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Local officers endure "Ice Water Challenge" to raise money for charity

A recent Internet theme and challenge among firefighters and police officers has been circulating to help raise money for charities. The challenge: have a bucket of ice water dumped o...

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Local officers endure "Ice Water Challenge" to raise money for charity

Oro Valley town, police launch mobile applications

Though she had never built a mobile application before, Oro Valley’s Lisa Gallardo volunteered to step up and learn how. In doing so, she kept the process in house, helping to keep co...

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Oro Valley town, police launch mobile applications

Continental Ranch works to save agave plants

The Continental Ranch Homeowners Association (HOA) has been able to turn a negative into a positive. When many of their agave plants were infested with agave s...

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Banner Health to acquire UA Health Network

Phoenix-headquartered Banner Health has reached an agreement with the University of Arizona Health Network (UAHN) and the University of Arizona (UA) to create a statewide health care ...

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Oro Valley streamlines housing development, approves new town building

At the request of the WLB Group, the Oro Valley Town Council voted unanimously to modify the review process for the Kai Naranja Development.

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  • Arizona, and many states, get an F on “family-friendly” workplace policies

    WASHINGTON – Thirty-eight weeks pregnant and on bed-rest with her fifth child, Glendale resident Angela Warren has to rely on her other four children to help run the household.Her husband, Matt, can’t break away from his full-time job right now – and their budget can’t take the hit of losing both his salary and hers.Even though the federal Family and Medical Leave Act guarantees most workers 12 weeks of leave for events like the birth of a baby, that leave is unpaid. And that can put Arizona working families like the Warrens in a bind.“The FMLA even in itself is not super comprehensive or adequate,” Warren said. “It’s not necessarily realistic for people to be able to take 12 weeks unpaid. I don’t know a lot of people that can do that.”While other states may grant more generous protections, Arizona is one of many that does not expand the benefits of FMLA – one reason it earned a grade of F on a recent report card on “family-friendly” workplace policies.But Arizona was not alone.

  • Census: Number of Arizonans living in “poverty areas” jumped in 2010

    WASHINGTON – The number of Arizona residents living in concentrated “poverty areas” grew significantly in the first decade of the century, according to a new Census report.From 2000 to 2010, Arizonans living in poverty areas – census tracts with poverty rates of 20 percent or more – rose from 24 percent of the state’s residents to 33.4 percent.Arizona was one of 14 states, along with the District of Columbia, that had more than 30 percent of its population living in a poverty area in 2010, the Census said.Experts in the state said the poverty area numbers merely reflect the fact that Arizona was hit hard by the recession and poverty generally grew.Still, one advocate for the poor called the poverty area data “definitely a startling statistic.”Amanda Lee, outreach and community development manager at Arizona Community Action Association, said it is just another indicator of the “new face of poverty” in the state – the working poor.

  • Court blocks state plan to deny driver’s licenses to some immigrants

    WASHINGTON – A federal appeals court Monday blocked an Arizona policy that denies driver’s licenses to immigrants who have been temporarily protected from deportation under the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s ruling, saying the so-called DREAMers “are likely to suffer irreparable harm” if the driver’s license policy is allowed to continue.Gov. Jan Brewer, who issued the 2012 executive order directing state agencies to deny “taxpayer-funded public benefits and state identification, including a drivers’ license” to deferred-action residents, blasted the ruling Monday. In a prepared statement from her office, she called the court’s decision an “outrageous” and “misguided” defense of a “lawless directive” by the Obama administration.“The American people are tired and disgusted by what is happening through our federal government today, but they can be assured Arizona will continue to fight for the rule of law,” the statement said.But Victor Viramontes, national senior counsel at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, hailed the decision.“The 9th Circuit has told them (Arizona) that they need to follow the law and … stop discriminating against DACA recipients,” said Viramontes, who argued the case for the Arizona Dream Act Coalition and five immigrants who challenged the policy.

