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Vern Friedli was the kind of rough and tumble, crusty football coach that players would run through walls for. 

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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 Town of Oro Valley, in partnership with the Music and Dance Academy, recently announced the launch of the new Oro Valley Kids Concert Series, which provides an intimate, interactive experience for young children and their families where they can explore the sights, sounds and workings of…

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  • Nate Airulla
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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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When longtime Painted Sky Elementary School parent volunteer and teacher Heidi Radtke was searching for a fun way for kindergarten and first-grade students to practice a variety of comprehension skills, she turned to her fellow educators for ideas.

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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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Fans of last year’s “Captain America: Civil War” will rejoice knowing that the same raw, yet spirited, Spider-Man returns in “Homecoming.” Brit and former gymnast Tom Holland once again provides an infectious charismatic face to the Marvel brand as Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man. His youthful …

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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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Though there is still much work to be done, the Town of Oro Valley took a step towards northern annexations during the July 5 regular council session.

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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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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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  • Logan Burtch-Buus
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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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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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In 1985, NFL Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton and then-Vice President George H.W. Bush helped the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) designate the month of July as “Parks and Recreation Month.” This year, Parks and Recreation Month celebrates the power of play. 

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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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Last week, The Explorer article “Oro Valley using budget surplus to balance books” included an incorrect statistic relating to the operations of the Oro Valley Community and Recreation Center’s golf operations.

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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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Months of construction and delays at the intersection of West Lambert Lane and North La Cañada Drive are nearing completion, the Town of Oro Valley announced last week when Lambert reopened last week.

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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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  • Logan Burtch-Buus
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One north side mother recently proved that anything is possible with a bit of passion, determination and a big support group—even raising nearly $70,000 in 75 days.

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  • Lee Allen, Special to The Explorer
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Tucson’s long-awaited rainy season traditionally gets underway sometime around the July 4 weekend, bringing not only some relief from triple-digit temperatures, but the scary possibility of flash flooding, the return of croaking Colorado-River toads and those damned mosquitoes.  

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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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  • Logan Burtch-Buus
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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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It was a clean sweep for Thornydale Little League, as three of their softball teams won their respective District 5 titles and will now advance to state or regional tournaments. 

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It has been a big weekend for recent Canyon Del Oro graduate Turner Washington. The state champion thrower was named the 2016-17 Gatorade Arizona Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year—the first Dorado to claim award.

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Alvaro Enciso’s patterned collages fit right in with the rest of the art in “Arizona Abstract.”

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The Oro Valley Town Council voted unanimously Wednesday, June 21, 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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Campers Amalie Alberti, Victoria Flynn, Calvin O’Rouke, Shane Dorrough, Cain Collins and Madison Leitz (from right to left) make their best silly faces before meeting with their friends at the Oro Valley Community Recreation Center.

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More than a year has passed since the first wildlife bridge in the Sonoran Desert, and a nearby underpass, were completed north of Oro Valley along North Oracle Road. The project was back in the spotlight last month when the Pima Association of Governments and the Regional Transportation Aut…

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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.