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  • Fallen 'Angel' Robs Northwest Bank

    On Aug. 22 around 10:45 a.m., Foothills District deputies responded to the Chase Bank located at 6000 North Oracle in reference to a robbery. When deputies arrived, they learned a male entered the ban...
  • Hornat hopes to help Oro Valley reach full potential

    Councilman Joe Hornat said a sense of duty and responsibility is why he serves on the town council. He would like to create an Oro Valley that operates at its full potential and flourishes as a beacon...
  • Safe ways to share the road

    With a new school year in session, AAA wants to remind motorists about safe ways to share the roads with pedestrians, bicyclists and school buses.“Children are the least predictable pedestrians and the most difficult to see,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public relations for AAA Arizona. “As a leader in traffic safety, AAA cautions drivers to take extra care to look out for children not only in school zones, but also in residential areas, playgrounds and parks.” According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, riding a bus to school is 13 times safer than riding in a passenger vehicle and 10 times safer than walking to school. Safety advocate AAA urges motorists to follow these tips for sharing the road with school buses and bicycles:Wait your turn: It is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. School buses use yellow flashing lights to alert motorists that they are preparing to stop. Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign arm also signal that children are getting on or off the bus.Check for medians: Traffic in both directions must stop on undivided roadways when students are entering or exiting a school bus. On a divided roadway, traffic behind the school bus must stop.

  • Find your Fins – Helping those in need get in the water

    Find your Fins, a local nonprofit organization, works to instill the love and health benefits of swimming to various challenged populations throughout the local community. Founded and operated by Laura Moore, FYF was incorporated last September and began operations in March.“It took time to get insurance and to find participants,” said Moore.  “It was really exciting to find the first one.”Operating primarily out of the Oro Valley Aquatics Center and the Northwest YMCA, the organization helps individuals who are struggling or recovering from addiction, those with special needs or disabilities, veterans and even people lacking the financial means to get to a pool. Services are generally offered for ages 13 and up. Anyone with a disability or special need is permitted at 2 years old.  Participants in the program are often turned on to Moore’s work through word of mouth, though she has been to some veterans fairs in order to reach out. Recreational swimming is a great all-around exercise. The heart rate remains elevated without the high impact of a traditional gym workout, swimming laps at any pace helps build muscle endurance and cardiovascular strength and provides an all-over body workout. Every muscle in your body is active to help keep you afloat and moving in the water. Even when injured, swimming is a fantastic way to stay in shape.

  • Hartung has good view of issues facing Oro Valley

    Ryan Hartung is likely to be the youngest candidate involved in the Nov. 3 recall election, a characteristic he believes puts him in better touch with the issues facing Oro Valley as the town continues to grow.  As the committee chair for Oro Valley Citizens for Open Government, Hartung is deeply involved in the recall effort. After the organization was able to collect the signatures necessary to initiate the election, Hartung “threw his hat in,” as he said, and started the process of becoming a candidate.  Born and raised primarily in Hastings, Neb., he attended the University of Nebraska, graduating in 2000 with a bachelors of science in organic chemistry. He moved on to Ohio State University  and graduated in 2005 with a Ph. D. in organic chemistry.After college, a career at the multinational pharmaceutical company, Sanofi, sent him to New Jersey. By 2008, he applied for and received a transfer to Tucson, then again to Oro Valley in 2009. Hartung said he has loved the community since first arriving.Though Hartung’s name will be new to voters, he said he has “always been interested in what’s going on in Oro Valley.” So what urged him to transition from observer to participant? He said it was a combination of a couple different factors. “I was very much against the purchase of the El Conquistador,” Hartung said. 

Today's Top Headlines

  • Aug. 26 - Boy trips, punches hole in $1.5 million painting

    CNN: A 12-year-old Taiwanese boy lived out a slapstick nightmare at the weekend when he tripped at a museum and broke his fall with a painting, smashing a hole in it. Exhibition organisers said the painting was a 350-year-old Paolo Porpora oil on canvas work called Flowers, valued at $1.5m. Read the full story on the Guardian. 

  • Aug. 26 - 2 Journalists Killed In Shooting During Live Broadcast In Virginia

    NPR: Two journalists for a local Virginia news station were killed by a gunman Wednesday morning while broadcasting live at a waterfront shopping center about an hour southeast of Roanoke, Va.Law enforcement officials are on the scene and looking for the suspect, who they believe to be a former coworker of the victims. The woman who was being interviewed was also shot, and is said to be in surgery. Read the full story on NPR. 

