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The Town of Oro Valley’s budget for the next fiscal year has been set in stone, but not without some sacrifices made. After the town council decided last month to fund the addition of four new police officers, staff was tasked with finding other areas to pull money from, which they did.

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A real estate appraisal commissioned by the Cañada Hills Community Association finds that a partial or full closure of the town-owned golf courses would result in a “significant loss” in home values near the site and an overall negative effect on the community.

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After months of neighborhood meetings and several modifications from the Oro Valley Town Council, a local landowner has received the green light to build 77 residential homes near North Oracle Road and West Pusch View Lane.

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The Town of Oro Valley now uses the system “FlashVote” for conducting online surveys to gather public opinion on projects and events affecting residents. The one-minute FlashVote surveys for Oro Valley residents are conducted monthly, and have so far gathered public opinion on subjects like …

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There are important issues facing our community, and elevating the political discourse is imperative to addressing these challenges. I believe the majority of our citizens crave robust, honest and constructive dialogue that seeks to advance our collective public interest. 

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Joe Winfield, Melanie Barrett, Joyce Jones-Ivey and Josh Nicolson ran a campaign based on falsehoods regarding a bloated budget, not listening to residents and their strong support of public safety.  Their budget does not match their rhetoric, and is an indication of their dishonesty.  Follo…

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This weekend, the Town of Marana will welcome the community to the improved Ina Road corridor at the “Ina Road Celebration Weekend” on May 4 and 5. The public will be treated to a kick-off ceremony May 4 at 9 a.m. with Town council and guests from Arizona Department of Transportation, Region…

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Maps are vital when you’re taking a road trip, and whether you keep a ragged, worn atlas in your vehicle or have updated to a smart phone, maps are a necessity. The Town of Oro Valley’s primary map is the Your Voice, Our Future General Plan, which is a 10-year plan that was approved by voter…

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The Reid Park Zoo offers an adventurous summer day camp experience every year for kids entering grades one through eight. From June through July, children get the chance to play wildlife-themed games, make arts and crafts, and most importantly, go behind-the-scenes to interact with a variety…

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With the end of the school year just weeks away, it’s time to start planning for the summer. While some in Tucson take the rising temperatures and increasingly sunny days as a sign to pack up and head for cooler climates, there are plenty of residents throughout the metro area who live in Th…

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On Friday, April 5, police arrested Dorothy Flood, 55, on two counts of first degree murder after two boys were found dead in a home on the 2400 block of West Kessler Place in Flowing Wells.

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The Oro Valley Police Department recently celebrated the promotions of Jason Larter to Deputy Chief and Chris Olson to Commander. 

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The Town of Oro Valley government spent their first day of spring looking toward new beginnings. The council held a meeting Wednesday, March 20 focused on its Strategic Leadership Plan and Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, which will decide the town’s priorities for the years to come.

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In keeping with its ever-expanding festivities, the Taste of Oro Valley food and community festival is moving to Steam Pump Ranch for its fourth year. The festival, hosted by the Rotary Club of Oro Valley, is a celebration of the food, music and culture of Oro Valley. 

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For months, David Raffety could rarely go a few days without barking dogs waking him up at two or three in the morning. If he was lucky, the sound would only last a few minutes, though there were nights when the howls could go on for close to an hour.

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Oro Valley residents will soon see the signs of spring: various critters will reappear seeking to bask in the sun’s glow, poppies and other flora will begin to bloom—setting off more than a few rounds of sneezing and frantic trips to procure allergy medications, and it’ll be time to stock up…

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There’s no better place to be in the spring than Oro Valley, Arizona. The weather sits right around 75 degrees, and the sun stays out a little longer each day, providing more opportunity to get outside and have fun. So naturally, we have a very healthy serving of programs, activities and eve…

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A water main break erupted early this morning on North Sun Rose Drive close to Naranja Drive. Oro Valley Water Utility became aware of the break around 3 a.m. and have crews onsite starting to repair the pipe. 

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Oro Valley residents spoke to the mayor and council at a packed study session last Wednesday evening to voice their opinions on what to do with the town-owned golf courses and community center.

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The Town of Oro Valley recently received an unmodified opinion from its independent auditor, Heinfeld, Meech & Co., P.C., meaning that the town completed another fiscal year with proper accounting practices. However, at the last council meeting, the accounting firm indicated there was a …

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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.