MUSD candidate forum to be held on Oct. 5

A forum with Marana Unified School District board candidates is being held Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Tortolita Middle School.

The event is sponsored by the Marana Education Association.

All five candidates — Eric Brandriff, Tom Carlson, William Graham Glauser, John Lewandowski and Dean Spencer — are expected to attend, a release said. Candidates make opening and closing statements, and respond to questions from the community and those developed by the Marana Education Association and Marana Education Support Professionals.

The event is free and open to the public.

"The Marana Education Association does not endorse or recommend candidates," said Nicole Cozad, president of the MEA. "This public forum is an opportunity for members of our community to ask questions in order to make informed decisions."

Tortolita Middle School is located at 4101 W. Hardy Road.

Legion post gives $2,250 to aid kids of military

On Sept. 8, representatives of American Legion Oro Valley Post 132 presented a check for $2,250 to assist the families of deployed military service members.

Capt. Michael McCasland, rear detachment commander of the 2-285th Assault Helicopter Battalion, and Colleen Bush, chairwoman of the battalion's family readiness group and wife of the deployed battalion commander, accepted the gift. Ed Davis, commander of Post 132, and Rigmore Schneider, American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 132 treasurer, made the presentation.

Arizona National Guard family readiness group volunteers, most of them spouses of deployed service members, provide support to deployed soldiers' families. The 2-285th is a battalion of more than 400 soldiers, 250 of them from the Tucson and Phoenix areas, currently deployed to Iraq.

Funds were raised during the Legion post's recent charity golf tournament. Other organizations supporting and caring for the children of local military families, such as the University of Arizona's Cooperative Extension, Operation: Military Kids, are also benefiting, a release said.

Cortaro / Magee updates at NW campus Oct. 4

A citizens advisory committee and a public open house on the Cortaro Farms / Magee road improvement project are back-to-back Monday, Oct. 4, on the Northwest Campus of Pima Community College.

The sessions, in room A-207, are hosted by the Pima County Department of Transportation. The citizens advisory committee meets from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. A public open house runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Each agenda has information about the three-phase project to improve Cortaro / Magee between Thornydale and Oracle.

For Phase 1, people can learn about the schedule, with Phase 1 design plans nearly complete; the status of an environmental assessment and permitting process; reviews of landscaping and art, and suggestions and name changes for roadway segments.

Phase 2 discussion includes a schedule update, with design plans nearing 60 percent completion.

Phase 3 information regards the design process.

People with questions or needing information may contact Angie Brown, c/o community relations, at 520-327-6077 or e-mail

Hearing about I-10 concept is Thursday in Marana

An initial draft design concept report and an environmental assessment of the I-10 corridor from Tangerine Road to the intersection with I-8 are ready for public comment.

The Arizona Department of Transportation has scheduled three hearings on the proposal. One is this Thursday, Sept. 30, at Estes Elementary School, 11279 W. Grier in Marana. The others are Tuesday, Sept. 28, in Casa Grande and Wednesday, Sept. 29, at Picacho Elementary School.

Hearings run from 5 to 7 p.m. They are identical in content, with a presentation at 5:30 p.m. Maps and displays are available, and ADOT representatives plan to address concerns and answer questions, a release said.

The study is intended "to develop a long-range plan to accommodate future traffic projections and establish a framework for future improvement projects as traffic volume increases," the release said.

The draft environmental assessment may be seen at, and at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr., Library in Marana.

For more information or to submit comments, contact Angie Brown at, by phone at 327-6077, by fax at 327-4687, or by mail at 2540 N. Tucson Blvd., Tucson, 85716.

Sign up to vote In November by Monday, Oct. 4

People may register to vote in the Nov. 2 general election before midnight Monday, Oct. 4, according to a release from Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez.

"Do not wait until the last minute to request your ballot," Rodriguez said. "You want to make sure you receive all of your voting materials in time."

Those who should register include eligible residents who have never registered to vote in Pima County before, including new county residents; voters residing in Pima County who will attain the age of 18 by Nov. 2 and are not registered elsewhere; voters who have moved; voters who have changed their name since their last registration; and voters who would like to change their party affiliation.

Registration forms are available at the Pima County Recorder's Office, any Arizona Department of Motor Vehicle branch, all post offices, all library branches, city and town halls; the recorder's website at, the online motor vehicle "EZ VOTER" link, or at

For more information, or to confirm if you are registered to vote, call the Pima County Recorder's Office at 740-4330. Out-of-town residents may call 1-800-775-7462 and ask for extension 4330.

Early voting begins Oct. 7.

On Sept. 11, Elks served up turkey for firefighters

On Sept. 11, the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815 paid tribute to local firefighters by delivering turkey dinners with all the trimmings to firefighters at seven fire stations in the Golder Ranch Fire District and one station in the Rural Metro Fire Department.

The gesture was intended to thank firefighters for their service, a release said.

"These dedicated men and women, who put their lives in danger on a daily basis, provide service to Catalina, Oro Valley, SaddleBrooke and southern Pinal County," the Elks continued. "Members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks express appreciation nationwide to firefighters for the valuable service they provide to their communities."

