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Butterfield Elementary School is now eight times older than the average age of its kindergartners. Founded in 1978, Butterfield Elementary celebrated its 40-year anniversary with an assembly where patrons looked both to the past and the future. 

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The Environmental Protection Agency recently certified every eligible campus in the Marana Unified School District with its Energy Star label for the third time. The Energy Star certification, awarded to 16 of 17 MUSD campuses, signifies buildings with efficient energy use.

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Eight months after a previous attempt, the Marana Unified School District Governing Board decided to permanently close Thornydale Elementary School, located at 7651 N. Oldfather Road, in a 4-1 decision last Thursday evening.

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New westbound Interstate 10 lanes at West Ina Road in Marana will open to traffic this weekend, another step forward for a two-year project improving traffic flow and safety at the busy interchange.

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The Town of Marana will soon be turning sewage into a community park thanks to their recently opened Water Reclamation Facility. The “100 percent recharge” facility will pump purified wastewater back into the ground, refilling the aquifer and nourishing a nature park. 

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The Marana Chamber continues its mission to be the voice of business that works to build economic growth and quality of life in our community.

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Due to inclement weather, the Marana Holiday Festival was unfortunately canceled, as most of the parking lots and entertainment zones sat on saturated grounds, and could not accommodate expected foot and vehicle traffic. The public is invited to enjoy encore presentations of the Christmas Tr…

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There has been increased construction activity on Ina Road lately, but the benefits will far outweigh the costs once the dust clears and the Ina interchange opens back up early next year. Until then, there’s much to be excited for and much to still see from area businesses as we head into th…

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Earlier this month, the Town of Marana participated in the third annual Marana Water Festival at Crossroads at Silverbell District Park. The Nov. 15 event was put on by Arizona Project Wet and staffed by Marana Water and other Town of Marana employees, as well as Tucson Water and the Univers…

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On Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at the Quarry Pines Golf Course some of the world’s most premier athletes will gather and compete for the illustrious title of Marana’s best cornhole player.

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On Wednesday, Nov. 14. Marana celebrated the opening of its new police station, filled with advanced training technology, forensics labs and multiple facilities the previous facilities lacked, including kennels for K-9 officers, a firing range and a vehicle lift. 

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Construction of the new Marana Police Facility has reached completion at the Marana Municipal Complex, and last week we celebrated its grand opening. This project is a perfect example of local government delivering exactly what was promised to the constituents. This new police facility was b…

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The Marana Unified School District revealed details for its new, still-unnamed K-8 CSTEM school last week. The school, set to open fall 2019 at 5650 W. Moore Road in Dove Mountain, will focus its curriculum on Computer Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

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Marana’s Community and Neighborhood Director Lisa Shafer has got out of bed in the middle of the night more than once to deal with a call about an animal. Shafer runs Marana Animal Services along with Bill Lorefice, the town’s chief code enforcement and animal control officer. And they are h…

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It’s almost Halloween, and you’re probably almost as excited as your kids. Parties, costumes, trick-or-treating…it’s one of the holidays most looked forward to by children and parents, alike. But even as you’re putting the finishing touches on costumes and making that last candy run to the s…

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Restaurateur Sam Fox is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the opening of Wildflower this month. Since opening Wildflower, Fox has launched Fox Restaurant Concepts, which now runs nearly 50 restaurants around the country in eight different states, including Tucson’s Blanco, North, Culinary …

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Zoey fidgets with anticipations while her mom mixes the “taco in a bag” ingredients. The 7-year-old spins on a red stool, reminiscent of a ’50s diner, inside the Marana Cares Mobile.

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The Marana Chamber of Commerce’s fall plans include the same principles that have carried us this far: our caring and friendly culture, our willingness to think out of the box and our continued mission to be the voice of business working to build economic growth and ensure a high quality of …

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The Town of Marana is receiving an extra dose of culture this month with the Marana Art Expo. 

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As many in the business community already know, Ed Stolmaker will step down as president and CEO of the Marana Chamber of Commerce at the end of the year. For the past 15 years, he has not only managed the inner workings of the Marana Chamber of Commerce, but transformed it into an integral …

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Even though the Town of Marana Parks and Recreation Department is currently in the midst of its Fall Into Fun + Fitness campaign, the department took a look back at its Summer 2018 programming, and found that public participation was up. 

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Almost one year ago, the Pima Council on Aging set up an office inside the Marana Community Food Bank on West Grier Road. This office is key to the council’s mission of reaching out to the elderly and the disabled in Marana. Every Tuesday, anyone can drop in and receive free consultations ad…

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It’s doggy paddle time at Picture Rocks Pool. On Saturday, Sept. 22 the pool will open its doors to our canine friends for one day only. Dogs at the public pool are usually not a good idea, but because the Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation needs to drain the pool on the 23r…

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 The incumbents on the Marana Town Council held onto their seats in last week’s election, knocking back challengers who called for a change in the town’s leadership.

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After 15 years of forming lasting and memorable relationships with my friends in the business community, I will be stepping down as Marana Chamber President and CEO, effective December 31. I have dealt with health issues over the past several months that have occasionally kept me out of the …

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Dozens of men, women and children gathered under a forest green pavilion on an overcast Friday morning to celebrate the opening of Marana’s newest park. 

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We are officially two months into the new fiscal year and we are excited about what’s to come. Just as last year provided the Town with a number of milestones and accomplishments, fiscal year 2019 is already promising to be a great one for exciting projects in our community. By the end of th…

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Dozens of men, women and children gathered under a forest green pavilion on an overcast Friday morning to celebrate the opening of Marana’s newest park. 

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On Tuesday, July 10, a monsoon rolled over Marana, pouring rain, shooting lightning and derailing a train. Unsurprisingly, the Town of Marana government was left with quite a mess to clean up. 

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Although Estes Elementary employs a fleet of seven school buses, they become a primarily walk-in school for one day out of the year: The first day of school. 

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If you drive around north Marana, you’ll see clusters of campaign signs promoting Marana Town Council candidates. Some signs are small, with a name and simple slogan. Others are larger, flashier, with a photo. 

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Marana’s newest hospital broke ground earlier this month, and plenty of dignitaries attended the ceremony.

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July 1 is the start of the new fiscal year for the Town of Marana, and it is always an exciting time for us. Not only does the new budget go into effect, but it is a period where we start to look forward to the next year and beyond. Less than a week before the new fiscal year began, the expa…

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Four incumbents and three challengers are running for a place on the Marana Town Council this year. Tucson Local Media caught up with the four incumbents to talk about their time on the council thus far, and find out what they see for the future of the town. Next week, we’ll catch up with th…

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In light of yesterday’s storms, which caused a Union Pacific train to derail in the Marana area, and continued forecasts of rain through the week, the Town of Marana has decided to add this Friday, Friday, July 13 as an additional day for sandbag distributions. Residents can collect sandbags…

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Thousands of films have used Arizona as a setting over the last century, and a large portion of that work took place in Southern Arizona. Films like “3:10 to Yuma,” “Rio Bravo” and “The Outlaw Josey Wales” used the Old Tucson Studios to create a rough, Western aesthetic. 

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The Marana Chamber’s plans for Summer of 2018 include the same principles that have carried us this far: our caring and friendly culture, our willingness to think out of the box, and our continued mission to be the voice of business that works to build economic growth and quality of life in …

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Who teaches the teachers? When the subject is how to prepare students for the scientific world of tomorrow, it makes sense they could use a little help. Luckily, a local teacher was up for the challenge, and started the STEMAZing Project, a Pima County School Superintendent's Office program …