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Like the potato of Northern Europe or the yam of Western Africa, the agave plant fits a crucial culinary and cultural niche in the Sonoran Desert. For centuries, locals have harvested the plant’s broad jutting leaves for food, art, tools and to black out on tequila. Now, Tucson is once again…

  • Dave Perry, Special to Tucson Local Media
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In 1974, attorney Bill Rodman auditioned for a role in “40 Karats,” a play produced by the Glenview, Illinois Theatre Guild and its founder/director Judi Tamarkin, a single mother of three young children.

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The Pima County Board of Supervisors declaring April 30 as Pima County Therapy Animal Day. Sheriff Mark D. Napier accepted the proclamation, recognizing the Pima County Sheriff’s Department for its commitment to addressing the mental health crisis in our community.

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The Town of Oro Valley invites the community to help “Chalk the Block” this Saturday, April 28, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Fry’s parking lot at the intersection of West Lambert Lane and North La Cañada Drive. It is a chance for residents to meet friends, family and neighbors for a fun art event…

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Marana High School’s robotics team is the 10th-best rookie team in the world. Team 7214, AKA Tiger-OPS, won this distinction after competing at Northern Arizona University last month. 

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The International Wildlife Museum is celebrating 30 years as part of the Tucson community. Come help celebrate this Saturday April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with $5 admission for everyone ages four and older. Kids ages three and younger under are free; Museum members are also free. 

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Teachers waved “Red for Ed” signs as passing cars honked their support before school on Wednesday, April 11. Forming a wall of red shirts, roughly 40 Amphitheater High School educators took part in a walk-in to demand better wages and school funding from the state legislature.

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Sundays are busy at Buffalo Exchange. Customers stream in, hoping to score Diesel jeans or a vintage dress. They move between colorful racks of secondhand western shirts and J.Crew blouses from last steason. There’s a room for women’s shoes with a healthy selection of Stetsons; an activewear…

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With the voter-approved Your Voice, Our Future General Plan, residents told us loud and clear they want a complete community. A complete community is one where you can live, work, shop, play and learn. It is also a place with a unique identity and where people feel connected. So, what does t…

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When one of the moderators at a plenary session on artificial intelligence at the recent 2018 Science of Consciousness Conference in Tucson asked how many people in the audience were freaked out by the prospect of super-intelligent AI, I raised my hand without hesitating… I mean, aren’t we all?

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The University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is presenting a once-in-a-lifetime event: a conversation between UA professor Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg on the topic of nuclear policy and war. The two will appear onstage together for the first time on Tuesday, April…

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The Autism Society of Southern Arizona will host the 12th Annual Autism Walk & Resource Fair on Saturday, April 28 in Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium at Kino Park Sports Complex, 2500 E. Ajo Way. The Autism Walk & Resource Fair offers a fun and informative day filled with food & d…

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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.

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The Southern Arizona Women’s Foundation is raising awareness and money for issues affecting women and girls at its 25th annual luncheon, on April 18. For 28 years, the Women’s Foundation has affected change in local communities by funding research, advocacy, grant making and leadership development.

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Leslie Anne Berg remembers late husband, thanks community for support

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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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Gov. Doug Ducey released the following statement in response to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s announcement that the administration will deploy National Guard to enhance border security efforts:

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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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In the rumbling merriment of The Buffet bar, Johanna Martinez and I sit surrounded by faces carved by heartache. It’s a strangely cold day in Tucson. Motown soars from the jukebox.

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The number of solar jobs in the U.S. fell last year for the first time since 2010, but Arizona bucked the trend and remained one of the biggest states in the country for solar jobs, a new report says.

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Tucson Electric Power recently presented its fifth annual TEP BrightEE Awards to 12 organizations that educate, inform and inspire the community about sustainability and energy efficiency. The Town of Oro Valley received the award for Community Partner of the Year. 

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At the statewide academic decathlon competition in Phoenix, Canyon del Oro High School succeeded in just about every way they could. Not only did they win the state competition for the fifth consecutive year, three students on the team received awards for their personal achievements. 

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Alivia Islas grew up watching her parents dance around the house. She learned how, through dance, people were able to communicate in so many other ways than words. However, this didn’t stop her from becoming passionate in writing as well. 

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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 …

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Part of Aging Well is having a plan in place for dealing with health issues, both expected and unexpected. Even those who are healthy can be struck with a medical emergency that may take them out of commission for weeks. 

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Kinder Morgan, the largest energy infrastructure company in North America with some 84,000 miles of pipeline, is making its increased presence known in Southern Arizona—to the tune of pretty close to $100 million dollars in on-going and planned projects.

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There’s no gentle way to put it: summer time temps can be brutal in Oro Valley. We all know it, but we also know that there are plenty of ways to stay active while avoiding the heat. We’ve made it a priority to provide Oro Valley residents and guests with lots of alternative, cooler options …

  • Dave Perry, Special to Tucson Local Media
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Cast members in “Our Town,” the Oro Valley Theatre Company production staged April 25, 26 and 29 at The Gaslight Music Hall, range in age from 11 to 75.

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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.