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  • Developer, residents at odds over proposed Oro Valley development

    Residents of four homeowner’s associations are butting heads with Davis Development and Properties, LLC over a proposed neighborhood development in proximity to Canada Del Oro’s Highlands Wash.Known as the River’s Edge/Melcor Planned Area Development (PAD),  Davis Development and Properties, LLC initially pitched the project as a 61-acre, 64 single-family-residential development on the south side of Naranja Drive, approximately one-half mile west of First Avenue.Still in the preliminary stages, the developer has not yet submitted a formal application to the town, but Don Davis, co-owner of Davis Development, says the project is still moving forward pending results of continued engineering and hydrology studies, given the project’s location in a flood plain.Plans have changed some since the project’s inception. The latest blueprint is slated for the design of approximately 64 homes on 20 acres. The reduction from 61 acres to 20 acres came following a study by the WLB Group which indicated only about a third of the land was buildable. The homes would be erected along the eastern border of the wash in a north-south direction in an area zoned CR-2 single-family cluster, adopted under Pima County’s 1994 zoning ordinances and translated to Oro Valley’s equivalent of a PAD.While co-owner Rod Davis says the results of the continued engineering studies will ultimately determine the number and style of homes as well lot sizes, a pre-application submitted to the town on Dec. 20, 2013 indicates lots ranging from 6,900 to 40,000 square feet. 

  • UPDATE - Hiremath, incumbents win election outright

    According to Town of Oro Valley clerk Julie Bower, the four incumbents - Mayor Satish Hiremath and councilmembers Joe Hornat, Lou Waters, and Mary Snider - have won the election outright with all precincts reporting.PREVIOUS STORYWith all 15 precincts reporting, Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath leads challenger Pat Stranney 5,695 to 3,558.With three council seats open, the incumbent council members Mary Snider, Joe Hornat and Lou Waters currently lead challenger Don Bristow.

  • Huppenthal loses re-election bid for State Superintendent of Public Instruction

    State Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal lost his re-election bid Tuesday night. Huppenthal faced plenty of controversy during the primary election after his racially-slanted posts on social media were discovered.Huppenthal was defeated by GOP opponent Diane Douglas.

  • Pima County anti-graffiti poster winners announced

    Northwest side students did well in Pima County’s anti-graffiti poster contest.The winner was Nicholas Daniels, 14, a student at Sonoran Science Academy. The runners up were Alyssa Fierro, 9, Copper Creek Elementary School; Bethany Fierro, 12, Cross Middle School; Iyonia Stark, 16, Marana High School; and David Ramirez, 17, Las Artes Arts & Education Center.Artwork was submitted by 17 young people ages 9 through 18.The winner will get a $100 gift card and his artwork was used to create the new Pima County anti-graffiti poster, which will be distributed to schools, libraries and community centers. The runners-up will each get a $25 gift card. The winner and runners-up will also be recognized at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Sept. 2.The Taking Action Against Graffiti (TAAG) program in the Pima County Department of Transportation was created in 2006 to immediately abate graffiti on all public properties and to assist private property owners in unincorporated Pima County in dealing with graffiti.TAAG has handled more than 3,300 calls for graffiti cleanup and abated more than 1.3 million square feet of graffiti in the last three years.

  • Labor Day DUI Task Force

    The Marana Police Department will be conducting DUI Saturation Patrols in conjunction with the Southern Arizona DUI Task Force throughout the Labor Day Weekend.  Labor Day Weekend is traditionally one of the most dangerous weekends on our roadways.  Our goal is to make this a safe weekend for everyone, and prevent serious injuries and fatal collisions.  Officers will be proactive in our efforts to prevent these traffic collisions from occurring, and stress the importance of having a designated sober driver and drinking responsibly. We recommend the following: If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation, so you are sure to get home safely. If you’re not sure whether you are impaired, make the safe choice and find a sober driver or ride. If you see an impaired driver on the road, don't hesitate to call 911 and report that driver. If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely. Always buckle up! Wearing your seatbelt is the best defense against an impaired driver. Operational funding and equipment were made available through grants awarded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

  • Town recruiting Citizens Forum members

    The Town has open positions for its Marana Citizens Forum. The forum brings residents, business owners and community partners together to study and address multidisciplinary issues facing the Town. Recommendations are presented to the Town Council.The forum meets for two to three sessions each year. Each session consists of four 1½-hour meetings, held on Thursdays at the Marana Municipal Complex beginning at 5:30 p.m. The next session will be October and November.Applications are available at Applications can be submitted online and remain active for one year from receipt.Call 382-1960 for additional information.

