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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.

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Just one day before Tucson's newest Chick-fil-A (3943 W. Ina Road) is set to open on the north side, dozen's of residents have set up tents in hopes of becoming one of the first 100 customers inside—and receive a year's supply of sandwiches.

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The Marana Citizen’s Forum chose a Public Art Program as its fall project during its first meeting last Thursday, and will develop recommendations for council on implementing a town-wide program.

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Marana Town Council unanimously voted to reappoint Magistrate Laine Sklar to  another two-year term on Sept. 19.

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There are a variety of topics about which people disagree, it’s only human nature. Taxation, development, religion, government spending—the list could go on and on for eternity.

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Many people collect, store up and reorganize things they have received or purchased during their travels on this great place we call Earth.

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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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For two high schools that are not close in proximity, Mountain View and Tucson High Magnet School  have formed quite the rivalry. Mountain View won the most recent iteration of that gridiron faceoff last Friday when they downed the Badgers 42-20 at home.

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Falling is not a normal part of aging. Although preventable, one in three adults over the age of 65 falls every year, and falling is the leading cause of death by injury in older persons. 

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The Town of Marana places an emphasis on recreation. It is one of the key components of our Strategic Plan, and is something we feel is critical to a vital community. 

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People are milling about in groups with dogs (hot, veggie and even a few of the furry variety), exchanging hugs and stories. A few walk by in full circus make-up, or carrying enormous drums. Every once in a while, a group walks by that is clearly performing together (because they’re all wear…

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Sun Shuttle service is proposing changes to three routes in Marana due to low ridership. The changes won’t leave anyone without access to public transportation, but could make it more costly and time-consuming for the select few who use those routes.

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Congressman Tom O’Halleran is in his first term representing Congressional District 1, which includes Oro Valley and Marana as well as Flagstaff and much of eastern rural Arizona. He recently appeared for a one-on-one interview on the radio edition of “Zona Politics with Jim Nintzel.” This Q…

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Todd Button had been in the printing industry for almost 20 years when the company he worked for relocated to Pennsylvania in 2013. They offered him great pay, help with moving expenses and even money for a down payment on a house.

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For the more than 800,000 children and families in the nation who are experiencing anguish over immigration status uncertainty as well as for the employers who have hired DACA recipients, the future presents a challenge. 

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When I was 16 years old, I wanted to be a firefighter like my dad. That desire was driven by a few different factors, coalescing into one overwhelming urge to serve my community. I stayed in shape, watched videos, read a few books and even enrolled (though never completed) in the Fire Scienc…

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Last Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 30, the Marana Police Department held a badge-pinning and swearing-in ceremony for its five latest recruits. The ceremony has become a tradition within the department, and is a way of welcoming the new officers, as well as their families, into the fold.

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Whether you are a long-time artist or find yourself sitting in front of an easel for the first time, pursuing a creative endeavor is good for all aspects of your health—particularly in the later years. Older adults who actively participate in creative pursuits have shown improved physical an…

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Marana Town Manager Gilbert Davidson loved growing up in small, rural Willcox. He learned what it means to really know your neighbors and be a part of a community, solving problems together.

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As the Marana Chamber of Commerce celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year, we also honor and give thanks for the businesses and entities that have supported us-some for the entire time.

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Bethany Papajohn, principal of Leman Academy of Excellence in Oro Valley, asked a room full of fourth graders who their composer of study for the month was.