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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:

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  • 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

  • Defense propels the Nighthawks

    Ironwood Ridge is serving notice that they may have one of the best defenses in southern Arizona. The Nighthawks got another terrific defensive effort to beat Cienega 17-7 on Friday night.Over the last six quarter the Nighthawks have surrendered just 10 points.Cienega actually took a brief lead in the second quarter after Adriell Alvarado scored from two yards out and gave the Bobcats a 7-3 lead.A few minutes later Michael Franzese found Christopher Babyak on a 14-yard strike to go up 10-7. Franzese was 2-4 for 32 yards and ran 22 times for 144 yards. Cole McLafferty added 74 yards on the ground.He scored from three-yards out in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Nighthawks.Cienega’s Alvarado was 18-29 for 159 yards.

  • Lions dominate on the road

    Pusch Ridge had little trouble with their season opening road game against Miami (AZ). Earning a 42-0 win.Taylor Fitzgerald scored the Lions’ first three touchdowns of the game, finishing with 71 yards on just eight carriers. Freshman Matthew McLeod ran the ball nine times for 69 yards and added two more scores.Quarterback Cody Cropp tossed a 28-yard touchdown to Tyler Overstreet, finishing the game 7-13 for 154 yards. Ben Walker had five of the seven catches for 118 yards.The Nighthawk defense was dominant, sacking Miami quarterbacks eight times. Matthew Weiss had 3.5 sacks himself. The Lions forced two turnovers and blocked a pair of Miami punts.Pusch Ridge next hosts Joy Christian on Friday.

  • Falcons roll in opener

    Catalina Foothills opened the 2014 football season with an easy 63-0 win over Desert View on Friday night.Seven different Falcons scored, including three by running back Ian Turner.Foothills scored three times in the first quarter and essentially ended the game. Sophomores Rhett Rodriguez and Max Michalczik connected on a 28-yard touchdown then Turner had runs of 20 and nine yards to put the Falcons up 21-0.Turner scored his third touchdown early in the second quarter, breaking off an 82-yard run.Turner ran eight times for 124-yards, while Connor Kobylinski rushed for 66 yards and a second half score.Rodriguez added a four-yard run and Bryon Beckon ran back an interception to close out the first half scoring.

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