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At first glance, they look like police wearing black uniforms, but the Arizona Rangers are volunteers. They wear Arizona Rangers badges and utility belts similar to a police officer’s, holding a flashlight, a baton, handcuffs and a gun. 

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The first day of school elementary school is a whirlwind of kids with carefully done hair dwarfed by their backpacks, parents taking an abundance of photos and teachers gently corralling students toward their name tag-marked desks. It’s a day that represents change: from the dog days of summ…

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Marana has positioned itself as a business-friendly community, and that has made us the fastest growing municipality in southern Arizona-and one of the fastest growing communities in the entire state. 

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For the last 17 years, commercial–and sometimes residential–building plans have required approval by Marana’s Senior Plans examiner Paul Froehlke. Anyone who has been in a Marana building that hasn’t fallen down, has had up-to-code fire exits or that has otherwise kept people safe probably h…

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North side resident Coe Slattery captured this image of multiple night-blooming cereus late last month. Send your photos to readerphotos@tucsonlocalmedia.com. Please include your name, contact information and details about the photo, including who took it, where it was taken and the subject.…

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At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10 a man described as "an older Caucasian male" walked into the BBVA Compass bank located at 7645 N. La Cholla Blvd. and demanded money.

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A vehicle backed into a building and broke through the glass storefront at the 4100 block of West Ina Road last Wednesday, Aug. 2.  

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Sen. John McCain’s decision to buck his party last Friday and vote against a GOP plan to repeal Obamacare was both hailed as an example of “amazing courage” and derided as “betraying his conservative constituency.”

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When Paul and Marilyn Beringer moved to Gladden Farms in north Marana, they were glad to see a sign boasting the arrival of a Fry’s Marketplace in an empty lot, a short walk from their house. Only after moving in did they found out the sign had been there for over a decade.

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The Marana Chamber of Commerce’s quarterly luncheon on transportation saw the discussion of several topics, including the funding of controversial road plans such as the Sonoran Corridor portion of the proposed Interstate 11.

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Despite hosting the Arizona State 9-11 Softball Tournament, Thornydale Little League mustered a 2-2 record to finish fourth in the event. The District 5 champions played all four games on their home fields at Arthur Pack Regional Park, but it was not enough to get past some of Arizona’s best…

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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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The National Geographic and Resonance Magazine gave Tucson a friendly nod in a recent study detailing the best cities in America. The report listed the 50 best cities home to more than a million residents, and the 50 best with less than one million residents. With a metro population at 998,0…

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Tohono Chul Park will host the public tonight, Tuesday, July 18, to enjoy one of nature's most unique events – Bloom Night.

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He did not know it at the time, but Caiden Brewer’s knee injury in his last high school football game would mark the end of his athletic career and the start to his music career. 

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More than 20,000 residents of Tucson’s north side gathered to celebrate the nation last Tuesday night at municipal Fourth of July events hosted by the towns of Marana and Oro Valley, the latter hosting its own show for the first time.

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Shortly after 2 p.m. on Friday, June 30, Marcus Dickson, a 26-year-old Marana man, shot and killed 40-year-old Martin Padilla, also of Marana, according to the Marana Police Department.

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My byline has appeared in every issue of the Marana News, and for the past three-plus years every issue of The Explorer has also contained my stories. That may very well be coming to an end. 

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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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The Marana Chamber of Commerce is proud to be celebrating our 30th anniversary. We are looking forward to advancing our mission as the voice of business that works to build economic growth and quality of life in our community for many years to come.

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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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Six months into the Ina Road Interchange project and the work progresses on schedule. The Ina Road Interchange will open in about a year and a half, on pace with the hopes of the Arizona Department of Transportation.

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Known for raucous laughter, campy jokes and outbursts of song, the cast and crew at the Gaslight Theatre are preparing for a special birthday this year. From the mind of founder Anthony “Tony” Terry Jr., the Gaslight Theatre first opened its doors to the community 40 years ago, and remains a…

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The Burro Fire east of Tucson has grown to more than 25,000 acres, but crews have made some progress in containing the blaze. Incident Commander Bea Day said in a press release that containment of the fire was at 11 percent, as of Thursday afternoon.

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Marana will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their incorporation this year, and what better way to celebrate than looking back on the people, events and places that have shaped the town?

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Lions, tigers and (possibly) jaguars… oh my! The giant house cats of the animal kingdom are the focus of Reid Park Zoo’s next Summer Safari Nights event this Friday, July 7. 

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Continental Ranch Little League was the lone area little league baseball team to win a District 5 championship. The league’s Junior All-Stars swept a best of three series with Tucson Mountain to win the title and advance to the state tournament on July 17.

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While nationally some are painting the Tucson Turn 7v7 team’s national title as a huge upset, those who have been paying attention to the team know it is built to win flag and passing league football games. After all, the core of this team has played together since they were children.

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Ranging in age between 14 and 20 years old, more than a dozen youth from across the Tucson region earned the right to call themselves full-fledged Police Explorers after last week’s graduation ceremony. 

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Construction is well underway on the Marana location of Top Golf. The highly anticipated entertainment facility caters to both avid and casual golfers. It is being built on the location of the old Practice Tee and is the first facility of its kind in Southern Arizona.

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One man was killed and another charged with manslaughter after a heated confrontation turned into a deadly shooting in the busy parking lot of Marana’s Arizona Pavilions shopping center Friday, June 30.