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  • No word yet on Oro Valley case

    After weeks of waiting, they’re still waiting.The Arizona Supreme Court had not yet decided by Monday if it will hear the case filed against the Town of Oro Valley by organizers of a so-far failed referendum against the town’s purchase of the El Conquistador country club and golf courses.Shirl Lamonna and Debra Arrett are seeking review from the state’s highest court after judges with the Pima County Superior Court and Arizona Court of Appeals sided with Oro Valley Town Clerk Julie Bower, who they agreed acted appropriately when she rejected the pair’s petition for a public vote on the $1 million purchase of the El Conquistador golf courses and country club for a municipal recreation and community center. The petition’s signature sheets lacked a legally required serial number.The organizers’ attorney, Bill Risner, said he didn’t know when the court will come back with word.Town spokeswoman Misti Nowak also said that the town doesn’t know when it will get word from the court. The town is still negotiating the terms of the purchase contract with current El Conquistador owner HSL Properties, she added. The contract process is not tied to the Supreme Court’s decision. 

  • Flake: ‘Continual planning’ needed to manage water supply amid drought

    Arizonans should never take water for granted, as the new water restrictions in California show what can happen without proper planning for future water supplies, U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake said Tuesday.“People assume that you turn on the tap, water comes out and everything’s fine,” said Flake, who convened a community water policy forum in Phoenix. “It’s not that easy. It takes a lot of planning and continual planning and new planning for these droughts that come along.”The forum, hosted by the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy, featured presentations from a panel of water experts about the effective storage and maintenance of Arizona’s surface water and reservoirs.Flake said he, along with former Sen. Jon Kyl and Sen. John McCain, recently met with Gov. Doug Ducey to discuss Arizona’s water policies.Although steps have been taken to protect Arizona’s future water supply, there is still an urgent need to do more, Flake said.“We chose to be ready in the 1980s with the Groundwater Management Code, ensuring cities and towns and any developments basically only happen if there’s a 100-year water supply,” he said. “California didn’t do that, and now they’re feeling the effects. Moving forward, still we have diminished flows in the Colorado (River); we’re going to have to deal with that. We need to make sure every drop of rain that falls in Arizona is utilized.”

  • Vacationing hiker rescued from Picacho Peak

    Avra Valley Fire District assisted a stranded hiker at Picacho Peak State Park, after he became dehydrated and stranded on one of the trails. Firefighters hiked about 45 minutes to reach the stranded hiker.The 50-year-old man had a brought limited supply of water with him, which he ran out of during his hike. The man, who did not want to go to the hospital, was visiting Arizona with his family. Remember to always bring plenty of water with you when you’re hiking. 

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  • Sheriff warns about stranger approaching children

    The Pima County Sheriff’s Department is seeking help from the public and is asking for extra vigilance. On April 14, at approximately 3:15 PM, deputies with the Tucson Mountain District learned about an incident involving an 8-year-old girl.The child was asked by a man in a white mini van to “Come here.” This occurred at approximately 7:20 AM in the 7000 block of North Guthrie Road (near the intersection of Ina Road and Sandario Road). The girl ran back to her nearby home. The van was described as an older model vehicle with faded white paint and square lights. The male individual was described as being of darker complexion with curly brown hair.Chief Deputy Chris Nanos said the described incident is of particular concern as our investigators learned that neighboring Marana Police Department has received reports of a similar nature.Anyone with information on the case and/or the identity or whereabouts of the individual observed is urged to call 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME

  • Cruise controlled: tips for test drive

    Until you get behind the wheel, you don’t really know a car at all.Sure, that gleaming piece of machinery in your favorite shade of red might be all you aesthetically desire, but don’t be wowed by its looks until you do your homework and take it out for a spin.The test drive is one of the most important factors when deciding to purchase a vehicle. It gives consumers a chance to go beyond the shine and new car smell and see if the vehicle is a good fit.Yet a thorough test drive often doesn’t take place. “Most dealers have a three- to five-mile route that they’ll take you on,” said AAA car expert Jim Prueter. “The roads will be smooth, and the speed limits will be fairly low.”As an automotive resource, AAA recommends following these eight tips for a perfect text drive:

  • My Gym promotes childhood health

    A decade-old business in Oro Valley has maintained a fresh approach to children’s fitness.My Gym Children’s Fitness Center gives children age 6 weeks through 10 years old the opportunity to get a head start on health, and does so without making exercise mundane and thereby undesirable.Structured in an age-appropriate fashion, My Gym offers weekly classes incorporating dance, gymnastics, sports, relays, games and more to help children build balance, flexibility, strength, and coordination as well as to encourage cognitive and emotional development and social skills.“What’s most rewarding is watching these kids grow,” said Megan Nulph, lead teacher. “A lot of these kids have been coming here for a long time, some kids from (near) birth, and you get to see them develop as they age.”Not to be mistaken as a day care, the goal of My Gym is to promote childhood health and improve children’s lives by building self-esteem and confidence.That’s important considering studies from the Centers for Disease Control indicate childhood obesity has more than doubled in children in the past 30 years, and in 2012 it was estimated more than one-third of children were considered obese, a condition that can cause increased risk for cardiovascular disease, pre-diabetes, and bone and joint problems.


