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Posted: Tuesday, October 6, 2009 11:00 pm

Pima prosecutor recognized for victims aid

A prosecutor in the Pima County Attorney's Office has been honored by the Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys' Advisory Council.

Jonathan Mosher received the 2009 David R. White Excellence in Victim Advocacy Award for "his commitment to providing exceptional service and support on behalf of victims of crime," a release said.

Mosher is a prosecutor in the special victims unit of the county attorney's office, a position he assumed in December 2008.

"In that short time he has distinguished himself as an outstanding prosecutor and victim advocate," Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall said.

'Zombie Walk' charity event Oct. 24 in city

The fourth Tucson Zombie Walk, a charity event to benefit the Tucson Community Food Bank, is set for Saturday, Oct. 24 in the city.

Zombie Walk is joined this year by Thrill the World, which plans a group performance of the late Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

As occurred a year ago, Thrill the World is joining with other groups worldwide in an attempt to break the record for the largest simultaneous Thriller dance. Last year, 4,179 dancers from 72 cities participated; this year, after Jackson's passing, more than 200 dance gatherings are planned to date.

A costume contest and many vendors fill that Saturday, with festivities starting at 3:30 p.m. at 50 W. Franklin Street. For information and to register, go to">

Tuesday story times for kids at Tohono Chul

Each Tuesday at 10 a.m., Tohono Chul Park offers Story Time in the Garden for Children.

The event, free with admission, is held in the Garden for Children at the park, located on Paseo del Norte in Casas Adobes.

It's a way to "keep your toddlers happy and en¬tertained," a release said. They'll hear Southwest-themed stories told by docent narrators. They'll share tales of coyotes and cacti.

After story time, a stroll in the park is "the perfect way to keep your child's imagination stimulated," the release continued. "Search for the tallest saguaro, or laugh at the antics of the little zebra-tailed lizards as they dart across the trail. Have your little ones write their own stories."

For more information on the park, call (520) 742-6455, visit, or visit in person at 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, one stoplight west of the intersection at Oracle and Ina.Special Ansel

Adams show at Tucson museum

A display of photography by Ansel Adams opens this Friday, Oct. 9, at the Tucson Museum of Art, and remains up through Feb. 14.

Photographs in "Ansel Adams: A Legacy "are on loan from the collection of Lynn and Tom Meredith. A number of special programs and lectures are planned in conjunction with the show.

An invitation-only opening reception begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the museum, located at 140 N. Main in historic downtown Tucson.

Dr. John P. Schaefer, a veteran photographer who secured the cooperation of Adams in establishing the Center for Creative Photography when Schaefer was president of the University of Arizona, is conducting a special exhibition tour by invitation at 4:30 p.m. Friday.

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Tucson chamber opposed to Prop. 200 on city ballot

Directors of the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce have voted to oppose Proposition 200, the "Public Safety First" initiative on the November ballot in the city of Tucson.

The board concluded that "mandating staffing levels and response times in the Charter of Tucson undermines the purpose of the Charter and the role of elected officials in governing," a release said. "Without a funding source, Proposition 200 will place the City of Tucson under dire financial constraints at a time when it is least needed."

The chamber considers Proposition 200 to be an "unfunded mandate."

"As a former volunteer firefighter and military policeman, public safety, particularly police and fire protection, is important to me," said Jack Camper, president and chief executive officer of the chamber. "The chamber's position in no way speaks to the job our police and fire are doing, it simply goes to the root of unfunded mandates and poor public policy."

Event for local educators at mall book store

Barnes & Noble at the Foothills Mall is hosting a "Welcome Educator" reception this Saturday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Refreshments and educator giveaways from publishers are being offered at the registration table. Two local authors are signing their books.

"Appreciation" events Oct. 10-18 give educators the chance to win a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card.

Grants can aid with routes to, from schools

Grant applications for the fourth annual Safes Routes to School funding program are now available from the Arizona Department of Transportation.

Any elementary or middle school, non-profit organization or local government agency is eligible to apply for funding. Grants are available for:

• Infrastructure projects – Up to $300,000 per grant application is available for improvements within a 2-mile radius of an elementary or middle school. Examples of improvements include sidewalk projects, trails and "traffic calming;"

• Non-infrastructure programs – Up to $45,000 per grant application is available for education or encouragement programs such as education campaigns, law enforcement efforts and prize giveaways.

Safe Routes to School was created by Congress to encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school and to make it safer for them to do so.

