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Living in a teepee outside Taos, New Mexico in the summer of 1979, someone asked Jane Hamilton what planned to do once winter arrived.

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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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • 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.

Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus celebrates new partnership  with Oro Valley, launches Northwest Voices ensemble

Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus celebrates new partnership with Oro Valley, launches Northwest Voices ensemble

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Starting next Friday, Oro Valley and the rest of the northwest region will benefit from an infusion of choral music and cowboy-style rope perf…

Journalist Evan Thomas talks about his new Nixon biography and the current political landscape

Journalist Evan Thomas talks about his new Nixon biography and the current political landscape

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Longtime Washington journalist Evan Thomas is the author of Being Nixon: A Man Divided, a biography of former president Richard Nixon that was…

Eating Community

Eating Community

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Although some may say it’s old news Tucson was recognized as a City of Gastronomy, others say food and drink in this desert town should always…

Remembering Pastiche’s Pat Connors

Remembering Pastiche’s Pat Connors

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When I first interviewed Pat Connors more than a decade ago, I learned about the pairing of fried avocados and Irish whiskey.

Creole Comforts

Creole Comforts

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Tiffany Eldridge actually prefers the title of bartender over mixologist. She does not ignite drinks on fire, there isn’t a lot of tossing sha…

Traditional band Goitse kicks off month of Hibernian happenings

Traditional band Goitse kicks off month of Hibernian happenings

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The What’s the weather like in Dublin at the start of St. Patrick’s season? 

On the road to equity, the Homestretch Foundation supports female athletes and looks to create a better world for all

On the road to equity, the Homestretch Foundation supports female athletes and looks to create a better world for all

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Whether along the Rillito River Trail, up the 26-mile climb to Mt. Lemmon or at various other popular locales across the metro area, thousands…

Support youth in tobacco prevention

Support youth in tobacco prevention

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Pima County is fortunate to have parents, youth, and community organizations working together to prevent tobacco use in Pima County. Recently,…

Women of Influence honors achievements of area women

Women of Influence honors achievements of area women

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When Kelly Fryer sat around a table of 12 men wearing overalls and seed-corn caps 25 years ago in rural Illinois, she was essentially performi…

Hundreds flocked to the Gaslight Music Hall last month  to laugh, cry and relate during “Menopause: The Musical”

Hundreds flocked to the Gaslight Music Hall last month to laugh, cry and relate during “Menopause: The Musical”

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Bring your waterproof mascara, because you will end up laughing so hard that you will cry. 

Dinnerware Revisited

Dinnerware Revisited

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Once upon a time, before there was an Elliot’s on Congress, before there was a Hub, before there was a modern streetcar, there was Dinnerware. 

Fourth annual Chinese Spring Festival a smashing success at Sunrise Drive

Fourth annual Chinese Spring Festival a smashing success at Sunrise Drive

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Earlier this month, Sunrise Drive Elementary School played host to hundreds of students, families, friends and teachers to celebrate Chinese c…

Catalina State Park concert series brings music to nature

Catalina State Park concert series brings music to nature

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For residents of Oro Valley, Catalina State Park has long stood as one of the area’s greatest focal points. With management for the park incor…

The Hacienda at the River development: A new kind of senior living

The Hacienda at the River development: A new kind of senior living

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If in 1987 you asked David Freshwater and David Barnes if by 2017 they thought they’d be managing 39 retirement communities nationwide—and now…

An afternoon with The General ‘Flint’ Carter, Killer the dog and a stone worth ‘$250k’

An afternoon with The General ‘Flint’ Carter, Killer the dog and a stone worth ‘$250k’

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The General coughs and points, and  says, “That’s Killer, he’s been the best partner I’ve ever had.” Killer the dog nudges my hand with his no…

10 Unusual things insurance covers

10 Unusual things insurance covers

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Whether a satellite crashes into your home or a power outage spoils food in your refrigerator, your insurance might just cover some unusual damages.

Conventional and alternative therapies for pain management subject of March 1 UA lecture

Conventional and alternative therapies for pain management subject of March 1 UA lecture

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More than 100 million Americans, about a third of the population, suffer from chronic pain. More people are affected by chronic pain than by h…

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.

Tucson-based meteorite hunter Geoff Notkin is a man of parts

Tucson-based meteorite hunter Geoff Notkin is a man of parts

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At any given moment, countless pieces of rock from outer space, the debris from long-ago collisions and explosions, dart about over our heads.…