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One Tucson Soccer Academy team recently ventured to Indiana and advanced to the semifinals of the National Premier 16U.

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Local First Arizona and our many members and supporters are committed to strengthening Tucson’s economy through our dynamic efforts as a growing movement in the state. But how can residents connect to our movement as a first step or participate at greater levels to ensure larger return on in…

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From a peek at how music benefits your brain, to recommending habits that can build long-term happiness, this column shares evidence-based information on improving physical, mental, and emotional health. Often, the information found here is based on research conducted or shared by Mather Lif…

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It’s like déjà vu, all over again— the time of year for harvesting the succulent fruit of the saguaro cactus, something the indigenous peoples in Southern Arizona and Northern Sonora have been doing for centuries.

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The Town of Oro Valley, in partnership with the Music and Dance Academy, recently announced the launch of the new Oro Valley Kids Concert Series, which provides an intimate, interactive experience for young children and their families where they can explore the sights, sounds and workings of…

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The National Geographic and Resonance Magazine gave Tucson a friendly nod in a recent study detailing the best cities in America. The report listed the 50 best cities home to more than a million residents, and the 50 best with less than one million residents. With a metro population at 998,0…

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Ask Tucson’s oldest and most famous bartender what’s changed in the nearly 60 years he’s spent pouring drinks for weary travelers and thirsty locals inside Hotel Congress’ Tap Room, and Tom “Tiger” Ziegler can’t think of much. 

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Last Tuesday, July 11, the Pima County Board of Supervisors approved by four-to-one vote a revised fee ordinance for animal care services provided by Pima Animal Care Center. Revisions include new sheltering and veterinary care fees for Marana and Sahuarita residents, and updated verbiage th…

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When longtime Painted Sky Elementary School parent volunteer and teacher Heidi Radtke was searching for a fun way for kindergarten and first-grade students to practice a variety of comprehension skills, she turned to her fellow educators for ideas.

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Andy Morales has managed to combine his passion for sports, children and community service into the creation of the Kicks4Kids program, which provides new shoes to kids in need.

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Tohono Chul Park will host the public tonight, Tuesday, July 18, to enjoy one of nature's most unique events – Bloom Night.

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After community members expressed increased interest in raising food at home, Pima County Development Services has proposed an amendment to county code relating to the raising of chickens in residential zones. 

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Weeks of sustained temperatures nearing, or over, 100 degrees fahrenheit has led some area residents to take pity on local wildlife by providing them with food and water. However, the Arizona Game and Fish Department is cautioning residents that such resources will attract wildlife that may …

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He did not know it at the time, but Caiden Brewer’s knee injury in his last high school football game would mark the end of his athletic career and the start to his music career. 

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Fans of last year’s “Captain America: Civil War” will rejoice knowing that the same raw, yet spirited, Spider-Man returns in “Homecoming.” Brit and former gymnast Tom Holland once again provides an infectious charismatic face to the Marvel brand as Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man. His youthful …

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More than 20,000 residents of Tucson’s north side gathered to celebrate the nation last Tuesday night at municipal Fourth of July events hosted by the towns of Marana and Oro Valley, the latter hosting its own show for the first time.

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Though there is still much work to be done, the Town of Oro Valley took a step towards northern annexations during the July 5 regular council session.

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Shortly after 2 p.m. on Friday, June 30, Marcus Dickson, a 26-year-old Marana man, shot and killed 40-year-old Martin Padilla, also of Marana, according to the Marana Police Department.

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The Burro Fire in the Santa Catalina Mountains had scorched more than 27,000 acres as of Sunday night, but monsoon rain and relatively cooler weather helped significantly in partially dousing the blaze. Rain did hamper efforts to fight and estimate the current containment of the blaze on Sun…

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My byline has appeared in every issue of the Marana News, and for the past three-plus years every issue of The Explorer has also contained my stories. That may very well be coming to an end. 

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Photographer Jack Dykinga studies a massive saguaro boasting downward circling arms, mentally envisioning the image he might capture. He ignores a cat’s claw thorn puncture that produces trickling blood on his leg.

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The Marana Chamber of Commerce is proud to be celebrating our 30th anniversary. We are looking forward to advancing our mission as the voice of business that works to build economic growth and quality of life in our community for many years to come.

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At Splendido, an all-inclusive community in Tucson for those 55 and better, residents are learning the latest research findings on the importance of a healthy diet—and enjoying meals that incorporate those findings while still offering delicious tastes. 

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Six months into the Ina Road Interchange project and the work progresses on schedule. The Ina Road Interchange will open in about a year and a half, on pace with the hopes of the Arizona Department of Transportation.

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Known for raucous laughter, campy jokes and outbursts of song, the cast and crew at the Gaslight Theatre are preparing for a special birthday this year. From the mind of founder Anthony “Tony” Terry Jr., the Gaslight Theatre first opened its doors to the community 40 years ago, and remains a…

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The Burro Fire east of Tucson has grown to more than 25,000 acres, but crews have made some progress in containing the blaze. Incident Commander Bea Day said in a press release that containment of the fire was at 11 percent, as of Thursday afternoon.

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Marana will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their incorporation this year, and what better way to celebrate than looking back on the people, events and places that have shaped the town?

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Lions, tigers and (possibly) jaguars… oh my! The giant house cats of the animal kingdom are the focus of Reid Park Zoo’s next Summer Safari Nights event this Friday, July 7. 

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In 1985, NFL Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton and then-Vice President George H.W. Bush helped the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) designate the month of July as “Parks and Recreation Month.” This year, Parks and Recreation Month celebrates the power of play. 

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Continental Ranch Little League was the lone area little league baseball team to win a District 5 championship. The league’s Junior All-Stars swept a best of three series with Tucson Mountain to win the title and advance to the state tournament on July 17.

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While nationally some are painting the Tucson Turn 7v7 team’s national title as a huge upset, those who have been paying attention to the team know it is built to win flag and passing league football games. After all, the core of this team has played together since they were children.

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Ranging in age between 14 and 20 years old, more than a dozen youth from across the Tucson region earned the right to call themselves full-fledged Police Explorers after last week’s graduation ceremony. 

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Construction is well underway on the Marana location of Top Golf. The highly anticipated entertainment facility caters to both avid and casual golfers. It is being built on the location of the old Practice Tee and is the first facility of its kind in Southern Arizona.