Info on school candidates posted online

Information about candidates for school boards in the Amphitheater and Marana school districts has been posted on the Pima County School Superintendent's website, Superintendent Dr. Linda Lee Arzoumanian has announced.

Candidate statements and photographs are available at

For information, call Susan Hankinson at the superintendent's office, 740-8451.

For third year, OV procurement wins top award

For the third 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 was presented to Procurement Administrator Brian Garrity. Oro Valley's procurement division was the first ever single-person organization to receive the 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 third year in a row shows the town's commitment to excellence in the procurement field."

Oro Valley is one of 14 government agencies in Arizona and one of 56 cities nationally to receive the award.

It is given as part of an effort by the National Purchasing Institute to recognize organizational excellence in public procurement. 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, a release said.

Pima Northwest to host 3 talks on Holocaust

Pima Community College is sponsoring the 2010 Holocaust Lecture Series, the first of what it plans to be an annual event.

"Please join us for one or more of these fascinating lectures," a release said. "All are free and open to the public."

The schedule is:

What is Judaism?

Rabbi Robert Eisen. Sunday, Oct. 3, 6:15 p.m. Congregation Anshei Israel, 5550 E. Fifth Street.


Dr. David Graizbord, University of Arizona Judaic Studies. Sunday, Oct. 24, 6:15 p.m. PCC Northwest Campus, 7600 N. Shannon Road, A-207.

Memoirs of a Child Survivor

Sidney Finkel, concentration camp survivor and author. Sunday, Nov. 14, 6:15 p.m. PCC Northwest Campus, 7600 N. Shannon Road, A-207.

Slave Labor and the Death Marches

Jan-Ruth Mills, author and holocaust educator. Sunday, Dec. 5, 6:15 p.m. PCC Northwest Campus, 7600 N. Shannon Road, A-207.

Electronics waste recycle this Saturday

Free electronics waste recycling is being offered this Saturday, Oct. 2, at Whole Foods Market on Oracle at Ina.

The gathering, planned by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and Whole Foods, runs from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot. It is one of several on Saturday.

ADEQ and its partners – Whole Foods Market, World Care and Westech Recyclers of Phoenix -- anticipate collecting tons of unwanted televisions, computers, monitors, batteries, chargers, cell phones, VCRs, CD and DVD players, printers, small appliances, fax machines, cables and cords during the event. An e-waste event earlier this year at the Tucson Whole Foods Markets collected nearly 15 tons of material.

"E-waste is hi-tech litter that's becoming one of Arizona's fastest growing environmental threats," said ADEQ Director Benjamin H. Grumbles. "We can all make a difference by pitching in to the recycle bin and turn a potentially toxic stream of waste into useful products and green profits. We are excited about returning to Tucson and partnering with Whole Foods again after the success we enjoyed at the event in January."

"Whole Foods Market is thrilled to be a partner in this event," said Sonja Brown, marketing supervisor for Whole Foods Markets in Tucson. "Caring about our communities and our environment is one of our seven core values and having the event benefit a local nonprofit like World Care creates a win-win for the environment and our community."

Westech Recyclers can provide certificates of disposal for those who want them. The company recycles all material in accordance with state and federal regulations, and erases all hard drives received.

For more information, call 795-9844 or 297-5394.

Free document shredding in OV

The Oro Valley Police Department and Shred-it Company plan a document-shredding event for Saturday, Oct. 9.

It'll be held in the parking lot of the Target store at First Avenue and Oracle Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The first two file boxes of documents per person will be shredded for free. A $10 fee will be charged for each additional box.

There's no need to remove staples or paper clips.

Marana fetes pair of retiring workers

Two retiring, longtime employees have been honored by the Town of Marana.

Lily Grijalva and Larry Beasley were presented branding irons by Mayor Ed Honea at the Sept. 21 council meeting. Honea said that, moving forward, each retiring or deceased employee would have his or her name engraved on a brick to be placed in the walkway leading to the administration building at the Marana Municipal Complex.

Beasley began working for town government in 1993, earning a number of promotions during a 17-year career in the public works department. "It's been a real pleasure being a part of this town and watching it grow," Beasley told the council. "I have a lot of good memories here, a lot of good ones."

Grijalva worked for town government 32 years, holding a number of positions. "What (started) out to be a six-month job turned into 32 years," she said.

Grijalva began working for the town at its first town hall, the former Honea homestead, when Marana had two employees and three police officers. At one point during her career, Marana had 368 employees.

"We're going to miss both of these folks," Honea said. "Employees in the Town of Marana are really family."

The council marked Sept. 27-Oct. 1 as employee appreciation week.

Native poet reads, signs this Tuesday

Native American poet Sherwin Bitsui is reading from his 2009 book, "Flood Song," and signing books this Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Pima Community College's Northwest Campus.

The event runs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in Room A207. The campus is located at 7600 N. Shannon Rd.

Bitsui is originally from the Navajo Reservation at White Cone, Ariz. He currently makes his home in Tucson. He is described by critics as a powerful young talent, at the forefront of a new generation of native writers.