  • Officer involved shooting

    On July 9, 2014, at approximately 6:27 p.m., Foothills District deputies responded to the 13,500 block of N. Thornydale Road reference a burglary in progress.The homeowner received a call from his alarm company indicating a motion sensor was activated when no one was supposed to be at his house. The homeowner drove to the location and confronted an armed suspect inside the house.Eventually the suspect walked out of the residence as patrol deputies arrived on scene. Deputy Meeboer gave commands to the suspect to drop a rifle he was holding in his hands. The suspect then pointed it at Deputy Meeboer, who subsequently fired his handgun, and struck the suspect multiple times. The suspect remained alert and talking while deputies administered life saving measures. The suspect, identified as 21-year-old Slade Olsen, was airlifted to a local trauma center. Mr. Olsen is in critical condition; however it is not believed that his injuries are life-threatening.Deputy Meeboer has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation, which is standard procedure following an officer involved shooting. Deputy Meeboer is a two year veteran of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Catalina Mountain Elks observe Flag Day

    Approximately 100 people attended the annual Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815 Flag Day ceremony in SaddleBrooke on June 12. This year marked the 12th anniversary of this event sponsored by the Lodge and SaddleBrooke HOA  No. 1. Lodge officers, members of the community, Golder Ranch Fire District Color Guard, Fire Chief Randy Karrer, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, Sons of the American Revolution, Buffalo Soldiers, American Legion Post 132 and Coyote Country Cloggers participated in this inspirational ceremony.The lodge also conducted a flag retirement ceremony for service-worn American flags on Flag Day. Cub Scouts affiliated with Boy Scout Troop 297 in Catalina presented the colors at the beginning of the service. The flags were surrendered to American Legion Post 132 who retired the flags with dignity and respect. In addition, the lodge raised more than 35 American flags on Oracle Road in Catalina.

  • Oro Valley Police Reports

    On Saturday, June 21, at about 9:45 p.m., Oro Valley police spoke to a man on the phone about possible vandalism. The caller told police that about 15 minutes prior he was watching TV with his wife when someone rang the doorbell. When he opened the door, he found a small ball that he referred to as a stink bomb. Though there was no damage, there was a small stain where the ball was sitting. Police searched the neighborhood, but didn’t see anyone.  On Saturday, June 21, at about 5:25 p.m., Oro Valley police responded to a report of an irate person at Peter Piper Pizza, 7621 N. Oracle Road. When police arrived, they noticed a woman shouting profanity in and outside the business. Police learned two family members were fighting because one woman wouldn’t let the other woman hold her baby. In retaliation, the woman pushed and shoved the other woman. The woman who pushed the other was cited for assault and disorderly conduct and transported to the Pima County Adult Detention Center. On Monday, June 17, at about 3:14 a.m., Oro Valley police saw a juvenile run across La Cañada Drive where there wasn’t a crosswalk. The office asked him to come over and talk to him. The subject told police he was trying to get home before he got in trouble. Police could smell marijuana emanating from the 16-year-old subject, to which he denied having any on him. Seeing as his curfew was midnight, police attempted to call his parents, who didn’t answer. Police then told him they were going to take him to his house to talk to his parents in person. Though he initially refused to be searched, which is a department policy for transporting anyone in a police car, he reluctantly provided a small cloth pouch with fresh marijuana in it, along with a glass pipe. He was cited for possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and violation of curfew and released to his legal guardian.

  • (July 10) Today's Top Headlines - Israel, Hamas trade rocket fire

    Fox News:Air raid sirens wailed across Jerusalem Thursday as Palestinian militants continued to fire rockets across Israel, while the country’s military stepped up its offensive against the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.Two plumes of smoke could be seen over the skies of downtown Jerusalem in what Israeli TV stations said was an interception of incoming rockets by Israel's "Iron Dome" rocket-defense system. Local media reported that four rockets were fired in total.Two booms could be heard in the distance, but it was not clear whether the explosions were incoming rockets or the defense system. No injuries or damage were immediately reported, according to The Associated Press.For the full story, visit:

