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Next Thursday, Dec. 14, at 5 p.m., Chabad of Oro Valley will host a community-wide Hanukkah celebration at the Oro Valley Public Library (1305 W Naranja Dr.) to celebrate the Jewish holiday. What will be unique about this event will be the activity that leads it off, one that is assured to r…

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Last week, several instances of graffiti were found in the boys’ bathrooms at Marana Middle School. Among various inappropriate images and phrases, one stood out: a written statement about a school shooting planned for Tuesday, Dec. 5.

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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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Amphitheater Middle School (315 E. Prince Road) and Prince Elementary School (125 E. Prince Road) experienced significant vandalism over the weekend. Amphitheater Middle School  was broken into sometime late Saturday night into early Sunday morning (approximately 12:30 a.m.) and sustained ex…

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Tucson’s Emerge! Center Against Domestic Abuse, in partnership with the Oro Valley Police Department, the Golder Ranch Fire District and members of the Law Enforcement Wives Club, teamed up to provide a basic necessity to victims of domestic violence that easily gets overlooked—pillows. 

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Many public schools received grades from the state’s new A-F Accountability System earlier this month that were strikingly worse than previous grades. Three days later, the Arizona State Board of Education announced the grades were “preliminary,” and the system required revisions.

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The Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort removed an upcoming immigration conference hosted by the VDARE Foundation, a nonprofit organization labeled by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white nationalist hate group. 

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It was Friday the 13th, and a 97-year-old Oro Valley resident and WWII veteran was experiencing the wrath of the unlucky day in full force.

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Marana Town Manager Gilbert Davidson is leaving his post in Marana to take over as chief operating officer in Gov. Doug Ducey’s office, where he plans to make Arizona a leading state.

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If anyone has ever complained that there is nothing to do in Tucson, the International Festivals and Events Association has just officially proven them wrong. Tucson has been named a World Festival and Event City, one of only nine around the globe.

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At its Sept. 19 meeting, the Marana Town Council voted 6-1 to contribute $20,000 to Regional Municipalities Veterans Treatment Court, which expanded to assist veterans throughout Pima County in 2012. Oro Valley approved a $75,000 contribution in July.

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The Marana Unified School District recently received a little more than $278,000 in grant funding from The Arizona Department of Education for the School Safety Program, which provides additional school resource officers and juvenile probation officers to schools in the district. The grant p…

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Topgolf has announced hiring plans for its 38th location, located at 4050 W. Costco Place in Marana, which will open late fall. Approximately 300 new jobs have been posted online at topgolf.com/careers, and MISSION: Ambition auditions begin in three weeks.

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Back in May, the Oro Valley Town Council voted unanimously to send a $17 million bond question to the Nov. 7 ballot. The funds would be used—if approved by Oro Valley voters—to further develop the Naranja Park site by adding multipurpose fields, baseball/softball fields, a playground and sev…

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Christiana Duarte, a recent graduate from the University of Arizona, has been identified as one of the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night.

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A human Pink Hard Hat Ribbon was created last Friday by over 525 people on the Banner Health construction site, launching Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The ninth annual event was run by EMCOR Group Inc. to promote their “Protect Yourself. Get Screened Today.” campaign.

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The University of Arizona team behind OSIRIS-REx talk about the space robot like it’s their baby, because it is: They built it, they raised it (it takes a village, you know), and when the time came last September—as it does for all parents—they launched it into space at thousands of miles per hour.

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The Marana Town Council will hold a public hearing and vote on whether to hike development impact fees on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

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In July, AJ Shaffer, a well-spoken nine year old who can really rock a fedora, traveled to Washington D.C. to sit down for meetings with politicians like Rep. Tom O’Halleran and Sen. Jeff Flake.

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On Wednesday, Aug. 16, just after 3:00 p.m., Pima County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to the CVS store located at 4748 E. Sunrise Drive for a report of a theft. Upon arrival, deputies learned two female suspects entered the store and taken multiple bottles of liquor from a locked …

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The Marana Police Department is happy to announce its next Citizen Police Academy. The Citizens Police Academy is designed to provide citizens and the business community with a greater understanding of the department and its operations through classroom instruction and hands-on experiences.

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At approximately 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 10 a man described as "an older Caucasian male" walked into the BBVA Compass bank located at 7645 N. La Cholla Blvd. and demanded money.

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A memorial service to celebrate the life of legendary Amphitheater High School football coach Vern Friedli will take place this Saturday, Aug. 5 at the Amphitheater High School Gym, 125 W. Yavapai Road.

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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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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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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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The Ironwood Ridge High School students and alumni came together once again on Tuesday, May 9, to honor five members of the Nighthawk family whose significant contributions to the school have left an indelible mark on the school’s culture and the community at-large, earning each a spot in th…

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Last year Marana Town Council Member Patti Comerford took the town’s objective of being a military-friendly community to heart when she began raising money to purchase summer survival bags for homeless veterans.

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The Oro Valley town council is one step closer to finalizing its budget for the coming fiscal year, which will begin in July. While the seven-member body discusses last minute alterations to the recently approved tentative budget, here are a few things to keep in mind from the May 19 council…

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If you know kids in elementary school, chances are they are obsessed with the video game Minecraft. But unless they attend Gladden Farms or Quail Run Elementary, they are not getting school credit for playing the game.

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Despite vocal opposition, the Marana Town Council approved the rezoning of a 103.2 acre portion the Lazy K Bar Ranch property, opening the way for up to 178 new homes.