Bitsui was a recipient of a 2008 Tucson MOCA Local Genius Award, and his poetry has won many awards, including the 2010 American Book Award for "Flood Song" from the Before Columbus Foundation, a release said.

Fall art fest is Oct. 16-17 at OV shop center

The 11th annual Oro Valley Fall Art Festival is set for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 16 and 17, in the Rooney Ranch / Target shopping center at First and Oracle.

The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

A selection of paintings, photography, sculpture, metal art, woodwork, glass art, gourd art, ceramics, jewelry, fiber and more is being shown by more than 75 local and national artists. Kettle corn and roasted nuts are further attractions.

For information, contact Sandi Jewell, Jewell's Fine Art Festivals, at 390-4153 or 749-6619.

Upcoming events at Northwest schools

Wednesday, Sept 29:

Twin Peaks Elementary School, community forum with Superintendent Dr. Doug Wilson, 7 p.m., auditorium

Thursday, Sept. 30:

IRHS Choir concert, 7 p.m., auditorium

Mesa Verde Talent Show, MPR

Friday, Oct 1:

IRHS Student Government Beanies for Babies drive. Bring donations of beanies, blankets, and clothes for newborns (up to 3 months) to the Homecoming game. Donations will go to the NICU at Tucson Medical Center.

Saturday, Oct. 2:

Copper Creek Elementary School yard sale, 7 a.m.

Monday, Oct. 4:

Wilson Middle School Choir concert, 7 p.m., MPR

Tuesday, Oct. 5:

Amphitheater governing board meeting, 7 p.m., district office, Wetmore

Cross Orchestra concert, 7 p.m., MPR

Wilson Chamber and Jazz concert, 7 p.m., MPR

Tortolita MUSD school board candidate forum, 7 p.m., cafeteria

CDO Jazz Band concert, 7 p.m.

Marana HS Choir concert, 6:30 p.m., auditorium

Wednesday, Oct 6:

National Walk to School Day

Cross Choir concert and potluck dinner, 6:30 p.m., MPR

Thursday, Oct. 7:

CDO Choir and Orchestra concert, 7 p.m., auditorium

MUSD governing board meeting, 7 p.m., Marana Municipal Complex

Monday, Oct. 11:

Amphi and Marana school districts fall break, no school

Lauren Hagan can be contacted at

No Steam Pump garden tour this Thursday

A heritage garden tour scheduled for this Thursday, Sept. 30, at Steam Pump Ranch has been cancelled.

The tour, sponsored by the Oro Valley Public Library and the Oro Valley Historical Society, will be rescheduled, a release said.

For more information, call 229-5300.

Top leadership Award to MUSD administrator

A Marana educator has been chosen for The Excellence in Educational Leadership Award 2010, given by The University Council for Educational Administration.

Dr. Marianne Castellon is director of educational services within the Marana Unified School District. She was nominated as the University of Arizona representative for the award.

The award is given to "practicing school administrators who have made significant contributions to the improvement of administrator preparation," a release said.

The University Council for Educational Administration is "an international consortium of prestigious research universities committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of children, schools and society," it continued.

Church rummage sale Saturday

First Baptist Church of Catalina plans a fall festival and sale to benefit its preschool.

The event, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2, will feature food and entertainment for all ages.

The church plans to accept donated items for the rummage sale through Oct. 1.Accepted items include books, DVDs, appliances, tools, kitchen and household items, and children's and infant supplies.

The church also plans to accept non-perishable food items for donation to the Community Food Bank.

First Baptist Church of Catalina is located 3505 E. Wilds Road. For more information, call 818-2555.

Oro valley entering $370K contract on Steam Pump

The Town of Oro Valley has awarded a $370,400 contract to begin restoration and repair work on two buildings located at Steam Pump Ranch, the historic ranch acquired by the town in 2007.

The Pusch Ranch House, built in the 1870s by rancher George Pusch, is being restored to its original appearance. The second, Proctor-Leiber House, built in the 1930s, is being repaired and stabilized for future renovation.

The contract was awarded to Concord General Contractors, a Tucson firm that has worked on historical restoration projects including the University of Arizona's Old Main and the Maricopa County Security Building. To pay for the work, the town is utilizing $149,000 remaining in Pima County bond funds and $221,400 from the town's general fund.

Steam Pump Ranch, located along Oracle Road just north of First Avenue and La Reserve, was the site of a ranch founded in 1874 by George Pusch and Johann Zellweger. It was an important way-station in the mercantile structure of the southern Arizona cattle industry and in the transportation corridor to Oracle and points north. The two entrepreneurial immigrants used a steam engine as the unique and state-of-the-art power source to pump water from the shallow aquifer and to make it an oasis in the arid landscape of the region. This "Steam Pump" gave its name to the ranch itself.

Of special importance is the key commercial role this site has played in the ranching, water and food production business of Tucson and the region, a release said. In 2008, the Oro Valley Town Council adopted a citizen-driven master plan to restore the property.

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