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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…

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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 …

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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 …

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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…

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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 …

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The Town of Oro Valley will move into the new fiscal year next month with a finalized spending plan after Town Council unanimously passed its next budget on June 6. The $142.9 million budget constitutes a roughly 11 percent increase over the current year.

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Oro Valley’s mayor will openly admit he’s a little behind on the times when it comes to using social media, but he’s starting his Facebook career with a strong message aimed at his challenging candidates: stop being so disingenuous.

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The Old Glories that have traditionally hung outside Oro Valley veteran posts were retired into traditional triangles and put to rest under the midday sun as the military bugle melody “Taps” played in the background.

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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. 

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Jeff Scurran tucks a full head of silver hair beneath his trademark white Nike visor on a blustery late May evening. The larger-than-life figure in Arizona high school football looks out over a practice field tucked between two softball diamonds at Catalina Foothills High School. 

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Oro Valley resident Shirl Lamonna has been photographing a family of great horned owls. Send your photos to readerphotos@tucsonlocalmedia.com. Include your name, contact information and details about the photo, including who took it, where it was taken and the subject. Not all photos can be …

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June has arrived in Oro Valley! Aside from the intense heat, no school, and anticipation for upcoming summer vacation plans, what else is there to look forward to in the month of June? How about spending quality time with dad and the entire family right in your own backyard? Just because Fat…

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The Nakoma Sky Board of Trustees recently determined that the Nakoma Sky project is "no longer feasible" for the foreseeable future, according to a press release sent Wednesday, May 30.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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

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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. 

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Local athletes from Canyon del Oro and Ironwood Ridge dotted the AIA’s All-Region teams for boys volleyball, with Dorado Jack Call winning Player of the Year in the 5A Kino region. Nighthawk athletes Justin Miller and Jrue Jantz were co-players of the year in the 5A Sonoran region. 

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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.