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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.

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This November, Oro Valley voters will decide whether to approve $17 million in general obligation bonds to fund the multi-sport fields, base-ball diamonds, a playground and other improvements at Naranja Park, 810 W. Naranja Drive. The bonds would be repaid through a secondary property tax, w…

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Oro Valley’s residents will cast their votes once again to determine funding plans for Naranja Park this November after the town council voted unanimously to send a $17 million bond question to this year’s ballot. The council heard from the public during a second public comment session durin…

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The Town of Marana, Oro Valley and Metro Water have entered into an agreement to create the Northwest Recharge, Recovery, and Delivery System (NWRRDS) to help reduce groundwater withdrawals and allow the north area of the Tucson Basin aquifer to recover.

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Marana prides itself on being a business friendly community and that does not happen by accident. The town’s strategic plan specifically highlights commerce as one of the five focus areas, but more importantly they have an economic development strategic plan that provides the specifics to br…

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The Marana Regional Airport will host the US Flight Expo beginning on Wednesday May 3 and it promises to offer something of interest not only for Marana, but the entire region.

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A controversial proposed housing development is again slated to go before the Marana Town Council for approval after being approved by the Marana Planning Commission on April 26. The commission voted 4-1 to approve a rezoning for the area once occupied by the Lazy K Bar Ranch.

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With three quarters of the year logged in the record books the financial standing of the Oro Valley Community and Recreation Center has found its way into regularly scheduled council discussion on more than one occasion this year, including most recently during the April 19 meeting.

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At tonight’s Regular Council Meeting (April 5) the Oro Valley Town Council will discuss community requests and a proposed plan to build and finance additional sport fields and related amenities at Naranja Park. The proposed plan, which was developed in response to requests from residents and…

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In an effort to inform and communicate with the community, the Southern Arizona Political Action Group (SAPAG) has partnered with Arizona State University Associate Professor of Education David Garcia to host a presentation entitled “The Future of Education in Arizona and the U.S.”

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One of the largest and most captivating arts festivals found anywhere in Southern Arizona is soon to make a return to Oro Valley when the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) hosts the Spring Festival of the Arts this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25 and 26.

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On Jan. 18 at approximately 7:40 a.m. in the area of Glover and Verch the Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) responded to a suspicious activity call.

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On Sunday, Nov. 6 between 5:45 and 6:30 p.m. two male suspects shoplifted numerous items from Marshalls and Kohl’s in the area of Oracle and Magee. The stolen items were loaded into the trunk of a blue, newer model Ford Mustang with red stripes down the front fenders and black wheels.

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The Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) would like to thank the community for your responses to this incident.  The juveniles have been identified.  The cat, Amiga, was safely returned to Petsmart.  Amiga was uninjured and in good health.  The investigation is ongoing with charges pending. 

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On Nov.5, 2016 at approximately 10 p.m. the Oro Valley Police Department’s  patrol responded to a report of an armed robbery that occurred at the Giant station on Oracle and Magee.  The suspect went into the store and paid cash for a small amount for gas.  He then departed the gas pump area,…

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On Oct. 25 the Oro Valley Police Department was investigating a credit card/debit card skimmer located within a fuel pump at the Circle K at 8780 N. Oracle Road in Oro Valley.  If you purchased fuel using a credit/debit card at this location within the past three weeks, police are urging cus…

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The Pima County Sheriff’s Department’s Fugitive Unit is seeking the public’s help with locating 29-year-old Mario Junior Romero. A felony arrest warrant has been issued for Mr. Romero for kidnapping and aggravated assault/strangulation charges.

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The presence of political signs is a surefire indication that the political season is in full-swing. Dotting the sides of right-of-ways and private property are signs from political candidates, political action committees and private citizens expressing support or distaste for the candidates…

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An 18-year-old Tucson man who was charged with terrorism for allegedly plotting to attack buildings in Tucson and Phoenix apparently had plans to attack the Tucson Jewish Community Center, according to information which came to light last week during a bail-hearing held for the suspect.

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While most of the community still lay in their beds resting in preparation for Independence Day, 65-year-old David Knowlton was taking his usual morning walk around the neighborhood. Knowlton had moved to Oro Valley almost two years ago to escape the New Hampshire cold and find a climate mor…

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According to a press release dated this morning from the office of Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, 18-year-old terrorist suspect and Tucson resident Mahin Khan has been indicted on three separate charges: terrorism, conspiracy to commit terrorism and conspiracy to commit misconduct i…

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Just having finished his fifth-grade-year at BASIS Oro Valley is Sai Konkimalla. While most fifth graders are concerned with the latest Call of Duty releases or the premier of a new action-packed movie, Konkimalla has continued to impress both members of the BASIS community as well as the Or…

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Town-owned golf courses in Oro Valley will experience closures this summer in order to accommodate capital improvement projects on the Canada, Conquistador and Pusch Ridge courses. Included in the town’s capital investment plan is aerification and overseeding, as well as less standard projec…

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La Cima Middle School sixth grader Glenn David flipped a ceremonial switch last Friday, April 22, to celebrate both Earth Day and the Amphitheater Public School District’s ongoing initiative to reduce its carbon footprint with the goal of becoming one of the top 5 “greenest” school districts…

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The person chosen to temporarily fill-in for exiting town manager Greg Caton’s position when he departs on June 2 is a man quite familiar with Oro Valley, having spent the better part of the last 20 years as the chief of police for the Oro Valley Police Department.

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The Oro Valley Town Council voted unanimously earlier this month for a new lighting code that limits the brightness of business-sign lighting.

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One Ironwood Ridge High School senior, Allison Lopez, was recently recognized for her unparalleled commitment to working with and benefiting the local military community, veterans and their families. Lopez was recognized by The Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society as part of the tenth annua…