• Logan Burtch-Buus
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The first time I was asked my opinion on Prop. 454’s chances of passing last Tuesday’s ballot, it was early July. The unanimous showing of support from council, and the many talks with young athletes, their parents and coaches still hung heavily in my mind—and I told that person that I would…

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  • Logan Burtch-Buus
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We’ve finally reached that point in time I once thought a distant dream: election week. By the time next week’s edition The Explorer and Marana News land in your driveways and on racks across town, the Town of Oro Valley’s bond proposition will be decided by the voters. The concept of Propos…

  • Clyde Steele, Special to The Explorer
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Once again, as we near the end of the legislative session up in Phoenix, Arizonans are left wondering why our elected officials seem to go off the deep end every chance they get. We elect our representatives to represent us and to make sure that when they make laws they do no harm, and benef…

  • Chuck Huckelberry Special to The Explorer
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Pima County is thrilled about the decision by Caterpillar Inc. to relocate its Surface Mining and Technology Division to Tucson and bring 650 new jobs to our region. 

  • Mari Herreras, Tucson Local Media
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As I’m writing this, I’m on a train going from Los Angeles to Tucson after a quick weekend trip to take in all the comics and pop culture craziness called WonderCon (ComicCon’s Hollywood cousin). 

  • David Rupkalvis, Tucson Local Media
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About a month ago, my daughters came home from school all excited. That night the school was hosting a dad’s pizza night, asking every day to come to school with their child.

  • David Rupkalvis, Tucson Local Media
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As a political junkie, last Monday was a momentous day as voters in Iowa cast the first ballows for president. As anyone who cares already knows, Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton won in Iowa.

  • Gilbert Davidson, Special to Marana News
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In Marana, we strive to create a sense of place. Our residents have chosen to make this community their home for many reasons. The outstanding public schools, the beautiful open spaces with majestic mountain views, the strong commitment to public service embodied by every employee of the tow…

  • David Rupkalvis, Tucson Local Media
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Last week, I received an email from my wife’s aunt asking if I could write some stories on what is happening in Oregon? I politely refused, pointing out my papers try to focus completely on our local communities — Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana, Catalina Foothills and greater Pima County.

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Over the last few days I’ve had a few people ask why I didn’t write about New Year’s resolutions in my last column of 2015. The answer, for me, is pretty simple. I don’t make resolutions. 

  • David Rupkalvis, The Explorer
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A few weeks ago, one of our freelance reporters wrote a story about a prison camp on Mt. Lemmon that was used to house Japanese during World War II.

  • Daniel Sharp, Oro Valley Police Chief
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As I complete my 16th year as Oro Valley’s Police Chief, I find myself reflecting on what my legacy has been as a police officer for over 37 years. I continuously come back to one thought — protecting and serving those who serve and protect. I want to explain what that means and the importan…

  • Gilbert Davidson, Special to Marana News
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December is one of the best times of year in Marana. Finally, we’ve got a chance to break out those winter sweaters, and there’s always the distant hope that we’ll get a sprinkling of snow. Hopefully we’ll get just enough to remind us how pleasant it is to live in our mild climate. These rea…

  • Ally Miller, Special to The Explorer
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The holidays are a special time to share with family, friends and community. In serving on the Pima County Board of Supervisors these last three years, I adhered to the role of sharing and giving. This involves not only listening to you, but also responding to your needs. And, there are many…

  • Brad Allis The Explorer
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The Arizona Interscholastic Association does not often get it right, but they got it right this year. So, of course, they are going to blow it up. After a year of alignment that created unbelievable competition and parity, the AIA is going to restructure everything again. 

  • David Safier, Special to The Explorer
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“Look at us, we support education!” That’s what Gov. Doug Ducey and the Republican legislators have been saying lately. They’re congratulating themselves because they’ve set the wheels in motion to add $3.5 billion to our education funding over the next 10 years. But do they deserve all the …

  • Ally Miller, Special to The Explorer
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There’s a very large bond issue that is being put forth to voters in Pima County this November. The bond issue has been divided into seven propositions. If all seven propositions pass, the county would be authorized to “borrow” almost $816 million. The key word in the prior sentence is borro…

  • James Briney, Oro Valley
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There is no excuse for Oro Valley voters to sit this one out. Local elections are far more important than state and national elections when it comes to our quality of life in Oro Valley. Yet, smart and well-intentioned voters are wondering what they can do about the recall election. Start by…

  • David Rupkalvis, Tucson Local Media
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The wait is almost over, and the time for talking is about to end. Thankfully after months of debate and finger pointing, it is almost time for voters to begin to cast ballots. 

