Pinal sheriff is setting up an Explorers post

Pinal County Sheriff's Office is setting up a Deputy Explorer program, inviting young people interested in law enforcement to participate.

One branch is established at San Manuel / Oracle.

The new Pinal County Sheriff's Office Explorer Post 1875 draws its number from the year of Pinal County's founding.

Exploring is "a worksite-based program for young men and women" ages 14-20, a release said. Explorer posts help youth "gain insight into a variety of programs that offer hands-on career activities," it continued. "For young men and women who are interested in careers in the field of law enforcement, Exploring offers experiential learning with lots of fun-filled, hands-on activities that promote the growth and development of adolescent youth."

Sheriff Paul Babeu has committed $10,000 seized from drug dealers and human smugglers, to be supplemented with additional youth fund-raising. "It is satisfying to know we are taking the criminals dirty money and using it in a positive way to help our youth," Babeu said.

The Explorers are being organized under four branches under Post 1875 — Arizona City, Johnson Ranch / Queen Creek, San Manuel / Oracle (at the San Manuel substation, 190 S. Redington Road) and a mounted branch in Florence.

Anyone interested in participating in the Pinal County Youth Explorer program can pick up an application at the aforementioned locations or by e-mailing Sgt. Roy Polmanteer at

The Explorer Post has been set up as a 501c(3) organization, which allows for tax-deductible contributions and donations. To give, contact Polmanteer.

Benefit bunco tournament this Saturday

Players are needed for the Marana Bunco Tournament, a fund-raiser hosted by High Heels for Hope this Saturday, Aug. 1, at the Oasis at Wild Horse Ranch, 6801 N. Camino Verde.

The tournament, with prizes, food, a cash bar, goody bags, vendors and a silent auction, runs from 3 to 8 p.m.

Proceeds benefit families and children within Marana and the surrounding area.

To purchase tickets and get more information, call 299-6683, or go to

Northwest Y hosts economic panel on Aug. 17

A panel discussion, "The Future Economic Outlook for Southern Arizona," is being hosted by the Northwest YMCA on Monday, Aug. 17.

The event, free and open to the public, runs from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Northwest Y's Pima County Community Center, 7770 N. Shannon.

Featured speakers are John Strobeck, owner of Bright Futures Business Consultants and publisher of The Tucson Housing Market Letter; Hank Amos, president and chairman, Tucson Realty and Trust; David O. Lyons, president, National Bank of Arizona; and John Grabo, director of business development for the University of Arizona Office of Economic Development.

Seating is limited to the first 250 guests. People are asked to RSVP by Monday, Aug. 10, to Jenna Cleveland at

For more information, call 229-9001.

Bike, walk rest stop dedicated Tuesday, Aug. 4

A transportation art project done by young people is being dedicated Tuesday, Aug. 4, at First and Palisades in Oro Valley.

"The Oasis," crafted by 10 high school students and recent graduates under the direction of artist Amy Kyle, has been funded by the Pima Association of Governments in cooperation with the Town of Oro Valley. The artist apprentices are Tommy Cooper, Christina Earl, Jasmine Mills, Laura Nicholson, Cara Roberts, Kelsey Steed, Roxanne E. Harding, Jeff Terry, Xiaoming Yang and Hyejin Jenny Lee.

A dedication ceremony for the bicycle and pedestrian resting place near the middle of the First Avenue hill is planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday. A celebration and awards luncheon follows at noon at the Resurrection Lutheran Church Outreach Center across First Avenue.

People should RSVP by Friday, July 31, to, or by calling Pat Deely at 797-3959, extension 9.

Charity golf event Aug. 7 at Ritz-Carlton

Golfers and sponsors are needed for the World Care Charity Golf Classic, to be held Friday, Aug. 7, at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain.

Players make the rounds on the newest Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, and help support the World Care Emergency Relief Center of Tucson.

There is a 7 a.m. registration and continental breakfast, an 8 a.m. shotgun start for a four-person scramble, and an awards event and barbecue from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Player prizes, a silent auction and raffle prizes are part of the day.

Entries range from $150 for an individual to $1,500 for an "Eagle" foursome, and several in between.

World Care Emergency Relief Center of Tucson supports more than 40,000 local children and families in distress in Southern Arizona. More information is available at

For more information, contact Mark Rusin at The Loop Taste of Chicago in Oro Valley, 878-0222, or Printing Plus at 887-8444.

Catalina Rotary seats officers for 2009-'10 year

Barbara Kiernan has been installed as president of the Catalina Rotary Club for the 2009-2010 Rotary year.

Kiernan is joined in the leadership by Pete Walsh, president-elect; Jim Brown, vice-president; Sharyn Chesser, secretary; Kathy Ramert, treasurer; and Rodger Bivens, sergeant-at-arms. Board members are Jack Aaron, Al Chesser, Tim Harris, Joel Hirschman, Matt Matthewson, Clark Munger, Russell Murphy, Steve Pender, Tom Robertson, Sam Robison, Ken Silvers, Lisa Stark.

