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Marana Boys win the Eddie Martinez Invitational

Marana Boys win the Eddie Martinez Invitational

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The Marana Boys Basketball team won the Eddie Martinez Invitational last weekend, concluding over two weeks of holiday tournaments for area teams.

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My Pledge: Six years after the mass shooting, Gabby Giffords shares her promise

My Pledge: Six years after the mass shooting, Gabby Giffords shares her promise

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January is a time for new beginnings and new pledges. But it is also the time of year that I think most about the shooting that killed six of …

Turns out the state’s Supreme Court system is about ideology, not justice

Turns out the state’s Supreme Court system is about ideology, not justice

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Justice should be fair and balanced, that is until it comes to the state Supreme Court system in this country: 

Resolve to drive more safely this year

Resolve to drive more safely this year

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Resolving to become a safer driver in 2017 could help save your life.

Capitalism is about freedom, socialism not so much

Capitalism is about freedom, socialism not so much

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In his Opinion, Clyde R. Steele, Nov. 30 Explorer, page 8, made sure we knew he was a supporter of Pres. Barack Obama. Unfortunately, this pre…

Surviving holiday travel at the airport

Surviving holiday travel at the airport

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Many of us have been stuck at the airport for hours on end. Or worse yet, we’ve been running late and barely made it to the gate in time.

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  • Monsanto opponents continue to fight project

    Monsanto opponents continue to fight project

    The Pima County Board of Supervisors are set to discuss possible tax breaks for a Monsanto project near Marana next month and will begin public meetings to get feedback beginning this week. In preparation for these events, opponents of Monsanto scheduled two events of their own

  • Youth lacrosse tournament brings teams from across Arizona to Oro Valley

    Youth lacrosse tournament brings teams from across Arizona to Oro Valley

    Twelve-year-old Jake Cardinal laced up his gloves, donned his shoulder, arm and elbow pads, threw on his mesh jersey and tightened his cleats. After going through some throwing and blocking drills, running a few laps to get the blood going and reviewing some strategies with his teammates and coaches - it was time to take to the field.

  • Oro Valley distracted driving ordinance now in effect on all public roadways

    Oro Valley distracted driving ordinance now in effect on all public roadways

    Put down all cell phones, iPods, GPS devices and any other handheld electronics while driving in Oro Valley; the town’s distracted driving ordinance took effect last Friday, Jan. 6 and the Oro Valley Police Department’s high visibility, education-driven campaign against distractions behind the wheel began on Monday. 

  • County to hold community meetings on Monsanto greenhouse project

    County to hold community meetings on Monsanto greenhouse project

    Pima County has scheduled five community meetings to provide information and receive comments on the proposed Monsanto greenhouse facility just outside Marana.

  • Turns out the state’s Supreme Court system is about ideology, not justice

    Turns out the state’s Supreme Court system is about ideology, not justice

    Justice should be fair and balanced, that is until it comes to the state Supreme Court system in this country: 

  • Noble Hops’ monthly Yappy Hour benefits local animal charities

    Noble Hops’ monthly Yappy Hour benefits local animal charities

    Every first Monday of the month is for the dogs at Oro Valley’s very own gastropub, Noble Hops, when the restaurant opens its pet-friendly patio to the canine community for Yappy Hour, a community event held in partnership with the Ina Road Animal Hospital.

  • Town asks public for solution feedback

    Town asks public for solution feedback

    The Town of Marana has tried to find a solution to the El Rio Preserve, otherwise known as “Lake Marana,” when the area floods to fix the issue, but also create a new amenity “that merges community recreation and nature preservation, public feedback is imperative.”

  • Marana cops give big to Diamond Children’s Hospital

    Marana cops give big to Diamond Children’s Hospital

    The Marana Police Department Volunteer Foundation presented a check for $12,377.07 to the pediatric unit at Banner University Medical Center late last month. The donation was made possible from the money that was raised during the Pride for the Patch Golf Tournament, which was more successful than the event organizers planned.

  • Cactus Classic Invitational Volleyball Tournament

    Cactus Classic Invitational Volleyball Tournament

    Over 100 club volleyball teams compete in the national invitational volleyball tournament at the Tucson Convention Center.