  • (July 10) Today's Top Headlines - Houston father allegedly kills 6, including 4 of his children

    Fox News:A man suspected of killing six people, including four of his children, and wounding his 15-year-old daughter at a home in a Houston suburb surrendered to authorities late Wednesday after an hours-long standoff.Deputies cornered 34-year-old Ron Lee Haskell in a cul-de-sac approximately three miles from the shooting site, where a standoff ensued before the man got out of his car, put up his hands, and dropped to his knees as he was placed under arrest.The victims were two boys, ages 4 and 14; two girls, ages 7 and 9, a 39-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman, the Harris County Sheriff’s Department said. The shooting occurred shortly before 6 p.m. in the northern suburb of Spring. The five bodies were found by authorities at the home.For the full story, visit:

  • (July 10) Today's Top Headlines - The top 10 stories of the day

    1. Israel steps up its Gaza offensive as death toll risesIsraeli air strikes — intended to stop Hamas rocket fire — killed eight members of a family, including five children, in Gaza early Thursday, according to Palestinian officials. Israel's three-day air offensive has killed at least 66 people, Gaza medical authorities said. Israel says it is targeting Hamas sites, including launchers behind a barrage of more than 320 rockets into Israel. The rockets have paralyzed businesses and sent thousands fleeing southern Israel but caused no serious casualties. [Reuters]………………………………………………………………………………2. Utah asks the Supreme Court to take gay marriage caseUtah Attorney General Sean Reyes announced Wednesday that he was taking his state's appeal of a ruling declaring its same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. Reyes said he was seeking "clarity and resolution from the highest court" instead of appealing to the full 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. A panel of three of the court's judges last month upheld a lower-court decision overturning the ban. It was the first federal appeals court ruling on gay marriage. [USA Today]………………………………………………………………………………

  • Reno Del Mar to perform July 11 at Main Gate Square

    Reno Del Mar, a dynamic instrumental ensemble will perform in Geronimo Plaza during the July 11 Friday Night Live! at 7 p.m.Reno del Mar is a dynamic instrumental ensemble performing beautiful, original guitar music in a wide range of styles that include Latin jazz, adult contemporary, Spanish, Western swing, tango, gypsy, flamenco, Mexican, bebop and blues.The influences of Antonio Carlos Jobim, Django Rheinhardt, Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian, Ry Cooder, Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Duke Ellington, Bob Wills and others permeate Reno del Mar’s compositions and playing styles.Presented by Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance at Main Gate Square, the free performances alternate Fridays at 7 p.m in Geronimo Plaza. Coupled with delicious food from nearby local restaurants, the evenings provide a great way to begin the weekend.“People come to Geronimo Plaza and discover Main Gate is a great place in a lively atmosphere,” said Jane McCollum, Main Gate Square general manager.Main Gate Square, between Park and Euclid Avenues on University Boulevard, features more than 20 retailers and 30 restaurants near the University of Arizona.

