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  • Best of the Northwest- Sports & Recreation

    Best biking TrailThe Views1555 E. Ranch Vistoso Blvd.825-3110www.theviewsgolfclub.comFrom The Views golf course and restaurant at Sun City Oro Valley, there are some amazing biking trails. Grab a bite to eat and then head out to take in some beautiful desert and those Catalina Mountains.

  • Best of Northwest - Retirement Living

    Best Active LivingSun City Oro Valley1565 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.917-8065www.suncityorovalley.comIt’s understandable why our readers picked Sun City Oro Valley. This retirement community has some of the best views of the Catalina’s and hiking, along with amazing amenities, such as an aquatic and fitness center, championship golf at The Views with a restaurant, tennis and pickle ball courts and an artisan center. How old do you have to be to live here again? Patience, dear readers, patience. 

  • Best of the Northwest - Community Servants

    Community LeaderSatish I. HiremathFrom the dentist drill to the dais, Oro Valley’s Mayor Hiremath has taken on some good fights during his time in office and led the town through significant periods of growth and development. Last year, Hiremath won second place. This year, readers voted him in first place as Best Community Leader.Second Place: Daniel StolzfusThird Place: Golder Ranch/Sun City OVBest Firefighter

  • Biosphere 2 celebrates Earth Day with panels, food trucks and a sunset concert by Calexico

    UA Vice President for Innovation and College of Science Dean Joaquin Ruiz is also the director of Biosphere 2, the environmental science lab north of Oro Valley. On Saturday, April 22, Biosphere 2 will celebrate Earth Day with science talks, ladybug and hermit crab releases, local food offerings and a sunset concert by Calexico. The fun starts at 9 a.m. at Biosphere 2, at the intersection of Oracle Road and Biosphere 2 Road. This Q&A is edited and condensed from an interview originally broadcast on “Zona Politics with Jim Nintzel.”Tell us a little bit about what we can expect at Biosphere 2 for Earth Day.Earth Day corresponds with the 10 years that the University of Arizona has had Biosphere 2. So there’s going to be a mixure of things that include Biosphere 2’s history and future. It’s going to be a festival environment all day long. In addition to food trucks and various people showing their wares, we will have a tent with speakers talking about things that are important to Tucson and important to the Biosphere. So in the morning, we’re going to highlighting Tucson as an UNESCO city of gastronomy and restaurateur Janos Wilder will be giving a presentation. Gary Nabham will be giving a presentation. Starting at about noon, there will be panels that deal more specifically with what the Biosphere is and what it’s going to be in the next 10 years. So there’s going to be a panel on food, a panel on energy, a panel on water and a panel on the environment. That will go on until about 4, so people can come and listen to any of these panels or they can go and get ice cream or whatever else is going on out there. And at 4, there’s something I’m really proud of: A part of the Biosphere has been rented out to a company called Civic Farms, which is doing what’s called vertical farming. When they get going with production of food at the Biosphere, the food will then be sold at Whole Foods, both in Phoenix and Tucson. We’ll have a groundbreaking for that and then we’ll go and listen to Calexico, so what a day.You’ve been managing Biosphere 2 for about a decade now. Talk a little bit about what you’ve been able to do out there.The largest experiment that we’ve created out there is a thing called the Landscape Evolution Observatory, which created by a combination of atmospheric scientists, hydrologists, ecologists and geologists. And that experiment is really to inform us of the fate of water in semi-arid environments as global climate change progresses—how much evaporates and how much goes into groundwater, how much is in run-off. It’s absolutely critical if we are going to understand what is going to be happening to a particular place, and in particular, our place, Tucson, as the pattern of rain changes in the future because of global climate change.

  • Best of the Northwest- Health & Beauty

    Best AcupunctureActive Life Acupuncture7790 N. Oracle Road, Suite 170 548-1838www.activelifeacu.com

  • Deloitte CEO Engelbert honored as executive of the year

    Even at an event specifically honoring her, Deloitte CEO Cathy Engelbert has a way of transforming her own success into hope and encouragement for current and aspiring executives and entrepreneurs during the 2017 University of Arizona Executive of the Year luncheon.It’s hard to overlook what Engelbert has accomplished in the current role she’s had for two years, but here’s a snapshot: She’s the leader of 80,000 professionals providing consulting, advisory, tax and audit services for 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies. Twice she’s been named as one of Fortune’s most powerful women. She’s been ranked one of Glassdoor’s Employees’ Choice Awards for the 50 highest rated CEOs, and name among Crain’s 50 most powerful women in New York in 2015. Despite that list, Engelbert is down-to-Earth, witty, engaging and perhaps most importantly for the business-minded audience that gathered to honor her at Lowe’s Ventana Canyon Resort on March 31, she makes you believe you can accomplish anything.