The Catalina Rotary Club is part of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders "providing humanitarian service, encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations and promoting good will and peace throughout the world."

Catalina Rotary is on the Web at

Citizens task force forming for Silverbell

Governments are forming a citizens task force for improvements to Silverbell Road between Ina and Grant roads.

Citizens can apply at

The city of Tucson, the Regional Transportation Authority, the Town of Marana and Pima County are ready to begin a transportation planning study for the stretch of Silverbell.

The project, approved as part of the May 2006 RTA ballot, will widen Silverbell to a four-lane divided desert parkway with pedestrian facilities, bike lanes, drainage improvements, native landscaping and wildlife crossings, a release said.

The citizens task force is intended "to provide support on transportation planning, land use and overall character of the roadway." Members of the task force serve as liaisons between the design concept team and the general public, "while gathering information from property owners, businesses and neighborhood and homeowner associations within the project boundaries," it continued.

A diverse representation of property owners, homeowners, business owners and neighborhood associations is desired. Monthly meetings would take place during the 18- to 24-month design concept study.

Applications are needed by Friday, Aug. 28. For information, call Tucson Department of Transportation engineering administrator Andy Dinauer at 791-4251.

'Community champs' feted by MADD Tuesday, Aug. 25

Community champions are being recognized Tuesday, Aug. 25, at a silent auction and awards luncheon set for the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa.

The inaugural event, established by Mothers Against Drunk Driving Southern Arizona, includes a three-course luncheon, live entertainment and a keynote speech by Jay Zucker of the Tucson Toros.

It recognizes Southern Arizona businessmen, businesswomen and public servants "for their outstanding charitable and civic contributions to our communities," a release said.

The 2009 community champions are Amy Bass, program coordinator for the Community Prevention Coalition; Julee Baxley, co-owner of Integrity Automotive; Paul Bigelow, managing partner of Texas Roadhouse in Marana; David J. Diamond, owner and attorney with Goldberg and Osborne; Sharon Foltz, community relations director with Tucson Electric Power; Elliot A. Glicksman, owner and attorney with Elliot Glicksman PLLC; Douglas Hanna, sergeant with the Pima County Sheriff's Office; Barbara LaWall, Pima County attorney; John E. Osborne, owner and attorney with Goldberg and Osborne; Michael Pryor, lieutenant with the Tucson Police Department; Eddie Resner, captain with the Arizona Rangers; Charles L. Ryan, director of the Arizona Department of Corrections; Ryan Schmidt, Pima County deputy county attorney; Annie Shellberg, postmaster of the Rillito Post Office; Dimple Smith, victim witness advocate for the Pima County Attorney's Office; Roger Tamietti, president of the Tucson Firefighters Association; and Roy E. Tullgren III, chair of the Community Prevention Coalition.

Tickets are $100 per person, or $1,000 per table.

For information, call Jennifer C. Coyle at 322-5253, or by e-mail at

Ash speaking to OV GOP women

Bruce Ash, Republican Party national committeeman, addresses the Oro Valley Republican Women's Club luncheon meeting on Friday, Aug. 14.

Conversation begins at 11:30 a.m. that Friday at the Hilton El Conquistador Country Club's Sunset Room. Lunch begins at noon. Guests are ordering from the menu.

To RSVP or get more information, call Sherese Steffens at 275-5836 or e-mail

For information on the Oro Valley Republican Women's Club, contact Denise Hillwig at 531-9503 or email An online brochure and membership info is available online at:

Brown Mackie College opens Tucson campus

Brown Mackie College, a 20-campus, 10-state system of schools, has opened a Tucson campus.

Brown Mackie College – Tucson is located at 4585 Speedway. The campus has 30,000 square feet of classroom, laboratory and office space to serve its 500 students.

"This well-equipped facility will further improve the academic environment we offer to our students so they can continue to be contributing members of our society, and specifically the greater Tucson community," said Holly Helscher, president of Brown Mackie College – Tucson. "Additionally, we are extremely proud to be a member of Tucson community, providing academic programs to students from the surrounding communities."

Brown Mackie College offers bachelor's degrees, associate's degrees, certificates and diploma programs in a number of disciplines.

Tucson Mayor Robert E. Walkup, and representatives of the Tucson Area Chamber of Commerce as well as Reps. Raul Grijalva and Gabrielle Giffords, attended the July 15 grand opening.

Brown Mackie College – Tucson

President — Holly Helscher

The Tucson location is one of 20 locations in 10 states across the country, with total enrollment of 11,436 as of June 2008.

A number of programs are offered

Brown Mackie College – Tucson is licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education

The web site is

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