Tribal dancers bless ground for new MHC

Pascua Yaqui Deer Dancers performed a private blessing ceremony on the site of the new Marana Health Center last Friday.

The new Marana Health Center is being built at 11642 West Civic Center Drive, west of the Marana Municipal Complex.

Marana Healthcare has excavated the site, and pads are completed. Bidding for the construction phase begins in the next several weeks, a release said. Plans are to complete the facility in December 2010.

The new Marana Health Center will be a 74,000 square foot facility, with about 56,000 square feet of clinical space on the first two floors, and a 17,000-square-foot third floor "shell space" to be developed at a later date.

Marana Healthcare intends to build the new structure to U.S. Green Building Council "silver" standards for Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design.

Donations to the project are welcome. Anyone interested in making a gift or becoming a building sponsor may contact Miley Clark at 682-4560, extension 2617, or by e-mail at

Marana Health Center is a non-profit community health center serving Pima County.

OV needs a rep on Pima County bond committee

The Town of Oro Valley is looking for a resident to serve as its representative to the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee.

This person, appointed by the mayor and council, would provide volunteer service to work on bond packages for recommendation to the Pima County Board of Supervisors. The panel makes recommendations on any changes to existing bond packages. This committee meets a minimum of twice a year, and during bond development will meet at least once a month, a release said.

Applications for the Pima County Bond Advisory Committee are available at the Oro Valley Town Hall, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive, or at the town clerk's volunteer opportunities page on the Oro Valley website.

The deadline for submitting the completed application is Nov. 13.

Robotics event this Saturday at Sonoran academy

Sonoran Science Academy's "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology" — FIRST — robotics team is sponsoring robot games this Saturday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. to noon at its 2325 W. Sunset campus.

High school robotics teams from several Southern Arizona FIRST teams participate in robot games like vector tug-o-war, extreme parallel parking and the blind driver obstacle course.

Students from Flowing Wells, Vail and Sierra Vista are expected to attend, as well as students from several Northwest high schools that don't have robotics teams, a release said.

The public is welcome to attend and watch the competition and costume contest. A short seminar on how to start a robotics team is being offered for any interested teachers, students and administrators.

Contact Sonoran Science Academy at 665-3400 for additional information.

Marana shares a moment for cyclist who died

Before last week's Marana Town Council meeting, Councilman Russell Clanagan spoke about Tucson attorney and cyclist Colleen Whealdon-Haught, who died Oct. 4 at age 31 after fighting cancer.

Whealdon-Haught was the featured cyclist in last spring's Tour of the Tucson Mountains, the 70-mile cycling race in the mountains above Marana. She rode that race while undergoing treatment for cancer, and she pedaled as long as she had the strength.

"She was an excellent cyclist and an excellent person," Clanagan said.

Whealdon-Haught had a goal to raise $20,000 for cancer research, and to ride in Lance Armstrong's LIVESTRONG cycling event in Austin, Texas, last weekend. She didn't make it. But her friends picked up the cause, raised more than $60,000, and more than a dozen represented their fallen friend in Austin.

Whealdon-Haught was "quite an inspiration," said Clanagan, who had asked her to come to Marana. "I thought it would be cool if she could meet Ora Mae," he said, referring to Ora Mae Harn, the longtime Marana mayor and current town historian who herself has fought cancer.

Marana holds a moment of silence before each council meeting, and on this day Clanagan asked people to think about Whealdon-Haught, and her family.

Parent event at CDO focuses on issues facing kids

Canyon Del Oro Parent Organization and the Oro Valley Police Department School Resource Unit invite parents to attend an event that focuses on the CDO community.

Parents are welcome to attend the Wednesday, Nov. 4 event at CDO High School, 25 W. Calle Concordia, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

A guest speaker from R5 Productions will direct a talk about issues pertinent to students like bullying, drug and alcohol abuse and self-esteem issues. See their Web site for details,

There will also be a prescription take-back event for people to bring unused or expired medication for disposal.

For more information, contact Shawn Benjamin with the Oro Valley Police Department at 696-5577.

ADOT closes 13 rest areas; 5 remain open

The Arizona Department of Transportation has temporarily suspended operations at 13 rest areas across the state, the agency announced Monday.

The closures, which were first announced earlier this month, are a response to ADOT's estimated $100 million shortfall that requires reductions in services, highway construction, maintenance and staff, a release said.

Five ADOT rest areas, and more than a dozen non-ADOT rest areas, remain open along Arizona roads.

Rest areas currently closed are Bouse Wash, Canoa Ranch, Ehrenberg, Hassayampa, Haviland, Mazatzal, McGuireville, Meteor Crater, Mohawk, Parks, Salt River Canyon, San Simon and Sacaton. Two of the facilities, Mazatzal and Salt River Canyon, were already closed due to water system issues.

The 13 rest areas are now completely inaccessible, with all services shut down. ADOT and Department of Public Safety personnel maintain a presence.

Maps are available at, showing the nearest location for services from each of the closed rest areas — in some cases, several miles away.

ADOT is planning to reduce its use of state highway funds by 25 percent. The plan also includes shutting down 12 motor vehicle division field offices, deferring $370 million in highway construction projects, deferring maintenance activities, consolidating customer services and reducing staff by 10 percent, the release said.

