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Teenage girls crunch down on chocolate-covered bugs. Chewing slowly, they glance sideways at each other. A boy grabs a few and pops them in his mouth.

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Tucson Premium Outlets will offer expanded holiday hours to accommodate the needs of busy shoppers, beginning Thanksgiving. To enhance the holiday shopping experience, Tucson Premium Outlets is implementing shopper appreciation programs that will take place throughout the holiday season, inc…

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The Marana Town Council approved the construction of up to 1,000 homes in The Villages of Tortolita in exchange for the developer covering upfront costs for improvements to the Marana freeway interchange, an extension to Adonis Road and construction of a new Tortolita freeway interchange.

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A plea deal has been offered to former Marana police officer Dionysius Cazares. A court date on the status of said plea is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Dec. 13.

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The Town of Marana Animal Services is partnering with No Kill Pima County for a free microchip clinic this Sunday, Nov. 19 from 11a.m to 2p.m. at Marana Heritage River Park, 12375 N. Heritage Park Drive.

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At the end of this week, I will formally become the interim town manager for the Town of Marana. Thank you, Marana Town Council, for entrusting me with this responsibility. I look forward to serving this great community with the zeal and conviction we have all grown accustomed to from our to…

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On Saturday, Nov. 18, Marana’s Heritage River Park will be host to food trucks, music and event booths in a festive send off for hundreds of cyclists beginning one of the largest bike-riding events in the nation, El Tour de Tucson. 

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This Saturday, Nov. 18, shoppers at participating Albertsons and Safeway stores are invited to be part of the Super Saturday Turkey Drive. Participating stores on the north side include: Safeway, 9705 N. Thornydale Road; Safeway, 9100 N. Silverbell Road; Albertsons 5085 N. La Cañada Drive.

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Marana voters overwhelmingly rejected a budget override for the Marana Unified School District that would have tacked an additional 3 percent to the 10 percent override approved last fall.

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The first time I was asked my opinion on Prop. 454’s chances of passing last Tuesday’s ballot, it was early July. The unanimous showing of support from council, and the many talks with young athletes, their parents and coaches still hung heavily in my mind—and I told that person that I would…

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A new scholarship is being offered by the Marana Chamber of Commerce to encourage high school students and other individuals to pursue careers in health care fields.

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Local business owner Julie Simons is sick of the health care tug-of-war. She’s a member of the new health care advocacy group, Arizonans United for Health Care Coalition. They’re working to inform people about healthcare issues, including how to enroll in the Affordable Care Act.

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The Friends of Ironwood Forest invite the public to participate in a free Hike the Monument event Saturday, Nov. 4 at Ironwood Forest National Monument, near Marana. Participants may see endangered plants, desert tortoise, desert bighorn sheep, petroglyphs and more on educational hikes led b…

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We’ve finally reached that point in time I once thought a distant dream: election week. By the time next week’s edition The Explorer and Marana News land in your driveways and on racks across town, the Town of Oro Valley’s bond proposition will be decided by the voters. The concept of Propos…

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There may be no such thing as a free lunch. But you will get free samples of some of Marana’s finest foods this Saturday during the Marana Earth Festival–Making Sustainability Fun!

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The Marana Town Council chose Deputy Town Manager Jamsheed Mehta to serve as interim town manager, taking over for Gilbert Davidson, who leaves on Nov. 18 for his new position as Chief Operating Officer in Gov. Doug Ducey’s office.

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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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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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This weekend will be a busy one in Marana, with two different events that both touch on some of the very things that make the town so special. The Cotton Festival celebrates Marana’s history, and the Wild Burro Dirt Dash is a great way to explore our great trails. 

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Voters will have their say about the future of Marana Unified School District later this year. Proposition 456, which will appear on the Nov. 7 ballot, allows voters to weigh in on a proposed 3 percent increase to the 10 percent override approved last fall, which helps fund the district’s ma…

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Sustainability is more than a buzzword for the environmental movement. It’s a way of working, living and consuming. In short, sustaining life. Sustainability involves making choices like saving energy, thinking wisely about our use of resources and repurposing household and industrial goods …

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Pima County Sheriff's Department Deputy Chance Kennedy, a nine-year veteran of the department, has been identified as the deputy who shot 34-year-old Luis David Flores during yesterday's SWAT standoff.

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While larger and older Pima County municipalities struggle to stay afloat, Marana’s preliminary year-end budget shows the town is riding high, with $2.04 million in the black. The town even did slightly better than its neighbors in Oro Valley, who ended the year with a $1.9 million surplus i…

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Pima County’s Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department and the Town of Oro Valley will hold a public meeting next Monday, Oct. 23, seeking input on development of the Big Wash trail and trailhead.  

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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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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.