  • David Rupkalvis, Tucson Local Media
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I grew up the son of a nurse. In my early years of life, I was in the hospital all the time ... and I was never sick. 

  • Vince Leach
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The Council of State Governments West, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization serving Western state legislators of both parties in 13 Western states, has selected Rep. Vince Leach as a participant in its prestigious training institute for lawmakers in their first four years of service. 

  • David Safier, Special to The Explorer
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Count them: three Republican proposals to increase funding for our school children. Three. That’s up from zero a year ago. Why the flurry of proposals, you might ask? Well, voters woke up to our alarmingly low, bottom-of-the-barrel student funding levels, finally, and when voters wake up, a …

  • John McCain
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The Democratic minority in the U.S. Senate is blocking an up-or-down vote on President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran. The American people deserve to know where their representatives in Congress stand on this agreement, which has profound consequences for our nation’s security. I hope that D…

  • Gilbert Davidson, Special to Marana News
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This fall, the town of Marana begins a new program in partnership with Marana High School that gives students a whole new perspective on local government.    

  • James C. Sandefer, Special to The Explorer
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Whether we like it or not, we change after retirement; sometimes for the better and sometimes not so much depending upon how well and rapidly we adjust. 

  • George Campas, Special to The Explorer
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Editor David Rupkalvis continued The Explorer discussion on the merits of veganism versus meat-eating when he asks readers to consider several points on why plant-based eating is not a sustainable eating plan for the entire world. I disagree fully with two of his three main points and partia…

  • David Rupkalvis, Tucson Local Media
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When I made the decision to move back to Tucson and become editor of Tucson Local Media, one of my primary reasons was because I love community newspapers. 

  • Ingrid Newkirk, Special to The Explorer
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We’ve heard some people say that the widespread shock and anger, including PETA’s, over the execution of Cecil the lion is “a little bit crazy.” 

  • Henry Sheetsa, Special to The Explorer
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After four months, all people of Oro Valley should understand we now have a community center. Those that don’t want to accept it, even after the courts ruled against their petitions, are now involved in the recall of three members of town council and our mayor. They accomplished their missio…

  • Aimee Ramsey, Special to The Explorer
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I’m always surprised to hear there are still residents who are unaware of their public transportation options in Oro Valley, such as Sun Shuttle Dial-A-Ride. This outstanding service — completely open to the general public — can be a low-cost alternative for families who want to avoid the ex…

  • James C. Sandefer, Special to The Explore
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Nope, I didn’t misplace the car again in the shopping center parking lot. This is much more serious, I’ve somehow managed to outdo my previously most incoherent moment.

  • David Rupkalvis, Tucson Local Media
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A few weeks ago, I received a message from one of the readers to The Explorer or Marana News. This woman told me she was cancelling her subscription because I was too conservative.

  • Greg Caton, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Since its launch on May 2, the new Oro Valley Community & Recreation Center (formerly El Conquistador Country Club) has continued to exceed expectations. In its first two months of operation, 200-plus new memberships have been sold, which exceeds projections for the entire fiscal year. S…

  • David Rupkalvis, Tucson Local Media
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When I moved to Arizona to take over as editor of Tucson Local Media two months ago, I felt comfortable as editor of The Explorer, Marana News and our two monthlies.

  • James C. Sandefer, Special to Tucson Local Media
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I recently overheard a person graphically explaining that her retirement challenges were comparable to an inexhaustible supply of weeds with the most persistent one being an inability to define herself. Maybe the theme song for the popular TV series “CSI” and recorded originally by The Who d…

  • Chuck Huckelberry, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Our American system of government, the best in the world, is founded on the principle of checks and balances. The legislative branch writes the law, the executive branch carries out the law and the judicial branch interprets the law.  When the legislative branch enacts an unfair law, an aggr…

  • Ally Miller, Special to The Explorer
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The failure to prioritize funding of core services was on prominent display at the June 16 Pima County budget adoption meeting. The board majority once again voted to raise your primary and secondary property tax rates following an emotional call to the public. 

  • David Rupkalvis, Tucson Local Media
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One month ago, I was living in the middle of the best economy in the nation. Even with a slowdown in oil drilling, in western North Dakota, jobs were plentiful, pay was high and anyone who wanted to work was working.

  • David Rupkalvis, Tucson Local Media
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After two weeks back in Tucson, I admit there is a lot I have to learn, especially about communities like Oro Valley and Marana.