League, meets, state of town fills OV's September

September is a busy month for officials in Oro Valley, who host a statewide conference, resume the "Council on Your Corner" series, and present the 10th annual State of the Town address.

The details include:

2009 League of Arizona Cities and Towns Annual Conference

Sept. 1-4

Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort

The annual gathering of local government officials and staff from around the state is expected to have more than 700 attendees. Notable events include a mobile workshop tour of the sanofi-aventis research facility on Sept. 3 and a speech by Sen. John McCain on Sept. 4. For complete conference information, visit www.azleague.org.

This conference is not open to the public, and registration is required.

Council on Your Corner

The Council on Your Corner discussion series returns this September, providing constituents an open forum to engage with the Oro Valley Town Council about topics of their choosing. Events are free and open to the public. Upcoming dates include:

Saturday, Sept. 26, 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Oro Valley Public Library, main meeting room

Councilman Al Kunisch

Saturday, Dec. 12, 11:30-3:30 p.m.

Oro Valley Public Library

(Session immediately follows the Oro Valley Holiday Parade)

Oro Valley State of the Town Address and Luncheon

Hosted by the Northern Pima County Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort

Reservations may be made by calling the Chamber office at 297-2191


Tohono Chul loses an old blue palo verde

Tohono Chul Park has lost one of its oldest blue palo verde trees.

The tree fell July 22, when a strong microburst swept through Tohono Chul's Sundial Plaza. It ripped the tree from its home of some 35 years, according to the park's electronic newsletter.

Staff members Kay Beckett, Paul Hoyt, Larry Malkin, Howard Miller and Russell Smith cut and hauled the tree, which is a specimen of Parkinsonia florida. They saved the thickest, straightest part of the trunk for milling by Russ Buhrow, curator of plants. Plans are for the finished slices to be made into a bench by Lee Mason, director of general services.


Hellon speaks to OV GOP women Sept. 11

Former Arizona State Sen. Toni Hellon, currently an associate clerk in Pima County Superior Court, presents "An Overview and The Future of the Clerk of the Court's Office" to the Oro Valley Republican Women's Club on Friday, Sept. 11.

The event begins with an 11:30 a.m. social hour at the Oro Valley Country Club. The lunch and speaker get going at noon. Menu choices are a chicken cobb salad or a vegetarian cobb salad. RSVPs are required by Tuesday, Sept. 8, to Twink Monrad at 297-9454.

Hellon served in the state senate from 2001 through 2007. She has been a Republican precinct committeewoman since 1976.

For more information, contact Denise Hillwig at 520-513-9503, or go to info@orovalleyrepubicanwomen.org.

Marana invites names for new regional park

Marana is inviting residents to help name the new regional park now under construction at Silverbell and Cortaro roads.

The name "should describe the history or geographic significance of the park location," and it is a rich history indeed.

The park site has been a crossroads and meeting place for thousands of years. As early as A.D. 750, the site was the location of a Hohokam farming village. The Santa Cruz River flows north from Mexico and joins monsoon rains from the Tucson Mountains flowing in the Yuma Wash, a perfect location for growing crops and families.

Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza passed through the park site in 1775 on his journey with 300 travelers to Northern California. The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail runs along the park on the east side, and the Anza Auto Route passes along Silverbell Road to the west.

The Mormon Battalion marched by in 1846, and the Butterfield Stagecoach passed by from 1858 to 1861, carrying passengers and mail from St. Louis to San Francisco twice a week.

The park site was part of the Bojorquez-Aguirre Ranch, a large ranch and 40-acre farm that operated on the site from the 1880s through 1940. Silverbell Road carried people, materials and supplies past the park on the way to the Silver Bell Mine since the 1870s. The park is part of a trade route that has existed since prehistoric time.

Marana's Parks and Recreation Citizen Advisory Commission will review the suggestions and submit finalists to town council. Council will shorten the list to three or four names for a public vote, with the winning name revealed at the park's grand opening in February.

Send your suggestions to namethepark@marana.com.

Chile fest at OV market on Sept. 12

The fifth annual Chile Festival comes to the Oro Valley Farmers Market on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Hours are 8 a.m. to noon. The farmers market is held every Saturday at Oro Valley Town Hall, 11000 La Canada at the corner of La Canada and Naranja.

At the Chile Festival, visitors can pick among freshly roasted green chiles, chile spices, zesty tamales and salsas, decorative red chile strings and many chile specialties.

People can reserve and order their Hatch green chile sacks today with Bob the Roaster.

For information, go to www.farmersmarkettucson.com.

Low bid for new Catalina services building

Pima County has opened and decided to award a $905,000 winning bid for the estimated $1.5 million facility to house Catalina Community Services.

On Aug. 12, the county considered 14 bids for the building project, ranging from $905,000 to $1.1 million. Tucson Building and Remodeling, Inc., is the low bidder.

"(CCS) did have a couple people bid on it that don't normally bid on county work," said Al Trice, who is chairman of the Catalina Community Services building committee. "They didn't have anything else to do."

Seven bids would have been realistic under normal economic situations, Trice said.

For the next couple months, Tucson Building and Remodeling will secure permits and final approvals before beginning construction around mid- to late-October. The new facility is expected to be complete near April 2010.

