Democrat files for House seat from District 27

A Democrat has filed paperwork to seek an Arizona House seat in District 27, which encompasses areas west of I-10, south of Cortaro and the city of Tucson.

Bob Gilby filed his nominating petitions and Clean Elections contributions on Monday with the Secretary of State's office in Tucson, a release said.

"Arizona's Republican-controlled Legislature is taking us down the wrong track," said Gilby, a math teacher at Marana High School and Pima Community College. "They have slashed education and health care funding, costing Arizonans thousands of jobs. They have put us all in danger by eliminating the background check requirement for someone to carry a concealed weapon. It's time to bring sanity and leadership to the Legislature. I will stand up for kids and build public education as the engine for a strong economy for all Arizonans."

Gilby co-founded the Milagro Cohousing Community, serving as the financial officer during its development. He has industrial engineering experience from the copper and finance industries, and is a 33-year resident of Arizona.


Discussion on F-35 in Marana Wednesday eve

A presentation on the future of F-35 aircraft training proposed for Tucson International Airport comes before the Northwest Republicans on Wednesday, March 31.

The meeting starts at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 31 at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr., Library, 7800 N. Schisler in Marana.

Lt. Col. Will Johnson, an F-16 pilot and deputy commander of the 162nd Operations Group at TIA, is the guest speaker. He'll discuss potential economic impacts of the F-35 decision, a release said.

TIA is one of five locations under consideration for the fighter-jet training.

Interested individuals may e-mail for more information.


Info meets on school budgets are next week

Three informational meetings are being held at Amphitheater School District high schools to discuss Arizona school funding issues.

"The Current Budget Crisis in Education and How it Will Impact Your Family" is being offered Monday, April 5, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the fine arts auditorium at Canyon Del Oro High School; Tuesday, April 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium at Ironwood Ridge High School; and Wednesday, April 7, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Amphitheater High School.

Speakers include Dr. Vicki Balentine, Amphitheater district superintendent; Scott Little, Amphitheater's chief financial officer; and student representatives from each high school, a release said.

The forums are being sponsored by the Arizona Education Network, and parent / teacher organizations at the three schools.

People with questions may contact Lisa Ferko at or call 940-5132, or Melissa Megna at, or call 834-2947.


Campaign info available for school boards

County school officials have announced that campaign information is now available for those interested in running for school district governing boards in the November general election.

Board positions in all 17 Pima County school districts have openings, according to a news release from the Pima County School Superintendent's office.

To qualify as a governing board member, candidates must have lived in the school district for at least one year and be registered to vote in Arizona.

No employee of a school district or their spouse may hold membership on a governing board of a school district by which they are employed.

To run for governing board, all nomination papers must be filed with the county school superintendent's office during the filing period from July 5 to Aug. 4.

Anyone interested in governing board positions may contact Susan Hankinson at the Pima County School Superintendent's Office at 740-8037 to request a candidate campaign packet.


OVPD mourns the loss of police officer

A 22-year year veteran with the Oro Valley Police Department died last week.

Sgt. Douglas Reedy died of natural causes at the age of 48.

Reedy had worked previously for the Pima County Sheriff's Department from 1983 to 1998. His most recent post was as an Oro Valley representative with the multi-agency Counter Narcotics Alliance.

A funeral for Reedy was held last week. His wife Pam and two adult children survive Reedy.

In commemoration, the Oro Valley Police Officer's Association has established a memorial fund in Reedy's name.

Donations can be made through Wells Fargo Bank in the memory of Sgt. Douglas S. Reedy. Deposits can be made at any Wells Fargo branch using account number 2399874920.


Meeting about compost plan at farm Wednesday

A public meeting is being held this Wednesday, March 31, to discuss a Marana Heritage Farm application for federal funds to help develop a composting project.

The farm is seeking USDA Rural Development money to help begin the composting project. It is holding a required public meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the heritage farm, located at 12375 N. Park Drive in Marana, to discuss specifics of its application for funds, and to share with residents the proposed project.

Comment is welcome on economic and environmental issues that may impact the area, a release said.

For more information, contact Cie'na Schaefli at 449-3154.


Munger speaks with NW group April 8

John Munger, Republican candidate for governor of Arizona, talks about his plan for prosperity before the Northwest Republicans group on Thursday, April 8.

The event starts at 6:15 p.m. at 10445 N. Oracle Road in Oro Valley, at the southwest corner of Oracle Road and Pusch View Lane.

Everyone is welcome to attend. Meetings are always free of charge.

