance of its predecessor. Disappointed because Vol. 2 didn’t try at all. The camaraderie, non-stop humor, and sexual tension on the big-screen from three years is all diluted down to a younger audience and visions of the saga’s future third installment. Chris Pratt’s Quill character has lost of the confidence and moxie worthy of a Star-Lord. The journey that the lackluster Quill takes to find the identity of his father is both predictable and painfully slow to discount David Hasselhoff & Co. as DNA possibilities. The film’s mercilessly slow start extends well beyond halftime and before three subplots begin to get cleaned up in good ol’ “Guardians” fashion. I am Groot.  We’re told the space heroes’ camaraderie established in 2014 has now grown into a loving “family” of characters. The smoldering sexual tension between Quill and green-chick Gamora (Zoe Saldana) has dramatically cooled off to an “unspoken” love interest—resembling the innocence of a first-grade crush. With several subplots juggled throughout the galaxy, few scenes have the Guardians all together to exude their collective mojo and eye-poke each other.  Another missed opportunity is the fine performance by Kurt Russell as an “Ego”-maniac with worldly powers. Russell’s complicated existence is summarily presented to finally bring closure to film’s 137-minute ordeal. No one buys Russell’s sales pitch as the god-like Ego except for the meek Star-Lord.The film’s superstar is the smart-aleck raccoon Rocket (Bradley Cooper). His wise-cracking personality and penchant to steal carries this storyline and movie. With perfect comedic timing perhaps only rivalled in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by Robert Downey Jr., Cooper’s Rocket physically and verbally destroys all standing before him. In a distant second place for humor comes Dave Bautista’s laughable Drax the Destroyer. His awkward laughs out loud is both contagious and funny to viewers.

Sports

  • Sports update: Alday says goodbye to IRHS, hello to Pima CC

    Veteran coach returns to PCCPima Community College’s gain is Ironwood Ridge’s loss as Rich Alday has accepted the head coaching job for the Aztec baseball program. Alday has agreed to come back to lead the Aztecs, leaving the Nighthawk softball program. Alday started the Pima baseball program and racked up a record of 496-220 in his 16-year career from 1974-1989. He took the Aztecs to the NJCAA National Championship game in 1985 and was named Coach of the Year on three occasions in 1981, 1983 and 1985.He has spent the past four seasons coaching the Ironwood Ridge softball team, winning two state titles and winning 107 games.After his initial sting at Pima, he went on to coach the University of New Mexico for 18 seasons where he became their winningest head coach with 515 wins. He has a total of 1,011 wins in his collegiate career.Alday also coached the Olympic U.S. National team in 1988, where they won the tournament as an exhibition sport. He took them back in 1996 when they won a bronze medal.

  • CDO softball wins title

    The Canyon del Oro softball team has advanced to the state title game 12 times in their history and with a 4-2 win over Sunrise Mountain the Dorados, won their ninth state championship Tuesday, May 9.The Dorados survived a late Mustang rally and a 30-minute lightning delay to win the title at ASU’s Farrington Stadium in Tempe. CDO struck first with a three-spot in the first inning. Hope Banales reached on single, then after the weather delay, Ellessa Bonstrom tripled to score Banales and put the Dorados up 1-0. Ari Acedo singled home Bonstrom, and she eventually scored on a Nene Campos single. The Dorado defense made several big plays to keep the Mustangs off the board, but the offense could not come up with key hits, and the game remained 3-0 until the fifth inning. A.J. Kaiser led off the fifth with a single and was moved over by an Anya Gonzales bunt. Stephanie Cota came in to run for Kaiser and scored CDO’s fourth run on an errant throw by the Sunrise Mountain catcher.

  • End of season for CDO baseball

    Canyon del Oro High School senior Mason Myhre racked up more than half a dozen strikeouts from the mound against No. 1 ranked Nogales High School when the two schools met in the 4A state semifinal last Wednesday. Though the Dorados kicked off a three-run rally in the fifth inning, it was not enough to overcome the Apaches, who beat No. 2 ranked Salpointe Catholic in the championship game over the weekend.

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