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Posted: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 11:00 pm

Milling at night next week along Oracle Road project

As part of the Oracle Road construction project, the Arizona Department of Transportation is milling the existing surface of the roadway and the intersections to prepare the surface for final paving.

The overnight work is scheduled for Sunday through Wednesday, Oct. 4-7, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.

This milling is generating asphalt concrete material the Town of Oro Valley Public Works Department can use for shoulders along roadways, parking lots and dirt roads. ADOT has offered to donate the material to the town, netting a savings of approximately $50,000 to public works, according to a release from the town.

Material will be stored at Naranja Town Site at 660 W. Naranja Drive. As the concrete is milled, trucks will deliver the material throughout the night. These deliveries are expected to occur over two of the four nights the work is scheduled.

For more information, contact Pat Klein at 229-4711 or

Campaign aims to boost use of vehicle seat belts

Law enforcement agencies in Southern Arizona are participating in an awareness campaign to get people to wear their seat belts.

The initial week of operation "Click It or Ticket, Next Generation" is under way. This "special crackdown" is the first of "many aggressive seat belt enforcement waves across Arizona, designed to increase seat belt use and decrease fatalities resulting from motor vehicle crashes," according to a release from the Pima County Sheriff's Office.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 62 percent of the 687 people killed in motor vehicle crashes in Arizona during 2007 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crash.

Studies show that 72 percent of passenger vehicle occupants wearing seat belts in a serious crash survive that crash. When worn correctly, seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45 percent – and by 60 percent in pickup trucks, SUVs and mini-vans.

"Sadly, too many Arizonans still need a tough reminder that wearing a seat belt is the absolute best way to protect themselves during a crash," said Lt. Karl Woolridge, Pima County Sheriff's special operations commander.

"To help save more lives on our roadways, law enforcement does their very best to make sure that everyone understands that wearing a seat belt costs you nothing, but not wearing it could cost you a ticket, or worse — your life," he said. "No more exceptions. No more excuses. We want all drivers and passengers to always remember to buckle up day and night."

Young Wright to meet with people starting Saturday

Rep. Nancy Young Wright, the Democrat representing District 26, is beginning a series of "Coffee with Constituents" events this week to discuss issues, answer questions and learn about people's priorities.

The schedule begins this Saturday, Oct. 3, when Young Wright meets with constituents from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on the patio at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive.

Her other sessions are:

• Saturday, Oct. 17, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Starbucks patio, 6370 N. Campbell Ave.;

• Saturday, Oct. 31, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Nanini Branch Library, 7300 N. Shannon Road;

• Saturday, Nov. 14, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Flowing Wells Library, Patio area, 1730 W. Wetmore Road.

No appointment or RSVP is necessary.

 "Your input is very important to me and it will help me serve you and our community better," Young Wright said. "I look forward to our continued dialogue during these difficult times as we work to build a stronger and better future for Arizona."

During the 2009 legislative session, Young Wright "was committed to solving our budget crisis while protecting education, preserving public safety and building a stronger economy," she said in a release.

Ironwood 5th grader wins store's contest

An Ironwood Elementary School student has been selected winner of the Cortaro Road Walmart drawing contest.

Cyan Cornett, a fifth-grade student, was recognized at a Friday school assembly. In her name, Walmart representatives presented the school a pallet of paper, consisting of 36 boxes of college rule paper and 36 boxes of wide rule paper. Cyan was given a recycled bag full of school supplies and a gift card to Walmart. And 10 teachers were randomly selected to each receive a $100 Walmart gift card to purchase school supplies, a release said.

Students from five MUSD elementary schools participated in the drawing contest, with a total of 19 submissions. The goal of the contest was to engage students in utilizing their creative skills to demonstrate the fundamentals of "recycling — going green."

Cyan's winning artwork will be displayed for one week in the Walmart Cortaro Road store.

Voter sign-up deadline this Monday, Oct. 5

Eligible residents have until midnight Monday, Oct. 5, to register to vote in the Nov. 3 consolidated general election, according to Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez.

On that ballot, voters of the Amphitheater School District are being asked to decide on two budget overrides.

A new voter registration form must be completed by anyone who has moved, changed their name since their last registration, is a new Pima County resident, or would like to change their party affiliation.

Forms may be obtained at the Pima County Recorder's Office, any Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles branch office, all post offices and libraries, political party headquarters, and city or town halls. Voters may also go to">, or

For more information, call the Pima County Recorder's Office at 740-4330, or 1-800-775-7462.

Calling all tamale eaters, pizza tossers, fruit carvers

Southern Arizona Food, Art & Wine Festival needs you

Tamale eaters, pizza tossers / spinners / throwers, fruit carvers, mixologists and salsa-makers are being sought by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance for its Southern Arizona Food, Art & Wine Festival.

The event, and its contests, is Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17 and 18, at the Rillito Raceway Park.

Local people who'd like to participate or judge are needed. Cash, gift and prize awards are available in nearly every category.

Specific contests Saturday are:

• the El Charro championship tamale-eating contest at 1 p.m. Saturday. Contestants, who'll eat as many tamales as they can in five minutes, and judges are welcome;

• The pizza-tossing contest, from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Top pizza dough artists are competing for the title of Tucson's best. Judging is based upon style, size and height of the toss;

• The food-guessing contest, from 4:15 to 4:45 p.m. Celebrity panelists guess what they're eating while blindfolded;

• The mixed drink competition, from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Local bartenders, culinary artists and celebrities are needed. The catch: red or white wine must remain a prominent component in the competition beverage.

Sunday contests are:

• The fruit-carving demonstration and contest, from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Celebrities creatively cut their own melons under the direction of culinary artists;

• The ice-carving contest, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tucson's best ice carvers compete. Carvers and judges are needed;

• The salsa-making contest, from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Many a Tucsonan is vying for the title of "Best Salsa Maker." Celebrity judges are needed;

• The pumpkin carving contest, from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Kids of all ages are invited. Celebrities serve as judge and jury. Pumpkins are displayed, with awards given at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Interested people may contact or, or call 797-3959, extension 8. The website is">

Marana schools have two trips during October fall break

During fall break Oct. 12-16, the Marana Unified School District is offering students trips to Bisbee and Phoenix on the "Marana Magic School Bus."

The Wednesday, Oct. 14 trip is to the Queen Mine in Bisbee. The bus departs Coyote Trail at 8 a.m., returning at 3 p.m. The cost is $50. It's always a cool 47 degrees underground, so jackets are needed.

A trip to the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix is Thursday, Oct. 15. The bus leaves Coyote Trail at 8 a.m., returning at 4 p.m. The cost is $50.

Space is still available for both trips, a release said. Each is limited to 25 students. For the students' safety, both of the trips are geared towards grades 3-8.

To register, go to">, call (520) 352-7012 or email

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