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It’s almost Halloween, and you’re probably almost as excited as your kids. Parties, costumes, trick-or-treating…it’s one of the holidays most looked forward to by children and parents, alike. But even as you’re putting the finishing touches on costumes and making that last candy run to the s…

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On Friday, Oct. 5 in Marana, lawmakers hosted a public forum on Arizona’s water future. Here in the Sonoran Desert, we have to make every drop count and we know we can’t do it alone. Like many other cities in the southwest, Tucson depends on Colorado River water for our businesses, communiti…

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When incumbents lose a re-election bid, it’s not usually one item that’s responsible as being the cause. Rather, it tends to be due to a number of ostensibly unrelated events that, when looked upon in their entirety, work together to produce an unexpected defeat. Such was the case in the rec…

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For 83 years, Social Security and Medicare have given retirees, disabled workers, and families across the country health and economic security. These programs are not only a lifeline for more than 155,000 Arizonans in the First Congressional District, they also play an important role in loca…

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On Sept. 4, the Board of Supervisors voted to end the Pima County Sheriff’s Department involvement in Operation Stonegarden. This vote was despite evidence of the sustained public safety value of the program and letters of support from every law enforcement agency head in the county. This wa…

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Reader Peter Gullman spotted this coyote near the Oro Valley Hospital taking a dip in the runoff from last Thursday’s storms. 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 a…

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Reader Fred Plebanek recently saw this bat appear on his front porch during a light rain. 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 b…

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Summer’s almost gone, and I know what you’re thinkin’

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Oro Valley reader Kevin Corr was visited by three hawks recently. 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 printed, see other pho…

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Marana resident Victoria Gill and her family had some fun playing in last week’s monsoon rains. 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…

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Reader Pat DeAnda and her granddaughter took photos of owls that are currently creating their home in the backyard. 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 sub…

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Oro Valley resident Jerry LeMay spotted this quail on the back porch. 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 printed, see other…

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Oro Valley resident Kevin Corr saw this Cooper’s hawk on his back wall. Did you know their tongues are black? 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. …

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Reader Denise M. Wiscount saw this young screech owl enjoying dinner in the Casas Adobes West area. 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 ph…

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Reader Gordon Blanz took this photo of a San Pedro Cactus flower in his Oro Valley Front yard. 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 …

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Oro Valley resident Eric Allen spotted these baby quail in his backyard. Send your photos to readerphotos@tucsonlocalmedia.com. Include your name, contact information and details about the photo, including who took it, where it wats taken and the subject. Not all photos can be printed, see o…

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Marana resident Karen Doser saw this Mourning Dove at the Maeveen Behan Desert Sanctuary. 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 b…