The Explorer: The Voice of Marana, Oro Valley and Northwest Tucson

  • Gay marriage legal in Arizona

    Same-sex couples can now legally marry in Arizona. Today, Attorney General Tom Horne did not appeal the court ruling as he struck down Arizona's marriage restriction.
  • Kriegh family recognized

    Last week, James D. Kriegh was honored at the park named after him in 2001. The ceremony coincided with the town’s 40th anniversary. Kriegh was an advocate for the town’s incorporation, a public serva...
  • Kriegh family recognized

    Last week, James D. Kriegh was honored at the park named after him in 2001. The ceremony coincided with the town’s 40th anniversary. Kriegh was an advocate for the town’s incorporation, a public servant, and served as a member of the town council and as a town engineer. Family and friends, as well as town staff, were present for the commemoration.

  • Rattlesnake fire

    Elementary students with Rattlesnake Ridge had the opportunity to partner with Northwest Fire District as part of the department's Mini Muster's program, which helps celebrate Fire Prevention Month. Students were educated on basic fire drills, such as operating a real fire hose and wearing full fire gear. The department also spoke on the importance of taking measures to prevent fires.

  • OV residents take next step in ‘Your Voice, Our Future’ project

    Oro Valley residents are in the midst of turning a vision into reality.In phase two of the town’s “Your Voice, Our Future” project, three citizen committees totaling 45 volunteers are following up on feedback given by town residents and ultimately passed by council as a guiding principle for the makeup of the Oro Valley’s General Plan over the next 10 years. That feedback came in a variety of forms between September 2013 and May of this year, including a random phone survey and YourVoiceOV.com project website that took into account resident desires when it comes to such things as public safety, development, infrastructure, services, and other priorities.“The committee members represent a broad spectrum of the community and include residents from all backgrounds,” said Interim Planning Manager Bayer Vella. “They will work together in the interests of the town as a whole. Their mission will be to stay true to the community’s collective voice that expresses what matters most.”All committee members were selected after going through an application process.  The three committees are broken up into topic-specific categories of development, environment, and community, and members will draft goals, policies, and actions to help give town staff and officials direction moving forward.Vella said each committee will meet between six and eight times in the course of phase two of the project. 

Local News

  • Marana Halloween DUI task force

    he Marana Police Department will be conducting DUI Saturation Patrols in conjunction with the Southern Arizona DUI Task Force throughout the Halloween Weekend.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.

  • Honeywell volunteers provide makeover to Tucson home

    HONEYWELL VOLUNTEERS PROVIDE A MAKEOVER TO TUCSON HOMEWHAT: Honeywell’s Tucson facility will be providing repairs and improvements to a local home to prepare it for purchase by a low income community family.The volunteers will be painting the inside and outside of the home, demolishing the bathroom, replacing fixtures and repairing cabinets, cleaning the yard and planting new drought tolerant shade trees. All materials will be donated by the Honeywell.WHO: The following spokesperson will be available on-site for interviews:Mark Herrmann, Honeywell Operating System ManagerWHEN: Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

  • Tucson Weekly senior writer Jim Nintzel is returning to the airwaves

    Nintzel, the former host of "AZ Illustrated Politics" on Friday nights on PBS 6, is launching a new political show that will air at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings on KGUN-9. “Zona Politics with Jim Nintzel” will recap the week's news and examine the politics behind the big stories. The show's premiere on Sunday, Oct. 19, will run down the most exciting races on the November ballot with former state lawmaker Jonathan Paton and Pima County Democratic Party Chairman Don Jorgensen. If you miss the show on Sunday morning, you can learn more about it at zonapolitics.com.

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Entertainment

  • Saturday Puzzles 10-18-14

  • 37th Annual Pride in the Desert

    Tucson Pride's signature event features live entertainment, more than 100 exhibitors, the ever-popular IBT's Drag Depot, a dance tent, fun for the kids, and more at the south soccer fields 11 and 12 at Kino Sports Complex. The 2014 Grand Marshall for Tucson's "Pride on Parade" and Pride event "Pride in the Desert" is Tucson's own Daniel Hernandez Jr. He was a congressional intern for the office of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona's Eighth Congressional District, and while on the job assisting Congresswoman Giffords with a constituent event in Tucson on January 8, 2011, he took actions for which he is widely credited with saving the life of the Congresswoman after a gunman shot her and 18 other people.October 18, 2014Event Location: 2500 E. Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85702-2902 Venue: Kino Sports Complex, South Soccer Fields 11 and 12 Time: From: 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM Admission: Cover is only $10 with free admission for those 12 and under, $5.00 for students (with student ID), $50. VIP. 