  • ‘America: Imagine The World Without Her’ - Political film sparks controversy

    This controversial political film from directors Dinesh D’Souza and John Sullivan will invoke vastly different reactions from audience members.  Many will find the film a patriotic, yet underreported, story on how our nation has prospered from our early years due to innovation, entrepreneurship, and capitalism--emerging as not only the wealthiest nation on the planet, but also the most generous.  Just as many other viewers will leave the theaters feeling jilted by a political infomercial disguised as a documentary.  Lastly, some moviegoers may be introduced to several political hot-button issues for the first time, and left reflecting on D’Souza’s historical data points on subjects such as relations with Mexico and Native Americans, slavery, imperialism, and capitalism.  Regardless of a person’s position or thoughts on these subjects, this film accomplishes one significant feat—it empowers people to formulate one’s beliefs and positions, squaring the movie’s interpretation with their own life experiences.The movie’s title alludes to the notion of how our world would exist today without the United States of America.  However, D’Souza doesn’t go quite that far in the film, only providing visions of landmarks and key events or people which, if omitted, would have altered our nation’s course—leaving it up to us to contemplate the ramifications.  He adroitly promotes how wealth was created from capitalism and American ingenuity.  D’Souza also casts the importance of religion upon politics and our community—believing that the American people can do a better job of helping one another than an intrusive, big government attempting to fill that same role. D’Souza connects the dots on his understanding of U.S. history for viewers to either embrace or reject.  It can be argued that D’Souza is the Republican response to liberal activist, and director, Michael Moore.  Using red meat political tones and sound bites, the director who brought us “2016: Obama’s America” just prior to the 2012 presidential election once again goes right after the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton in this feature.  Unfortunately, once D’Souza changes course in the film from merely a look back at our nation’s collective rise in influence and power to a political referendum on President Obama and his associates, the movie’s gains become lost in the partisanship.  The film’s strength is that the topics it raises will cause discussions at family dinner tables, work centers and on the streets—the melting pot of America.  Whether you agree or disagree with D’Souza’s “America” and his historical viewpoint, one can tally their own scorecard on the successes and failures of our nation—and isn’t that what makes our country so great? Freedom of thought where all are created equal, with “unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness”—as spelled out in the Declaration of Independence.  Those rights securing our protection from a government “deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed”.  It’s a testament to our nation’s fabric that a controversial film taking aim, in part, at a sitting U.S. president and his policies can be aired and viewed by Americans.  Imagine the consequences if such a film were made in Iran, the Middle East--or even North Korea.  The fact that we can view this film, discuss it civilly, and come to our own conclusions is a success. 

  • Primetime Review: Marvel continues to build with “Guardians of the Galaxy”

    By now the 2014 summer movie season is in full swing, and we have seen our fair share of action packed adventures. There is one upcoming film, however, that may well be one of the most important movies of the year. Marvel’s “Guardian’s of the Galaxy”, which is set to release on Aug. 1, is seemingly a mere outer space saga full of cartoonish characters and ships blowing up. In reality, however, it is the next step in Marvel’s flawless execution of changing the movie industry forever. “Guardians” will tell the story of a motley crew of mercenaries that turn out to be the galaxy’s last hope of survival. Nothing groundbreaking here. But Marvel will fuse this new and fantastic out of this world story with its already flourishing planet earth based Avengers franchise. If all goes well with critics and box office numbers, Marvel just may build upon a new and fantastic production strategy that is revamping the way Hollywood operates: world building. What Marvel has accomplished in the last six years is nothing short of magic. So magical, in fact, that other production companies have made desperate sloppy attempts at recreating that magic. Earlier this year, Sony Pictures released “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”. Critics failed to swoon over the film, as it felt disjointed and unsatisfying. The story line lacked oomph, and the lack of discretion behind hidden Easter eggs was almost insulting. It almost seemed as though the film was less a stand-alone allegory about a noble super hero, and more a rickety bridge to future films that the company wants to make. Sure enough, even before the release of “Spider-Man”, Sony had already announced sequels and spinoffs involving comic book characters that were not so subtly introduced in the latest Spider-Man film. Marvel’s comic book rival, DC Entertainment, is also heading in a direction that may lead to disaster. The success of last year’s “Man of Steel” somewhat justified the hasty announcements of a sequel, but in the spirit of impatience, DC and Warner Bros. chose to leap frog that idea. Instead, the “Man of Steel” sequel was transformed into “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”, which will be a Batman and Superman crossover film that intends to pave the way for a world of superhero spinoffs.The primary problem with Sony and DC’s world building technique is that they are planning sequels and spinoff films before the audience has even had the opportunity to demand them. In a similar vein, they are force-feeding new characters to moviegoers before viewers have even had the time to bond with the old ones. 

