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Old West Flavor

Old West Flavor

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When someone mentions the word steakhouse, eyebrows raise. What’s the occasion? Is it Dad’s birthday? Who’s getting married? For most, going t…

Police Beat

Police Beat

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No knives on campus

Police Beat

Police Beat

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Dopey driver forgot to leave his weed at home

Our language describing vehicle incidents should change

Our language describing vehicle incidents should change

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The word “accident” tends to roll off the tongue when discussing a car crash.

Why listing now will pay off later

Why listing now will pay off later

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Convential wisdom says to wait until spring – the housing industry’s unofficial selling season — to list your home. Recently, however, industr…

DeGrazia Gallery embracing the night

DeGrazia Gallery embracing the night

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The DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, a long-standing artistic gem nestled at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains, recently unveiled its newes…

Opioids could become the next big crisis in traffic safety

Opioids could become the next big crisis in traffic safety

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Painkillers have come a long way since aspirin. But now they’re potentially affecting the ability to drive safely.

HERS Ratings: It pays to know the score

HERS Ratings: It pays to know the score

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In sports, if you want to know how well your team is playing, you check the scoreboard. That simple concept has made its way into the housing …

Three things every homebuyer should know

Three things every homebuyer should know

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A house is many things. It’s a home to call your own. A conduit for plugging into a new community and a place where you and your family will b…

Summer getaway yields fun, French connections

Summer getaway yields fun, French connections

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I had a great time speaking French during my travels this past summer. In case you’re wondering which of the over 40 francophone countries/ove…

Change your lifestyle and save your heart this year

Change your lifestyle and save your heart this year

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Every year at this time of holiday cheer, we read articles in the newspapers and magazines about heart disease. I find these articles extremel…

Gardening with Soule: Captivating cyclamen

Gardening with Soule: Captivating cyclamen

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This time of year, nurseries, garden centers and grocery stores are swamped with the ubiquitous poinsettias in a vast array of colors and size…

Why you should buy in a good school district

Why you should buy in a good school district

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Buying a house that’s located in a good school district is a smart move, even if you don’t have school-age children, real estate experts say. 

Buying is cheaper than renting for millennials, study shows

Buying is cheaper than renting for millennials, study shows

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To own or to rent: It’s a question that continues to weigh on the minds of homebuyers everywhere. While the price gap may have narrowed over t…

Celebrate with gardening books

Celebrate with gardening books

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The first Saturday of November is National Book Lovers Day. Books of all kinds, in all formats, are grand, but for me nothing beats a printed …

Police Beat

Police Beat

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On Sunday, Sept. 27, around 8:20 p.m., Oro Valley Police Department officers responded to the Hilton El Conquistador hotel in reports to a man…

Oro Valley is the place to be during zombie apocalypse

Oro Valley is the place to be during zombie apocalypse

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Considering moving out of Oro Valley? Think again. Just in time for Halloween, a real estate company has released a list of the communities fr…

Buying a home for today…and tomorrow

Buying a home for today…and tomorrow

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As anyone who’s ever purchased a home can attest, there are dozens of small and large decisions involved, ranging from what style of fixtures …

Marana Cricket store robbed at gunpoint

Marana Cricket store robbed at gunpoint

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Police are asking for information about a man who robbed the Cricket store in Marana at Cortaro Road and Marana Pavilions this morning around 10:45. 

Gone Cupcaking, Halloween Bash and Day of the Dead celebration planned at Tucson Mall

Gone Cupcaking, Halloween Bash and Day of the Dead celebration planned at Tucson Mall

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Halloween is just around the corner, and the Tucson Mall has plenty of festivities to help celebrate the scariest holiday of the year.

Northwest Chatter

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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  • Kuisine by Kathy - The right cut for corned beef

    Kuisine by Kathy - The right cut for corned beef

    With St. Patrick’s day approaching, I thought it would be helpful to distinguish between the different cuts of corned beef. It’s important to know which cut is the best choice, and most important, how to cook the perfect brisket.

  • Osteoporosis 101: What every woman needs to know [Infographic]

    (BPT) - Women make up more than 80 percent of the 200 million people who suffer from osteoporosis worldwide. This chronic bone disease, characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue, can lead to a heightened risk of fractures and can seriously impact quality of life. By understanding the facts and getting tested, women can understand their risk and take action to protect their bones.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Fit in the OV: On the trails for fun and health

    Fit in the OV: On the trails for fun and health

    Last spring, I was at Catalina State Park with a group of friends hiking up to the gorgeous Romero Pools. As we crossed the Sutherland Wash, I noticed a family heading back to the trailhead. We exchanged smiles, pleasantries, maybe a “howdy” or two as we moved past each other. It wasn’t until I heard one of the children say, “grandma” that I realized I had just passed a family of three generations. I had to do a double-take, but sure enough, the whole crew was there: grandparents, mom and dad and a couple of youngsters, enjoying a day outside on the trails.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Oro Valley staff reviews Walk the Block results

    Oro Valley staff reviews Walk the Block results

    Last month, hundreds of Oro Valley residents gathered at the intersection of North La Cañada Drive and West Lambert Lane for the chance to cast a vote and voice their opinion on what they see as the best course of action for future development in the area. Entitled the Walk the Block event, the Saturday afternoon trip was the first major public event of the Main Streets Project: Oro Valley’s plan to develop a town center.