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AMVETS Post 770: Breakfasts and anniversaries with area veterans

AMVETS Post 770: Breakfasts and anniversaries with area veterans

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ALL MEETINGS ARE HELD AT THE AMVETS POST 

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Didn’t we make a promise?

Didn’t we make a promise?

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Over the weekend many of us saw protests break out at most large-city airports, such as JFK in New York City and San Francisco. The protesters…

Building community: Maybe it does start at home

Building community: Maybe it does start at home

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My son is 15 years old, and everyday I think about how lucky I am to have such a unique child in my life who brings me joy. But like many pare…

Devil’s in the details: Living in reality with the Governor’s budget

Devil’s in the details: Living in reality with the Governor’s budget

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Governor Ducey’s new budget again shortchanges both students and teachers.  A report from Capitol Media Services on the 13th of this month, re…

Shake those branches

Shake those branches

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It isn’t unusual for newspapers to receive calls from different citizens airing their concerns or providing information on potential stories. …

“Walk the Block” with OV on Feb. 11 and learn about the new Oro Valley Main Streets project

“Walk the Block” with OV on Feb. 11 and learn about the new Oro Valley Main Streets project

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Editor's Note: This event has been rescheduled from Jan. 21 to Feb. 11 due to the weather forecasts for the weekend.  

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  • Oro Valley unanimously removes storage prohibition for single property within Steam Pump Village

    Oro Valley unanimously removes storage prohibition for single property within Steam Pump Village

    After a lengthy discussion, both across the dais and from within the community, the Oro Valley town council unanimously gave the green light for a storage facility at Steam Pump Village on Wednesday, March 15.

  • Oro Valley snowbirds running, biking and swimming laps around the competition

    Oro Valley snowbirds running, biking and swimming laps around the competition

    When Tim Cronk and Heather Webber retired from their careers as air traffic controllers, the exercise enthusiasts said they began looking for different outlets for their athletic inclinations. First the longtime couple turned to cycling, then skiing and snowboarding, though they would soon enjoy the thrills of rock climbing, base jumping and even develop a taste for skydiving. Though jumping from airplanes and leaping off cliffs contained a fair bit of thrills, they soon found themselves pursuing fitness goals of a different nature: triathlons. What began as recreational swims in a lake near their East Coast home was the beginning of an impressive endurance career for both athletes. 

  • Oro Valley proclaims March 21 World Down Syndrome Day

    Oro Valley proclaims March 21 World Down Syndrome Day

    More than just a regular Tuesday, March 21 is also known as World Down Syndrome Day, the aim of which is to encourage citizens of every community to work together to promote the respect and inclusion of individuals with Down Syndrome as well as celebrate their own contributions to our world. In an effort to aid in the global mission of inclusion and understanding, Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath announced last Wednesday, March 15 that the town would participate in World Down Syndrome Day. Hiremath said Oro Valley always looked to recognize the struggles – and success – of all its residents. 

  • Pancake-loving sisters find success in breakfast mixes

    Pancake-loving sisters find success in breakfast mixes

    Oro Valley resident Kim Vanderwerf and her sister Jan Claxton spend their Saturday mornings at the Heirloom Farmers Market at Steam Pump Ranch, handing out miniature pancakes and showing off the versatility of their breakfast mix. Also known collectively as Girls From Arizona, the sisters have spent a great deal of time amongst whole grain and spices, perfecting their product.

  • Town creates Animal Services Division

    Town creates Animal Services Division

    The Marana Town Council voted 5-2 last week to create a Marana animal-control department and sever ties with Pima County’s Pima Animal Care Center.

  • Angels actress uses golf to educate

    Angels actress uses golf to educate

    When many of us think of Cheryl Ladd we think of her solving crimes as one of Charlie’s Angels, or her role in last year’s “The People vs. OJ Simpson.” What many of us do not realize is the former actress, model and singer is an avid golfer out there doing good. 

