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Southern Marana continues to grow as the international healthcare company Roche plans to double its footprint on Tangerine Road. On Tuesday, June 1, Roche broke ground on a 60,000 square foot facility, directly next to its current facility of the same size. The facility is operated by Roche …

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Having the honor of serving on the Oro Valley Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) for 10-plus years, I was intimately involved with much of the development you see in Oro Valley today. Back in 2000, when I attended my first P&Z meeting, I didn’t have a clue about the relationship be…

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The only constant is change. That, and the fact June is unreasonably hot around these parts. I’ve enjoyed writing about our little corner of the world for a few years now, first as a staff reporter for Tucson Local Media and then as an associate editor. Now, I’m lucky enough to step up as ma…

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For at least 10 years, and for transparent reasons, the Town of Oro Valley has wanted to annex the Westward Look.

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We ask our dogs a lot of questions, and oftentimes “Who’s a good boy?” is second only to “Oh no, what did you eat?” Oro Valley’s bioscience industry has gained a new member with uPetsia, a University of Arizona startup that has developed a bacteria strain to quell bad breath in dogs. 

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PHOENIX – Carla Walker was tired of sitting inside during the coronavirus pandemic. She missed going to the gym, shopping and spending time with friends and family. Her retail job in Central Phoenix had laid her off and she had time on her hands. She wasn’t sure how to fill it.

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With COVID cases continuing their three-month decline, vaccines flowing and artists with a year of material ready to perform, the coming months are shaping up to be great times to attend live music in Tucson. Of course, many local venues are not quite ready to host indoor concerts. Those wit…

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This time last year, few could have imagined the devastation the COVID pandemic would unleash on the world. Twelve months later, with millions of people receiving the vaccine and daily stats showing mostly positive signs, you can almost hear a collective sigh of relief as we try to reclaim s…

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As the term limits of several Marana Utilities Board members come to an end this month, the Marana Town Council appointed two new members and one returning member, along with a new chairman, during their council meeting on Tuesday, March 16. 

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The Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the University of Arizona’s Center for Innovation to host a competition aimed at finding a life science startup company interested in joining UACI’s incubation program and relocating to the town. 

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On March 13 last year, Arizona Theatre Company debuted The Legend of Georgia McBride at the Temple of Music and Art. Right after that opening night performance, the play closed down. The company has mounted no more in-person plays in Tucson or in Phoenix ever since. 

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In a 4-3 vote, the Oro Valley Town Council denied a second effort to rezone the Kai-Capri area from commercial to residential, despite updated plans to limit housing density and community support for the project during their Tuesday, Feb. 2 meeting. 

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The new year brings a number of new (and old) transportation projects to the region, including the continued widening of Broadway Boulevard between Country Club Road and downtown, long-planned improvements to Sabino Canyon Road and much-needed repairs to Oracle Road.

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 Almost exactly a year ago, Pima County opened its Emergency Operations Center to provide planning and coordination of rapid response and mitigation efforts in case a deadly virus that had started in Asia a few months previous came to Tucson through international visitors to the annual Tucso…

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It’s a new year, and the Town of Marana has much to look back on and be thankful for. Despite the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic, Town staff finished 2020 with dedication and resiliency, maintaining a balanced budget while delivering the essential services that Marana residents have come…

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The Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of the Treasury recently announced a second round of Paycheck Protection Program loans will begin for new and certain existing borrowers later this month.

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Happy New Year! As we begin 2021, there is already a lot going on in our community. The COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed, Pima County has established a mandatory curfew, and more money is coming from the Pandemic Relief Package (PPP), to name just a few. As the Marana Chamber works th…

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The Pima County Department of Environmental Quality hand-delivered an abatement order to a northwest-side apartment complex owner for causing a public health nuisance to the complex’s tenants by shutting off the water supply.

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After breaking ground in September 2019, the University of Arizona’s Center for Innovation at Oro Valley hosted an open house last week, showing off their 4,000 feet of new lab space for local biotechnology startups. Previously titled the Oro Valley Innovation Labs, the location in Oro Valle…

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With thousands of nonprofit organizations, Tucson regularly ranks as one of the most charitable cities in the country. Hundreds of these are even locally focused, meaning your contributions can directly feed back into the community. It’s no surprise to learn 2020 has been an exceptionally di…

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Tucson has a large nonprofit community that helps our community in crucial and diverse ways. In the spirit of giving that we embrace during the holiday season, Tucson Local Media shines a spotlight on many of our town’s charity organizations in the hopes that you’ll find one that deserves yo…

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It’s no understatement to say that most – if not all – of us can’t wait for the moment we slam the door on 2020. As we move into the new year, hopes rise for vaccines to end the fear and suffering experienced by too many individuals and families and to put us on a path to whatever the new no…

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It’s the time of year when charitable giving is often driven either by heart-warming holiday generosity or end of year tax motivation. But 2020 has been different and nonprofits are attempting to recover from a year rife with fundraising challenges such as increased demand and decreased reve…

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In 2020, our community faced a challenge unlike anything we’ve faced before. The cumulative impact of the pandemic has affected every corner of our economy and community. As we come to the end of year, we would like to thank all the donors that have stepped up during this difficult time and …

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Six days after President Donald Trump lost his bid for reelection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture notified food safety groups that it was proposing a regulatory change to speed up chicken factory processing lines, a change that would allow companies to sell more birds. An earlier USDA ef…

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Working as a firefighter often requires a person to think quickly and adapt to changes. It’s a skillset that has served former firefighters Jeremy Hilderbrand, Matt Gordon and Taylor Carter well as they operate Firetruck Brewing Company. 

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University Boulevard and Main Gate Square are continuing their annual tradition of decorating for the holidays, with a few extra safety precautions this year. From Friday, Nov. 27 through Sunday, Jan. 3, University Boulevard between Euclid and Park avenues will have holiday events and decora…

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The Marana Mayor and Council voted 6-1 earlier this month to approve a development agreement with Pima County and the Marana Unified School District for 150 new single-family homes to be built on a parcel near the El Rio Preserve.