  • ‘The Judge’ presides over superb cast

    To the excitement of movie fans, Robert Downey Jr. finally doffs his protective Iron Man suit and mega-successful Tony Stark character for his most vulnerable film role in years.  As high-priced Chicago defense attorney Hank Palmer, Downey completely dominances the big-screen and courtroom in this emotionally charged legal drama.  He flawlessly transitions this strong-willed, egotistical lawyer between bouts of anger, compassion, arrogance and humility. Called back to his hometown after the unexpected death of his mother, Downey faces two very formidable foes—his estranged father (played naturally by Robert Duvall)—the small-town judge whom Downey must defend against a hit-and-run murder charge, and, the big city prosecutor brought in from upstate to get that conviction (a perfectly cast Billy Bob Thornton).  Although Thornton steals every scene he’s in without much difficulty, this movie comes down to Downey vs. Duvall—and the application of the law. The long-standing tension between father and son goes back to Downey’s poor choices and troubled youth under Duvall’s stern household.  The film unflinchingly looks back at the punishment dealt out by Duvall to his son growing up and compares it to those consequences he ordered since that time from the bench.  Sparks once again fly between them as Downey attempts to get two sticky statements from Duvall’s character—approval from his father on Downey’s own legal career accomplishments and answers from his client, Judge Palmer, on his whereabouts the night of the murder.“The Judge” makes a compelling argument on how our legal system often maneuvers within the gray area of the law.  Where circumstances must get factored into the enforcement of the law using the system’s best judgment of one’s intent.  Likewise, frustrations and guilt over punishments strike comparisons between a father’s firm discipline and a judge’s stiff sentence. Both actions require conviction and fortitude yet remain difficult to surmise its overall effectiveness until the end.My only objection during the movie was to the unnecessary and forced subplots director David Dobkin (“Wedding Crashers”, 2005) throws at the audience.  Rather than delve deeper into the relationship and scorched past between the father and son, Dobkin spends precious screen time on an irrelevant and meaningless side story on Downey’s old high school sweetheart (Vera Farmiga) and her daughter.  This film is very watchable and flourishes when Downey and Duvall battle it out during their scenes together.  Both provide fireworks and realism not only to the father-son family dynamics but also to the film’s courtroom.  The short appearances by Billy Bob Thornton are highly flammable sequences in which both Thornton and Downey forcibly stake their legal positions. Thornton intuitively takes mere words on a movie script and, with only a glaring look, turns them into a combustible spark when opposite Downey.  “The Judge” is more than just a legal drama though.  It’s a story about acceptance, compassion and one’s reputation.

Sports

  • Boys golf rankings 10/20

    The teams and individuals below would make state if the season ended today.  Many boys teams have reached or exceeded seven contests.  Since the rankings use the best seven scores, those individuals that have played eight or more have begun to drop their higher scores.  This should result in lowering team and individual scores.  Teams are allowed to play 14 competitions.  Those that choose to play fewer will have a disadvantage.The section winners (6 in DI and 8 in DII) go to state regardless of their ranking.  The top 8 ranked at-large teams for both DI and DII also go to state.  After that, the 10 top at-large ranked individuals not already on a team going to state get invited from both Divisions.  That makes the full field (80 DI players, 90 DII players).Rankings calculated by CDO Boys Golf Coach John Farbarik.*means section leader.  Others are at-large berths. 54 DI boys golf teamsDivision I: 1. Desert Mountain*, 2. Hamilton*, 3. Desert Vista 4. Brophy, 5. Ironwood Ridge*, 6. Boulder Creek, 7. Red Mountain*, 8. Desert Ridge, 9. Mountain View - Mesa, 10. Centennial*, 11. Mountain Ridge, 12. Sandra Day O'Connor, 13. Perry@5.965, 41. Westview*@41.555Other Southern AZ teams.  20. Rincon/University@11.405, 22. Buena@13.757, 24. Cienega@15.283, 32. Marana@23.087, 36. Tucson@34.131, UNR. Sunnyside (no 4 with 7)

  • Bronco players and cheerleaders honored for academics

    On Sunday 11 Marana Broncos players and cheerleaders were honored at a scholarship luncheon for the Tucson Youth Football and Spirit Federation.The luncheon was held at the UA Student Union, where the young men and women were recognized for their excellence in academics. The students honored were: fourth grader Mason Lefcourt, fifth grader Pablo Pen~a, sixth grader Brandon Paredes, seventh graders Robert Dotson IV, Antonio Pallares, Andrew Leftcourt, Desirae Burke, Eliza Sanchez and Gabrielle Greenwold, plus eighth graders Todd Glick Jr.  and Joshua Hart.At least two Marana Bronco teams, the Jr. Midgets and Pee Wees, have qualified for the city playoffs next week. The city championships are tentatively scheduled for Nov. 8. This year there will be no state championships with Phoenix-area teams.Bronco cheer teams will be competing in the Tucson Cheer Competition in November as well. 

  • Falcons improve their playoff resume

    Catalina Foothills kept their playoff hopes alive with their 45-0 win over Casa Grande. The Falcons sit at 5-3 and will need to win out to feel comfortable about being in playoff contention. They finish with Marana and Maricopa, two three-win teams.Thanks to a Rhett Rodriguez run and a Grant Hubble field goal the Falcons took a 10-0 lead into the second quarter, where they scored 21 points to blow the game wide open. Preston Kime had runs of 20 and 1, while Ian turner scored from 30 yards out to put the Falcons up 31-0.Turner added a two-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter and Connor Kobylinski finished things off with a 56-yard scoring run.Turner rushed for 155 yards on the day, while Rodriguez was an efficient 11-13 for 97 yards.

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