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At one time, the Santa Cruz River supported the country’s earliest large-scale agriculture, and Tucson and Marana have been bustling with life for thousands of years.

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The year is 1870, and the sun is rising high above the Utah territoy. Off in the distance, a group of riders bear down on the sprawling ranch of Jane Withersteen, a devout member of the local Mormon church who recently inherited her father’s estate.

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Our associates at Tucson Local Media have provided me column space on a quarterly basis to share my personal perspective on some of the issues that are important to Oro Valley’s residents. I look forward to this new opportunity to connect with our residents, and am pleased that the timing of…

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Two wrestlers from the Mountain View High School wrestling team won first place at this year’s Division II state championship, held in Prescott Valley Feb. 15. The team finished in second place behind defending state champs Sunnyside High School. 

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Mark Twain once said that “politicians are like diapers; they must be changed often and for the same reason.” The same can be said for some of the board members of any home owner’s association.

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Despite a strong performance against Monument Valley last Wednesday night, the Pusch Ridge Christian Academy’s basketball playoff dreams came to an end in Queen Creek, Arizona Saturday evening when they took on the American Leadership Academy Patriots.

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At last year’s Century of Tucson party, Hotel Congress passed the centennial torch to their cross-street neighbor, the Rialto Theatre. While the Rialto’s official hundred-year anniversary lands on Aug. 29, 2020, they’re filling the whole year with festivities, kicking things off with the eig…

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HSL Properties, which owns the El Conquistador resort in Oro Valley, will lease and operate the adjacent nine-hole golf course at Pusch Ridge beginning Oct. 1, thanks to a new memorandum of understanding with the Town of Oro Valley.

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The Oro Valley mayor and council unanimously approved their Infrastructure Improvement Plan during last Wednesday’s council meeting. This plan doesn’t call for specific capital projects; it identifies existing town assets and estimates how much demand there will be for certain types of infra…

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On Thursday, Feb. 13, the Marana Unified School District Governing Board voted unanimously to hire Dan Streeter as the district’s new superintendent, effective following the retirement of Doug Wilson July 1. 

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No matter how your Valentine’s Day went, you can skip the roses, chocolates and teddy bears because Marana’s love don’t cost a thing! There are many ways the town and its residents can show love for their community through specific services and opportunities for residents to engage. 

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Two women and one man were arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection over the weekend in separate drug seizures at the Port of Nogales. The total value of the found drugs totals more than $500,000.

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“Meow! My name is Maurine and I’m am easy, low energy girl who will talk your ear off! I love people, and I love attention. I just want to be pet and loved on all the time. I came to HSSA as a stray, but all my paws are declawed so I need to be an indoor cat only. HSSA thinks I’m about 8 yea…

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Located just east of Interstate 10 along West Cortaro Farms Road, Carondelet Marana Hospital will open its doors on Monday, Feb. 24 at 7 a.m. The “neighborhood” hospital houses eight inpatient beds, 24-hour emergency care and space for surgical procedures with around-the-clock general surger…

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The Pusch Ridge boys varsity basketball team pounced on the Monument Valley Mustangs by 11 points during Wednesday night’s 3A Division State Basketball playoff opener. Pusch Ridge is ranked No.2 in the 3A South and Mountain Valley is No. 3 in the 3A North. 

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Approximately 30 acres of vacant land located south of Pima Farms Road and east of Interstate 10 are waiting to be developed into single-family residences, but a number of factors stand in the way.

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The Amphi Foundation’s annual gala has long celebrated local teachers in the Amphitheater School District, but this year’s event will allow students to award teir teachers. The newly created “Education Crusader” award celebrates Amphi employees who have made a lasting impact on students or t…

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Unlike the band The Who, the Town of Oro Valley doesn’t refer to its Sun Shuttle Dial-A-Ride fleet as magic buses. However, for approximately 10 years, the town has been providing reliable, safe and affordable door-to-door public transportation to Oro Valley residents. Our customers—the gene…

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WaFd Bank, formerly Washington Federal, cut the ribbon at its first commercial banking center in Southern Arizona last Wednesday, Feb. 12. Leaders of Tucson and Oro Valley’s business community were in attendance, including Oro Valley Mayor Joe Winfield and representatives from both the Tucso…

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The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Operation Game Thief is offering a $1,500 reward for any information leading to an arrest after a javelina was stoned to death at Tanque Verde Elementary school last Friday night.

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The Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner recently released the post-mortem examination of the remains of a 66-year-old man found in a wilderness area adjacent to Pima Canyon Trail on Dec. 30, 2019. The remains were discovered with damage from scavengers and environmental conditions.

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When it comes to Aging Well, many people focus on physical health—exercise and diet. But there are other areas of healthy habits that can provide balance in life, with the added benefits of being good for your brain health, mood, and overall quality of life.

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For husband and wife duo Billy Shaw Jr. and Jessica Northey-Shaw, music is everything. The pair connected over a shared love for country music, meeting for the first time at one of Billy’s shows at country hangout The Maverick. 

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“Hey I’m Collins and I’m 3 years old and have SO much energy! I LOVE treats and I LOVE to play! I’m a bouncy boy who loves to jump around, and I still have a lot to learn about manners. Bring your other dogs to meet me today and bring me home with you! Come meet me at 635 W Roger Rd or call …

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A 44-year-old man is currently awaiting extradition from Michigan’s Saginaw County Jail to Pima County on charges related to the sexual exploitation of a teenage girl in Tucson. On Feb. 8, the Oro Valley Police Department coordinated with Michigan State Police to bring Gerard Dickinson into …

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The intersection of North La Cañada and West Naranja drives will switch to protected left turns next week. Once the traffic signals have been adjusted, left turns will only be allowed when the left turn arrow is green.

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On Friday, Jan. 31, the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police selected Marana Police Department Chief Terry Rozema as its 2020 Police Chief of the Year. This announcement came at the AACOP’s January meeting in Mesa. The designation is awarded to a police chief who embodies devotion to the …

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After the World Trade Center terrorist attack in 2001 and the Hurricane Katrina disaster in 2005, the federal government, alongside state and local governments, created detailed emergency plans to prepare for any future natural, technological or human-caused emergencies.