Last week, I took a break from my weekly column to allow for an unexpectedly large amount of letters to the editor to make it in the paper—so a huge thanks is owed to every letter writer and contributor to the public dialogue regarding the upcoming bond election in Oro Valley. As the Nov. 7 election date draws ever closer (early ballots are distributed this week), I was happy to see that many of our readers have taken the moral of my previous column to heart and practiced a bit of reciprocal kindness in their political arguments instead of demeaning one another in childish ways. We should certainly have a civil debate about the right way forward for Oro Valley.
For those still hoping to hear more about the bond before they cast a ballot, look no further than this Friday afternoon in Sun City, Oro Valley. Starting at 1 p.m. at the event center (1495 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.) representatives from Axe the Tax and Yes on 454 will take part in a joint community voters’ forum. Keep the signs and handbills at home and bring an open mind.
Keep an eye out for me, I’ll be there!
Late last month, Tucson Local Media hosted its third annual Influential Health and Medical Leaders awards in an effort to recognize the men and women who work long hours to ensure their communities are safe from all kinds of dangers. Whether it be first responders making the difference at the scene of a vehicle collision, or cancer researchers looking for life-changing cures, we were proud to shine the limelight on all of the good work you do.
Speaking of recent recognition, longtime reporter Brad Allis was recently honored with another award from the Arizona Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Awards for his sports writing. Congrats, my friend! Though Brad may no longer be working with us, we appreciate all of the work he put in over a decade of reporting. And we sure do miss his sense of humor around the office.
In my last bit of updates for the week, we are proud to announce that the editorial staff has grown again! Christopher Boan, who spent the summer filling in on our sports and recreation beat, can now call himself a staff reporter.
Born in Annapolis, Maryland, Christopher previously worked for the Sahuarita Sun and Green Valley News, but has since brought his talent to the north side of town. A graduate of Colorado State University, Christopher has already earned four nods from the ANA awards—and we’re sure he’ll add even more to his mantle under the Tucson Local Media banner. Though he will remain our sports reporter, keep an eye out for this young man across the community, and get to know him.
In this week’s edition you may just be thrown back in time, to when the Oro Valley region was inhabited by cowboys and ranchers. Feature writer Emily Dieckman takes a look at the ongoing restoration efforts of the Oro Valley Historical Society, and learns all about making a 100-year-old doll pretty again.
Over in Marana, Danyelle Khmara takes a look into the town’s yearly fiscal performance, as well as some upcoming work on the water pipes.
Elsewhere, Pusch Ridge Christian Academy’s football squad shines for the second week in a row, we take a look at local theater performances and more.