  • Tevis on Nagurski Watch List

    University of Arizona senior safety Jared Tevis is a member of the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, given to the nation’s best defensive player, it was announced by the Charlotte Touchdown Club on Thursday. The Pac-12 Conference leads all leagues with 18 players on the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List.A former walk-on from Canyon Del Oro High School turned scholarship starter, Tevis returns for his senior season with his undergraduate degree in hand and 177 career tackles, three interceptions, seven forced fumbles and eight passes broken up to his credit. He’s now enrolled in Arizona’s esteemed Eller College of Management’s MBA program and is a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic honoree.Tevis started and played 11 games at the bandit position in Arizona’s 3-3-5 defense in 2013 and earned All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention honors. He was No. 3 on the squad in total tackles with 83, including four for a loss of 11 yards and a sack. He had one interception in Arizona’s AdvoCare V100 Bowl victory over Boston College and also forced three fumbles during the season.As a sophomore, Tevis started and played in 11 games in 2012 in his first season as a scholarship player and earned All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention accolades. He was No. 3 on the team in total tackles with 82, 51 solo and 31 assisted. He also collected two interceptions for 32 return yards, six passes broken up and four forced fumbles. He logged a career-high 12 tackles vs. Toledo and at Oregon. Both of his interceptions came in the 59-38 win over No. 18 Oklahoma State.As a redshirt freshman walk-on in 2011, Tevis played in 12 games as a member of the secondary and on special teams. He totaled 12 tackles, including 11 solo stops.The Football Writers’ Association of America (FWAA) will choose a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week each Tuesday throughout the season. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 20.

  • Hill named to Maxwell list

    University of Arizona senior receiver Austin Hill is a member of the watch list for the 2014 Maxwell Award, it was announced on Monday by The Maxwell Football Club. The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell, has been given to America's College Player of the Year since 1937.Hill returns for his senior season with 102 career catches for 1,675 yards and 13 touchdowns to his credit. He missed the 2013 (redshirt junior) season with a knee injury. In 2012, he made 12 starts at the slot receiver position and played in all 13 games as a redshirt sophomore. Hill was a 2012 Biletnikoff Award Semifinalist, All-Pac-12 Second-Team and Phil Steele Fourth-Team All-America.In 2012, Hill totaled 81 catches for 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns to lead the Wildcat receivers. He ranked No. 2 in the Pac-12 in total receiving yards (1,364) and yards per game (104.9). Against Toledo, he had seven catches for 139 yards and one touchdown off the bench and hauled in a career-high 11 catches for 165 yards at Stanford. Hill collected 259 yards on 10 catches in the 39-36 win against No. 10 USC.He scored two touchdowns in four games and had at least one score in seven games while collecting 100 yards or more in five contests.As a redshirt freshman in 2011, he played in 10 games and started one. Hill collected 21 catches for 311 yards and two touchdowns. He hauled in a season-high eight catches for 128 yards at Oklahoma State.Tickets for the 2014 football season are on sale and start at $99 for seven home games. Tickets can be purchased at or by contacting the McKale Center Ticket Office (520-621-CATS).

  • UA center named to watch list

    University of Arizona senior center Steven Gurrola has been named to the 2014 Rimington Trophy Watch List, given to the nation’s best at the position. Gurrola is one of six Pac-12 players earning recognition from the Boomer Esiason Foundation on Tuesday.In his first year with the Wildcats, Gurrola started all 13 games at center in 2013. He was a member of the offensive line that allowed for former Arizona running back Ka’Deem Carey to rush for 1,885 yards and 19 touchdowns. Additionally, with Gurrola anchoring the offensive line, former Arizona quarterback B.J. Denker threw for 2,516 yards and 16 scores.With Gurrola in the middle, Arizona’s offensive line led the squad to average 264.9 rushing yards per game and allowed just 1.31 sacks per game, both figures ranked second in the Pac-12. The Wildcats’ offense averaged 33.5 points per game, totaled 311 first downs and averaged 458.5 yards of offense per game.Tickets for the 2014 football season are on sale and start at $99 for seven home games. Tickets can be purchased at or by contacting the McKale Center Ticket Office (520-621-CATS).

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