CCS's new facility is taking the place of a former Golder Ranch Fire District building located at 3535 E. Hawser Street. A building that formerly housed fire trucks and firefighters was torn down, but the administration building has been spared and will be used for the new clothing bank.

On the new site, a 5,000-square-foot building will be built allowing for a health clinic, administration offices and a meeting room. Trice said hopefully within a few years, Catalina Community Services would be able to fund phase two of the project, adding a 7,500-square-foot senior center.

"The investment is more than just the building," Trice said. "What we are going to be able to do for this side of town, if you will, has never been done before."


MV junior earns national medal for FCCLA work

A Mountain View High School junior has earned a gold medal in applied technology for her entry at the 2009 Family, Career and Community Leaders of America national leadership conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Londyn Whittier received a final score of 91.3 out of 100 points on her multiple-technology presentation about shaken baby syndrome. She also received 10 points out of 10 from all three judges on oral presentation and relationship to family and consumer sciences.

The judges commented on Whittier's use of the computer, video camera, and the Shaken Baby Syndrome Simulator rather than relying upon a single piece of technology, a release said.

More than 5,300 nationwide members, advisers, alumni, and guests of FCCLA gathered in Nashville July 12-16 for the 2009 National Leadership Conference. This year's student-devised subject for the annual national meeting was "Beyond the Label." For five days, participants examined and discussed issues, including family, school and community violence prevention, physical as well as financial fitness, future career exploration and community service projects.


Summer pet adoption rates ending at HSSA

Summer discounts for pet adoptions through the Humane Society of Southern Arizona are coming to an end Wednesday, Sept. 2.

All dogs that have been at the shelter for 30 days or longer are $30 to adopt. Small-breed dogs may cost more money. Special adoption rates are ending as well for mixed breed dogs, cats and kittens, and all pets over age 5.

All pet adoptions include current vaccinations, sterilization surgery, micro-chip, and a free vet visit from the vet of the adopter's choice.

People with pets at home can get a $20 discount on fall "puppy socialization" or basic obedience classes. To get the discount, visitors can go to www.hssaz.org, or call 327-6088 by Friday, Sept. 5.

The Humane Society's Adoption Center is located at 3450 N. Kelvin Blvd. It is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The 12th annual Books and More Sale and Raffle is Sept. 12-13.


Melvin slates town halls on Sept. 5, 12

District 26 Sen. Al Melvin, a SaddleBrooke Republican, is inviting people to a third series of town hall meetings in the Northwest.

The events are on two Saturdays, Sept. 5 and 12.

He has amended a previously announced schedule. It is now:

Sept. 5:

Mountain View Clubhouse, SaddleBrooke, 9-11 a.m.;

Golder Ranch Fire District office, Catalina, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.;

Oro Valley Town Council meeting room, 1-3 p.m.;

La Paloma Urgent Care, Catalina Foothills, 4-5:30 p.m.

Sept. 12:

Catalina Vista Center, Sun City, 1:30-3 p.m.;

Nanini Library, 3:30-5 p.m.;

Heritage Highlands Clubhouse, Dove Mountain, 6-7 p.m.

Melvin is prepared to speak on an array of topics, among them the state budget, school funding, taxes, health care reform, "cap and trade ramifications for Arizona," border security, nuclear power, desalinization, state parks, a ban on text messaging while driving, no-kill animal shelters, state's rights and federalism, tort reform and job creation.


Hearing about Cortaro/Magee EA is Sept. 8

A public hearing on the environmental assessment for the Cortaro Farms/Magee Road improvement project is being held before the Pima County Supervisors at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8.

The project's environmental assessment is available for review at the Nanini Branch Library, 7300 N. Shannon, at Pima Community College's Northwest Campus library, and online at http://roadprojects.pima.gov/CortaroMagee/.

For five miles from Oracle Road to Thornydale Road, Magee and Cortaro would be widened from two to four lanes with a raised median. Bike lanes and sidewalks would be installed. Major intersections would be improved at Thornydale, Shannon, La Cholla, La Cañada and Oracle. The Magee / La Cholla offset would be altered. Drainage improvements would span the project. A new, second bridge would be constructed over the Canada del Oro Wash. Public art and landscaping would be installed.

The supervisors meet in the hearing room at 130 W. Congress St.

Anyone with questions about the hearing may call the Pima County Department of Transportation at 740-6410.


Bureau warns of local scheme about marketing

The Better Business Bureau has issued a warning about a possible pyramid scheme.

BBB officials in Austin, Texas have sent out an alert nationwide after they conducted an investigation into a company called iJango. The BBB received more than 1,000 complaints about the company over the course of two weeks.

The company is described as a multi-level marketing firm that recruits people to join for a fee. Recruits are told they can earn cash through bringing in new recruits and by directing Web traffic and sales to the iJango Web site.

According to the BBB, the company tells recruits that it has Web traffic agreements with many companies, including search-engine giant Google.

Google representatives, in a statement released to the BBB, deny any connection with iJango and said its trademark team is studying the issue.

The BBB said people should consider the following items before entering a business opportunity:

• Avoid plans that include commissions for recruiting additional salespeople;

• Be cautious of plans that require you to buy expensive marketing materials up front;

• Don't sign a contract at an "opportunity meeting" or other high-pressure situations.

For more information on pyramid schemes or to check out the reliability of a company, check the BBB Web site at www.tucson.bbb.org, or call 888-6161.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.