  • (Aug. 29) Today's Top Headlines - Obama mocked for beige suit

    MSN News:The subjects were serious enough at President Barack Obama's impromptu press conference Thursday, but many viewers and the collective press corps seized on something more immediately visible: his tan suit.The president's decision to address the media in a breezy, light-colored summer suit swiftly took center stage for many even as he addressed Russian responsibility for rebel actions in Ukraine and ongoing US air strikes against Islamists in Iraq.For the full story, visit:

  • (Aug. 29) Today's Top Headlines - Missing Montana college student found dead

    MSN News:A Montana college student whose disappearance prompted a search by hundreds of police and volunteers was found dead from injuries sustained in a car accident in the mountains of central Idaho, authorities said late on Thursday.The body of Lucius Robbi, 21, of Orleans, California, was found in his 1997 Subaru near the remote resort town of Stanley, according to Boise County Sheriff Ben Roeber.Robbi vanished after he set off on Aug. 19 for the University of Montana campus in Missoula from Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, where he had worked as a guide for a second summer at a company that offers trips on the Payette River.For the full story, visit:

  • (Aug. 29) Today's Top Headlines

    After the continued radical push by ISIS, British government has elevated the country's terror threat level from substantial to severe on Friday.This means a terror attack, while not imminent, is considered very likely to occur.Theresa Mays, Home Secretary, said the decision came following developments in Iraq and Syria. The fact that some of the ISIS fighters have ties to England also contributes to the raised warning.For the full story, visit:

  • Summer Beach Party

    The Downtown Tucson Partnership hosts an end-of-summer bash at downtown's faux sandy beach, located in the empty lot at 5th Avenue and Toole Avenue. The Summer Beach Party will feature volleyball games, carnival games, a sand castle competition, and a children's obstacle course. Beer and wine will be served and live music will be played at 7pm by Jan Cervelli's band, Skyline. Later in the evening, Shrimp Chaperone and Surf Sonics will rock the party with live performances.Here's a rundown of the action Saturday:Bands - Skyline, 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m.; Shrimp Chaperone, 8:45 p.m.-10:45 p.m.; Surf Sonics, 11 p.m.-1 a.m.Food Trucks - DC Jumbie Latin Caribbean, Bam Bam Mexican Asian Fusion, Sonoran Mexican Cuisine Sonoran HotdogsDrinks - Beer and wine, 5 p.m.-1 a.m.Fun for Kids - 10 carnival games, YMCA Booth, Playformance, obstacle course, Tucson Children's Museum, big blue blocks (interactive fun)

  • Tips to Make the Most of Camping and Tailgating Season

    It’s that time of year again, when outdoor enthusiasts take to campsites for weekends outdoors. And what sports fan ever turned down an opportunity for tailgating before the big game?When gearing up for that next big event, here are some things to keep in mind:Set UpOne important rule of thumb for both camping and tailgating is to be respectful of those around you. Don’t infringe on anyone else’s territory physically, or audibly. Everyone wants to enjoy their time unhindered, but you can be a friendly neighbor by setting the volume of your music at an appropriate level.The early bird catches the worm, so arrive with plenty of time to set up your space. For campers, that means well before sundown so you can get a lay of the land. For tailgaters, that means beating the crowds so you can get an ideal spot.Power Up

