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Posted: Wednesday, February 3, 2010 12:00 am

GOP hopefuls in CD8 debate next Thursday

Republican candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives in District 8 are debating Thursday, Feb. 11, at Ironwood Ridge High School in Oro Valley.

The Northwest Republicans Group is hosting Andy Goss, Brian Miller, Jesse Kelly and Jonathan Paton from 6:30 to 9 p.m. that Thursday. Co-sponsors are the Tucson Tea Party, Smart Girl Politics and the Oro Valley Republican Women's Club.

David Hoefferle, vice chairman of the Pima County Republicans, is the moderator. Candidates respond to questions from several panelists.

The District 8 seat is currently held by Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.


Melvin holding two meetings this Saturday

Sen. Al Melvin (LD-26) is holding two town hall meetings in Pima County this Saturday, Feb. 6.

Melvin invites constituents to the council chambers at Oro Valley Town Hall, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive, from 1 to 3 p.m.

He'll also be available at the La Paloma Urgent Care Facility, 4001 E. Sunrise Drive, from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Topics suggested by the Republican include the state budget, K-12 funding, health care, border security, jobs and taxes.

Questions and answers are a part of the day.


Town of OV launches social media efforts

The Town of Oro Valley has created new lines of communication through social media, it said in a news release Monday.

Launching pages on both the social networking site Facebook and microblogging site Twitter, the Town "has taken a step to expand their outreach efforts," the release said. "This will allow residents to receive information from the Town wherever they are."

From the Oro Valley home page, at">, people can follow links to the Facebook page, the Twitter page and sign up for e-mail subscriptions. Interested people can receive community updates and information about services and amenities.

"Social media will help residents connect to the Town," the release continued. "It pushes information to them, instead of asking them to make the effort, as with a website. It offers not just a place to learn, but a place to have a conversation."


Al Anderson, member of panel, dies at 75

Alfred E. "Al" Anderson, a longtime member of the Catalina Golder Ranch Village Council, died Thursday, Jan. 28. He was 75.

A celebration of his life is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at Casas Church. Vistoso Memorial Chapel is arranging services.

Al Anderson was born in Forks, Wash., Aug. 3, 1934. After graduating from the University of Washington, he went on to Dallas Seminary, where he earned a master's degree in theology. Al and Pat were married soon afterwards, became members of Wycliffe Bible Translators and began their work in Mexico with the Summer Institute of Linguistics.

Al was very much at home in the rain forest of Oaxaca with the Palantla Chinantec people. He had the privilege of helping to translate the New Testament and other materials into the Chinantec language.

The family moved to Tucson in 1980. While continuing to make trips to Mexico, he served in different administrative positions in SIL.

Al "thoroughly enjoyed being active in the community," his wife Pat said.


County seeks advocates for teen violence prevention

Pima County's Victim Services Division is seeking Northwest residents to become advocates for youth, educating them about preventing sexual and relationship violence.

The division, within the office of Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall, is working with the Southern Arizona Center Against Sexual Assault to hold a "Train the Trainer" program.

It is intended for people living in greater Marana and Oro Valley, a release said.

An informational session is set for Thursday, Feb. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Marana Operations and Police Substation, 5100 W. Ina.

Anyone interested in volunteering must attend one of the two informational sessions listed above. Two-day educator training is planned Feb. 25-26.

Call 740-5525 for more information about volunteering, and to sign up for an information session.


Casino Night to aid Marana schools Feb. 13

The third annual Casino Night Gala fund-raiser for the Marana Foundation for Educational Excellence is rolling on Saturday, Feb. 13.

The event, from 6 to 11 p.m., is being held in the Stardance Event Center at the Lazy K Bar Ranch, 8401 N. Scenic Drive off Continental Reserve Loop and Silverbell Road.

It's a night of cocktails, dinner, dancing and casino-style entertainment, with all proceeds to benefit the Marana Unified School District.

Tickets are $49 per person, including $10 in chips, or $88 per couple, including $20 in chips. Tickets must be purchased by Feb. 5, by calling Brenda Drury at 682-4774, or by e-mail at

The Marana Foundation for Educational Excellence is a non-profit that raises money to "fund, support and enhance innovative educational programs" within Marana schools. Last year's fund-raiser enabled the foundation to give more than $15,000 in "mini grants" to innovative educational programs within MUSD.


Salpointe kids raise $6K for Haiti assistance

In one week, students at Salpointe Catholic High School raised more than $6,000 for the victims of the Haiti earthquake disaster.

In addition to a variety of other fundraisers, members of the student council initiated a "dollars for denim" day in which students donated $2 to break Salpointe's dress code and wear jeans to school.

Salpointe Catholic High School is a co-educational, college-preparatory schools serving Southern Arizona. It is located at 1545 East Copper Street in Tucson. The Web site is">




Marana's 6th grade orchestra in free concert

A special, annual, one-of-a-kind evening of music is being presented this Thursday, Feb. 4 at Mountain View High School.

Approximately 60 sixth-grade students representing 10 elementary schools perform as the Marana Unified School District Elementary Honor Orchestra at 7 p.m. Thursday in the MVHS school auditorium. It is free and open to the public.

"We are very proud of the strong orchestra program we have in the Marana district and we are delighted to share a concert with our community showing the great success that our students are making," said Diane Abrams, Tortolita Middle School orchestra teacher. "The music program in MUSD makes a huge difference in the lives of our students and all of the orchestra teachers in the district are dedicated to nurturing students in their musical endeavors."

MVHS is located at 3901 W. Linda Vista Blvd.


Candidate to meet people this Saturday

Candidate for Oro Valley Mayor Mike Zinkin plans to hold a "Meet and Greet" at the Oro Valley Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 6, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Residents are invited to come ask questions and speak with the candidate.


Fire association makes its mayor, council choices

The North Tucson Fire Fighters Association have endorsed candidates for Oro Valley Town Council and mayor.

The association is backing Mayor Paul Loomis for re-election.

It is endorsing Mary Snider, Mark Finchem, Lou Waters and Joe Hornat for the town council, according to a release from NTFFA president Dan Klement.

The mayor's office and three council seats are before the voters in a mailed ballot primary election to be tallied Tuesday, March 9.

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