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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.

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When Mountain Vista Fire District resident William Killian received a taxpayer notice in the mail informing him that MVFD and the Golder Ranch Fire District were considering a consolidation, he thought the move would most likely be a positive one – though he had some reservations.

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Reader Karin Haile took this photo of young Harris Hawks testing out their wings near her Oro Valley home.

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Before the end of June, crews with Granite Construction should be finished with an unusual Oro Valley road project. They’re removing a 13-foot hill on West Lambert Lane, at the North La Cañada Drive intersection, to increase motorist visibility, traffic flow and business access.

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Where will YOU be on the Fourth of July this year? If your answer is “Naranja Park,” then you’re in the right place, my friends! That’s because this year’s FREE celebration has moved from James D. Kriegh Park to Naranja Park, located at 810 W. Naranja Drive, just east of La Cañada Drive. 

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Editor’s note: Longtime Pima County political operative, radio host and former Explorer News columnist Emil Franzi died last Wednesday, June 7. He was 78.

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They are golden retrievers and standard poodles, Irish wolfhounds and Newfoundlands, chihuahuas and silky terriers. They have names like Emma Jay, Lex, Cisco and Wriggly. They are just some of the certified therapy dogs you’ll find in the library’s Read to a Dog Program, and they all have on…

  • Vanessa Ford, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Sugar was brought to the Humane Society of Southern Arizona in December. Our staff saw that she needed deworming, which takes a few weeks for treatment to be effective. Sugar was placed with a wonderful foster volunteer so she could get healthy. In January of 2011, less than 2 months in our …

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For many people summer brings to mind images of vacation fun, but at Pima Animal Care Center it means one thing: overcrowded kennels. With puppy and kitten season in full swing, and stray dogs scared into the streets by fireworks and monsoon thunder, we can take in dozens of pets every day. …

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Five to six days. That was it. That’s about how long on average a dog or cat used to have at Pima Animal Care Center. If the animal hadn’t been adopted within a few days, it was euthanized. 

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As an avid outdoors person, I love everything active there is to do outdoors. My favorites are road cycling and hiking, but I also love mountain biking, running and walking on desert trails, paved paths and roads. Outdoor adventuring in the summer can be a lot of fun, but it is important to …

  • Logan Burtch-Buus, The Explorer
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The secret to any successful vacation is keeping the entire family entertained and happy, especially any young children. Recognizing this fact was the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, which recently debuted El Con Kids Club.

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Amphitheater Public Schools’ new vision for elementary school education is officially open after district administration and local dignitaries gathered at Innovation Academy for a ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, June 2. 

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If you were unable to catch Spotlight on Youth’s production of Disney’s “Peter Pan JR.” last weekend at the Ironwood Ridge High School Performing Arts Center, don’t fret, as the show is making two more stops this weekend.

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The Oro Valley Aquatic Center will close this weekend to the public, beginning at 2 p.m. Friday, June 9, to accommodate the yearly Oro Valley Open Jon Borendame Memorial Meet. The event is hosted by The Flying Fish Arizona Swim Team every year to honor the life of Borendame, who contributed …

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A product of Amphitheater Public Schools since she attended Harelson Elementary, 18-year-old Haley Arnold said she has always been focused on maintaining good grades and staying focused in school. So when she entered the gym at Canyon del Oro High School last Tuesday morning to practice her …

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The Ironwood Ridge High School students and alumni came together once again on Tuesday, May 9, to honor five members of the Nighthawk family whose significant contributions to the school have left an indelible mark on the school’s culture and the community at-large, earning each a spot in th…

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The Oro Valley town council is one step closer to finalizing its budget for the coming fiscal year, which will begin in July. While the seven-member body discusses last minute alterations to the recently approved tentative budget, here are a few things to keep in mind from the May 19 council…

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This November, Oro Valley voters will decide whether to approve $17 million in general obligation bonds to fund the multi-sport fields, base-ball diamonds, a playground and other improvements at Naranja Park, 810 W. Naranja Drive. The bonds would be repaid through a secondary property tax, w…

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Executives from Living Care Lifestyles were joined by Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath and representatives of town government, the local chamber of commerce and development and design partners last week to celebrate the groundbreaking of a new assisted living and memory care community in Oro…

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The Canyon del Oro softball team has advanced to the state title game 12 times in their history and with a 4-2 win over Sunrise Mountain the Dorados, won their ninth state championship Tuesday, May 9.

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Canyon del Oro High School senior Mason Myhre racked up more than half a dozen strikeouts from the mound against No. 1 ranked Nogales High School when the two schools met in the 4A state semifinal last Wednesday. Though the Dorados kicked off a three-run rally in the fifth inning, it was not…

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Residents of Oro Valley: Did you know there is a full-time staff member whose primary job it is to answer your questions and make sure your feedback is provided to Council? Whether it’s a concern about an overgrown right-of-way or a question about road construction, Constituent Services Coor…

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A member of the Oro Valley town council recently posed the idea of a cash infusion from the General Fund contingency reserve into the Oro Valley Community and Recreation Center Fund for capital improvements at the site.

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A nation at peace must be reminded of the price of war and the debt owed to those who have died in war, and the American Legion Auxiliary Oro Valley Unit 132 has pledged to annually remind America of this debt through the distribution of the memorial flower, a red “remembrance poppy.” 

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With three quarters of the year logged in the record books the financial standing of the Oro Valley Community and Recreation Center has found its way into regularly scheduled council discussion on more than one occasion this year, including most recently during the April 19 meeting.

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At tonight’s Regular Council Meeting (April 5) the Oro Valley Town Council will discuss community requests and a proposed plan to build and finance additional sport fields and related amenities at Naranja Park. The proposed plan, which was developed in response to requests from residents and…

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One of the largest and most captivating arts festivals found anywhere in Southern Arizona is soon to make a return to Oro Valley when the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) hosts the Spring Festival of the Arts this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 25 and 26.

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On Jan. 18 at approximately 7:40 a.m. in the area of Glover and Verch the Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) responded to a suspicious activity call.

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While most high school students see an iPod and a set of headphones as a source of distraction or a way to listen to their favorite tunes, members of the Oro Valley Youth Advisory Council recently learned that music also provides a unique and memorable opportunity to give back to the community.