  • Aug. 26 - 9/11 survivor known as 'Dust Lady' in iconic photo dies at 42

    CNN: Many remember the haunting photograph: A woman wearing business attire and pearls is covered head-to-toe in white dust, her hands held out helplessly before her, as she makes her way out of the World Trade Center's damaged North Tower on September 11, 2001.She survived that day, getting out before both towers of the trade center crumbled and killed 2,753 people in the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil.But the woman in the photos, known to most as the "Dust Lady," died Tuesday, her family said. Marcy Borders was 42.See read the story and see the iconic photo on CNN.

Local News

  • Roadrunner Elementary School receives two special gifts

    Roadrunner Elementary School had a special week as the Marana area school received two special gifts. On Tuesday, Pima County Sheriff’s officers from the Community Resources Unit came by the school to drop off school supplies. Roadrunner was nominated not once, but twice by former students and was one of three local schools to get the donations. “It is very exciting that some of our former Roadrunners nominated us for this great program that the sheriff’s department has going,” said Principal Kristina Brewer.Roadrunner joined Flowing Wells Middle School and Pistor Middle School in receiving supplies. The gift was part of a larger fundraising effort by the sheriff’s department. Deputies had a backpack giveaway and child fingerprinting event at the Foothills Mall where donations of money and supplies were collected. They also collected donations from businesses and within the sheriff’s department itself. The goal is to expand the program, and deputies are looking at grants and other fundraising options to add more schools next year. 

  • Nanos sworn in as new sheriff

    The Pima County Board of Supervisors appointed Chief Deputy Chris Nanos to take the reins as sheriff after long time Sheriff Clarence Dupnik turned in his resignation to the board. Dupnik was first appointed in February 1980 and continued to be elected every four years since, for 35 years.Bringing over 40 years of law enforcement experience, Nanos is no stranger to the department. He worked his way through the ranks, starting out as a corrections officer in the Pima County Jail in 1984. Nanos has worked in all four bureaus, with expertise in narcotics and criminal investigations of violent crimes. Prior to working for the sheriff’s department, he served 20 years with the Tucson Police Department, as well as serving as an officer for the El Paso Police Department in El Paso, Texas.Dupnik has been vocal in support of Nanos’ appointment as his successor and recommended him  to the board of supervisors. The motion to appoint Nanos was made by Supervisor Ramon Valdez and passed with a 4-1 vote with Supervisor Ally Miller voting no.Nanos served as the chief deputy, as Dupnik’s right-hand man, and attributes his success to him.“He’s a mentor to me, like a father to me. He brought me through this organization from a corrections officer through every rank there is to where I am today, and I owe it all to him,” said Nanos.Nanos took the reins over as sheriff Aug. 1 and was officially sworn in Aug. 11 by retired Judge Charles Sabalos during the board of supervisor’s meeting with several department employees present. His wife, Charlene, proudly pinned his new badge on him.

  • Dickey’s brings barbecue back to Marana

    The signs were up for much of the summer, but Dickey’s Barbecue Pit finally opened in Marana over the weekend. Darryl and Laura Weaver saw a need for a barbecue restaurant in the area and saw opening a Dickey’s as a great opportunity. “Marana is a fast-growing community that lacks a Texas-style barbecue option, so we feel we’ve truly found our niche here,” explained Darryl Weaver.The town has lacked a pure barbecue restaurant since Billy Bryant’s closed a few years back. Weaver saw it as a natural fit for Marana and the area. “You just can’t go wrong with delicious slow-smoked Texas barbecue,” said Weaver. giveaways and three lucky patrons received free barbecue for the year. Local radio station KLPX was on hand Saturday to help with the festivities. 


  • Gangsta rap biopic is an intense and fascinating story

    The origins of hip hop gangsta rap music trace back to the mid ‘80s and a trio of young, hard-pressed blacks attempting to escape the dangerous streets of Compton, Calif. Facing a nearly certain future of either being “locked-up or laid down,” the group musters together to produce the only thing they know — hard-hitting, profane rap music.This biographical film follows the controversial lives of Andre Young, O’Shea Jackson and Eric Wright as they achieve notoriety, fandom and their more commonly known rapper names of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy-E. Creating music with incendiary lyrics and violent rhymes, these street-savvy rappers take on everyone and everything standing between them and platinum-selling albums.“Straight Outta Compton” is an intense and raw film. The movie’s story is yet another key dot which must be connected in order to have an honest, complete conversation on black-white relations in America.These hip hop rapper rants which spewed anti-police lyrics, derogatory comments towards women and glorified drug use 25 years ago all remain in abundance today, though championed by other voices within our society. But “Straight Outta Compton” doesn’t just take on cops, drugs and women. This film expounds the powerful backdrop of black-on-black violence, providing historic context on how we’ve gotten to where we are in 2015.The gravity of this narrative is not mine to tell. Nor should it be left to the media to report. This film’s revealing story belongs to those who lived it and survived it… Ice Cube (played by his real-life son O’Shea Jackson Jr.), Dr. Dre (6-time Grammy Award winner) and Eazy-E’s widow, Tomica Wright—all producers on this true life gem. What the rest of us can take away from the film is a better understanding of our cross cultures that can’t be captured in 10-second soundbites or three-minute news stories.An intense and riveting red meat film, “Straight Outta Compton” pulls no punches and should expect the same in return from moviegoers. Between the constant use of the N-word, graphic sex and violence and ruthless subject matter from these rappers’ music, this film warrants viewer caution. Lots of caution. From the 1988 album that this film is titled after, comes this group’s warning; “Parental Discretion Iz Advised” (sic). 

