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Despite hosting the Arizona State 9-11 Softball Tournament, Thornydale Little League mustered a 2-2 record to finish fourth in the event. The District 5 champions played all four games on their home fields at Arthur Pack Regional Park, but it was not enough to get past some of Arizona’s best…

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Local First Arizona and our many members and supporters are committed to strengthening Tucson’s economy through our dynamic efforts as a growing movement in the state. But how can residents connect to our movement as a first step or participate at greater levels to ensure larger return on in…

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The National Geographic and Resonance Magazine gave Tucson a friendly nod in a recent study detailing the best cities in America. The report listed the 50 best cities home to more than a million residents, and the 50 best with less than one million residents. With a metro population at 998,0…

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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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He did not know it at the time, but Caiden Brewer’s knee injury in his last high school football game would mark the end of his athletic career and the start to his music career. 

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More than 20,000 residents of Tucson’s north side gathered to celebrate the nation last Tuesday night at municipal Fourth of July events hosted by the towns of Marana and Oro Valley, the latter hosting its own show for the first time.

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Shortly after 2 p.m. on Friday, June 30, Marcus Dickson, a 26-year-old Marana man, shot and killed 40-year-old Martin Padilla, also of Marana, according to the Marana Police Department.

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My byline has appeared in every issue of the Marana News, and for the past three-plus years every issue of The Explorer has also contained my stories. That may very well be coming to an end. 

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Photographer Jack Dykinga studies a massive saguaro boasting downward circling arms, mentally envisioning the image he might capture. He ignores a cat’s claw thorn puncture that produces trickling blood on his leg.

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The Marana Chamber of Commerce is proud to be celebrating our 30th anniversary. We are looking forward to advancing our mission as the voice of business that works to build economic growth and quality of life in our community for many years to come.

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At Splendido, an all-inclusive community in Tucson for those 55 and better, residents are learning the latest research findings on the importance of a healthy diet—and enjoying meals that incorporate those findings while still offering delicious tastes. 

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Six months into the Ina Road Interchange project and the work progresses on schedule. The Ina Road Interchange will open in about a year and a half, on pace with the hopes of the Arizona Department of Transportation.

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Known for raucous laughter, campy jokes and outbursts of song, the cast and crew at the Gaslight Theatre are preparing for a special birthday this year. From the mind of founder Anthony “Tony” Terry Jr., the Gaslight Theatre first opened its doors to the community 40 years ago, and remains a…

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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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Marana will celebrate the 40th anniversary of their incorporation this year, and what better way to celebrate than looking back on the people, events and places that have shaped the town?

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Lions, tigers and (possibly) jaguars… oh my! The giant house cats of the animal kingdom are the focus of Reid Park Zoo’s next Summer Safari Nights event this Friday, July 7. 

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Continental Ranch Little League was the lone area little league baseball team to win a District 5 championship. The league’s Junior All-Stars swept a best of three series with Tucson Mountain to win the title and advance to the state tournament on July 17.

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While nationally some are painting the Tucson Turn 7v7 team’s national title as a huge upset, those who have been paying attention to the team know it is built to win flag and passing league football games. After all, the core of this team has played together since they were children.

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Ranging in age between 14 and 20 years old, more than a dozen youth from across the Tucson region earned the right to call themselves full-fledged Police Explorers after last week’s graduation ceremony. 

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Construction is well underway on the Marana location of Top Golf. The highly anticipated entertainment facility caters to both avid and casual golfers. It is being built on the location of the old Practice Tee and is the first facility of its kind in Southern Arizona.

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One man was killed and another charged with manslaughter after a heated confrontation turned into a deadly shooting in the busy parking lot of Marana’s Arizona Pavilions shopping center Friday, June 30.

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Marana is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its incorporation. What better way to celebrate than to look back at the people, events and places that have shaped the town?

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U.S. Representative Tom O’Halleran represents Congressional District 1, which includes Oro Valley and Marana as well as much of eastern rural Arizona, Flagstaff and the Native American reservations in the Northern Arizona. The freshman Democrat recently appeared on Zona Politics with Jim Nin…

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Pima County Transportation officials are letting the community know that they are ready for monsoon storms. The department has on-call staff ready to address post-storm clean-up and has coordinated efforts with other County departments to ensure public-road safety.

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The Golder Ranch and Mountain Vista fire districts are one step closer to voting on a potential consolidation after the Oro Valley Town Council unanimously approved the concept at last week’s council meeting.

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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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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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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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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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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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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.