• Misti Nowak, Communications Administrator, Town of Oro Valley
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Residents of Oro Valley: Did you know there is a full-time staff member whose primary job it is to answer your questions and make sure your feedback is provided to Council? Whether it’s a concern about an overgrown right-of-way or a question about road construction, Constituent Services Coor…

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  • Gilbert Davidson, Special to The Explorer
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Every year the Town of Marana and the Chamber of Commerce host a State of the Town luncheon to share with the community all that’s happening in Marana. On Friday, April 14, we gathered once again to reflect not only on the activities of the past year, but also on the Town’s accomplishments o…

  • Misti Nowak, Special to The Explorer
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Democracy can be messy and complicated. But in some circumstances—like right now in the Town of Oro Valley—democracy in action is a beautiful thing. Boiled down to its simplest components, it looks like this:

  • Mari Herreras, The Explorer
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Over the weekend many of us saw protests break out at most large-city airports, such as JFK in New York City and San Francisco. The protesters were there to take objection to a recent executive order signed by President Donald Trump that restricts immigration from seven Muslim countries, sus…

  • Mari Herreras, Special to The Explorer
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My son is 15 years old, and everyday I think about how lucky I am to have such a unique child in my life who brings me joy. But like many parents, I always wonder how I’m doing in the world of parenting. Right now, however, I’ve been thinking more about community and creating that for my son.

  • Clyde Steele, Special to The Explorer
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Governor Ducey’s new budget again shortchanges both students and teachers.  A report from Capitol Media Services on the 13th of this month, reported that Governor Ducey is offering the average Arizona teacher a $900 a year raise by 2022. Who says there isn’t money in teaching?  If this isn’t…

  • Mari Herreras, The Explorer
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It isn’t unusual for newspapers to receive calls from different citizens airing their concerns or providing information on potential stories. All calls are important in their own way, even the one I received last week from a reader wondering if we knew about the closure of the Geasa-Marana L…

  • Enid F. Rocourt Special to The Explorer
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In his Opinion, Clyde R. Steele, Nov. 30 Explorer, page 8, made sure we knew he was a supporter of Pres. Barack Obama. Unfortunately, this prevented him from being objective. He claims that there were 300 more Bills than any other Congress that were filibustered. Since he did not tell us, I …

  • Valerie Vinyard Special to The Explorer
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Many of us have been stuck at the airport for hours on end. Or worse yet, we’ve been running late and barely made it to the gate in time.

  • Satish I. Hiremath, Special to The Explorer
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Last month, I concluded my annual State of the Town Address with this challenge: Let’s be the kind of people who strive to be each other’s BEST memory. THAT is the type of community we are building together.

  • Chuck Huckelberry, Pima County Administrator
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Over the past few months, the debates between candidates for public office have often been about what the county has or hasn’t done for the residents and taxpayers of Pima County over the past two decades. 

  • Francisco Garcia, Special to The Explorer
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Amy, my wife reminded me this weekend that the boys had not had their flu shots yet this year. It’s always a bit of a challenge coordinating schedules for two working parents and two kids, but this is something that has to be a priority.  

  • Valerie Vinyard, Special to The Explorer
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New test results from AAA show that automatic emergency braking (AEB) systems – technology which soon will be standard in 99 percent of vehicles – vary widely in design and performance. 

  • Danna Whiting, Special to The Explorer
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We know that eating a healthy diet and doing exercise can alter brain chemistry and result in increased endorphins, more energy, more restful sleep and lower incidence of depression. Why? Because food – real food – contains all of the building blocks our brains and bodies need to function we…

  • Chuck Huckelberry, Special to The Explorer
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Jobs figures released by the state in August showed Pima County employers had added nearly 15,000 jobs between August 2015 and July 2016. That’s more job growth than our county has seen since before the Great Recession.

  • Valerie Vinyard, Special to The Explorer
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People who fill up their gas tanks with premium fuel even though the owner’s manual calls for regular octane are throwing away money. In fact, American drivers wasted $2.1 billion dollars in the last year by using premium-grade gasoline in vehicles designed to run on regular fuel, according …

  • Valerie Vinyard, Special to The Explorer
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Though mortality remains alive and well, fewer U.S. residents own life insurance policies nowadays. 

