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There’s a common thread between the many student-athletes from Southern Arizona who find their way to collegiate athletics. That thread, which was exemplified once again in ceremonies at high school gymnasiums and cafeterias around the region last week, is the support systems that allow athl…

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The American Legion Auxiliary Oro Valley Unit 132 is looking for assistance with the Wreaths Across America campaign by purchasing a wreath in honor of a loved one. Wreaths Across America is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization with a mission to honor and remember deceased veterans. 

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County Administrator Chuck Huckleberry has a new plan to hike the local sales tax to fix Pima County’s deteriorating roads, but the success of that proposal will hinge on persuading state lawmakers to allow the Pima County Board of Supervisors to approve a sales tax with less than unanimous …

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When it comes to answering the call of duty, sometimes firefighters spray water on Fords instead of flames. This was certainly the case Sunday, Nov. 12, when members of the Golder Ranch Fire District hosted a community car wash to raise funds for cancer treatments.

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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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Last Thursday, the Arizona Board of Regents approved the University of Arizona’s development plan for 2018. The $255 million plan budgeted 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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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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Oro Valley Water Utility customers: Did you know the Oro Valley Water Utility has a leak notification program called AquaHawk Alerting? The program allows you to track your daily water use online and receive notifications if your water use exceeds a target or “threshold” amount, which you es…

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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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Pianists Bob Baldori and Arthur Migliazza will show off the fascinating story of Blues, Boogie Woogie and how it shaped Modern Jazz, Rock & Roll and the American Pop Culture next Friday, Nov. 24 at 6 PM at the Gaslight Music Hall in Oro Valley. The feel-good fun show has played to sold o…

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Shelby Zismann seems older than 17 as she talks about processing the two-year relationship where she experienced emotional abuse. 

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In a bold move against law and order, officers at the Oro Valley Police Department have embraced the wildness of No-Shave November. So far, 47 workers in the department are opting to not shave their facial hair to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.

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A brilliant blue sky and brisk temperatures greeted the hundreds of attendees at the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony at Wilson K-8 School last Wednesday. 

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Summit Hut’s Oro Valley location will host a free community event this Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9 to 11:00 a.m.

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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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For the second time in less than a decade, Oro Valley voters turned down a bond package to fund accelerated development at the Naranja Park site. 

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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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Wheels For Kids will hold an open house at the Sun City Oro Valley Activity Center this Thursday, Nov. 16 from 9 to 11 a.m.. The open house will provide area residents the opportunity to learn more about Wheels For Kids and meet some of the volunteers who collect the bikes, fix them up and t…

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The Oro Valley Police Department will be conducting its High Visibility Enforcement efforts during the month of November along North Oracle Road at the West Magee and West Suffolk road intersections.

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This photo of the Pusch Ridge Mountains was taken by Oro Valley reader Jerry LeMay. Send your photos to readerphotos@tucsonlocalmedia.com. Include your name, contact information and details about the photo, including who took it, where it was taken and the subject. Not all photos can be prin…

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After fourth-grade student Elijah Marovitz voiced his concern for damaged schools in Houston during this year’s student council elections, Copper Creek Elementary School teacher Crystal Hinz’s class started collecting money for hurricane relief. For their fundraising efforts, the students re…

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Kiana Anaya, a graduate of Canyon Del Oro High School, won a $10,000 scholarship during her first semester at Arizona State University. She won the #MyFutureSelfie contest, hosted by FranNet, by posing with tools and a patient in a dentist’s office, similar to the one she hopes to one day own. 

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As part of the ongoing Lambert Lane project, Granite Construction, Inc. will close sections of Lambert Lane on Sunday, Nov. 12,  from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. The closures will allow Granite crews to place the final pavement at the intersection of West Lambert Lane and North La Cañada Drive.

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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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Maancy Saksena, a 16-year-old Canyon del Oro High School student, is gearing up to attend the University of Arizona next year and study chemical engineering. 

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Oro Valley Vice Mayor Lou Waters is a big believer in the importance of community. He’s also a big believer in the magic of music—he said it’s always been a central part of his life. He used to play clarinet, saxophone and piano in high school and city bands, and spent a number of years as a…

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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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Amphitheater Public Schools received a 2017 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA’s annual Green Power Leadership Awards recognize America’s leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nat…

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Oro Valley recently held an open house for the new Big Wash Trailhead—hopefully the compromise to a year-long feud over access to the Honeybee Trail System, state land trails that many call the best bike trails in Southern Arizona. The meeting room was abuzz with concerned and excited commun…

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I’m sure we’ve all started noticing the signs of the impending holiday season: our mutual disbelief at how early Christmas decorations are going up, the television’s not-so-subtle reminders that diamonds and cars are the only presents worthy of our attention and that feeling of inevitability…

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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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It’s playoff season in Arizona high school sports, with volleyball and football kicking off their respective tournaments this week. 

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The Oro Valley Police Department is asking for the public’s help with a criminal damage investigation. The suspect in this photo was seen in the area of First Avenue and Oracle on Sunday, Oct. 29 between the hours of 5 and 6 a.m. Additional photos depict him defacing a political sign. He is …