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The Oro Valley Town Council voted unanimously Wednesday, June 21, to use a $2 million surplus within the general fund to balance out year-end deficits for the Community and Recreation Center Fund and the town’s Self-Insurance Benefit Fund. 

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The Marana Town Council had a busy pair of meetings in June, particularly the June 20 meeting in anticipation of no scheduled meetings in July. The council generally takes July off, unless something pressing requires a meeting. 

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Every year, we ask the community to nominate individuals working within the health and medical fields that have shown outstanding dedication to their work. Regardless of whether that work was done in the veterinary field, emergency medical response, pediatric care or a wide array of other di…

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Campers Amalie Alberti, Victoria Flynn, Calvin O’Rouke, Shane Dorrough, Cain Collins and Madison Leitz (from right to left) make their best silly faces before meeting with their friends at the Oro Valley Community Recreation Center.

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More than a year has passed since the first wildlife bridge in the Sonoran Desert, and a nearby underpass, were completed north of Oro Valley along North Oracle Road. The project was back in the spotlight last month when the Pima Association of Governments and the Regional Transportation Aut…

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A Kentucky Fried Chicken Zinger sandwich will boldly go where no fast-food meal has gone before, on a World View Enterprises mission to the edge of Earth’s atmosphere.

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Marana has come a long way from the town’s agrarian roots, but farming is still a key component even 40 years after incorporation. Every spring, local farmers use sheep to clear the vegetation before they plant crops. Inside the issue, Marana News takes a look at some of the key people and e…

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The Oro Valley town council approved a measure Wednesday night to use a $2 million surplus within the general fund to balance out year-end deficits for the Community and Recreation Center Fund and the town’s Self-Insurance Benefit Fund.

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When Mountain Vista Fire District resident William Killian received a taxpayer notice in the mail informing him that MVFD and the Golder Ranch Fire District were considering a consolidation, he thought the move would most likely be a positive one – though he had some reservations.

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I woke up Wednesday morning to images I have prayed I would never see again: a member of Congress and a congressional aide, shot. Children and bystanders scrambling for cover. Fear. Danger. Rage, apparently, from the shooter, at a quiet neighborhood field where my former colleagues were havi…

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Reader Karin Haile took this photo of young Harris Hawks testing out their wings near her Oro Valley home.

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Before the end of June, crews with Granite Construction should be finished with an unusual Oro Valley road project. They’re removing a 13-foot hill on West Lambert Lane, at the North La Cañada Drive intersection, to increase motorist visibility, traffic flow and business access.

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When it comes to doing something good for your cognitive health, skip the “brain games” and try meditation. Regular meditation has proven benefits for your brain, which can sharpen your memory, boost your mood, and even make you more compassionate. 

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Where will YOU be on the Fourth of July this year? If your answer is “Naranja Park,” then you’re in the right place, my friends! That’s because this year’s FREE celebration has moved from James D. Kriegh Park to Naranja Park, located at 810 W. Naranja Drive, just east of La Cañada Drive. 

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With Fourth of July on the horizon, many pet owners are thinking about microchipping their pets. Local organizations and will participate in a microchip marathon this Saturday, June 24. 

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When the Marana Town Council decided to create an animal services division rather than working with Pima Animal Care Center, critics questioned whether the town could get all the pieces in place to be prepared for the July 1 start. 

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As part of the Simon Youth Foundation’s goal of increasing educational opportunities, the Tucson Premium Outlets has presented Tia Hunt from Mountain View High School with a $500 scholarship. 

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The Marana Town Council offered Marana Town Manager Gilbert Davidson a new two-year contract that will keep him on board at least through the 2019 fiscal year. 

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In 1977, a small group of neighbors took the bold step of incorporating themselves into their own town, and all around us we can see the incredible results of that decision.

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Editor’s note: Longtime Pima County political operative, radio host and former Explorer News columnist Emil Franzi died last Wednesday, June 7. He was 78.

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The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted, on June 6, to extend and amend the contract with Banner Health and the Arizona Board of Regents to operate the former Kino Community Hospital on a 4-1 vote.

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They are golden retrievers and standard poodles, Irish wolfhounds and Newfoundlands, chihuahuas and silky terriers. They have names like Emma Jay, Lex, Cisco and Wriggly. They are just some of the certified therapy dogs you’ll find in the library’s Read to a Dog Program, and they all have on…

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Sugar was brought to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona in December. Our staff saw that she needed deworming, which takes a few weeks for treatment to be effective. Sugar was placed with a wonderful foster volunteer so she could get healthy. In January of 2011, less than 2 months in our …

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For many people summer brings to mind images of vacation fun, but at Pima Animal Care Center it means one thing: overcrowded kennels. With puppy and kitten season in full swing, and stray dogs scared into the streets by fireworks and monsoon thunder, we can take in dozens of pets every day. …

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Five to six days. That was it. That’s about how long on average a dog or cat used to have at Pima Animal Care Center. If the animal hadn’t been adopted within a few days, it was euthanized. 

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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 in Marana. On Friday, April 14, we gathered once again to reflect not only on the activities of the past year, but also on the town’s accomplishments …

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As an avid outdoors person, I love everything active there is to do outdoors. My favorites are road cycling and hiking, but I also love mountain biking, running and walking on desert trails, paved paths and roads. Outdoor adventuring in the summer can be a lot of fun, but it is important to …

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Marana High School’s Top 10 graduates may all have strong academics in common, but aside from that, they are very different. Some were athletes, some were musicians, while some were both. 

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The University of Arizona Eller College of Management recently made its debut in the Financial Times Executive Education Program rankings. At No. 68, Eller is the only new school on the list to break into the top 75 this year, and ranks No. 4 overall in the Western U.S. behind Stanford, UCLA…

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The secret to any successful vacation is keeping the entire family entertained and happy, especially any young children. Recognizing this fact was the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, which recently debuted El Con Kids Club.

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Amphitheater Public Schools’ new vision for elementary school education is officially open after district administration and local dignitaries gathered at Innovation Academy for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, June 2. 

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Typically, digging can uncover dinosaurs (or at least their fossils). But in the case of the future location of Marana’s Tangerine Sky Park, dinosaurs served as a different sort of inspiration.

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The Marana football team won the Rich Rodriguez Passing League Tournament on the campus of the University of Arizona. The Tigers went 8-0 in the event that featured more than 20 teams from all over Arizona and New Mexico.