  • Round table with interim chief Aaron LeSuer: The man behind the badge

    Round table with interim chief Aaron LeSuer: The man behind the badge

    To say that Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) Deputy and current Interim Police Chief Aaron LeSuer has had a busy schedule this month would come across as a slight understatement. Though he has worn the badge for nearly three decades, his move to the department’s temporary leading role only came to be roughly three weeks past.  Despite the added responsibility, LeSuer said he is honored to have been selected to take over after deputy chief and former interim chief Larry Stevens retired at the end of February.

  • Luncheon celebrates the best of Marana Unified School District

    Luncheon celebrates the best of Marana Unified School District

    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.

  • Community bike swap returning to Oro Valley this weekend

    Community bike swap returning to Oro Valley this weekend

    Riding back into Oro Valley this Saturday, March 25, at Steam Pump Ranch is BIKE. SWAP. SELL., the town’s bike swap servicing the communities of north Tucson. Celebrating the strong cycling culture in the region, the event will give area residents an opportunity to comb though a diverse selection of parts and components from more than a dozen vendors.

  • Rooster + Duck = Ducken

    Rooster + Duck = Ducken

    Call him Ducken. Call him Chucken. Call him whatever you want. What’s important is not the name, but the fact that this five-day-old rooster-duck crossbreed defied the odds of Mother Nature to even be born, despite the fact it was born with what appears to be a chicken leg protruding from its head.

Turns out the magical mystery dam in Santa Cruz River was not much of a mystery afterall

Turns out the magical mystery dam in Santa Cruz River was not much of a mystery afterall

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In terms of mysteries, the “Mystery of the Santa Cruz Dam” will never rival those tales crafted by Agatha Christie or Raymond Chandler, in fac…

Marana Prepares for Growth with Major Infrastructure Projects

Marana Prepares for Growth with Major Infrastructure Projects

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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 …

Town’s “Project Ina” app is live

Town’s “Project Ina” app is live

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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 business…

High-Mile Club: Oil changes for older cars

High-Mile Club: Oil changes for older cars

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Your car has been a faithful steed for years, and you want to keep it running perfectly.

Monsanto withdraws from property tax break

Monsanto withdraws from property tax break

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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 …

Marana High teacher honored before UA basketball game

Marana High teacher honored before UA basketball game

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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 fo…

Cooking up Creole, Cajun traditions in Old Pueblo

Cooking up Creole, Cajun traditions in Old Pueblo

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It’s more than just a few letters that distinguish the Cajuns from the Creoles in the Pelican State.

The Curtain is Rising

The Curtain is Rising

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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 tho…

Late concessions lead to development’s approval

Late concessions lead to development’s approval

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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 neighb…

Highlands resident working to  preserve after-school program

Highlands resident working to preserve after-school program

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A decade ago, Dot Santy decided to make Christmas a little brighter for the students enrolled in Project YES. 

Sold Pueblo visions

Sold Pueblo visions

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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, Cajer…

Dance Away

Dance Away

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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. Th…

Manager’s Message: Ina Road is Open for Business

Manager’s Message: Ina Road is Open for Business

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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…

Top Travel Trends for 2017

Top Travel Trends for 2017

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The year 2017 brings a year of new beginnings and new destinations.

Snooze and don’ts: Less sleep causes more crashes

Snooze and don’ts: Less sleep causes more crashes

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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 Foundat…

Time to start thinking about taxes

Time to start thinking about taxes

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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 th…

Sheep reintroduction project releases update on local population

Sheep reintroduction project releases update on local population

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The Santa Catalina Bighorn Sheep Reintroduction Project recently released a summary of bighorn sheep reintroduction activities in the Coronado…

Oro Valley aims to stomp out distracted driving with hands-free ordinance

Oro Valley aims to stomp out distracted driving with hands-free ordinance

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Oro Valley drivers will soon have to put down their phones while driving, or risk a ticket.

Watch out for holiday puppy scams

Watch out for holiday puppy scams

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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 ho…