  • Jennifer Fuchs, Special to The Explorer
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When the Town of Oro Valley purchased the El Conquistador Country Club and its golf and tennis facilities, we all felt the storm of mixed emotions that naturally results whenever people are faced with change and transition. But when a change occurs, we have two choices: 1. Deny and resist, o…

  • Mari Herreras, The Explorer
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I yelled into my mailbox today and heard a deafening echo. For the first time in months, this newspaper hasn’t received a letter to the editor explaining why the Oro Town Council incumbents in this last election are either civic government gods or members making a mockery of government process. 

  • Albert Vetere Lannon, Special to Desert Times
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With summer monsoon rains comes the greening up of buffelgrass, a non-native invasive bunchgrass that chokes out native plants and creates a serious fire hazard.  And with buffelgrass growth comes aerial spraying of controversial pesticides that have sickened local residents.

  • Valerie Vinyard, Special to The Explorer
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As summer comes to a close and Arizona schools start up again, many Arizonans are deciding to travel during the final three-day weekend of the summer.

  • Mari Herreras, The Explorer
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For the first time in weeks, the opinion page has caught up on letters to the editor. I don’t think I need to explain to dedicated readers who keep informed that this is once again another volatile political season. In both towns we cover, Marana and Oro Valley, incumbents are facing challen…

  • Lieutenant Chris Olson, Special to The Explorer
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Distracted driving has been a concern for public safety professionals long before the invention of the cellular phone, texting, snapchatting, tweeting and Instagram. However, it wasn’t until wireless communication technology was introduced to the daily driver that vehicle crashes on our road…

  • John Gorman, President of Men’s Golf Association El Conquistador Golf and Tennis
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At the May 19th Oro Valley Council meeting, Shirl Lamonna, failed Council Recall Candidate, addressed the Council during the Public Hearing on the 2016-17 Town budget.  Miss Lamonna asserted that “this Town of roughly 42,000 is now subsidizing golf for a mere 242 residents and 10 non-residents.”  

  • John Winchester, Candidate from D1
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In what is fast becoming Pima County’s very own version of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, Ally Miller, the sitting Supervisor for District 1, has shown a penchant for bad judgment and an unhealthy mistrust of people with whom she has political disagreement. 

  • Dr. Francisco Garcia, Special to The Explorer
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The heat is on! My sons and I have found ourselves near a pool a fair share of times to beat the heat so far this summer. A nice dip is one of our favorite escapes from Tucson’s summer heat. Watching my younger son try to keep up with his older brother during a recent swim reminded me of the…

  • Valerie Vinyard, Special to The Explorer
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Not all gasoline is created equal, and AAA has discovered significant differences in the quality of gas sold at U.S. retailers.

  • Philip C. Saletta, P.E. Special to he Explorer
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Water supply in Oro Valley is an integral part of our community for both public health and economic vitality. Having an adequate water supply is fundamental to the quality of life for any community. Having and maintaining adequate water supplies in the arid West will always be a challenge. B…

  • Rev. Dr. Duane Anders, Special to the Explorer
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The violence of hate is the denial of the image of God in all human beings.

  • Dr. Francisco Garcia, Special to The Explorer
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Whether you’re an adult or a child, getting a vaccine shot can sting. It certainly makes my boys tear up. Yet, in the pursuit of optimal health, we endure such uncomfortable procedures because we trust that our providers know what’s best. This trust comes from the rigorous reviews health pro…

  • Chuck Huckelberry, Special to The Explorer
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One of the political footballs tossed around last year during the debate over the bond election that also is getting kicked around this election season is the state of the county’s finances. 

  • Daniel G. Sharp, Special to The Explorer
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As I begin my tenure as interim town manager, I’ve had the opportunity to step back and take a broader look at our organization and at our community, and ask the question: “What’s right with Oro Valley?” As a resident and 16-year employee with the town, that’s an easy question to answer: Tow…