  • UA College of Law launches program to provide patent help to local businesses, inventors

    Under-resourced startup companies, inventors and other businesses throughout Arizona in search of legal counsel for filing patents will benefit from the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, which recently celebrated the decision of the United States Patent and Trademark Office to designate one of the college’s clinics as the hub of Arizona’s pro bono program.Under the Arizona Public Patent Program, any group of or singular inventor, startup or business without the means to pursue a patent can apply with the IP and Entrepreneurship Clinic at the college of law, which will then work with qualifying applicants to find an Arizona-based attorney to provide pro bono legal services.“The whole idea is that through this program we will be able to help inventors and small business startups protect their inventions,” said clinic director and professor of practice Allan Sternstein. “You have a lot of companies that if you look back, were based on somebody’s invention. The Gillette Company was founded on the invention of the safety razor. More recently, Tupperware started out as an invention of Earl Tupper ... these are companies that start from an invention of technology. The possibility certainly exists to have the same sort of thing here, coming out of the university, or from this community.”Providing pro bono legal assistance to protect intellectual properties for under-resourced Americans was a provision included within the America Invents Act, which was passed in 2011. Since that time, Arizonans have been serviced under the umbrella of California’s pro bono hub, which also provided patent help for Nevada, New Mexico, Washington and Oregon. As for why his program was selected to be Arizona’s hub, Sternstein points to huge leaps in growth in the clinic’s work—which doubled its caseload last year—as well as increased capability of its professors and students. Sternstein also pointed to the work of UA senior vice president and Secretary of the University Jon Dudas, the former director of the US Patent and Trademark Office, as integral in the college’s attainment of the designation.According to college dean and Ralph W. Bilby Professor of Law Marc Miller, the creation of the program is an “essential” part of the college’s mission: to afford opportunity.

  • Arizona Game and Fish releases crossing results

    Mule deer like to go over the road, javelina and bobcats like to go under it, and coyotes are cool with either method. Those are the initial results of a survey of wildlife crossings of State Route 77, also known as Oracle Road, after a $9.5 million wildlife crossing opened last year near Oro Valley. Between April 2016 and January 2017, 1,182 animals have been documented using the SR 77 overpass and underpass. Deer are the heaviest users, with 565 total crossings, some even crossing over rush hour traffic. Coyotes have crossed 303 times, javelina 250 and bobcats 57. The deer prefer to use the overpass with only 20 deer choosing to scoot through the underpass. Javelina and bobcats have the reverse opinion about how to cross a road, with only eight and four, respectively, electing to take the overpass. Coyotes lean toward the underpass, with 191 crossings, but don’t mind the overpass either, crossing it 112 times. The numbers were part of an Arizona Game and Fish Department progress report presented to the Pima County Regional Transportation Authority in February. It was the initial report of a four-year study to evaluate measures to reduce wildlife vehicle collisions and promote wildlife connectivity between the Santa Catalina and Tortolita mountains. The overpass project is part of a $2.1 billion Regional Transportation Authority transportation and transit improvement plan approved by Pima County voters in 2006. The Arizona Department of Transportation was the lead agency on the project as part of its partnership with the RTA in widening Oracle Road/SR 77 from Oro Valley north to the Pinal County line. 

  • Kids Camp

    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.Always expanding and improving its selection of summer camps, the Town of Oro Valley recently released programming for its summer selection, and has broken down its choices into three categories: Parks and Recreation camps run by the town, golf and tennis camps at the Oro Valley Community and Recreation center and year-round programming available at the town’s Aquatic Center.At the community center, 10555 N. La Cañada Drive, youth are invited to attend the OV HEAT Camp, which includes tennis, golf, swimming, PE style games, free play, arts, crafts and guest speakers with the intent of developing leadership, sportsmanship and creativity in a safe and fun environment. Those interested in jumping into the world of engineering should look no further than the community centers three different LEGO-based programs: STEM-pre-engineering, Minecraft engineering and Jedi engineering.For parents of children with disabilities, the community center also hosts the “I Can Too!” program: games, sports, activities, crafts and more. I Can Too! programming is also available via the Rolling Hills Riding Academy, intended for children with severe A.D.D. or A.D.H.D. and neurodevelopmental disorders as well as persons who have suffered a brain injury. Rolling Hills also hosts the “Crazy for Horses” camp.Just down the street at Naranja Park, 810 W. Naranja Drive, are a variety of archery programs at the town’s archery range. Lessons range from introductory to advanced advanced-level Junior Olympic Archery Development.A uniquely Oro Valley experience, students interested in spending their summer break learning about art and STEM (science, engineering, technology and math), should check out Art + STEM = STEAM @ Steam Pump Ranch. The fun and educational program will use STEAM and the outdoors to provide a solid foundation for growth and development. Participants explore a variety of art: clay, paint, creative play, drama, culinary art and more.


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