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  • Lee Allen, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Growing stuff to feed hungry people has always been big business. The latest figures in Arizona, released earlier this month at the annual Arizona Farm Bureau meeting in Mesa, show the economic contribution of agribusiness in the Grand Canyon state has reached a record $23.3 billion—a 25 per…

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The Governor’s Office of Education is calling for applications to the 2018 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC), an annual program that rewards two high-achieving high school seniors from each with a fully-funded summer camp experience dedicated to scientific exploration. The nearly month-long…

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The Arizona Board of Regents approved on Thursday the University of Arizona’s $255 million development plan for 2018, which includes six university projects for the next fiscal year, including an $8 million bond that brings a UA veterinary medicine program to Oro Valley.

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Pianists Bob Baldori and Arthur Migliazza will show off the fascinating story of Blues, Boogie Woogie and how it shaped Modern Jazz, Rock & Roll and the American Pop Culture next Friday, Nov. 24 at 6 PM at the Gaslight Music Hall in Oro Valley. The feel-good fun show has played to sold o…

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Shelby Zismann seems older than 17 as she talks about processing the two-year relationship where she experienced emotional abuse. 

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In a bold move against law and order, officers at the Oro Valley Police Department have embraced the wildness of No-Shave November. So far, 47 workers in the department are opting to not shave their facial hair to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.

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Pima County’s Community Development and Neighborhood Conservation Department is accepting pre-applications for its Outside Agency Program from qualified organizations willing to provide support to economically disadvantaged county residents and communities, members of at-risk groups or peopl…

  • Deborah Van De Putte, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Purchasing a home requires a sound mind. When the thought enters your mind to purchase, check your intention. Are you wanting to move because you need more physical space? Have you outgrown your space and require a smaller dwelling? Are you looking for a vacation home in a place with fun rec…

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A plea deal has been offered to former Marana police officer Dionysius Cazares. A court date on the status of said plea is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Dec. 13.

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A brilliant blue sky and brisk temperatures greeted the hundreds of attendees at the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony at Wilson K-8 School last Wednesday. 

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  • Leo W. Banks, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Brash Books just published my first novel, “Double Wide.” I wrote the first version of it in the 1980s. What are we looking at here, more than three decades? Sounds about right.

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The Town of Marana Animal Services is partnering with No Kill Pima County for a free microchip clinic this Sunday, Nov. 19 from 11a.m to 2p.m. at Marana Heritage River Park, 12375 N. Heritage Park Drive.

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  • Leo W. Banks, Special to Tucson Local Media
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An excerpt from Leo W. Banks’ new novel, ‘Double Wide’

  • Jamsheed Mehta, Special to Tucson Local Media
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At the end of this week, I will formally become the interim town manager for the Town of Marana. Thank you, Marana Town Council, for entrusting me with this responsibility. I look forward to serving this great community with the zeal and conviction we have all grown accustomed to from our to…

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On Saturday, Nov. 18, Marana’s Heritage River Park will be host to food trucks, music and event booths in a festive send off for hundreds of cyclists beginning one of the largest bike-riding events in the nation, El Tour de Tucson. 

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Summit Hut’s Oro Valley location will host a free community event this Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 to 11:00 a.m.

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This Saturday, Nov. 18, shoppers at participating Albertsons and Safeway stores are invited to be part of the Super Saturday Turkey Drive. Participating stores on the north side include: Safeway, 9705 N. Thornydale Road; Safeway, 9100 N. Silverbell Road; Albertsons 5085 N. La Cañada Drive.

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Lerner and Rowe is teaming up with Tucson Appliance and Furniture Company to put 1,000 turkeys on 1,000 Tucson tables this Thanksgiving.  The 1K Gobbler Giveaway will take place Sunday, Nov. 19 at the Boys and Girls Club of Tucson Frank and Edith Morton Clubhouse (3155 E. Grant Road) from 1 …

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Have you tried your hand at the trend of adult coloring? With pages full of intricate designs and patterns that require fine pencil work, adult coloring books can provide hours of quiet entertainment—along with a host of benefits for your brain. 

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For the second time in less than a decade, Oro Valley voters turned down a bond package to fund accelerated development at the Naranja Park site. 

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Marana voters overwhelmingly rejected a budget override for the Marana Unified School District that would have tacked an additional 3 percent to the 10 percent override approved last fall.

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The first time I was asked my opinion on Prop. 454’s chances of passing last Tuesday’s ballot, it was early July. The unanimous showing of support from council, and the many talks with young athletes, their parents and coaches still hung heavily in my mind—and I told that person that I would…

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Wheels For Kids will hold an open house at the Sun City Oro Valley Activity Center this Thursday, Nov. 16 from 9 to 11 a.m.. The open house will provide area residents the opportunity to learn more about Wheels For Kids and meet some of the volunteers who collect the bikes, fix them up and t…

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The Oro Valley Police Department will be conducting its High Visibility Enforcement efforts during the month of November along North Oracle Road at the West Magee and West Suffolk road intersections.

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This photo of the Pusch Ridge Mountains was taken by Oro Valley reader Jerry LeMay. Send your photos to readerphotos@tucsonlocalmedia.com. Include your name, contact information and details about the photo, including who took it, where it was taken and the subject. Not all photos can be prin…

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The Arizona Department of Transportation released its long-range plan, outlining strategies for meeting the state’s highway and bridge needs over the next 25 years.

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At the same time European Jews were forced to wear two yellow triangles to form a star, LGBTQIA+ individuals were forced to wear one pink triangle. Both groups found themselves rounded up and sent to concentration camps during the Holocaust. 

  • Tirion Morris, Special to Tucson Local Media
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After fourth-grade student Elijah Marovitz voiced his concern for damaged schools in Houston during this year’s student council elections, Copper Creek Elementary School teacher Crystal Hinz’s class started collecting money for hurricane relief. For their fundraising efforts, the students re…

  • Ed Stolmaker, Special to Tucson Local Media
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A new scholarship is being offered by the Marana Chamber of Commerce to encourage high school students and other individuals to pursue careers in health care fields.

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Kiana Anaya, a graduate of Canyon Del Oro High School, won a $10,000 scholarship during her first semester at Arizona State University. She won the #MyFutureSelfie contest, hosted by FranNet, by posing with tools and a patient in a dentist’s office, similar to the one she hopes to one day own. 

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As part of the ongoing Lambert Lane project, Granite Construction, Inc. will close sections of Lambert Lane on Sunday, Nov. 12,  from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. The closures will allow Granite crews to place the final pavement at the intersection of West Lambert Lane and North La Cañada Drive.

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Pima Animal Care Center will join animal-welfare organizations across the country in hosting a free, three-day-long adoption event this weekend, Nov. 10 through Nov. 12 during PetSmart Charities National Adoption Weekend at select PetSmart stores.

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Local business owner Julie Simons is sick of the health care tug-of-war. She’s a member of the new health care advocacy group, Arizonans United for Health Care Coalition. They’re working to inform people about healthcare issues, including how to enroll in the Affordable Care Act.

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Maancy Saksena, a 16-year-old Canyon del Oro High School student, is gearing up to attend the University of Arizona next year and study chemical engineering.