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State of the Town speech honors  the past, while eyeing the future

State of the Town speech honors the past, while eyeing the future

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With the Town of Marana celebrating its 40th Anniversary, it was only fitting that the State of the Town speech celebrated the town’s rich history. 

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Oro Valley Town Talk: This is what democracy looks like

Oro Valley Town Talk: This is what democracy looks like

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Democracy can be messy and complicated. But in some circumstances—like right now in the Town of Oro Valley—democracy in action is a beautiful …

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. …

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  • Golder Ranch mourning loss of  passionate, community-driven firefighter

    Golder Ranch mourning loss of passionate, community-driven firefighter

    Last Monday, April 11 was a dark day for the Golder Ranch Fire District when one of its own, firefighter Jose Samaniego, passed away surrounded by his family. 

  • “Gifted” adds up to a splendid movie experience

    “Gifted” adds up to a splendid movie experience

    We’ve been awed by brilliant movie minds before, each attempting to cope with the deep personal pain their special brain powers often creates. Russell Crowe shocked us in “A Beautiful Mind” as a Nobel Laureate in Economics. A young Stephen Hawking at Cambridge was superbly personified by Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne in 2014’s “The Theory of Everything”. And nobody can forget Matt Damon’s 20-year-old character with the skyrocket IQ, sparring in verbal jujitsu opposite Robin Williams in 1997’s “Good Will Hunting.” But lacking from the annals of cinema history is the female child genius whose mind-blowing talents jolt theater audiences. Until now.

  • Gaslight Music Hall to host Up with People founders this summer for two show evening

    Gaslight Music Hall to host Up with People founders this summer for two show evening

    From its beginnings as a vehicle through which 1,000 college-aged youth could voice their ideas at a conference in the mid 1960s, Up with People has become an international education foundation working to bring people closer together through music and community service. With roots in the Tucson region, Up with People returns this summer with founding members Paul, Ralph and Steve Colwell and Herb Allen to play their famous tunes – all at The Gaslight Music Hall.

  • Renderings show Ina Project vision

    Renderings show Ina Project vision

    The Ina Road Overpass project is well underway, but there are still nearly two years of construction left. With so much of the area torn up, it can be difficult to envision what the finished area will look like, but thanks to an ADOT artist’s rendering, we can start to see why all the hassle may be worth it. For more info on the project, go to the ADOT website www.azdot.gov/projects/

  • United Healthcare is jeopardizing  its members’ access to local healthcare services of Northwest Healthcare

    United Healthcare is jeopardizing its members’ access to local healthcare services of Northwest Healthcare

    Local residents with United Healthcare health insurance should be concerned. Your access to high-quality healthcare services at Northwest Healthcare is at risk.

  • Four teachers honored with crystal apples and kind words

    Four teachers honored with crystal apples and kind words

    Ironwood Ridge High School sophomore Connor Taylor says he has great respect for his teacher A.J. Lepore, the school’s director of choral activities, though he admitted he has a sarcastic way of showing it.

  • POP tennis arrives in Southern Arizona, giving active adults a fun court alternative

    POP tennis arrives in Southern Arizona, giving active adults a fun court alternative

    If you hear a popping noise coming from the tennis courts at Heritage Highlands, it is not a premature New Year celebration of champagne corks or firecrackers, but the sound of the newest sport to arrive in Southern Arizona—POP tennis. 

  • Marana Bluegrass Festival promises three days of musical fun

    Marana Bluegrass Festival promises three days of musical fun

    The Marana Bluegrass Festival has always been a family friendly event, but this year’s fifth edition of the multi-day concert at Ora Mae Harn Park is really trying to introduce children to the art form. 

  • Local urgent care to close,  new emergency facility to open

    Local urgent care to close, new emergency facility to open

    Northwest Healthcare, while planning to move out of one facility in the Marana area, plan to have a larger presence in early 2018 when they open a freestanding emergency department (FSED) adjacent to the Tucson Premium Outlets at Twin Peaks and I-10.

  • Busy Signing Day for students at three area schools

    Busy Signing Day for students at three area schools

    The spring signing period for high school athletes to sign letters of intent to play sports in college began last week and on Wednesday, April 12, a number of Northwest athletes inked those documents to continue their athletic careers. 

