Conceptual Design Review Board seeks members

On June 1, the Oro Valley Town Council unanimously voted to establish the Conceptual Design Review Board. This action included the addition of two board members with art background and credentials. The role of this new advisory board is to review architecture, development and public art proposals for adherence to the town's adopted Design Principles and Design Standards. The CDRB will also provide recommendations to town council.

The CDRB replaces the town's existing Design Review Board and Art Review Commission and assimilates the primary functions of these two advisory bodies, which is to analyze conceptual design and art proposals for future developments.

The CDRB differs from the primary function of the Planning and Zoning Commission, which is focused on the review of land use related to development applications. The focus of the CDRB differs from the Board of Adjustment, which addresses requests for deviations from the Zoning Code.

Applications to fill the two art positions on this board are currently being accepted. Applications and additional information related to the appointment process can be obtained at the Town of Oro Valley Administration Building, Office of the Town Clerk, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive, Oro Valley, Arizona 85737, or from the Town of Oro Valley website at

MUSD offers free meals for kids in June

The Marana Unified School District is participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's summer food service program at two elementary schools.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided free to all children who show up at the following places and times from now through June 30:

Estes Elementary, 11279 W. Grier Road: breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Roadrunner Elementary, 16651 W. Calle Carmela: breakfast from 8 to 8:45 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

For additional information, call 682-4712.

Pinal County vital records fees to increase July 1

On July 1, fees for birth and death certificates issued by Pinal County Public Health will increase concurrent with the state fee increase.

Effective July 1, the amount charged for birth and death certificates issued by Pinal County will change as follows:

• Certified copy of birth or death certificates was $10, will be $20 after July 1.

• Amendments/corrections/establishment of paternity on birth certificates was $23, will be $30 after July 1.

• Amendments/corrections on death certificates was $23, will be $30 after July 1.

• Non-certified copies of birth or death certificates was $3, will be $5 after July 1.

The fee for amendments and corrections for birth or death certificates includes one certified copy of the amended certificate. Any requests for birth or death certificates that are received prior to July 1 will be fulfilled at the existing rates.

"If someone anticipates a need for a birth or death certificate for any purpose, we recommend filing now," said Tom Schryer, Director of Public Health. "We anticipate an increased volume of requests between now and July 1."

Pinal County Public Health serves as the issuing party for birth certificates for anyone born in Arizona and death certificates for deaths that occur within the county. Pinal County and the Arizona Office of Vital Records have had the same fee schedule since 2002. With the passage of Senate Bill 1612, which was signed into law by the governor, a statewide fee increase was approved.

Arizona is a closed records state, meaning applicants have to meet certain criteria to obtain birth and death certificates. To learn more about ordering vital records, call 1-800-231-8499 or view

general information at

Information specific to birth certificates is posted at For information about death certificates, go to

SaddleBrooke to host Chef's Gala

Tickets are now on sale for Chef's Gala SaddleBrooke Style 2011, set for Wednesday, June 22, starting at 5 p.m. in the MountainView Country Club, 38759 S. Mountain View Blvd. This year's theme is Fire & Ice.

Join SaddleBrooke HOA No. 2 in judging the best dishes created by popular culinary team members from the community's restaurants: The Preserve, led by Executive Chef Jose Toledo; The Mesquite Grill, led by Executive Chef Rose Hernandez; and The Palo Verde Bistro, led by Executive Chef Yasmira Toledo.

Attendees will receive a wine glass to fill up throughout the event and get to enjoy the different culinary experiences each restaurant's talented staff. Toward the end of the evening, they will vote for their favorite restaurant.

"It's our favorite event of the year. We all get creative," said Food & Beverage Director Mike Taylor, adding that the culinary teams enjoy working at such a high level of competition.

Tickets cost $45. To purchase tickets, call 818-1000.

‘Queen' on schedule to bloom

Six buds on the Queen of the Night night-blooming cactus at Tohono Chul Park opened May 28, and the "queen" herself is "proceeding smoothly," according to park representatives. Historically, the most common bloom time is mid- to late June. Watch the park's website - - or call the bloom hotline at 742-6455, ext. 915, for updates.

Underinflated tires diminish performance

If your car tires are underinflated, you are not alone - that is until you experience a flat tire on the side of the road. According to the Rubber Manufacturer's Association (RMA), only seven percent of cars in Phoenix have all four tires properly inflated, and few drivers are aware of this.

AAA offers its top three tips to keep tires safe and ready for the road:

• Check tire pressure monthly. Underinflation is the leading cause of tire failure, plus premature wear and tear. According to the RMA, a tire can lose up to 50 percent of its pressure without appearing flat.

• To avoid overlooking this hazard, check all four tires, including the spare, each month when tires are cold and fill the tire to the correct pressure, which is listed in the owner's manual or driver's door jamb. Do not rely on pressure monitoring systems, as they are designed to alert drivers once tires are 25 percent underinflated.

• Regularly inspect tire tread depth. Adequate tire pressure is imperative to providing the vehicle traction on the road. Tires with inadequate tread are more likely to hydroplane on wet pavement and this can result in a loss of braking power and steering control.

Tread should be checked at every oil change. To check tire tread, place a quarter upside down in the tread grooves on several spots of the tire. If the top of Washington's head is exposed at any point, it's time to replace that tire.



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