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I was blessed to spend this past Mother’s Day with my mom and family. Typical for us, after lunch we sat out front under the big willow tree and reminisced, recounting our favorite memories and telling stories about each other. Each story is followed by laughter or a few blushed cheeks. One …

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The Town of Marana Parks and Recreation Department staff is excited for the summer of 2022 to offer our citizens a diverse range of recreation programs for youth, adults and seniors. 

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He knew when it happened that that was that. It was one of those injuries that, technically, aren’t terribly serious and won’t require surgery or even seeing a doctor, but they also make it very clear that one’s time as an athlete is going to be on hold for a while.

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Reader Claire Klingler took a photo of this rock squirrel balancing on a feeder outside the window in Tucson.

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It’s no secret the Sonoran Desert likes to show off. With stunning sunsets, powerful monsoons and a healthy dose of biodiversity, the place we call home is much more than what many would consider a “desert.” To capitalize on this, the Oro Valley Photography Competition asks locals to share s…

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Marana Concerts in the Courtyard. Sooner or later, you’re going to see a show by the Little House of Funk. This prolific group has brought their high-energy music to stages and audiences all over the Tucson area. Now, they’re the latest performers at the Town of Marana’s recurring “Concerts …

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On Thursday, May 12, people across the world set their eyes on the first ever image of the black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy. This image was the result of an international scientific collaboration called the Event Horizon Telescope, and marks the most significant finding in al…

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There was a time, not that long ago, when Arizona’s high school State track meets (plural) were must-see events. They would hold three different meets across the Valley (and sometimes in Tucson). The schools in the 5A (back then, it was the highest level, the biggest schools) would have its …

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A few years back, I was in Eagar, Arizona, which is technically a suburb or Springerville (if you can think in terms that tiny). I was coaching a high-school track team and we had made the nasty four-hour drive (including going through the white-knuckle Salt River Canyon) to take part in one…

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Upon a successful return to Earth next year, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft will be the first American mission to retrieve a sample from an asteroid. But NASA announced last week that the story won’t end there. NASA has extended the University of Arizona-led mission, and after drop-off, the space…

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A new law barring elections officials from accepting private grants was fueled by conspiracy theories about money donated by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, but no one in Arizona seemed to notice or care that movie star and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger also gave money to he…

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For Mountain View High School valedictorian Benjamin Guillermo, the ideal class ranking was #3. It was the highest academic standing he could have without needing to deliver a speech at graduation. But when Mountain View students take to the graduation stage on May 17, it will be alongside a…

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This year’s Amphitheater High School valedictorian Justin Nguyen did not always plan on achieving the top spot in his class. He had earned some high school credits while still in middle school, which resulted in a B grade in some classes. He figured his class ranking of #2 was secured, until…

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Since he was a kid, Catalina Foothills student Noah Wellman had a deal with his dad: If he got a full scholarship to college, his dad would buy him a car. Years in the making, that goal came true when Wellman earned the Flinn Scholarship, valued at more than $100,000. 

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Every year ahead of the graduation season, we like to take some time out to speak with some of our most impressive local high schoolers. Not only does this allow us the opportunity to shine a light on their achievements, we’ve found keeping up with the youth keeps us  young and in the know.

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This may be the first time that the art on view inside the Tohono Chul gallery is made entirely with the same kind of grasses and plants that grace the gardens outside.   

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The Marana Unified School District and Youth Education Supporters are encouraging residents to support local students by donating to the Success Of Students fund or donating supplies for the current backpack drive.

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Summer is an exciting time in Oro Valley! School is out, which means Oro Valley Parks & Recreation kicks the fun into high gear. Summer camps begin, open swim hours expand at the Aquatic Center, our signature Fourth of July event returns to James D. Kriegh Park and the outdoor movies ser…

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Springtime in Tucson brings numerous events to engage the community, celebrate local cultures and enjoy local foods and beverages. A new event this week revolves around one simple ingredient that has nourished communities in Arizona, Texas and Mexico for generations. 

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Roche Tissue Diagnostics cut the ribbon on a 45,000 square foot employee forum at their campus in Oro Valley’s Innovation Park on Tuesday, April 26. The new building will serve as the central hub for the campus, with conference space, a cafeteria, a gym, a wellness center and more. The build…

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With the arrival of the month of May comes two of our favorite things—Orange Dream eegee’s and State Tournament play in the various high-school spring sports. For reasons that no one has ever explained, tennis has always finished a couple weeks or so ahead of baseball, softball, and track &a…

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that his administration “will be ready when any ruling is issued” on abortion rights, after the nation was rocked by the leak of a draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that confirmed the court is planning to overturn access to abortion.  

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WASHINGTON – Officials from the seven Colorado River basin states agreed Friday with a federal plan to sharply cut releases from Lake Powell, as both groups scramble to protect water supplies and power generation by propping up the lake’s level.

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Pima County Fair. The fair is here, and there is so much to do this weekend. Watch a pig race! Eat a deep-fried oreo! See concerts and ride stomach-churning rides and watch culinary competitions! There’s nothing like the delightful sensory overload of the fair, and we can’t wait to experienc…

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Two men who worked with former Trump advisor Steve Bannon are expected to plead guilty in federal court for charges that they conned millions of dollars from donors who thought they were funding construction of a wall along the southern border.