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  • 'The Force Awakens' in new Star Wars teaser

    Mark December 18 on your calendar, Star Wars fans. "The Force Awakens," the seventh film in the Star Wars series, is due out in just 8 months and things are getting exciting. Not only did a new teaser get released on Thursday (see below), but Twitter released C3PO and stormtrooper emojis and a Japanese airline announced it will be making an R2-D2 plane.So, set yourself up on the couch this weekend and have a Star Wars marathon — We'll leave it up to you if that includes the prequels — and get excited for the next film coming our way. cccccc

  • The Longest Ride: Romantic drama captures bull riding hard knocks

    This latest film, adapted from author Nicholas Sparks’ #1 bestselling page-turner, will be labeled a “Chick Flick” by most.  However, that simple categorization would be short-changing this movie’s wider appeal, reaching even those carrying both the X and Y chromosomes.  Sparks’ novels may be romantic catnip to female readers, but this film version of “The Longest Ride” packs enough compelling rodeo action from Clint Eastwood’s offspring, as well as interesting subplots, to hold the attention of all moviegoers—regardless of one’s gender.Scott Eastwood stars as a professional bull rider, Luke Collins, a former PBR champion set on making a comeback on the rodeo circuit and reclaiming his #1 world ranking.  Competing for Eastwood’s attention and some action are Sophia (Brittany Robertson), a Wake Forest senior beauty, and Rango, a 2,500-pound Brahma bull.  The self-proclaimed “Toughest Sport on Dirt” is now even more difficult for Eastwood’s Collins character.Director George Tillman Jr., wisely using author Sparks as the film’s writer and producer, successfully makes “The Longest Ride” about one’s love of life and career.  Both passions come across the big-screen as genuine and intriguing. The film also manages to juggle two parallel love stories—the newer, enticing appeal of a rodeo star meeting his potential soulmate, and an older, toughened relationship starring Alan Alda, who describes through his love letters since the 1940s how his courtship with his late wife withstood the test of time.  The movie is able to connect and sell both of these romantic stories through solid, authentic chemistry between the stars. Both Eastwood and Robertson are brilliantly cast—riding their budding romance with a steady heat that goes well beyond the 8-seconds required in PBR scoring. Likewise, Alda effortlessly appears as the elder matchmaker, offering young Sophia the keepsake advice that “love requires sacrifice”.The film’s greatest strength is the realism is provides of the professional bull rider’s life.  Eastwood comes across as very believable atop the dangerous, wild beasts.  Part of this is due to his upbringing around riding, but mostly it reflects his understudy of two-time World Champion Justin McBride for this role.  To anyone who has seen Eastwood’s post-filming, viral YouTube bull riding session, it’s apparent the real-life son of Dirty Harry doesn’t sidestep risks.  Additionally, the film’s super, slow-motion cinematography captures the bull riding peril frame-by-frame, offering audiences an up-close and personal look at rodeo cowboys.  All of which makes “The Longest Ride” a perfect Date Night movie event. 


  • Oro Valley man trying save golf by making it easier

    Oro Valley resident Bob Knych is fond of the game of golf. He is a golfer himself, comes from a family of golfers and if you ever venture to his home, you would find a golf knickknack or many. Because of his love for the game, Knych is disheartened that the game is losing popularity and did something about it. There are numerous studies that say, at best, golf participation remains static, while other studies say the game’s participation is dwindling. The Sport & Fitness Industry Association’s figure show that participation has fallen for five consecutive years and the numbers are even more dire for women and millennials. “I make the game easier and more fun, two ingredients that are missing from the game,” Knych said. “There are all kinds of excuses why people are not going out. It takes too many skills that take time, and a lot of effort, to develop.”Knych read similar numbers and wanted to do something about it. He realized that many people give up the sport because it is either too hard for beginners or too lengthy of a process to improve and many give up the game. Knych brain stormed on how to make the game easier, while not taking away from the sport itself and the natural challenges. In talking to golf pros one of the biggest problems new golfers have is the short game, especially make-able putts of less than 10-feet and one of the toughest parts of putting is reading the greens. “About half of the strokes that people take, maybe more for high handicappers, are right around the greens,” said Knych. “My plan will help them with chips shots, pit shots and makeable putts.

  • Four Mountain Lions to sign next week

    Mountain View will have four athletes sign National Letters of Intent at a ceremony at the school on Tuesday, April 21. Three football players and one softball player are expected to sign the paperwork that will continue their athletic career at  the next level. Football players Jeff Cotton, Corey Matthews and Chris Summerset, along with softball player Mary Tom will sign. Cotton led the Mountain Lions with 47 catches for 851 yards and had five scores. Matthews added 12 catches for 217 yards and scored three times. Summerset had 12 tackles to go along with two interceptions and three pass defenses. Tom is an outfielder and pitcher for the Mountain Lion softball team. She hit .342 as a junior with 24 runs scored and eight RBIs. Her senior stats were not available. 

  • IRHS, CDO athletes signing on Wednesday

    Seven Ironwood Ridge and six Canyon Del Oro athletes will sign Letters of Intent to play collegiately on Wednesday at two separate ceremonies.Nighthawk athletes will sign in the Ironwood Ridge auditorium at 11:45 and at 2:30 CDO athletes will sign in the schools multi-purpose room.Ironwood Ridge signees:Women’s VolleyballCourtney Linaker - PepperdineKarissa Carney - Troy

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