Best of Northwest 2018

It’s Best of the Northwest season here at Tucson Local Media, and I personally think that’s reason enough for my return to the editor’s note for 2018.

Every year, The Explorer and Marana News publications host a special competition which highlights the region’s most impressive (and popular) businesses: Restaurants, book stores, florists, vet clinics, shoe shops and just about everything in between. That list is not ours to create, however, as we need help from our loyal readers in the form of nominations.

Last year, we were lucky enough to receive more than 3,000 votes, though I have a feeling that we will blow past that figure this year on the wake of phenomenal reader participation last year in our revitalized Voices section. Y’all sent roughly 100 letters to the editor since my first edition at the helm, June 14, and we’re going to need every bit of that community teamwork to make this year’s Best of the Northwest the most complete list in recent memory. So, once again, I am calling upon our readers to participate, and show us where you love to spend your time (and money).

To get involved, head online to and click on the Best of the Northwest tab on our banner. From there, you need to submit businesses under one of the many categories, and submit as many as you’d like—we won’t stop you! Nominations are now open, and will remain open until Sunday, Feb. 11. The winners and runners-up will be compiled into a list and on your doorstep March 21.

Outside of that big news, not much—if anything—has changed around the Tucson Local Media office in the past few weeks. Surviving through the holiday season was a challenge in itself, especially for a new editor, though I like to believe we maintained a strong product through early deadlines and other end-of-year shenanigans. To that end, I would like to take a few inches of text to thank everyone on our staff that makes putting out six different newspapers a bearable experience. And a specific shout out is owed to our web/production manager, Chelo Grubb, as well as staff writers Danyelle Khmara, Christopher Boan and Jeff Gardner, who deal with a lot of assignments as we work to improve our six publications.

Outside of the newsroom, I am proud to relay Tucson Local Media’s contributions for 2017: Last year, we donated approximately $450,000 in fair market advertising to causes and charitable organizations in our community. We volunteered at the Boys & Girls Clubs annual Thanksgiving Dinner and (with your help) donated 50 toys to the kids for Christmas. Several of our staffers volunteer their time throughout the year by serving on various boards and committees.

Within this week’s edition, Christopher tackles the ongoing controversy surrounding former University of Arizona head football coach, Rich Rodriguez; Danyelle shares what the community can do to stay active and healthy to honor the memory of those lost on Jan. 8, 2011; Jeff helps announce the opening of Marana’s new Sylvan Learning Center and plenty more.

(1) comment

Kris Chester

I like this readers poll alot, I just wish more Marana businesses or supporters would participate. Oro Valley really gets in there, but i talk to so many Marana business owners, and then I don't see their businesses included once the list comes out. they did much better this year, but watch out 2019!! Marana is coming!

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