For more information and to download the applications, visit">

Grants are due Dec. 31; however, grant applications within the greater Tucson region must go through a regional process. Contact Ann Chanecka, Pima Association of Governments transportation planner, at or 792-1093.

OV library book sale is Oct. 21-24

More than 20,000 books are going on sale Oct. 21-24, when the Friends of the Oro Valley Public Library present their annual fall book sale.

Most books are 50 cents to $4. They span the range of subjects, to include art, children's books, history, humor, literature, mystery, romance, the Southwest, sports and more. Some books are rare and collectible. Compact discs, DVDs, videos, records and audio books are also being sold.

All proceeds benefit the Oro Valley Public Library, located at 1305 W. Naranja in Oro Valley.

The sale runs from Wednesday through Saturday, Oct. 21-24. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22; 9-5 Friday, Oct. 23, which is also half-price day; and 9 a.m. to 12:30, and 1 to 5 on Saturday, Oct. 24. That morning is half-price; the afternoon is the $5 bag sale (their bags, the friends write).

For more information, call 229-5326, or go to">

National honor to one-person OV division

For the second year in a row, Oro Valley's procurement division has received national recognition.

The National Purchasing Institute has honored the town with its 14th annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award. The award was presented to procurement administrator Brian Garrity. Oro Valley's procurement division is the first ever single-person organization to receive this honor.

"This is a really great achievement for the Town of Oro Valley," Garrity said. "The procurement function was only established in September 2007, and to receive this award for the second year in a row shows the town's commitment to excellence in the procurement field."

The award is given as part of an effort by the National Purchasing Institute to recognize "organizational excellence in public procurement," a release said. It is earned by those organizations "that demonstrate excellence by obtaining a high score based on standardized criteria designed to measure innovation, professionalism, productivity, e-procurement and leadership attributes of the procurement organization."

Christian artist at OV church on Sunday, Oct. 11

Allison Durham Speer, a regular performer on the Gaither Homecoming videos, performs in concert Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene, 500 W. Calle Concordia.

The concert begins at 6 p.m.

Speer is a Christian recording artist who's gone from humble beginnings in Parksville, Ky., to large U.S. venues as well as humanitarian aid trips to Russia, Bosnia, the Philippines and South Africa.

Gaither Homecoming videos have been broadcast on the TBN, INSP and GAC TV networks, and have garnered high rankings on Billboard Magazine's list for video sales, a release said.

For more information, contact the Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene at 297-8297.

Parent classes on Wednesdays at Marana school

Love and Logic parenting classes are being offered on Wednesday nights at Estes Elementary School, 11279 W. Grier in Marana.

The free courses are offered through Marana Health Center's Behavior Health Services program.

People who participate can learn "parenting tools … useful for parents with children of any age, including adolescents," a release said.

Classes are held Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. Parents may attend at any time, and child care is available.

Garage fire may have ignited in clothes dryer

Northwest firefighters were able to contain a fire in a garage in the 5500 block of W. Peaceful Dove in Dove Mountain on Thursday morning before it reached the home.

The fire started in or near the dryer and is under investigation, according to a release from Northwest Fire and Rescue. Damage is estimated at $3,000.

Though the cause has not yet been determined, firefighters "suggest this is a reminder to residents to check that dryers are kept free of lint build-up, and that exhausts and connections are working correctly," the release concluded.

In Oro Valley, McCain broached Afghanistan, defensive missiles, other subjects

When he spoke in Oro Valley late last month, Arizona Sen. John McCain touched upon a number of subjects.

Among them, McCain:

• was troubled that President Obama canceled an agreement with the Czech Republic and Poland concerning a defensive missile system. A key to ending the Cold War with the Soviet Union, McCain asserts, was that President Reagan "held fast to a defensive missile system." The Obama decision "rewards the militancy and rhetoric" of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

"We need the defensive missile systems," McCain said. "This is a mistake on the president's part;"

• called for American strength and perseverance in Afghanistan.

"When we're not winning, we're losing," McCain said. While allowing that "Americans are weary" of that war, "we cannot allow Afghanistan to return to, and be taken over by, the Taliban. It's long, it's tough, and there will be more expenditure of American blood and treasure, but we must succeed."

• said he remains opposed to a "cap and trade bill" regarding emissions.

"This is not a cap and trade bill, this is a cap and tax bill," McCain said. "I will fight against it every step of the way."

That said, the Republican told the audience "I believe there are threats to the climate. I do believe greenhouse gas emissions are real, and they affect our environment." The senator advocated for solar, wind, tide, "all those things," and "nuclear power," as a "vital and very important resource."

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