For one day last week, the Golder Ranch Fire District received eight new workers—and 32 new legs. Eight service dogs in training for Guide Dogs for the Blind and their volunteer owners visited Golder Ranch firefighters as part of a critical, and cute, training exercise.
A cadre of fresh-faced boys and girls got an up close and personal view of law enforcement last month, thanks to the Marana Police Department.
Almost 20 years ago, Tyler Drury attended his father’s graduation ceremony from fire academy. Now a captain with Golder Ranch Fire District, Steve Drury returned the favor—pinning the badge on his son’s chest.
Known for his top-notch tracking, apprehension and drug detection skills, Oro Valley Police Department Officer Emerson is quiet, well-mannered and follows directions well. According to his supervising officer, he also works well with kids, and has a knack for informative group demonstrations.
August is right around the corner, and families across the county are struggling to provide their children with quality school supplies.
A new program is teaching local businesses how to lower costs while being more sustainable as well as connecting them with grants and low-interest loans to make eco-friendly improvements.
Saving the world really does begin with just one person. Harold Stevenson and his wife, Nancy, work every day to reduce their consumption by making small adaptations to their household and lifestyle that allow him to live more eco-friendly.
The HOPE Animal Shelter located at 8950 N. Joplin Lane, near Cortaro and Interstate 10 in Marana, succumbed to unusually heavy rain during yesterday’s monsoon storms.
When Kris and Scott Roeder visited Ethiopia on a family trip in 2014, four years after they adopted their daughter from the country, they met a poor potter family living exposed to the elements with a critically-ill child. With $700 from friends to use to build the family a new home and take…
Panda is back with her family after seven months in the wild thanks to the men and women of Marana Animal Services (and a microchip).
The towns of Marana and Oro Valley once again brought together their respective communities to celebrate Independence Day, complete with games, activities, live entertainment—and plenty of fireworks. Marana hosted its most well-attended signature event, the Star Spangled Spectacular , at Cro…
A local memorial project honoring the community’s most recognizable heroes recently gained a significant ally in its fundraising efforts: the Arizona American Legion.
I was I was born practically on the banks of Darby Creek, in a hospital up slope from the stream, and it’s only a slight exaggeration to say that its meandering waters drew the map of my suburban Philadelphia childhood.
Glen Frey in the ’80s said it best: “The heat is on!” and for those of us in Southern Arizona, we can definitely feel it. 2017 was record-level hot for Oro Valley, and all indications are that 2018 won’t be any cooler. Now I don’t have to tell you that one of the best parts of living here ar…
The Town of Oro Valley is now accepting applications from residents who are interested in serving as a representative to the Regional Transportation Authority’s Citizens Accountability for Regional Transportation Committee.. Interested Oro Valley resident can contact the Town Clerk’s Office …
Who teaches the teachers? When the subject is how to prepare students for the scientific world of tomorrow, it makes sense they could use a little help. Luckily, a local teacher was up for the challenge, and started the STEMAZing Project, a Pima County School Superintendent's Office program …
Every year, Americans across the nation celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4 in many ways, all of which could be described as truly American. Barbecue, sports games, family gatherings, live music—and of course—fireworks, it’s a longstanding tradition to share i…
Speaking to the Marana Town Council last Tuesday, June 19, town manager Jamsheed Mehta said the town has taken great strides this year, highlighting some of those accomplishments during council’s last meeting before summer break.
At a June 19 Pima County Republican Club gathering, Ken Bennett told the crowd that when he saw Gov. Doug Ducey “cave” to the mounting pressure from K-12 educators and announce the “20x2020” plan, he knew he had to run for governor.
Marea Jenness, a Tucson High School biology teacher, keeps a megaphone in the boot of her Mercury Mariner. With the #RedforEd movement becoming a staple these days, Jenness stays ready in the event of more protests.
The Town of Oro Valley’s fiscal year is coming to a close next Saturday, June 30, and with it, some significant accomplishments achieved for the community. Major capital projects were completed on-time and under budget, including Lambert Lane widening and safety improvements, two additional …
The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Operation Game Thief program is offering a reward of up to $1,500 for information leading to an arrest for the illegal killing of a javelina found June 17 northeast of 491 W. Hammerhead Way, accessible from South 12th Avenue.