  • Councilmembers Pina and Rodman solidify their governing philosophies at statewide conference

    Councilmembers Pina and Rodman solidify their governing philosophies at statewide conference

    Two of Oro Valley’s recently elected councilmembers, Rhonda Pina and Bill Rodman, took a trip to Mesa last month to participate in the League of Arizona Cities and Towns training program for newly elected officials. The two day course, which has run for nearly two decades, offers newly elected members of local governments the opportunity to better understand the structure of municipal government and the factors involved in their legislative positions.

Top-10ish Sports Stories of 2016, Part 2

Top-10ish Sports Stories of 2016, Part 2

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There were so many great sports moments in 2016 that one story could not contain them all. Last week we looked at stories No. 5-10(D). This we…

Sports update: 2016 was an interesting year for UA sports

Sports update: 2016 was an interesting year for UA sports

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We’ve spent the last few weeks looking back at the past semester and past year in high school sports, but this week we turn our attention to t…

Top-10ish Sports Stories of 2016 Pt. 1

Top-10ish Sports Stories of 2016 Pt. 1

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When I sat down to write my list of Top 10 sports stories of the year, I ran into a problem: There were too many great performances. But since…

To play or not to play: That is the question

To play or not to play: That is the question

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When I am not crafting stories about Northwest sports or the town of Marana, I dabble in sports talk radio. One thing that drives a majority o…

BASIS student’s sports scholarship shows disadvantage some charter school students have in athletics, AIA

BASIS student’s sports scholarship shows disadvantage some charter school students have in athletics, AIA

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When BASIS Oro Valley senior Trevor Hecht signed a letter of intent to accept a golf scholarship at William and Mary last month it went largel…

Sports Update: Marana wins the Cholla Duels

Sports Update: Marana wins the Cholla Duels

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The Marana wrestling team won the Cholla Duels, finishing ahead of Desert View and CDO. The Tigers had 11 wrestlers reach the podium with a to…

Marana Broncos win national title at youth conference in Las Vegas

Marana Broncos win national title at youth conference in Las Vegas

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Being a first-time participant in a national tournament, most people told the Marana Broncos 8U squad not to expect a championship. Luckily th…

All-Northwest girls volleyball and boys and girls swim teams

All-Northwest girls volleyball and boys and girls swim teams

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All-Northwest Teams are tough to pick, but none more than girls volleyball. With all five local schools making the play offs and 18 area playe…

Track time: All-Northwest golf and cross country teams

Track time: All-Northwest golf and cross country teams

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There were a lot of great performances on the links and on the road this year. The northwest had a number of the top golfers and cross country…

Dorados, Tigers win preseason basketball tournaments

Dorados, Tigers win preseason basketball tournaments

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The CDO girls basketball team and the Marana girls soccer team won preseason tournaments over the weekend. 

Fall sports season provided great performances

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So far the 2016-17 school year has been an amazing one for prep sports. There have been great games, great performances and great stories. Wit…

Pusch Ridge swimmer wins two state titles

Pusch Ridge swimmer wins two state titles

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Pusch Ridge’s Will Newman won a pair of state titles at the Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. 

IRHS, CDO fall in semis

IRHS, CDO fall in semis

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Both Ironwood Ridge and Canyon del Oro advanced to the state girls volleyball semi-finals in their respective divisions, but both clubs fell o…

Ironwood Ridge, Marana eliminated from the playoffs

Ironwood Ridge, Marana eliminated from the playoffs

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An early deficit and second half miscues were too much for Ironwood Ridge to overcome in a 42-26 loss to Queen Creek in the second round of th…

Ironwood Ridge, Canyon Del Oro advance to state semi-finals

Ironwood Ridge, Canyon Del Oro advance to state semi-finals

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Both the Ironwood Ridge and Canyon Del Oro girls volleyball team won their first two playoff games and advanced to their respective state semi…

Last second score propels Marana to playoff win

Last second score propels Marana to playoff win

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Marana’s storybook season continued with a dramatic 28-21 win over Kellis High School in the first round of the 5A state football playoffs. 

Marana, Ironwood Ridge advance

Marana, Ironwood Ridge advance

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Connor Leavens found the end zone from 5-yards out with less than 30 seconds left in the game to propel Marana to a 28-21 win over Kellis High…

Marana to host first playoff game

Marana to host first playoff game

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The Marana High School football team finished their regular season with a 49-7 win over Rincon. It was their eighth straight win and earned th…

Mountain View offense prevented from scoring against Cienega

Mountain View offense prevented from scoring against Cienega

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Three red zone turnovers proved to be the difference as Cienega beat Mountain View 43-28 to preserve their undefeated season and earn the No. …

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