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What may seem like a land plagued by arid lifelessness where only wiry shrubs, starved animals and threatening cacti can survive is deceivingly plentiful in wild foods and flavors, many of which are making their way into the local craft brewing scene.

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Butterfield Elementary School is now eight times older than the average age of its kindergartners. Founded in 1978, Butterfield Elementary celebrated its 40-year anniversary with an assembly where patrons looked both to the past and the future. 

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The Environmental Protection Agency recently certified every eligible campus in the Marana Unified School District with its Energy Star label for the third time. The Energy Star certification, awarded to 16 of 17 MUSD campuses, signifies buildings with efficient energy use.

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While much of the community is excitedly preparing for the return of the holiday season by stringing lights, buying presents and making travel plans with family, The Explorer and Marana News celebrate winter a little differently. 

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The holiday season is upon us, and there are many important reasons to make locally- owned businesses the top priority for holiday spending, including the following: 

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Every year, Tucson Local Media and sister paper Inside Tucson Business host a special ceremony honoring the region’s most impressive female entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, physicians, academics—any woman who has made a significant contribution to the Southern Arizona community—at the Women …

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The Native Grill & Wings located within Steam Pump Village in Oro Valley closed its doors for good on Monday, Dec. 3, Tucson Local Media confirmed with a company manager at the Speedway location.  

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In the first scientific data returned from the OSIRIS-REx mission, hydrated minerals have been found on Bennu's surface. For hydrated minerals to be formed, they must come in contact with water at some point.

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Eight months after a previous attempt, the Marana Unified School District Governing Board decided to permanently close Thornydale Elementary School, located at 7651 N. Oldfather Road, in a 4-1 decision last Thursday evening.

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With a major research university right in our back yard, a strong military presence and innovative companies spread throughout the metro region, there’s often a plethora of interesting science and technology news to be found in Southern Arizona. Here’s a breakdown of the most interesting rec…

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The National Climate Assessment’s newest report predicts continued climate change will impede economic growth, decrease water availability, spread diseases and increase air pollution.

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Veterinarian and national leader in online education Julie Funk is joining the University of Arizona as dean of the proposed College of Veterinary Medicine, effective March 18, 2019. She currently is consulting for the UA on its proposed veterinary medicine program.

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New westbound Interstate 10 lanes at West Ina Road in Marana will open to traffic this weekend, another step forward for a two-year project improving traffic flow and safety at the busy interchange.

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The Town of Marana will soon be turning sewage into a community park thanks to their recently opened Water Reclamation Facility. The “100 percent recharge” facility will pump purified wastewater back into the ground, refilling the aquifer and nourishing a nature park. 

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When Alli Letendre became pregnant at 15 years old in 2014, she said it was intimidating to attend a parenting class. Luckily, she found a safe environment thanks to Tucson’s Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services, and was able to learn the ins and outs of motherhood alongside other young women wi…

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Although it’s receiving some tough competition nowadays from border ports in Texas, Arizona’s port of entry in Nogales has held nearly a century-old lock on being the major arrival point for a variety of fresh produce from Mexico into the U.S.

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The Tucson Local Media editorial family set a new place at the table Monday morning, welcoming a new writer to the fold.

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The Marana Chamber continues its mission to be the voice of business that works to build economic growth and quality of life in our community.

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As we get ready to end the year and launch into the next, are you wondering how you did with your fitness goals, and what New Year’s resolutions will motivate you to do your best in 2019? 

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On Monday, Nov. 5 at approximately 10:30 a.m., Pima County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to the Game Stop located at 7401 N. La Cholla Blvd., near the Foothills Mall, regarding a report of theft.

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Due to inclement weather, the Marana Holiday Festival was unfortunately canceled, as most of the parking lots and entertainment zones sat on saturated grounds, and could not accommodate expected foot and vehicle traffic. The public is invited to enjoy encore presentations of the Christmas Tr…

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Beginning Tuesday, Dec. 4, the Pima County Department of Transportation and its contractor, Southern Arizona Paving, will be milling, paving and implementing no left-hand turns at three intersections on North Thornydale Road.

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“I am a playful girl who likes to be around what is happening. I enjoy being held and enjoy tummy rubs.”

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After spending more than two years in space and traveling more than 1.5 million miles, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is getting a party. On Monday, Dec. 3, OSIRIS-REx is planned to arrive at Bennu, a 1,614-foot asteroid and the target of a seven-year mission to return space samples to Earth. 

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The Canyon del Oro High School orchestra has stayed busy in 2018. Throughout the year, the young men and women have attended multiple performance festivals and received numerous awards. 

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There has been increased construction activity on Ina Road lately, but the benefits will far outweigh the costs once the dust clears and the Ina interchange opens back up early next year. Until then, there’s much to be excited for and much to still see from area businesses as we head into th…

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Oro Valley has long held bragging rights for the best roads in the region, and that’s because the town continues to make thoughtful investments every year in the maintenance and upkeep of our roadways. We understand how quality infrastructure is a vital component to quality of life. Quality …

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Chris Impey is a Distinguished Professor of Astronomy and Associate Dean of the College of Science at the University of Arizona. He’s written multiple books on space, time, the cosmos and everything those entail. So, why is he just now writing a book about black holes, the most extreme objec…

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The Carlton Village Senior Care Community completed construction on phase two of their campus earlier this year, and are now in the process of occupying the additional space. 

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Earlier this month, the Town of Marana participated in the third annual Marana Water Festival at Crossroads at Silverbell District Park. The Nov. 15 event was put on by Arizona Project Wet and staffed by Marana Water and other Town of Marana employees, as well as Tucson Water and the Univers…

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Celebrate the rich tastes, smells and variations of tamales from the Southwest and Mexico at the 14th Annual Tucson Tamal & Heritage Festival, held every year on the first Saturday of December at Casino Del Sol’s AVA Amphitheater.

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On Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at the Quarry Pines Golf Course some of the world’s most premier athletes will gather and compete for the illustrious title of Marana’s best cornhole player.

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Luminaria Nights. If you’re religious, then you might be touched by Roman Catholic hope that lines of luminarias will guide the spirit of the Christ child to a person’s home. If you’re not religious, the sight of more than 2,500 candlelit luminarias (plus more than 20 Korean lanterns for goo…

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Pop-Cycle. 422 N. Fourth Ave. Between the adorable, monster-adorned clothing and hats, the clever T-shirts, the locally-crafted jewelry, the charming wall hangings, the sweet stickers, the incredible-smelling candles and the whimsical lighting fixtures, it can be hard not to spend hours wand…

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SERVPRO Fire Damage Restoration Specialists recently sent out a memo to Tucson residents for how to stay fire safe during the holidays. Spoiler alert, frying a turkey is much harder to do successfully than you think it is.

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On Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, at approximately 1:00 p.m., Pima County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the Goodwill at 2990 W. Ina Road regarding reports of suspicious activity. Upon arrival, deputies learned a man was attempting to surreptitiously take compromising photographs of an adult femal…

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On Wednesday, Nov. 14. Marana celebrated the opening of its new police station, filled with advanced training technology, forensics labs and multiple facilities the previous facilities lacked, including kennels for K-9 officers, a firing range and a vehicle lift. 

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Native American artisans and performers are making their way to the Old Pueblo for this weekend’s Native American Month Social and Craft Market.

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Last month, I challenged the readers of The Explorer and Marana News to come to the aid of people who need help in this community—and I’m delighted to report that you answered the call.