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Mayor Joe Winfield, Vice Mayor Melanie Barrett and councilmembers Josh Nicolson and Joyce Jones-Ivey successfully campaigned for their seats on the Oro Valley Town Council with a promise to listen to community members and address the controversial purchase of the El Conquistador golf course …

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Three regions in Arizona grow grapes for wine, two of them in the southeast portion of the state (Willcox and Sonoita-Elgin) with the third being a 35-mile-long region in Verde Valley.  All are receiving regional, statewide and national recognition. 

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After JJ Johnston was hired as Oro Valley’s Director of Community and Economic Development last May, he began a seven month process of creating the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for the town. The 19-page report lists facts, trends and recommendations for the Town Council to gui…

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With a full year of outdoor-friendly weather, it’s no wonder cyclists, joggers and other health conscience residents can be found taking advantage of the region’s many trails, parks and outdoor facilities. The towns of Marana and Oro Valley are taking advantage of the kind weather and beauti…

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The Oro Valley Town Council weighed in on a possible annexation of 885 acres of untouched state land for the first time since four new members started their terms last November. The proposed development plan was presented last September and raised a few concerns among residents.

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The partnership between Oro Valley and the University of Arizona will grow even stronger in the coming years, according to a report filed by town manager Mary Jacobs.

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Rancho Vistoso residents who live adjacent to 15 empty acres would like to see it developed into a residential neighborhood, but the Oro Valley Town Council decided the potential employment uses of that land were too valuable to give up.

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At its Jan. 9 meeting, the Oro Valley Town Council unanimously approved the creation of a five-member Budget and Finance Commission. A similar group was created in 1999, known as the Finance and Bonds Committee. 

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Pima County residents are invited to dedicate some time to improving their personal relationships and physical wellbeing this Saturday, and the towns of Oro Valley and Marana are stepping up to the challenge.

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While Southern Arizona communities have a long list of potential road improvements, at least some of the needed work is getting done and more is scheduled for the new year. Here’s a roundup of the major projects on the 2019 horizon. 

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Last week, the Tucson Local Media editorial staff took a look back at the biggest stories of 2018, including the midterm elections, major development projects and the deaths of notable community figures such as Marana Councilwoman Carol McGorray.

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The Town of Oro Valley has hosted numerous discussions regarding the controversial but inevitable development of 885 acres of untouched State Trust Land on Tangerine Road, and nearby residents have a variety of concerns.

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It has been six weeks now since the newly elected councilmembers and I were sworn into office to represent and serve the residents of Oro Valley. In that short time that I have been your Mayor, I have learned a great deal and enjoyed connecting with our residents. I have developed a new appr…

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Oro Valley Town Manager Mary Jacobs told residents conducting a public poll for road improvements is not something the town government usually does, but the intersection of North La Cañada and West Moore roads is an exception.

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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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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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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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The Oro Valley Council Chambers was packed with residents last Wednesday, Nov. 7, as new Mayor Joseph Winfield and councilmembers Melanie Barrett, Joyce Jones-Ivey and Josh Nicolson were sworn into office and conducted the first council meeting of their four-year terms.

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It’s almost Halloween, and you’re probably almost as excited as your kids. Parties, costumes, trick-or-treating…it’s one of the holidays most looked forward to by children and parents, alike. But even as you’re putting the finishing touches on costumes and making that last candy run to the s…

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Restaurateur Sam Fox is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the opening of Wildflower this month. Since opening Wildflower, Fox has launched Fox Restaurant Concepts, which now runs nearly 50 restaurants around the country in eight different states, including Tucson’s Blanco, North, Culinary …

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It all started a few years back. October in Oro Valley used to be just like any other month, calm and peaceful. Sure, we had the regular run-ins with the common spine-tingling desert dwellers like rattlesnakes, scorpions, tarantulas and other creepy crawlies. But the things that inhabit Oro …

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Nineteen of the 33 store lots at the Oro Valley Marketplace are empty, and a new one is clearing out soon. Dick’s Sporting Goods in set to close its Oro Valley location on Sept. 12, with plans to relocate to the Tucson Mall.

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While Joe Winfield faces off with Satish Hiremath for the fate of Oro Valley’s top spot, three town residents are on a mission to bring a new vision to the dais. Josh Nicolson, Melanie Barrett and Joyce Jones-Ivey are in the midst of their campaigns to unseat the incumbents and believe they …

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Last Monday, July 23, construction crews began hacking away at the tile roof of the Oro Valley Police Department’s southern substation. The building, located at 500 W. Magee Road, will receive a $5.3 million expansion extending to the south and the east, along with a brand new second story.

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Instead of spending her Fourth of July holiday playing games with her friends and hanging out with her family, one Oro Valley youth decided to do something a bit more patriotic—gathering funds for veterans. Already this is impressive, but even more so when you find out she’s not even in midd…

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The word “growth” is one that always stirs strong opinions and intensive discourse in Oro Valley. This has been a constant in my 19 years of planning service, and the high level of community involvement has served the town very well. A direct result is that travelers along North Oracle Road …

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While the summer might still be scorching, the recently revealed lineup for the 2018 Oro Valley Music Festival is sweet enough to make us want to get outside and listen to some live music. 

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I began working for the Town of Oro Valley in late May, and I am thrilled to serve the Oro Valley community as the new director of community and economic development. It hasn’t taken long to validate my initial positive impressions, having already met with hundreds of people who have helped …

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While the Oro Valley Stormwater Utility continues to be proactive in managing washes and addressing potential flood issues, the Town of Oro Valley will still be providing free sandbags for residents who may need to protect areas of their homes from storm runoff.

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A series of improvements to Oro Valley’s parks is on the way, with the venerable James D. Kreigh and Naranja Park both receiving support. 

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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.

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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…