Pima Community College Chancellor Lee Lambert laid out the future for the Tucson college’s scaled-back athletic program from a lectern tucked inside a glass-enclosed lecture hall.
As Marana finishes the third quarter of the current fiscal year, revenues continue to exceed expenditures, with few exceptions.
With cheers of joy and pride, the graduating girls of Camp Fury 2018 celebrated the completion of their five-day program earlier this month at The Angel Charity Place for Girls here in Tucson.
Seven candidates are on the ballot for Marana Town Council elections this August, running for four seats. Longtime incumbents Patti Comerford, Herb Kai and Vice Mayor Jon Post along with recently appointed John Officer will run against three challengers: Jack Neubeck, Jeff Gray and Mace Bravin.
A decade of planning and a year of construction came to a halt at the end of last month when the Nakoma Sky Board of Trustees determined its Oro Valley project was no longer viable.
The Marana Chamber’s plans for Summer of 2018 include the same principles that have carried us this far: our caring and friendly culture, our willingness to think out of the box and our continued mission to be the voice of business that works to build economic growth and quality of life in o…
The Marana Police Department and several of its community partners are conducting a Dispose-A-Med event this Saturday, June 9 at the Target located at 3901 W. Ina Rd.
The Golf Club at Vistoso has becomes the latest fatality in a sport that continues to struggle nationwide. A golfing staple tucked in the shadows of the picturesque Tortolita Mountains, Vistoso will shut its doors for the foreseeable future Wednesday, June 6.
When Ben Campbell first attended monthly chess club meetings at Wheeler Taft Abbett, Sr. Library, he didn’t realize the role the library played in the community. But before he knew it, he was volunteering to help with club activities.
For Muslims in Tucson, the holy month of Ramadan comes along with pleasurable experiences (and challenges) to beat the heat of late May through mid-June.
A fourth challenging candidate has filed paperwork with the Town of Oro Valley to place his name on the upcoming August primary—and he’s looking to bring a sense of youth and some new perspectives to the dais.
The Foothills News editorial team won eight awards in this year’s Arizona Press Club competition in categories ranging from politics to sports to arts.
The 2018 graduating classes from each of the region’s public high schools marched onto fields last week amidst screaming parents, metallic balloons—and giant replicas of their own faces—to mark the end of a major chapter in their young lives.
With The Marana Town Council made an official proclamation May 15 giving its support to the 2018 YMCA Community Military Ball, which will be held Nov. 10.
Jeremiah Pate refuses to be stopped, whether it’s while researching a cure for Parkinson’s disease, starting a business for mining satellites or climbing a mountain in Israel at sunrise with a group of the world’s best and brightest—and youngest—minds.
With much excitement in the air, the Marana Unified School District was joined by community supporters and elected officials last week to churn some dirt on the district’s first K-8 school.
From textbooks to housing, food to transportation, attaining a higher education is a costly endeavor. To provide a bit of help along the way, the Oro Valley Optimist Club recently awarded scholarships to five exemplary graduating high school seniors.
Brushing the five-hour mark during a regular session last Wednesday, the Oro Valley Town Council approved the tentative form of next year’s budget—and set the spending cap just shy of $143 million.
The red poppy is a powerful symbol of remembrance of the service and sacrifice of those who died in service to our nation. Members of The American Legion Auxiliary have been helping the nation to remember by distributing the remembrance poppy to the public for almost one hundred years.
Pima County’s nine public swimming pools open Memorial Day Weekend (Saturday, May 26). All pools will remain open until local school districts resume. Five pools will remain open through Labor Day, Sept. 3
The Marana Unified School District Food Services Department is working to make sure that no children in the community go hungry this summer. MUSD expects to serve over 18,000 free meals through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program scheduled to begin next Tuesday, …
The dominant theme of the recently concluded 116-day legislative session was education funding, with lawmakers agreeing to provide more dollars for education following a statewide teacher walkout.
The pool of candidates seeking a seat on the Oro Valley Town Council this year grew larger after Melanie Barrett and Joyce Jones-Ivey turned in petition signatures to have their names added to the August primary ballot.
Andy and Katie Kosecki moved to Tucson fleeing the cold of their Wisconsin colleges. Katie landed a teaching job, while Andy worked in a few managerial positions for a few years.