For more information, e-mail


Committeewoman speaks to OV GOP women on April 9

Sharon Giese, national committeewoman of the Arizona Republican Party, is the guest speaker at the Oro Valley Republican Women's Club on Friday, April 9.

Giese is speaking on how Arizona Federation of Women members affect the GOP presidential nomination process, a release said.

In addition to her work with the Republican Party, Giese also serves on the National Federation of Republican Women board of directors, and is a member of the Republican Women's Coalition National Advisory Committee. She is also a registered parliamentarian and vice president and finance chairman for the Arizona State Association of Parliamentarians.

The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. that Friday at the Oro Valley Country Club, 300 W. Greenock Drive, Oro Valley. RSVP your attendance to Sherese Steffens at


Locals slotted in geography bee on April 9

Southern Arizona geography whizzes in grades 4-8 are among those participating in the state-level National Geographic Bee on Friday, April 9, hoping to win berths at the 2010 National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C., during May.

Tucson hosts the Arizona bee that Friday, with preliminary rounds at 9 a.m. and the final round at noon at the Tucson Convention Center.

Greater Tucson state contestants are Catherine A. Weibel of St. Michael's Parish Day School; Derek E. Bischoff of Basis Middle School; Paul W. Oftedahl of Pima County Home Educators; Seamus M. Flannery of Cross Middle School; Jake C. Eisele of St. Joseph Catholic School; Noah Gabrielsen of Desert Sky Middle School; Nate J. Whitthorne of St. Gregory College Prep; John S. Becker of Winifred Harelson Elementary School; Ronald DeSoua of Wilson K-8 School; and Sophie E. Martens of Castlehill Country Day School.

National Geographic Society puts on the bee "to inspire people to care about the planet," according to John Fahey, president and chief executive officer of the society. "Through the National Geographic Bee and our other activities, we hope to foster a lifelong passion for learning about other cultures and lands, and to prepare young people to be responsible stewards of our planet."


Census Day arrives this Thursday

Census 2010 Day is Thursday, April 1.

Wherever you happen to reside on that date is where you should fill out your census forms.

Between April and July, census works plan to start visiting households that have not returned census questionnaires.

Rates of return for census questionnaires have been reported by the Pima Association of Governments and the U.S. Census Bureau.

In Oro Valley, at least 50 percent of residents had returned their census forms as of March 26. The figures were 43 percent return in Marana, 40 percent in unincorporated Pima County and 37 percent in Tucson.

For more information on the ongoing 2010 census, visit the official Web site at



For repair, part of Twin Peaks to be closed

As part of the Twin Peaks Interchange project, the Town of Marana has partnered with the Arizona Department of Transportation to repair the intersection of Twin Peaks Road and Clover Way in Continental Ranch.

To accomplish the work, a full intersection closure is required starting this Monday, April 5. Residents will need to use an alternate route to gain access to Twin Peaks Road, a release said.

Detour signage will be posted throughout the residential areas. Alternate routes are:

• Residents living south of Twin Peaks Road will be detoured to Palmbrook Drive and Coachline Boulevard.

• Residents living north of Twin Peaks Road will be detoured to Mesquite River Drive and Palm Canyon Drive.

"This intersection work is part of the greater effort to prepare Twin Peaks Road and Silverbell Road for asphalt removal and pavement replacement with new rubberized asphalt," a release said. "Paving operations are anticipated to begin in late April."

Marana Police Department officers are going to be on site to direct traffic when necessary. A crosswalk will be open to the public while the intersection work is performed.



Arizona transit group to meet in city April 19-21

Public transportation policies and the future of public transportation in Arizona are among the topics for discussion at the annual conference of the Arizona Transit Association April 19-21 at the University Marriott in Tucson.

Federal, state and local transportation officials learn about recent or pending transit activity in Arizona, including the Tucson Modern Streetcar, a project of the Regional Transportation Authority in Pima County and the City of Tucson; the success of METRO light rail in Phoenix, which began operation in December of 2008 and now averages 30,000 riders per day; and the current role of regional transportation authorities and the provision of transit services.

Former U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Mary Peters is a keynote speaker that Monday, addressing public-private partnership opportunities. Leslie Rogers, Federal Transportation Authority Region IX director, shares an update on nationwide transit issues.

"Arizona citizens in communities and regions of all sizes are calling for more transit options and cleaner technologies," said Bryan Jungwirth, president of AzTA. "Our annual conference gives us an opportunity to create a vision of how we can achieve these goals and celebrate recent successes."

Conference registration is $375 for members and $400 for non-members. Registration for students is free with a valid student I.D.  For more information and to register, visit or call the Arizona Transit Association at (602) 550-3265.


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