Tom O’Halleran served in the
Arizona Legislature as a Republican, but he’s jumped to the
Democratic Party as he seeks the chance to replace Democratic Ann
Kirkpatrick in Arizona’s Congressional District 1. O’Halleran
talked to Zona Politics with Jim Nintzel last week. This is a
condensed and edited transcript. You can watch the whole thing at
In late September, Robert
Freel nearly died. Last week, he got to thank those who helped save
his life. At a ceremony held at Banner – University Medical Center,
Freel got to thank the Pima County Sheriff’s deputies and doctors
who saved him after suffering sudden cardiac arrest.
The misdemeanor assault case involving Oro Valley resident John
Kamoske and Vice Mayor Lou Waters will soon have a court date due
to a decision by Pima County Justice of the Peace, Judge Keith Bee.
A date will be set at the next status conference for the case,
scheduled for Oct. 28.
Oro Valley resident Doug Burke officially announced his
candidacy in the Nov. 3 recall election, running in the same
bracket as Shirl Lamonna and Mary Snider. Burke was able to turn in
his required paperwork, along with 562 signatures from Oro Valley
citizens in support of his candidacy.
Oro Valley Mayor Satish
Hiremath has said that he supports the right of the citizenry to
recall an elected official, and his stance on the matter has not
changed. He looks forward to the Nov. 3 election as an opportunity
to reiterate why he believes he is the best choice for the
The date for the plea hearing
of Cody William Clark for one count of first-degree murder in the
death of Austin Gann has been rescheduled to Monday, Aug. 31. New
evidence is being presented and councilors need to discuss the
evidence before making a decision on his plea submission.
The town of Marana is looking at ways to do capital improvements to the oldest neighborhoods in Marana. Over the next few months the town will survey older neighborhoods and see what amenities they need and form a plan to make sure neighborhoods have paved roads, sidewalks, adequate drainage, lighting and even pocket parks.
“We want to make sure that every neighborhood has a base standard for infrastructure,” said Marana Town Manager Gilbert Davidson.
The improvements are expected to take years to complete as Marana finds the best plan of action to complete the projects and fund the improvements. Do you think this is a good idea?
During the Jan. 20 town council meeting, a vote was unanimously passed to look into the feasibility of a “Memorial Public Art Project,” at the request of Oro Valley resident Dick Eggerding to potentially be placed somewhere in the town to honor military veterans and first responders.
Though no concrete plans were then ready to act on, there was a show of overwhelming support for such project from residents and staff alike during the council meeting. In an effort to poll to community at-large, The Explorer would like to know how you feel about a potential memorial art project to honor our community’s bravest men and women.