Marana Rotary golf tourney seeks players

Golfers are needed for the Marana Rotary Club’s annual charity golf tournament, to be held Saturday, May 15 at Heritage Highlands Country Club.

The Marana Food Bank is this year’s primary beneficiary of tournament proceeds, according to a release from Rotarian Dan Contorno.

The fee for golf is $380 per foursome or $100 per individual golfer. It covers a continental breakfast and lunch the day of the event, as well as a chance at numerous awards and prizes, the release said.

Sponsors, prize donations and other contributions are welcome.

"Please join us for a fun-filled morning of golf," Contorno concluded. Anyone with questions or interest may call him at 744-7214.


Grand opening at Picture Rocks Saturday, May 8

Picture Rocks Fire District is hosting a grand opening of its new fire station on Saturday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The public is encouraged to attend and tour the "state of the art" facility that was built with bond funds.

The $2.5 million station is located at 7341 N. Sandario Rd.

A brief opening ceremony begins at 10 a.m. that Saturday, with a "symbolic uncoupling of two hoses" commemorating the new station to action.

Refreshments are served, and vendors are going to have displays inside the bays.


Pet foster care is Saturday topic

Prospective "foster parents" for orphaned dogs and cats can learn more about temporary care for animals at a "Longing For Love" event this Saturday.

The event is Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Long Realty Oro Valley office, 10445 N. Oracle, Suite 121.

"Have you wanted a companion but not the years of commitment?" a release asked. "Stop by and find out how to be a foster parent for the many orphaned babies already this spring."

Donations of puppy and kitten formula and food are welcome. Animals available for adoption are going to be on-site.

For information, call 918-7422.



CAP forum on water issues in city April 28

The Central Arizona Project board of directors hosts a free public forum, "Challenges Facing CAP and Southern Arizona," on Wednesday, April 28.

The event takes place at the Manning House, 450 W. Paseo Redondo, from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

There are two panel discussions focusing on topics currently facing CAP which have impacts in Pima County, according to a release.

The first touches upon CAP energy issues, climate change and shortages along the Colorado River, the groundwater replenishment district, and the "ADD" water program to acquire, develop and deliver new water supplies via the CAP.

The second focuses on the need for reliable delivery of CAP water to eastern Pima County, the status of discussions among local stakeholders and the Bureau of Reclamation, and the development of a set of recommendations to be taken to the full CAP board of directors later this year.

Panel participants include CAP board members and management, representatives from local water providers, and staff from the Arizona office of the Bureau of Reclamation.

The event is free, but registration would be appreciated. A general agenda and a link to an on-line registration form are available at

CAP is the steward of central Arizona’s Colorado River water entitlement and a collaborative leader in Arizona’s water community. The 336-mile-long CAP system brings about 1.6 million acre-feet of renewable Colorado River water to its customers — cities, businesses, agriculture and Indian communities — in Pima, Pinal and Maricopa counties. An acre-foot of water is about 326,000 gallons.


Bluegrass show planned at Heritage Highlands

Tickets are on sale for a concert at the Heritage Highlands Clubhouse.

The Desert Sun String Band plans a performance for Friday, April 23, from 7 to 9 p.m.

For tickets and information, call Charlie at 579-5918, or e-mail Tickets also are available at the door the night of the performance.


Hardy closure goes into May

As part of the Hardy Road and Northern Avenue improvement work, Hardy will be closed at the intersection.

The road is scheduled to reopen Monday, May 3, according to a town of Oro Valley news release.

The closure of Hardy Road is needed to provide enough room to safely pave the western portion of the under-construction roundabout. Detour signs will be posted at La Cañada Drive to direct traffic to either Magee or Calle Concordia.


Forum about school funding set April 28

A forum on school funding is being held Wednesday, April 28, in the auditorium at Mountain View High School.

Dr. Doug Wilson, superintendent of Marana Unified School District, is going to address the group, with subjects to include state school funding and the May 18 vote on Proposition 100, a 1 percent, three-year sales tax increase.

Wednesday’s event runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m., with everyone invited.

Sponsors are the Arizona Education Network, a non-partisan, non-profit organization of parents and education supporters who share information on educational issues, and the Marana Foundation for Educational Excellence, a non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to supporting and enhancing the educational experience of MUSD students and teachers.

MVHS is located at 3901 West Linda Vista Boulevard.


Meet about I-10 project in NW on April 28

Final design and construction plans for the improvement of Interstate 10 between Ruthrauff and Prince roads is being presented at a public meeting this Wednesday, April 28.

The Arizona Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration, shares the proposal with the public 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center Multipurpose Room, located at 1288 W. River Road, Tucson. A brief presentation begins at 5:30 p.m.

The project is designed to widen the interstate to four lanes in each direction and reconstruct the I-10 and Prince Road traffic interchange, so that Prince Road will pass over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks and I-10, "relieving traffic congestion and eliminating delays at the railroad crossing on Prince Road," a release said.

Maps and displays will be available for viewing. The public will be encouraged to fill out and submit comment forms. A question and answer session follows the presentation. Team members are available after the session to address any additional questions or concerns.

For project information, visit


Agencies seek info on arson at FW church

Someone set fire to the Flowing Wells Baptist Church on Friday, April 9, and two agencies are seeking help finding who did it.

The Pima County Sheriff’s Department and the Northwest Fire District are asking for assistance in identifying those persons responsible for setting fire to the church around midnight. It is located at 4314 N. Romero Road. The building "sustained damage as a result of this criminal act," a release said.

Anyone having information regarding this incident can contact sheriff’s arson investigator detective Jessica Martin at 520-351-6415, or call 88-CRIME or the arson reward hotline at 1-800-35ARSON. A call to 88-CRIME permits the caller to remain anonymous, the release said.

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