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Marana celebrates 40 years since incorporation at annual State of the Town address

Marana celebrates 40 years since incorporation at annual State of the Town address

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Every year the Town of Marana and the Chamber of Commerce host a State of the Town luncheon to share with the community all that’s happening i…

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…

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  • Town council hears from community on $17M bond plan

    Town council hears from community on $17M bond plan

    Last month the Oro Valley town council asked the community to make its opinions heard at the April 19 regular session, and weigh in on a potential, bond-funded improvement plan for Naranja Park. Answering the call were more than a dozen area residents, parents and athletes, each of whom offered a different perspective on the importance of the $17 million plan going forward.

  • 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.

  • MUSD preschool renamed for innovative teacher

    MUSD preschool renamed for innovative teacher

    Marana Unified School District’s Play and Learn (PAL) Center is undergoing a name change to honor a key member of the district. 

  • More stops and less tickets working in Marana

    More stops and less tickets working in Marana

    Those breaking traffic laws in Marana are more likely to get pulled over than they were five years ago, but are also less likely to get a ticket. It is part of the Marana Police Department’s goal to educate drivers instead of punishing them. 

  • Local business community benefits from refugees who arrive and thrive

    Local business community benefits from refugees who arrive and thrive

    When Hussein Haki and his family fled Iraq and came to Tucson in 2008 he needed a job. In Iraq he was an architectural engineer, but buildings and materials are different here, he claims. Now, he owns and runs local businesses Babylon Market and Kebab King. 

  • 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.

  • Families working to raise funds to fight blood cancer

    Families working to raise funds to fight blood cancer

    When Jude Anderson recently celebrated his fifth birthday, he was surrounded by aunts and uncles, cousins, friends and other family members. To ring in the occasion, the party enjoyed a taco bar (Jude’s choice), two cakes, a piñata and some quality time playing with Legos. Caught up in the excitement, the man of the hour chattered away with his friends, ate what he calls “Dragon Tacos” and made his rounds collecting candy.

  • Marana 2340 Foundation making a difference

    Marana 2340 Foundation making a difference

    From the first day students in the Marana School District step into their kindergarten classrooms until the day they toss their caps in the air for graduation, a student will spend 2,340 days in school. 

  • Oro Valley Town Talk: This is what democracy looks like

    Oro Valley Town Talk: This is what democracy looks like

    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 thing. Boiled down to its simplest components, it looks like this:

  • 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.