State of the Town speech honors  the past, while eyeing the future

State of the Town speech honors the past, while eyeing the future

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With the Town of Marana celebrating its 40th Anniversary, it was only fitting that the State of the Town speech celebrated the town’s rich history. 

Local urgent care to close,  new emergency facility to open

Local urgent care to close, new emergency facility to open

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Northwest Healthcare, while planning to move out of one facility in the Marana area, plan to have a larger presence in early 2018 when they op…

Vintage WWII aircraft return to Marana

Vintage WWII aircraft return to Marana

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Aviation history was on display in Marana over the weekend as a number of vintage World War II aircraft came to the Marana Regional Airport as…

Marana decides to cut ties with Pima Animal Care Center for animal control

Marana decides to cut ties with Pima Animal Care Center for animal control

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Animal lovers have their hackles up following the Marana Town Council’s decision to end the town’s relationship with Pima County Animal Care C…

Golder Ranch and Mountain Vista fire districts considering consolidation

Golder Ranch and Mountain Vista fire districts considering consolidation

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The Golder Ranch and Mountain Vista fire districts may one day operate under a unified banner.

Despite population growth, Town of Marana crime statistics remain low

Despite population growth, Town of Marana crime statistics remain low

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Although crime rates in Marana rose slightly in 2016, the overall numbers are positive as crime is down over the past six years.

Town of Marana’s Founders’ Day continues to provide fun for kids

Town of Marana’s Founders’ Day continues to provide fun for kids

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Marana’s Founders’ Day has always been a family affair, with a lot of activities geared to the kids. This year’s edition was no different as t…

Founder’s Day celebrating Marana’s 40th anniversary

Founder’s Day celebrating Marana’s 40th anniversary

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Everybody loves a parade and that is one reason the Town of Marana has made Founder’s Day their fourth signature event. Unlike their other thr…

Town creates Animal Services Division

Town creates Animal Services Division

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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.

Manager Message- Marana to Create Animal Services Division

Manager Message- Marana to Create Animal Services Division

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On March 14, the Marana Town Council voted to begin the process of providing animal care and enforcement. As part of this new program, we will…

Luncheon celebrates the best of Marana Unified School District

Luncheon celebrates the best of Marana Unified School District

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Marana Unified School District students, teachers and staffers were honored last week as the Marana 2340 Foundation held their annual Celebrat…

Council approves bond issuance to fund wastewater expansion

Council approves bond issuance to fund wastewater expansion

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The Town of Marana’s planned wastewater plant expansion has been in the works for some time, but now has funding in place to make sure it move…

Estes Elementary celebrates kindness as part of greater goal

Estes Elementary celebrates kindness as part of greater goal

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While “kindness” can be sort of a catch-all term used in schools, a number of Marana Unified School District schools are using the concept as …

Mountain View St. Baldrick’s event raises over $7,000 for research to help kids

Mountain View St. Baldrick’s event raises over $7,000 for research to help kids

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The cafeteria at Mountain View High School resembled a school carnival than a fundraiser for pediatric cancer, but that was the point. 

Marana hires new assistant town manager

Marana hires new assistant town manager

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Town of Marana has hired Steven Romero to be their new assistant town manager. 

Marana, Oro Valley could benefit from site selector conference

Marana, Oro Valley could benefit from site selector conference

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Saying you want new businesses to locate to Southern Arizona and making that happen are two different things. Most businesses don’t choose a c…

T.J.Maxx is now open in Marana

T.J.Maxx is now open in Marana

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T.J.Maxx opened a new store in Marana on Sunday, March 12.   Located at Arizona Pavilions shopping center, 8030 N. Cortaro Road, a grand openi…

Marana to handle their own animal control

Marana to handle their own animal control

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The Marana Town Council voted not to renew their contract with Pima County to provide animal control services. Instead the town will create th…

Marana budget on target for fiscal year

Marana budget on target for fiscal year

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There were few surprises at the recent Marana Town Council meeting when Finance Manager Erik Montague reported on revenues and expenditures ha…

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,…