Tuesday, October 19, 2010 11:00 pm
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Approaching the lunch hour, Jesse Kelly, who is the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress in District 8, makes phone calls thanking people and asking for financial support.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, As people leave a Northwest campaign office, Gabrielle Giffords waves goodbye to them as they depart to hand out literature for the Democratic Party.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Spend time with U.S. Congress District 8 candidates Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Jesse Kelly.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 3:00 am
Expanding rapidly northward from its human-caused point of
origin near the international border with Mexico, the Monument Fire
would eventually consume more than 30,000 acres and destroy more
than 60 structures. Started on June 12, nearly a month would pass
before full containment would be achieved.
Emergency Medical technicians with the unit tended to and immobilized the male’s injured ankle.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 3:00 am
With clouds of dust billowing in the rearview mirror as
widespread fields of golden grasses covering vast Southern Arizona
ranchland are passed, the final miles toward Cochise Stronghold
Trailhead are covered along Ironwood Road.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008 11:00 pm
Joe Myers is not your average history buff.
Dawn Morley/The Explorer, Re-enactors of the Tucson Presidio demonstrate rifle fire at the dedication of the Marana Heritage River Park on May 31.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Myers keeps a three-ring binder of all his findings concerning the Anza Trail.
Dawn Morley/The Explorer, Don Garate dressed as Anza.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Oro Valley resident Joe Myers, explains how Anza and 300 settlers passed through the Marana area more than 230 years ago.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 11:30 am
Arizona's Salsa Trail celebrates the annual SalsaFest featuring the salsa challenge, Jalapeno eating competition, Chihuahua races and a car show, in the Safford Town Square.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 4:00 am
Reminded recently by a friend about a canyon hike not yet
experienced, my hiking boots were making tracks on Ventana Canyon
Trail on a recent mid-January day, with temperatures in the 60s,
and the sky cloudless and windless. Two-and-a-half miles ahead with
1,200 feet in elevation gain lies today’s destination, Maiden
Friday, September 9, 2011 11:25 am
Students at Coyote Trail Elementary School today took time to
remember fallen heroes and show their American spirit by wearing
red, white and blue and displaying the flag during their annual
Spirit Day assembly. On hand to help were officers from the Marana
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 11:00 pm
Steve Ross, representing the National Park Service, talks about
the historical significance of the Anza Trail and its route through
present-day Marana at the Fall Harvest Festival this Saturday.
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 12:00 am
“The Wild Mustang and Wild Burro trails got their names because
there were wild horses up here,” Ellis said, gazing out across a
golf course that now graces the area. “I’ve heard reports that
there still are some.”
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Marana Parks and Recreation Director Tom Ellis walks along Wild Burro Canyon trail within the Tortolita Mountains last week. Guided hikes, open to the public, are offered one Saturday each month starting at 8 a.m. at the trailhead off of Dove Mountain Boulevard. For more information call 382-1950.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Marana's Web site lists seven different trail-loop combinations visitors can take in the Tortolita Mountains off of Wild Burro Trail. The trails range in difficulty depending on their lengths and change in elevations. Tom Ellis hiked in the wash.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005 11:00 pm
Tuesday, October 28, 2003 12:00 am
Marana celebrated the opening of the first paved portion of the
Santa Cruz River Trail at Sanders Road. The town plans to extend
the trail, built on top of the river levee, from Sanders east and
south to Continental Ranch. It will eventually connect to Tucson's
Santa Cruz River Trail and the trails built along the Cañada del
Oro Wash and Rillito River.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 4:28 pm
El Rancho Robles historic guest ranch and the Arizona Trail Association present a day of beer, barbecue and blues, with proceeds benefiting Oracle's portion of the Arizona Trail. This huge celebration at El Rancho Robles includes a camping and gear expo, zip line- and mountain bike-riding, food vendors and live music, staged at the Arizona Trail trailhead. Camp out in the campground or in one of the guestrooms at the ranch.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 9:59 am
The planned Archery West Trail at Lambert Park is a very, very bad idea. Here are the top reasons why: 1. This trail is dense with cholla, saguaro and palo verde high-desert (beautiful) with steep washes, rocky slopes. It seems dangerous to have people hunting lost arrows in such an area. 2. The trail is frequented by families, joggers and dog-walkers. If it is now being used by people shooting arrows - those other people will not use the trail. Letting the archer use this trail makes it exclusionary to them. 3. The archery people already have a large range area and an east trail. Giving them another trail does not seem fair to the entire Oro Valley community - of whom only a very, very small percent do archery. What percent of the park will now be devoted to archery? (10-20-more?) 4. The entrance to the west trail (there are two) used by the archery people requires them to cross the main entrance road - this can be a busy road and I notice people tend to drive faster than they should (another hazard). 5. There are many rattlesnakes and scorpions in this area. Is the town prepared for people filling claims that they were bitten while picking up their fallen arrows or sliding down the embankments? 6. There are several large birds of prey and a large owl that frequent the area. They rely on finding small critters to eat. Having the archery people going off the paths will disturb the wildlife, which many other people enjoy. 7. Several houses in the community of Copper Creek are within shouting distance; their back yards are visible from this trail. I suspect children often play in the area behind those houses - all within shooting distance of a stray arrow. 8. The archery craze is hot now, because of the “Hunger Games”...but what about in a few years when the fad has passed and the targets are now in disrepair - who will be responsible for maintaining them in our harsh desert climate. 9. What about money to create a dog park area? It seems to me that the people with dogs in Oro Valley have been waiting for this for many years. This needs to be reconsidered immediately!
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 4:00 am
When Marana Mayor Ed Honea reaches the top of a ridge – often after hiking upwards of 10 miles – he takes a seat, peers out at the world below, and life falls into perspective.