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Local First Arizona and our many members and supporters are committed to strengthening Tucson’s economy through our dynamic efforts as a growing movement in the state. But how can residents connect to our movement as a first step or participate at greater levels to ensure larger return on in…

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  • Cynthia Lancaster
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Photographer Jack Dykinga studies a massive saguaro boasting downward circling arms, mentally envisioning the image he might capture. He ignores a cat’s claw thorn puncture that produces trickling blood on his leg.

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At Splendido, an all-inclusive community in Tucson for those 55 and better, residents are learning the latest research findings on the importance of a healthy diet—and enjoying meals that incorporate those findings while still offering delicious tastes. 

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  • Logan Burtch-Buus
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One north side mother recently proved that anything is possible with a bit of passion, determination and a big support group—even raising nearly $70,000 in 75 days.

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  • Lee Allen, Special to The Explorer
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Tucson’s long-awaited rainy season traditionally gets underway sometime around the July 4 weekend, bringing not only some relief from triple-digit temperatures, but the scary possibility of flash flooding, the return of croaking Colorado-River toads and those damned mosquitoes.  

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Alvaro Enciso’s patterned collages fit right in with the rest of the art in “Arizona Abstract.”

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When it comes to Aging Well, many people focus on physical health—exercise and diet. But there are other areas of healthy habits that can provide balance in life, with the added benefits of being good for your brain health, mood, and overall quality of life.

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Excerpted with permission from “A New Form of Beauty: Glen Canyon Beyond Climate Change,.” All photographs © 2016 by Peter Goin. Essay © 2016 by Peter Friederici. Published by University of Arizona Press. All rights reserved. 

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On Thursday, April 20, 2017, Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursday Food for Thought” dinner will feature the presentation “Footprints along the Santa Cruz: 3,000 Years of Farming Where the Rillito Meets the River” by archaeologist Suzanne Griset in the Dining Hall and Petroglyph Au…

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Too often, firefighters hear people say, “I only turned my back for a few seconds.” Sadly, just a few seconds is all it takes for a child to drown. Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children under age of four in Arizona. Most children drown in their own pools, but many child…

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Among the scenic views of Tucson’s northern region are a variety of summer camp choices for children of all ages and interests; spanning the performance arts to sports and everything in between.

  • Mari Herreras, The Explorer
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This year’s deadline to file your 2016 federal income tax returns is Tuesday, April 18. Yes, usually the annual tax scramble takes place on April 15, but this year, the 15th falls on a Saturday and Monday, April 17 is Emancipation Day in Washington, D.C. While it might be best just to keep A…

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Marana Unified School District students, teachers and staffers were honored last week as the Marana 2340 Foundation held their annual Celebration of Excellence luncheon at the Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain.

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  • Brad Allis, Marana News
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It is not everyday that you see a Monster truck at your school, so you can imagine the surprise as students at Roadrunner Elementary School ventured out to their basketball court to find a 10,000-pound truck, complete with spikes and a menacing face on the side. In reality, there was nothing…

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  • Gilbert Davidson, Special to the Marana News
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The Town of Marana has enjoyed considerable growth in recent years. In order to manage that growth effectively, we are currently committed to a number of key projects that improve our infrastructure and aim to ensure a high quality of life for all Marana residents, including those who don’t …

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Since plans for the Ina Road Interchange project were announced several years ago, the town of Marana has been examining ways to help businesses with the impact of the construction. 

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Less than a week before the Pima Board of Supervisors was to vote on whether or not it would endorse a controversial greenhouse project for a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) exception for Monsanto, the company announced they were withdrawing its FTZ proposal with the county. 

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Marana High School teacher Alf Bergesen was honored prior to the University of Arizona men’s basketball game against Stanford as a finalist for the Arizona Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Circle K Corporation “Outstanding High School Faculty Awards Program.”

  • Sherilyn Forrester, Special to Desert Times
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So the wreaths are put away as are the menorahs, and everything you have now is less of everything you had, and is tidy and tucked away in those ubiquitous storage boxes every store in Tucson is hawking. Tucson Weekly-wise that means it’s time for the Spring Arts Preview (although, of course…

  • Brad Allis, Marana News
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The Marana Town Council voted to approve a controversial rezoning for a 674-home development plan after the homebuilder negotiated with neighboring homeowners to make additional concessions. 

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Michael Cajero has never been an artist of muted views. An expert at making desolate figures out of burnt papier-mâché and twisted wire, Cajero has created a scorched installation summing up his fears about America’s new political era. Displayed at Conrad Wilde Gallery in the aptly named sho…

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After opera singer Bernard Bermudez’s lush baritone vocals stole the show at a Ballet Tucson concert last year, he got a repeat invitation. This time he’ll sing with soprano Victoria Robinson in a Valentine-themed ballet concert Feb. 3 through Feb. 5 at Stevie Eller. The two singers will pai…

  • Gilbert Davidson, Special to Marana News
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As construction along I-10 at Ina Road progresses, the town of Marana is excited to partner with businesses in this district to keep our local economy thriving. In mid-February the Arizona Department of Transportation’s (ADOT) Ina Road Corridor project will enter its second phase. During thi…

  • Valerie Vinyard, Special to The Explorer
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The year 2017 brings a year of new beginnings and new destinations.

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Missing only one or two hours of sleep a night nearly doubles the chance of having a car crash, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. 

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As the end of 2016 approaches thoughts of vacations, presents and time with family abound, but business owners and employees alike are also thinking about taxes. 

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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued a consumer alert last week reminding Arizona shoppers to watch out for puppy scams during the holiday season.  Every year the Attorney General’s Office receives consumer complaints from Arizonans who purchased sick puppies or fell victim to inter…

  • Brad Allis, Marana News
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Construction on the new Marana Police Department police station is due to begin in 2017 and within two years the new building will be opened. The process of getting the new facility funded and approved has been lengthy, but more details on the project are now available.

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The Town of Marana will honor the young people of the town with their newly created Youth Legacy Award. The award compliments the Branding Iron and Ora Mae Harn Crystal Legacy Awards currently given out by the town. 

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  • Logan Burtch-Buus, The Explorer
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The fall equinox is now in the rearview and the Tucson area can finally say goodbye to summer and welcome fall – the name adopted locally for the brief window of temperate climate before dipping into the morning frost of desert winter.

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The community of Picture Rocks came out in force to celebrate the reunification of the area’s elementary school. Over 500 people came out for the ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of Picture Rocks Elementary School. 

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This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Regional Transit Authority (RTA). The organization has been responsible for a number of transportation projects around Pima County, with many directly or indirectly benefitting the Northwest part of town. 

  • Albert Vetere Lannon, Special to Desert Times
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With summer monsoon rains comes the greening up of buffelgrass, a non-native invasive bunchgrass that chokes out native plants and creates a serious fire hazard.  And with buffelgrass growth comes aerial spraying of controversial pesticides that have sickened local residents.

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  • Brad Allis, Marana News
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The Marana Chamber of Commerce celebrated another successful year with their annual membership appreciation luncheon. The luncheon, held at Heritage Highlands on Dove Mountain, cast a spotlight on the successful events of the past year and also gave a preview of what’s to come. 

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Pima County Assessor Bill Staples is so confident about his work in office for the past 12 years that he says he isn’t asking for monetary contributions or currently seeking endorsements for his re-election campaign as he faces a challenger in the August Democratic primary.