To help address the needs of drivers with reduced opportunities for rest when on the road, ADOT plans to develop a program in partnership with businesses to welcome travelers to stop and use restroom facilities free of charge.

Sunflower to honor deceased vets on Nov. 11

A ceremony to honor veterans from the Sunflower Community in Marana is being held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11.

The Veterans Club at Sunflower is honoring resident veterans who are now deceased, a release said.

The event is being held at the flagpole in front of the Village Center, 9401 N. Sunflower Drive, Marana.

For more information, telephone Edward Mayer at 572-9306, or e-mail

Tuesday, Nov. 3 is Election Day

Voters within the Amphitheater School District are being asked to cast ballots on two budget overrides, propositions 403 and 404, in an election culminating Tuesday, Nov. 3.

The school district has proposed propositions 403 and 404 to extend the current maintenance and operations budget override of about $7.5 million each school year, and to add a capital budget override of about $2 million each school year.

If either or both propositions pass, taxpayers will not have to pay any more property taxes than they are currently paying, district officials say.

The district's current total budget, spread across 20 schools, is slightly more than $124 million. That includes all funding, including federal grants.

If proposition 403 passes, Amphitheater Superintendent Dr. Vicki Balentine said the district would be able to continue providing smaller class sizes along with enhanced art, music and physical education instruction at the elementary level. Schools at the middle and high school level would continue to have their increased number of electives, she said.

If proposition 403 does not pass, officials say the district would phase out the current budget override by cutting expenses of about $2.7 million a year from the budget over the course of three years, until the current override is eliminated.

OVPD to give candy bags on Halloween

On Halloween, the Oro Valley Police Department and the Oro Valley Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #53 plan to host "Safe Treats" on Saturday, Oct. 31, beginning at dusk.

 Oro Valley Police Explorers have prepared more than 3,000 bags of candy, which will be handed out in 10 neighborhoods.

The event is designed to offer Halloween enthusiasts a safe way to enjoy the trick-or-treat tradition, and allows officers and volunteers an opportunity to reach out to residents.

This Halloween, the Oro Valley Police Department offers the following safety tips to help ensure a safe and happy holiday.

Mayor sings town praise with awards

At last week's town council meeting, Marana Mayor Ed Honea celebrated the community's three Common Ground awards, presented earlier this month by the Metropolitan Pima Alliance.

"The Town of Marana once again rose to the top of an event," said Honea, who placed each of the awards Marana won on the dais before him. "It speaks highly for all of us that we were recognized in this manner."

Marana won awards for its strategic plan, for the Thornydale Road improvement project, and for the Yuma Wash Heritage and Silverbell Road project.

The strategic plan is "a plan we're all very proud of," Honea said. "It's a guideline for our budget, and for our future, what we're going to do."

When Thornydale was "one lane each way," Honea said "a lot of people weren't happy. Now it's nice."

Along Silverbell, workers found "the largest Hohokam village ever discovered in Southern Arizona," and protected artifacts, Honea said.

The mayor called himself the "head cheerleader" for the town. Last Wednesday, Marana cut the ribbon for the Camino de Mañana road project. That effort, along with the Twin Peaks interchange project, is "going to play in Marana's favor as we come out of this really tough financial recession," Honea believes. "I expect that intersection to fill up with industry and new neighbors."

Town Manager Gilbert Davidson was also pleased by the awards.

"Thanks for allowing the staff to do its job," he told the council.

Bluegrass back on Dove Mountain; next jam Nov. 5

Bluegrass is back for the season on Dove Mountain.

The next "jam on the patio" is Thursday, Nov. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Dove Mountain Retail Center in Marana, at Tangerine Road and Dove Mountain Boulevard.

The patio is adjacent to Vero Amore, the restaurant that sponsors the jam. Seating is limited; come early, or bring your lawn chair.

The Desert Bluegrass Association provides the tunes, which resumed last week with about a dozen pickers.

Musicians should call Charlie at 520-579-5918.

State warns of scam targeting businesses

The Arizona Corporation Commission warns businesses to be on the lookout for a potential scam.

Organizations with names such as "Arizona Corporate Headquarters" and "Board of Business Compliance" are sending out official-looking documents advertising a service of preparing filings for corporations.

These solicitations, requesting payment of $197, are not corporation commission documents and these organizations are not in any way affiliated with the Arizona Corporation Commission.  The corporation commission does not require business owners and their representatives to file with Arizona Corporate Headquarters or the Board of Business Compliance, nor does it require the $197 fee referred to in the document.

The documents look very similar to corporation commission filing documents and the private firms making the solicitation intentionally create confusion by using language in the solicitation that is similar to that in corporation commission documents. 

The forms carry an official-looking time deadline for filing and include the Arizona Corporation Commission file number assigned to the business. Both Arizona Corporate Headquarters and the Board of Business Compliance return address, places each as a mailbox at a UPS Store in Phoenix.

If you have received this document, please contact the Arizona Attorney General's Office in Phoenix at (602) 542-5763, in Tucson at 628-6504, or outside the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas at (800)-352-8431.  To file a complaint online, please visit the attorney general's Web site at

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