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The Pusch Ridge nine-hole golf course at 10000 N. Oracle Road will reopen with much fanfare on Nov. 1. Since the course’s closure in March 2020, a new non-profit organization, Friends of Pusch Ridge Golf, was formed to work with the town to restore the facility. The town has adopted a new sl…

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Last month, I represented Pima County at the annual meeting of the County Supervisors Association. All 15 of Arizona’s counties were represented and there was an admirable focus on the issues and interests that county governments share. Even in these polarized times, there was no evidence of…

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As our community experiences another COVID surge, I write today with gratitude for the resilience of our provider teams at Northwest Healthcare. Each and every employee in our system has played a role in keeping our community healthy, and in caring for those who do become sick. I am incredib…

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Name a Pima County department that saves lives. You probably immediately thought of the Health Department, given the pernicious pandemic we’re struggling through. Or maybe the Sheriff’s Department and its hundreds of deputies keeping us safe every day.

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The coronavirus pandemic put hardworking American families through the wringer. Countless mothers, fathers, and caretakers lost jobs through no fault of their own, and, amid one of the most acute public health and economic crises of our lifetimes, worked tirelessly to make ends meet and adju…

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Warm weather is a perfect time to get out and moving fast enough to have the wind whip by you. It doesn’t matter if you are interested in a road ride or a mountain adventure, Oro Valley has many options for all levels of cycling enthusiasts. I’ve listed two of my favorite rides that I think …

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The Humane Society of Southern Arizona has been serving pets and the people who love them in the Tucson metro area for more than 77 years. Starting this month we are finally living into the last two words of our name as we extend our mission—both within and beyond Pima County.

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People over politics? Sounds like a refreshing concept! As chair of the political committee Keep Oro Valley Strong, I am pleased to share with you that we established this committee to support a vibrant and growing town and outstanding Town Council leaders committed to governance excellence …

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The summer rainy season will soon be here, and the Town of Oro Valley Stormwater Utility would like to remind everyone to stay monsoon aware and monsoon safe. These intense summer rainstorms are an enjoyable break from the heat, but they do contain heavy rain, powerful lightning, strong wind…

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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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During the past year, mental health has worsened due to the pandemic and various associated stressors, especially within our youth population. According to a 2021 State of Mental Health in America report, youth between the ages of 11 and 17 have been more likely than any other age group to e…

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Just one week ago, members of the 117th Congress took the oath of office. Raising our right hands, we swore to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” I took this oath two years ago, as well, and cited it when I voted to impeach t…

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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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A science fiction author and his wife were found dead from gunshot wounds after Pima County Sheriff’s deputies discovered the couple in their Foothills home late Thursday, Nov. 19.

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Something’s Fishy

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The Town of Marana has reached several milestones recently, most notably reaching 50,000 residents at the end of the 2019-2020 fiscal year. Despite the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to be a fast-growing community, and we look forward to Marana’s continued development…

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The policies adopted by Gov. Doug Ducey and his administration during the outbreak of Covid-19 have prevented Arizona’s health care system from being overwhelmed and have kept most of the state’s economy open. Although we’ve still lost north of 500,000 jobs, thanks to the public’s cooperatio…

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Arizona will begin opening its doors with Governor Doug Ducey announcing that certain retail stores may resume in-store sales May 8 with physical distancing measures in place.  While the stay-at-home order will remain in effect until May 15, all signs indicate that Arizona will begin turning…

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The following is the opinion of former state lawmaker Vic Williams, who is a candidate for the Pima County Supervisor in District 1. Learn more about him at vote4vic.com. Tucson Local Media welcomes guest commentaries from candidates for office. Submit them to executive editor Jim Nintzel at…

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We are living in a challenging time: schools have closed prematurely, businesses have shuttered or significantly adjusted their operations, Congress has approved the largest relief bill in history, Gov. Ducey has issued numerous executive orders, local governments have invoked emergency proc…