  • ‘When The Game Stands Tall’ - Football story gets fumbled on the big screen

    Inspired by true events, “When The Game Stands Tall” is the story of the De La Salle High School (Concord, Calif.) football team posting the longest winning streak in football history.  The film neatly illustrates the De La Salle Spartans 12-year rule on the gridiron and how “the streak” ending comes almost as shocking to the world as a Harlem Globetrotter loss in basketball.  The problems the coaches, players and community have in confronting their rare defeat and moving on in life gave the film so much potential.  Unfortunately, the remarkable real-life story that helped propel De La Salle to triumph once again on and off of the football field fails to inspire film-goers the same way on the big-screen.Thomas Carter, who brought us the stirring “Coach Carter” movie starring Samuel L. Jackson in 2005, directs the film.  Jackson’s Coach Ken Carter character brilliantly turned around his underachieving high school basketball team from worst-to-first using stern practices and tough love.  In “When The Game Stands Tall”, De La Salle football coach Bob Ladouceur (played by Jim Caviezel) also stresses personal responsibility, focusing on each player’s future after football.  But Caviezel (from CBS’ “Person of Interest” and the 2004 film “Passion of the Christ”) doesn’t provide any spark or connect with audiences like Samuel L. Jackson’s demeanor did on the hardwood floor.Caviezel’s monotone locker room and pre-game speeches, combined with blank stares over the practice field and fruitless discussions with his wife about a job at Stanford, all lack emotional fireworks.  As an absent father, Ladouceur gets respected by his son more for his X’s and O’s strategy than any investment to the family dynamics.  Denzel Washington’s memorable portrayal of the even-keeled coach Herman Boone in “Remember the Titans” (2000) used very effective outbursts and flashes of raw emotion to bring the story and Boone’s character alive both on the field and at home.  Director Carter played it too safe with Caviezel’s coaching character in this film, stiff-arming the marriage and co-parenting aspects of Ladouceur’s life—both of which could have offered Caviezel a chance to make us want to stand up and cheer not only the successful coach, but also the honorable man.“When The Game Stands Tall” had a playbook full of established and proven storylines to call upon; faith-based teachings and mentorship, unexpected adversity for a close knit community, successful inner-city kids earning a life-changing opportunity at college, and a coach — with job security for life — weighing lucrative offers to teach elsewhere.  Together, these themes should have made “When The Game Stands Tall” the perfect feel-good movie heading into football season.  Perhaps sports films about already successful teams attempting to stay on top are less enjoyable to watch than a group of underdogs making their quest to be the best.  Regardless, “When The Game Stands Tall” fumbled in its emotional connection to viewers as a result of the inexpressive, monotone delivery by Caviezel’s coach “Lad”.  And that turnover cost movie-goers the chance to be as inspired by the De La Salle’s coaching staff as the players were back in 2004.Grade: C+

  • Dorados roll over Apaches

    CDO scored 28 straight points to beat visiting Nogales 30-6 in the season openener for both teams on Thursday night.The CDO defense got the Dorados on the board with a safety two minutes into the game. Nogales answered four minutes later when Kevin Zuniga connected with Ricky Paredes on a 69-yard scorng strike.The Dorados gained the lead for good when Walker Padilla scored from seven yards out in the final seconds of the first quarter. CDO got the ball right back and scored quickly when Max Smith ran it in from the 18-yard line. The Dorados would not score again until the second half.The Dorados scored two more touchdowns in the second half. Cameron Crandall hauled in a 46-yard touchdown pass to put the Dorados up 23-6, then with about six minutes to go Smith scored his second touchdown with a two yard score.CDO quarterback Noah Soto was an efficient 7-10 for 152 yards in the air and added another 63 on the game. Smith had 83 rushing yards and 57 more on three catches.CDO will face Agua Fria in a road game next Friday. 

  • Dorados close to new softball coach

    Canyon Del Oro is expected to announce the hiring of a new softball coach sometime next week.A source close to the Dorado athletic department indicated that the school was poised to hire a "name" coach. The source also indicated that the new coaching staff had extensive coaching experience at the high school, club and collegiate levels.The Dorados are looking to replace Stephanie Nicolson, who resigned last spring for undisclosed reasons. Nicolson led the Dorados to the state title game where they fell to Ironwood Ridge.The Explorer News will have more on the new coach when the hire is made official. 

  • Marana/Mountain View news and notes

    Both Mountain View and Marana opened the 2014 football season on Thursday night. Mountain View got the 53-2 win over their district rival, keeping the Boot Trophy for another year. Here are some news and notes from the game.[b]Debuts[/b]Both schools debuted new starting quarterbacks. Both Justice Summerset and Connor Leavens made their first starts. Each played in week 10 last year, but with very different results. Summerset broke his collarbone while filling in for senior Cody Rochon, while Leavens got in on a few series in the Tigers' blowout win over Flowing Wells.Leavens' first pass was a long completion to Anthony Romero, where the Tiger receiver actually out-jumped his own teammate to grab the ball. The 38-yard gain was Marana's longest of the night.Summerset's first two pass attempts fell incomplete. His third went for a 37-yard score on Mountain Lions' first drive of the game.[b]Tough Sledding[/b]

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