  • The Return of Steven Spielberg

    He’s brought Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park and Abraham Lincoln to the big screen with master precision. Amidst his 40 years in the business, he’s become the world’s most famous filmmaker; his name synonymous with directing royalty. And after a few years off the cinematic radar, Steven Spielberg is back with a vengeance — complete with three upcoming projects.First up is the Cold War thriller “Bridge of Spies,” out Oct. 16. Reuniting Spielberg with frequent star Tom Hanks, the film tells the story of a Brooklyn lawyer (Hanks) who gets caught up in the legal red tape of a Soviet military scandal. Paired with the duo’s other period piece successes (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Catch Me If You Can”), this white knuckle drama looks to be a sure-fire addition to the director’s more serious works.Supporters of Spielberg’s family friendly stuff also have reason to rejoice, with the release of “The BFG” next summer. Based on Roald Dahl’s seminal children’s book, this adventure returns the director to the fantasy of classics like “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial” and “Hook.” One can only guess as to what Dahl’s sensory loaded pages will translate to on the big screen, but if ever a filmmaker seemed fit for the challenge; it’s this 68 year old kid. Out July 1, 2016.Not enticed yet? Well the cagey vet is saving his biggest undertaking for last; with the high profile adaptation of 2011’s bestselling novel “Ready Player One.” Written by sci-fi novelist Ernest Cline, this virtual world spectacle will push Spielberg into the dystopian territory of decade old dramas that include “Minority Report” and “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.” And as if that wasn’t enough, there’s even some self-referential fun courtesy of the story’s movie-obsessed protagonist; who references several Spielberg films throughout the plot. Expect to see this ambitious tale in theaters December of 2017.In the age of directors who take their sweet time crafting a project, this late career surge is astounding. Spielberg’s historic resume had slumped off for much of the 2000s, but 2012’s “Lincoln” drove him right back to the top. Now, with three radically different films on deck, it looks like one of America’s greatest living directors is back on the saddle and ready to ride. Let’s grab a seat and get ready for the show. (Editor’s Note: Danilo Castro is a resident of Oro Valley and writer for the Film Noir Archive blog at www.filmnoirarchive.com)

  • 25 years of "Facelift"

    Apparently it was 25 years ago this week that my life changed for the better. Twenty five years ago Alice In Chains released their debut album “Facelift” and my musical perspective was forever changed.At the time I was a hair metal guy who listened to some rap and classic rock. I was hardly adventurous, unless you count trying out rock bands sight unseen based upon cover art and song titles adventurous. Sure I listened to some bands my friend’s had not heard of, but that was only because I watched Headbangers Ball, the Hard 60 (30?) and picked up an occasional issue of RIP Magazine.It was late at night, I had just dropped off my friend Pete Bedell at his house after hanging out with other friends, most likely at the movies, when I flipped over to KUPD, a Phoenix radio station that was static-y this weekend night.The strains of something different, yet awesome were coming through the speakers. It sounded remotely like Guns N’ Roses, but…different. It was heavy, melodic and dark. It was awesome.It took me a few days to finally hear the song again. It was Alice In Chains’ “Man In the Box” and I had to have it. I tracked down a copy a few days later and the rest is history.I popped he tape in, yup I bought it on cassette as this was 1990, and was pummeled by the opening riffs of “We Die Young.” Granted, within a few years I would be listening to Megadeth and Pantera, which would render AIC as mid tempo. Heck, by the mid-90’s I would be listening to melodic death metal and hardcore, but at the time it was the heaviest thing I had heard.


