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Posted: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 3:00 am

Dems club to show ‘fracking' documentary

"Gasland," the Academy Award-nominated documentary by Josh Fox, will be screened Monday by the Democrats of Oro Valley. The DOV's regular monthly meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. The public may attend the free viewing.

The documentary follows Fox on his personal journey across 24 states to witness natural gas drilling by hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. The film addresses environmental risks to America's underground water table and why fracking wells have been granted exemptions from the Clean Water Act.

It also discusses the role Halliburton plays in fracking and the explosive growth of fracking wells in this country.

For more information, visit or call Mike Dayton at 742-3774.

Half-price beagle adoption event set for July 9

Southern Arizona Beagle Rescue is hosting an adoption event for this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at PetSmart, 4374 N. Oracle Road, at Wetmore.

From now until Aug. 31, the rescue organization has reduced its pet adoption price by half.

In other parts of Tucson, adoptions also will take place at PetSmart stores from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 22 at Irvington and I-19 and on July 23 at Broadway and Pantano.

Southern Arizona Beagle Rescue is a charitable, nonprofit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to beagle and beagle-mix dog rescue, education on the breed, and general animal welfare. Formed in October 2005, it serves all of Southern Arizona, including Pima, Cochise, Santa Cruz and Pinal counties.

The group provides rescue, education, training and referral services for homeless beagles as well assistance to families needing to re-home their beagle.

For additional information, visit

Bats fly same bat time, same bat station

Around dusk this time of year, bats emerge from under the bridge over the Rillito River on Campbell Avenue, just south of River Road, and navigate the night sky in search of their insect prey.

Though the bats emerge from their roost every night, each Thursday the docents from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum are stationed at the "Bat Bridge" with bat detectors and hands-on materials to enhance the public's experience in viewing this remarkable event.

People are asked to arrive at 6 p.m.; the docents will be available for questions until 7:30 p.m.

The Year of the Bat viewings are free and open to the public. They continue all summer on Thursdays until Aug. 25. Spectators may park in the Trader Joe's lot, 4209 N. Campbell Ave., across the street.

For more information, contact the museum at 883-2702.

Fitness center offers seniors free workout, ice cream social

Alive Fitness and Training Center invites senior citizens to attend a free ice cream social and flexibility class tomorrow, July 7.

The Strength of Seniors class starts at 11:15 a.m. and instructs participants to learn safe movements while seated for muscle strength, flexibility, range of motion and balance. This is a free preview of the center's regularly scheduled classes.

The ice cream social follows, from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Alive Fitness is located at 10370 N. La Cañada Drive, Suite 170.

For more information, visit or call Paula Renfro at 395-2829.


Heat strickens father, son in Tortolitas

The Northwest Fire District responded on July 2 to the Wild Burro trailhead in the Tortilita Mountains after receiving a 911 call regarding an ill teenage hiker.

Technical Rescue team members and a crew from Engine 337 stationed in the Dove Mountain area worked their way up the 4-mile trailhead from Dove Mountain Boulevard.

The father and son team - Allan Pace, 59 and his son, Jacob Pace, 13, from Orange County, Calif. - began their hike around 10:30 a.m. and quickly ran out of water and energy. The teen was spotted by a passerby along the trail, who summoned help after finding the boy ill from heat.

The father had returned to The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain to also summon help for his son before returning to the teen to await rescuers. The rescue teams were on the trailhead for nearly two hours until they reached the father and son to render aid.

The father and son were treated at the scene for dehydration and released.

The Northwest Fire District reminds even experienced hikers that the summer heat can be deadly. Always follow these basic safety rules when hiking in Southern Arizona:

• Avoid outdoor activities during high temperature hours.

• Bring as much water as possible.

• Hydrate before beginning a hike.

• Always tell someone your plans including destination and return time.

• Always have mobile communications in the event of an emergency.

• Don't out hike your experience level by hiking a trail too difficult for your capabilities.




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