Applying for a driver license? ADOT will get you Prepared

There is a way to save time at the MVD office when applying for an Arizona driver license or identification card. The Motor Vehicle Division of the Arizona Department of Transportation has a timely online process – “Be Prepared” – to begin the driver license application.

By using the ADOT MVD website and clicking on the “Apply Here” icon, an applicant for a driver license or identification card can complete a packet online, which will save time for the overall processing of the application. The Be Prepared feature also has a checklist of the identification documents that will be needed to satisfy Arizona’s authorized-presence requirement.

Once the online application process is completed, it is sent electronically over a secure connection and stored at MVD. It will be available when the applicant visits the office to complete the transaction. The applicant should make sure to click the “Application Package” button in order to print the confirmation pages containing the barcode. The printed barcode will allow MVD staff to retrieve your online application. The confirmation pages need to be taken to the MVD office along with the required primary and secondary identification documents.

This online convenience is available for operator, commercial driver and motorcycle license, instruction permit or identification card. The applicant must pay the appropriate fee and may be required to take the written or road skills test.

For more information, visit the website at


need Pima
 County hosts

Anne Dalton is bringing the world to Pima County one student at a time. Dalton is an area representative for ASSE International Student Exchange whose primary goal is to promote international understanding by enabling foreign students to learn about the United States through active participation in family, school and community life.

The world is getting smaller and developing global understanding on a personal level is not only important, but can be a life-changing experience for all involved.
Dalton will be interviewing families in the Pima County area to host exceptional high school students from Europe, Asia, the Americas, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Again this year, ASSE is proud to include students from the Republics of the former Soviet Union in its international roster.

The students stay with volunteer host families for one semester or an academic year and arrive with excellent insurance and their own spending money.

Single residents willing to take two students are also welcome to apply. Outgoing exchange opportunities for U.S. students to other countries are available as well.

Dalton knows the Pima County area is a great place for a curious foreign student to learn about life in the United States.

Call Dalton for more information on becoming an ASSE host family at 303-2672, or 609-8476, or visit ASSE’s web site at


Food bank 
$10,000 grant

The Marana Community Food Bank has announced that it has received a $10,000 TRICO Electric Cooperative Power Grant for 2012.  

With the TRICO Power Grant, the 2,947 food insecure families in the Marana Community Food Bank service area will continue to receive peanut butter as one of the staples in the monthly emergency-food distribution. The food bank will also purchase 6,536 jars of peanut butter for the TEFAP food boxes.

“We are thrilled to partner with TRICO Electric Cooperative to ensure that those in need in our community continue to receive peanut butter in our food boxes,” said Linda Hampton, Marana Food Bank Executive Director.  “Thirty-five percent of our clients are children who will directly benefit from this purchase of peanut butter for our food boxes.”

The Marana Community Food Bank is a branch of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and serves the areas of Marana, Avra Valley, Dove Mountain, Tucson Estates, Three Points, Picture Rocks, Old Tucson and Pascua Yaqui.  

Trico Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a non-profit electric cooperative serving more than 38,000 customers in northwest Tucson, Marana, Corona de Tucson, Sahuarita, Green Valley, Three Points, Arivaca and Sasabe. Trico was formed in 1945 by farmers in Avra Valley seeking to bring electric power to their rural area.

For more information, contact Linda Hampton at 682-3001.


Food Bank changing hours

On April 3, the Marana Community Food Bank has changed the hours during which food will be distributed.  The Food Bank will add one late day during the week to make it easier for working people who require food assistance.

The new hours for food distribution are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.  

The Marana Community Food Bank is always closed on the first working day of each month.    

“By staying open later on Wednesday we hope to help those working families who are still struggling to get by,” said Executive Director Linda Hampton. “We know that some families have one or two members working but, with the rising costs of other essentials, these families sometimes must turn to the food bank.  We want to be here for them.”

The Marana Community Food Bank serves the areas of Marana, Avra Valley, Dove Mountain, Tucson Estates, Three Points, Picture Rocks, Old Tucson and Pascua Yaqui.  

In January, the Marana Community Food Bank served 2,039 households, which equaled about 7,137 people.

The Marana Community Food Bank is a branch of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

For more information, contact Linda Hampton at 682-3001


Pima County hosts Walk n’ roll to School

Join thousands of families across Pima County who will walk, ride bikes, skate, or scooter to school on Walk n’ Roll to School Day. The event is held each year to encourage active ways for children to get to school and to improve air quality around schools and in neighborhoods. A record 53 local schools are participating in Pima County’s Walk n’ Roll to School Day. Many of these schools received special training from the Pima County Department of Transportation or Safe Kids Tucson, a program that works to enhance child safety.

Walking, bicycling, and using other active modes of transportation improve health through physical activity, helps reduce obesity, reduces traffic congestion, and provides family members with an opportunity to spend quality time with each other and to connect with neighbors.

For more information, contact Donna at 243-BIKE or

OV library opens career center

On April 18, at 11 a.m., the Oro Valley Public Library will unveil a new workstation for job-seekers and those looking to improve their workplace skills.

The Arizona Job Assistance Center (AzJAC) workstation consists of a computer and an all-in-one printer, scanner, copier and fax. The furniture was custom-designed and handcrafted by local resident DuWayne Arneson.

Patrons can sign up for two-hour sessions at the workstation, where they will have access to online resources, Microsoft Office software, WinWay Resume software, and the Mavis Beacon Typing Tutor.

They will also have the opportunity to: explore careers, assess their interests, skills and values, search for job openings, complete online applications, create a resume, write a cover letter, learn computer and software skills, prepare for job interviews study for GED and ESL tests and find help to create their own business.

This workstation is funded through a grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Broadband Technology Opportunities Program through the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.


Apply for OV board of adjustment

The Town of Oro Valley is accepting applications for one open position on the Board of Adjustment (BOA). The term expires December 31, 2013. Applicants must be residents of the Town of Oro Valley.

The Board of Adjustment is a five-member board that meets on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 3 p.m. This quasi-judicial board has the power to review and decide on administrative decisions or zoning requirements that create unnecessary hardships in the development of property due to exceptional or extraordinary conditions.

Applications are available at Oro Valley Town Hall, 11000 North La Cañada Drive, or on the Town Clerk’s Boards and Commissions Opportunities web page.

 Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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