  • Nighthawks struggle in opener, 44-7

    Under Coach Matt Johnson, Ironwood Ridge has never been afraid to schedule tough teams early in the season. The philosophy has served the Nighthawks well, as they have been one of the better programs in Tucson, but they had their stiffest test yet as they welcomed Hamilton to Oro Valley on Friday and fell 44-7. Hamilton is the defending Division I state runner up and is not only one of the biggest schools in the state, but one of the more dominant programs in the past 20 years. Any time you play Hamilton, it is a challenge, but moreso for the young Nighthawks that were boasting 16 new starters, many making their varsity debuts. Many coaches would try to schedule a weaker team and give his young guys some confidence, but that is not what Johnson wanted to do. “We wanted our kids to grow up fast,” said Johnson. “We’ll watch that film. It is no longer a matter of being the best in Oro Valley or being the best in Tucson, the goal is to be the best in the state and that is what this game shows us, what we need to improve.”Hamilton looked bigger than the younger Nighthawks and pounced on them early. The Huskies scored on their first four possessions to go up 22-0, but Ironwood Ridge strung together a few stops and had some momentum going their way before a big turnover ended any chance of turning the tide. Ironwood Ridge took over near midfield with 44.7 seconds to play in the half. Three plays got the Hawks a first down, but ate up 36 seconds. The Nighthawks decided to roll the dice and looked deep but the ball was hauled in by Husky defender Kyeler Burke inside the five and he got a wall of blockers and raced down the sideline. He was caught near the endzone and fumbled the ball through the endzone but after a lengthy discussion the officials ruled the ball came loose after he crossed the goal line. After a two-point conversion Hamilton took a 30-0 lead into the locker room.

  • Hamilton dominates season opener

    Hamilton showed that the old adage was true, a good large school usually beats a good small school. The team from Chandler ventured down Interstate 10 and beat the hosts from Oro Valley 44-7 to open their 2015 high school football season.Hamilton put up 387 yards of total offense and held the Nighthawks without a first down until the second quarter. Staggering numbers against a team that has won 48 games the last five seasons, including a state championship."We wanted our kids to grow up fast," said Ironwood Ridge Head Coach Matt Johnson, who had 16 new starters from a year ago. "We'll watch that film, it is no longer a matter of being the best in Oro Valley or being the best in Tucson, the goal is to be the best in the state and that is what this game shows us, what we need to improve."The Huskies scored on their first four possessions, but the backbreaker was the final play of the first half. Ironwood Ridge finally forced a stop and took over near midfield with 44.7 seconds to play in the half. Three plays got the Hawks a first down, but ate up 36 seconds. The Nighthawks looked deep but the ball was hauled in by Husky defender Kyeler Burke inside the five and he got a wall of blockers and raced down the sideline. He was caught near the endzone and fumbled the ball through the endzone but after a lengthy discussion the officials ruled the ball came loose after he crossed the goal line. After a two-point conversion Hamilton took a 30-0 lead into the locker room."There were some good moments, where we certainly did some good things, but then you look at it and there were about six single big plays," said Johnson. "It wasn't in any single phase, it was O, and D and special teams. As a whole I am not discouraged at all."Two of the big plays that went against the Nighthawks came on successive drives on the first two possessions of the half. On their first possession Ironwood Ridge had a potentially big pass play but the Nighthawks failed to connect and punted. On their first play from scrimmage Hamilton's Austin Lowe broke off a 38-yard run and gave the Huskies first and goal from the five. Two plays later Travis Lockhart connected on a four-yard scoring strike.

  • NW football kicks off tonight

    Three area teams open up the season this week in what is known as “zero week.” While every game is important, getting off to a quick start is vital for these squads.No team has a more daunting test than Ironwood Ridge. For the second straight year the Nighthawks open up with a Phoenix area power. This year they welcome Chandler Hamilton, a team that is not only one of Arizona’s best, but a team with a national reputation.The Huskies were the state runner up in Division I last year and they are again expected to compete for state titles. They are led by senior defensive tackle Garrett Rand, who 247Sports ranks as the state’s best college prospect.  Senior wide receiver Kyeler Burke is also a division I prospect.It is important for the Nighthawks to get off to a fast start as their schedule does them no favors. Although their first three are at home, after a bye their next two opponents are Mesa Westwood and Salpointe, teams that combined for 17 wins a year ago.Marana hosts Rio Rico in a game that is important for very different reasons. The Tigers are trying to get back to the playoffs for the first time in almost a decade and the Hawks are the type of team that they need to beat. Rio Rico has struggled for much of their existence but won four games last year and have won 10 games over the past two years.The Tigers are in a competitive section and need to win “toss-up” games, especially games at home. A win would not only get the season started off in a good way, but they would have confidence going into a bye week before an important early season tilt against Pueblo.


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