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

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

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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. 

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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 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 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Lehman wins Conquistadors Classic on PGA Tour

Lehman wins Conquistadors Classic on PGA Tour

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A late charge propelled Tom Lehman (-20) to the win at the Tucson Conquistadores Classic. Leman used a third round 66 to edge Steve Stricker b…

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.

Softball teams off to fast starts

Softball teams off to fast starts

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Ironwood Ridge and Canyon Del Oro high schools are off to fast starts this softball season. 

Northwest basketball all-star teams

Northwest basketball all-star teams

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For the All-Northwest Basketball All-Star teams were worried less about positions and more about overall ability. Unlike some of our other tea…

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…

Sports update All-Northwest Soccer All-Stars Teams

Sports update All-Northwest Soccer All-Stars Teams

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It was another great year for soccer in the Northwest. There were several standout teams and some great players. Making the lists was not an e…

Marana wrestler Proper signs with Iowa college

Marana wrestler Proper signs with Iowa college

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Marana wrestler Blake Proper signed a letter of intent to wrestle for Central College in Iowa at a small ceremony in the school’s wrestling ro…

No sweat: Mountain View athletlic trainer earns national award

No sweat: Mountain View athletlic trainer earns national award

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A Mountain View High School teacher has won a major reward from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

Marana duo latest to take advantage of preferred walk-on opportunities

Marana duo latest to take advantage of preferred walk-on opportunities

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Last week Marana High School held a brief signing ceremony to honor two football players who will attend Northern Arizona as preferred walk-on…

Ironwood Ridge wins Dorado Classic

Ironwood Ridge wins Dorado Classic

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Ironwood Ridge won the Canyon Del Oro Dorado Classic, marking the start of the spring high school softball season.

Local team wins big time 7on7 Tournament

Local team wins big time 7on7 Tournament

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Tucson Turf, a travelling 7-on-7 football team, won the Pylon7on7 National Qualifier held in Las Vegas this past weekend. It is one of, if not…

Area teams active in state basketball playoffs

Area teams active in state basketball playoffs

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Area girls basketball teams have found great success in this year’s state basketball tournament. Six area schools qualified for the postseason…

All-Northwest Wrestling teams

All-Northwest Wrestling teams

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It was a great year for Northwest wrestling. Mountain View High School claimed their first state title, while Marana, Ironwood Ridge and Canyo…

MLS Red Bulls practice, play in Oro Valley

MLS Red Bulls practice, play in Oro Valley

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Although Tucson lost baseball spring training, Major League Soccer spring training has flourished in Pima County. 

Mountain View Prescott Valley Event Center

Mountain View Prescott Valley Event Center

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Mountain View High School won the Division II state wrestling championship over the weekend, edging out Queen Creek 177.5 to 171 at the Presco…

Busy Signing Day for high school student athletes

Busy Signing Day for high school student athletes

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National Signing Day is a huge milestone for area athletes. Athletes from five area high schools made their college decisions and to continue …