El Tour means road restrictions in Oro Valley

El Tour de Tucson rolls through Oro Valley this Saturday, Nov. 21, prompting road restrictions, delays and closures, according to a town release.

Motorists are encouraged to avoid certain areas during the hours of 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

They include these traffic restrictions:

Northbound Oracle from Ina Road; westbound Calle Concordia; northbound La Cañada; eastbound Naranja; northbound First Avenue; northbound Rancho Vistoso; and westbound Moore Road onto Tangerine outside town limits.

Traffic closures, with roads open only for local traffic, include Calle Concordia from Oracle to Loma Linda, and Naranja from La Cañada to First Avenue.

A lane is dedicated for cyclists. Officers will be stationed at specific intersections to direct traffic, the release said.

The Oro Valley Farmers Market operates from 2 to 5:30 p.m. this Saturday only. The market is normally open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the winter months.

The Oro Valley Public Library will be open from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday only. The library is normally open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays.

The Oro Valley swimming pool, located at James D. Kriegh Park, is closed for the day Saturday due to the heavy traffic conditions and restrictions. Anyone wishing to use the dog park (leagues, and other patrons) must access it via Linda Vista Boulevard.

For more El Tour details, go to www.perimeterbicycling.com.

Arts group moving to new offices

The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance is moving to new quarters.

SAACA, formerly known as the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council, has occupied space along Pusch View Lane near Oracle Road in Oro Valley.

This week, it is moving to 7225 N. Oracle Road, Suite 112, at the northwest corner of Ina and Oracle between Bank of the West and Gentle Dental.

SAACA's office is closed through Nov. 20 for the move, with its phones turned off through Friday as well.

People may reach the organization in the interim by calling 240-2766, or by e-mail.

The arts organization is seeking donations for signage, technology and office supplies at its new location.

Ground broken in Catalina this Thursday at 10

Catalina Community Services is breaking ground on its new building at an event this Thursday, Nov. 19, at 10 a.m.

The public is invited to the site of the new building, which is the location of the former Golder Ranch Fire Station at 3535 E. Hawser Drive.

CCS is "a vital part of the Catalina community," according to program director Gillian B. Needham. "By increasing its size we will be able to offer more programming, and serve more individuals in need."

La Cañada/ Magee group meets Dec. 3

The La Cañada/Magee Neighborhood Association, the Casas Adobes area community organization of homeowners and residents, meets Thursday, Dec. 3 at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church.

The church is at 7650 N. Paseo del Norte Drive. The meeting, open to the public, is set for 6:30 p.m. in the church chapel.

The La Cañada/Magee organization holds semi-annual general meetings to inform residents of its efforts with local and Pima County officials pertaining to private and public development matters, road work projects and fire and safety issues, a release said. Individuals who have related public concerns are encouraged to participate in the session.

Ann Day, the Pima County supervisor who represents the district, is scheduled to attend the session and address constituent concerns.

The La Cañada/Magee Neighborhood Association is an all-volunteer, non-profit unit. Donations to the organization are used to pay for administrative costs such as announcement mailings, phone and computer services.

For more information, phone 742-2032.

Sign up now for Marana's police academy

Want to learn more about the Marana Police Department? Sign up for the annual Citizens' Police Academy.

The next academy runs Wednesdays from Jan. 13 to March 17. The program is 10 weeks. Each session lasts from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The citizens' academy is designed to give participants who live or work in Marana "the chance to get to know the members of their police department," a town release said. The academy's goal is "to further the MPD's relationship with the community."

Instruction, provided by MPD personnel, is informative and covers a variety of topics each week. Participants learn about the police department's role in the community and the criminal justice system.

For more information and an application, please visit www.marana.com/academy.

Class sizes are limited and the registration deadline is Dec. 21. Classes are held at the Marana Municipal Complex, 11555 W. Civic Center Dr.

Crash claims Explorer writer Luke Davis

A three-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 near Red Rock on Saturday took the life of a longtime Northwest resident.

Luke Davis, 30, a sports writer for The Explorer and a bartender at Bluefin Seafood Bistro, was killed Saturday afternoon when the 2006 Honda he was driving westbound on I-10 was struck by an eastbound vehicle that crossed the median, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Davis was pronounced dead at the scene. His wife, Nikki, 26, was transported to University Medical Center, where she is being treated for injuries.

The Lexus was driven by 19-year-old Monique Quinonez, who was not injured. Her two passengers, Elva Hernandez, 19, and Johara Medina, 20, were taken to UMC for treatment.

The Lexus hit a 2009 Infiniti driven by Roberta Curnew, 55, of Calgary, Alberta. She was taken to Tucson Medical Center.

Cause of the crash remained under investigation Monday.

Luke Davis was a graduate of Canyon Del Oro High School and the University of Arizona. He leaves his wife Nikki, mother Marianne and sister Lane.

Open house on La Cholla work Tuesday, Dec. 1

A public open house concerning improvements to La Cholla Boulevard from Magee to Tangerine roads is being held Tuesday, Dec. 1.

The Pima County Department of Transportation is conducting the session from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 9755 N. La Cholla. It is open to the public.

Proposals for the five-mile stretch of La Cholla call for widening of the existing roadway from two to four lanes, with a new bridge over the Canada del Oro Wash. Up for consideration and evaluation are a raised, landscaped median; multi-use lanes; outside curbs and storm drains; provisions for pedestrians and other uses; landscaping; and "noise mitigation where warranted," according to a published notice.

Pima County anticipates work on the southern end of the project would commence in 2011 or 2012. Oro Valley is anticipating construction of the northern portion between 2021 and 2026, the notice indicated.

Design team members are going to be available for people to "share your thoughts and feedback," it said.

MPD's Cann is recognized for work on DUI enforcement

Marana Police Department Officer Jason Cann has received the 2009 DUI Enforcement Award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Cann received the award at MADD's 20th annual DUI Enforcement Awards Banquet held in October.

Cann was nominated by Marana Police Chief Terry Tometich, who said Cann has provided "notable contributions to DUI enforcement, and enhances our ability to investigate and prosecute violators."

Cann completed approximately 50 DUI investigations through the year. He is the department's lead DUI enforcement instructor, with ample training and experience. Cann works with Marana police officers on their testimony skills for DUI jury trials and evidentiary hearings, Tometich said.

CDO collects items for soldiers

Throughout the month of November, the Canyon Del Oro High School American Sign Language Club is coordinating a service project for soldiers overseas, known as "Adopting CDO's Own."

The student group is collecting items such as snacks, socks, magazines, and letters for soldiers who are connected to their school.

Once the supplies are collected, the students will box them and ship them overseas to U.S. troops.

The students are seeking assistance with the cost sending the supplies. Donations are being accepted and will go towards paying the cost of overseas postage.  The students will be accepting donations through November 30. 

Aside from serving a charitable purpose, students participating in this project are learning valuable skills including; networking, time management, promoting, leadership, organizing events, and media relations to promote awareness of their project.

"This project is aimed towards helping our soldiers who are fighting for our country," said Neala Sillman, teacher and club sponsor at CDO High School.  "We had a CDO alum who is currently in the military come and visit us while he was on leave.  He told us about the excitement of his work and how much he enjoyed it, and also shared some not so great experiences he and his platoon have had. He explained that when soldiers get presents and letters it brightens their day and makes them feel 'at home for a while,' whether they have families or not. Every little bit we can do to help would be a great success for us and a great way for helping out our troops."

Donations should be directed to the Sign Language Club of CDO and sent directly to the high school at 25 W. Calle Concordia, Oro Valley, AZ 85704.

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