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  • Danyelle Khmara
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Carol McGorray’s daughter shared memories of fudgesicles at the beach, Sunday donuts after church, reading the newspaper in her childhood living room—or rather squabbling over the comics section with her siblings—and even witnessing the birth of a baby goat.

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The Marana Town Council unanimously agreed to changes that make it easier for developers to invest in its future downtown.

  • Christopher Boan
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Sarah Whaley has worked at Marana High School for four years, moving into her current role as dean of students and athletic director two years ago. She previously served as a girls basketball and volleyball coach at Marana. She previously worked as an English teacher and girls basketball and…

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Students from Estes Elementary School joined their parents and teachers to participate in Walk ‘n’ Roll to School Day last Friday, April 6. The event encourages active ways for children to get to school, and to improve air quality and safety around schools and neighborhoods.

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The Marana Town Council is accepting applications for the council seat that’s open due to the death of Councilmember Carol McGorray.

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Tears and heartfelt pleas dominated the Marana Unified School District Board Meeting last week as over 300 people squeezed into Thornydale Elementary School to discuss its possible closure. Many were wearing shirts that read #SaveThornydale. There was still a line out the door into the parki…

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The residents of Marana will once again weigh in on the town’s future by electing several members of the town council. This year, Vice Mayor Jon Post and Councilmembers Herb Kai and Patti Comerford and Jon Post are up for re-election.

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The Marana Chamber’s plans for Spring 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 …

  • Logan Burtch-Buus
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Mountain View High School visited Ironwood Ridge High School last Thursday for girls tennis. Mountain View fell 3-5, with one match called for darkness.

  • Linda Hampton, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Carol McGorray was the very foundation of the Community Food Bank in Marana.

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It is with great sadness that the Town of Marana recently informed the community of the passing of Town of Marana Councilmember Carol McGorray on Thursday, March 22. She is survived by six of her seven children.

  • Lisa Shafer, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Last July, the Town of Marana began providing animal services to the community, and the strategy has proved to be a success. The animal services division has been working with the Marana community for over seven months, providing high levels of customer service.

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Most people believe bats primarily live in caves, but the concrete crevices under the old Ina Road bridge in Marana have provided thousands of migratory Mexican free-tailed bats with perfect roosting habitats for years.

  • Jeff Gardner
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To help out hopeful candidates and to offer a refresher course for incumbents, the town of Marana is holding a Council Candidate Orientation and Voter Registration seminar in early April, just before the beginning of candidate filings. 

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Boston’s Gourmet Pizza, Marana (5825 W. Arizona Pavilions Drive) is hosting an event this Thursday, March 29 to benefit Marana Tigers Baseball. Boston’s Pizza pledges to donate a portion of its food sales between 4 and 8 p.m. to the Marana Tigers Baseball Boosters.

  • Mark Nelson
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On a winter night in January 1993, by opening a doorway we experienced a stunning physiological revival. We left a world with an oxygen level around 14 percent; equivalent to being on a 15,000-foot-tall mountain. In fact, we were at a 3,900-foot elevation in southern Arizona. Oxygen had been…

  • Monique Hagberg, Special to Tucson Local Media
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The Town of Marana has made a commitment to providing free, family-friendly entertainment for our residents. Whether you want a relaxing night under the stars or an activity-filled afternoon at our major festivals, we have something for you.

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Discover Marana recently announce the launch of its second gastronomy tour, “A Taste of the Wild: The Marana Wild Foods Gastronomy Tour.” The tour explores foraging and wild food flavors with experts Dr. Suzanne Fish, University of Arizona Emerita Professor and Arizona State Museum Curator, …

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Marana Unified School District recently announced that its Marana Cares Mobile will operate during spring break, Monday–Friday, March 19–23, at select locations.  

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Every year, the Town of Marana offers its residents the opportunity to learn about the history of the town they love so much at the Founders’ Day festival. This year’s event took place last Saturday, March 10, and the festivities are always kicked off by the ever-popular Founders’ Day Parade…

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Last week, the Marana Police Department and the Marana Police Volunteers hosted the first Shop with a Volunteer/Shop with a Cop event. On Saturday, Feb. 25,  more than 30 students from the Marana Unified School District participated in a shopping spree at the Kohl’s in Marana. 

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It looks like this summer might be a little hotter than anticipated. Breakers Water Park will not be opening after its winter closure. The only water park in the Tucson area, just off I-10/Tangerine Road in Marana, generally opens in late May, however all signs lead to the park being remaini…

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A Facebook post by local talk show personality Shaun McClusky said Marana was “locked down like Ft Knox” after town staff put padlocks on the gates of fields near schools that were dealing with regular incidents of dogs off leashes and forsaken dog poop. 

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An eight-person team of mirthful teens danced their way into the hearts of those in attendance at Tucson’s Sporting Chance Arena last month. 

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Marana staff put a lot of thought into planning the town’s road improvements and future developments, most of which is laid out in a five-year plan: the Capital Improvement Program. 

  • Ed Stolmaker, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Our plans for 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 our community.

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Starting Monday, March 19, new service changes will begin for several Sun Shuttle routes. The Regional Transportation Authority Board recently approved the proposed changes to increase efficiency and improve on-time performance. Current schedules and routes, set to expire March 6, will remai…

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Marana Little League is a non-profit, recreational sports organization that provides baseball and softball to players aged four through 14 at its home field of Ora Mae Harn Park. The league is expecting roughly 450 youth athletes this spring.

  • Jeff Gardner
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Toys such as LEGOs were once excluded during recess and lunch in elementary schools, but now they’re part of the curriculum. Quail Run Elementary students celebrated their robotic skills at the Epic Build Showcase, a day at which faculty and family all gather to see the LEGO machines they st…

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  • Mo El-Ali, Special to Tucson Local Media
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In Marana, we value great roads. The Marana Town Council, officials and staff have always understood that pavement preservation is necessary to keep road quality high and life-cycle costs low, and we have been using pavement preservation techniques for the past 15 years to achieve this quali…

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Marana choir and drama educator Sarah Ross felt honored when she, along with her colleague Heidi Barker, won last year’s Marana Branding Irons Award. But her real accomplishment was leading a group of 19 kids, mostly Marana High School students, to becoming the first recipients of the Marana…

  • Jeff Gardner
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Managing the 54 miles of trails and the wide array of amenities which comprise Marana’s parks and rec system may seem a daunting task, but not when you have over 30 years of recreation experience and have ridden in El Tour de Tucson 22 times.

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Last week, the Marana Town Council unanimously chose Jamsheed Mehta as the new town manager. The council  previously chose Meta to serve as interim manager, in October, when then-Manager Gilbert Davidson was preparing to head to a new position in Gov. Doug Ducey’s office as chief operating officer.

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  • Michelle Jaquette, Special to Tucson Local Media
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As shadows inch down canyon walls and the temperature drop, Sabino Canyon fills with a certain kind of visitor. Native Tucsonans, runners, bikers and walkers like Kim Haesuk come to find sanctuary among the saguaros before night fall.

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Several Marana Unified School District educators and staffers earned awards or certifications last month. All honorees have dedicated themselves to their schools, their district and in turn, the Marana community

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  • Jamsheed Mehta, Special to Tucson Local Media
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January is complete, and the Town of Marana has hit the ground running into 2018.  Last year saw great development in the town, and 2018 promises to be very exciting as we continue to grow and thrive.