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  • Arizona candidates for governor debate in Tucson

    The candidates seeking the state's top office gathered in Tucson Thursday night, debating issues from the economy to education.Representing the Republican party, Doug Ducey was in attendance, along with Democrat Fred Duval and Libertarian Barry Hess.The event was standing room only with nearly 500 in attendance at the Jewish Community Center.The second of several debates scheduled for the candidates was hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.Candidates continue to differ on issues from how to fix Arizona's budget shortfalls, to how to pay for education and how education should be managed in the coming years.Read more coverage from the debate at, and in the print edition on Sept. 24.

  • Sahuarita town attorney arrested for DUI in Oro Valley

    Oro Valley authorities have confirmed that Sahuarita Town Attorney Daniel Jay Hochuli has been charged with driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content exceeding the legal limit.Hochuli, the brother to NFL referee Ed Hochuli and Pima County Superior Court Judge Peter Hochuli, was driving in Oro Valley when an officer stopped him for an unsafe lane change, and at that time, alcohol was discovered inside the vehicle.Court records indicate the complaint was filed on Sept. 10. Hochuli’s initial court appearance at the Pima County Justice Courts is scheduled for Oct. 13.

  • OVPD suspect who broke into more than 50 vehicles never used forced entry

    A suspect linked to the break-in of more than 50 vehicles in the Town of Oro Valley is considered to be in hiding, according to Oro Valley Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. Kara Riley.The 26-year-old Tucson resident Torey Reinhardt is wanted for numerous counts of trafficking in stolen property, as well as third-degree burglary.A recent press release states the break-ins begun around Aug. 15.“As far as we can tell, he was going through residences in different Oro Valley communities and finding unlocked vehicles, and stealing items – wallets, iPhones, iPods – things he could pawn or sell on the street,” said Riley.None of the 50-plus break-ins saw forced entry.A forensics unit was sent to more than one of the crime scenes to process evidence, and at least one of those examinations led police to Reinhardt, Riley said.

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  • Trane ‘Acceleration Now’ Tour at PCC Oct. 3

    Pima Community College is proud to host the Trane® “Acceleration Now” tour, a national trade show highlighting products and services available to the building and construction industry. The Acceleration Now Tour, the first ever for Arizona, will bring Trane’s commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) solutions to its customers and the community. When: Friday, Oct. 3, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Where: PCC Downtown Campus, 1255 N. Stone Ave., west parking lot To register: To register, click here. Students and PCC employees not based at Downtown who are attending the event, as well as members of the public attending, are asked to park at the West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road, and ride the event shuttle to the Downtown Campus. Media: Invited to attend “Pima Community College is honored to host the Trane ‘Acceleration Now’ Tour and partner with industry for the benefit of our students, the college and the community,” said William Ward, PCC’s Vice Chancellor for Facilities. “Trane and PCC also share the common goal of helping raise the level of technical education for the students and developing the most effective workforce of tomorrow. I see Facilities as a foundation for education that supports the environments for learning that makes learning deeper and more effective.”Trane is a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand. The Trane “Acceleration Now” Tour provides information about how the right energy conservation measures can help organizations and businesses increase their energy and operational efficiency and the benefits they can gain as a result. These results can include improved academic performance in schools, optimized healing in healthcare environments and higher productivity and better health for employees in commercial buildings.During the Trane “Acceleration Now” tour, a semi-truck and two flatbeds carrying the newest equipment, controls and interactive displays will visit 70 communities in 39 weeks. Customers can learn about these new technologies and innovations at each stop:

  • Explorer wins for General Excellence in ANA awards

    The Explorer Newspaper won several awards during the annual Arizona Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest on Sept. 20, including third place for overall General Excellence.The Explorer took several first place honors, including Departmental News Excellence, Best Special Section and designer J.D. Fitzgerald won for Best Feature Photo Layout.The Explorer took second place for Best Newspaper Website; and third place for Editorial Page Excellence and Best Special Section.Fitzgerald also won a second-place award for Best News Photograph.Randy Metcalf won a second-place award for Best Feature Photo Layout, and third-place for Best Feature Photograph and Best Photograph.Reporter Hillary Davis took second-place for Enterprise Reporting, in Inside Tucson Businss.

  • Gootter Foundation donates lifesaving devices to Marana Police

    The Marana Police Department received six automated external defibrillators (AEDs) from the Steven M. Gootter Foundation. The foundation presented the AEDs to the department during a brief ceremony last Friday. The six AEDs will be placed in patrol cars and it will mean that officers will have a chance to provide lifesaving support when responding to a cardiac event. “There will always be at least one and usually two AEDs on patrol at any one time,” explained Marana Police Chief Terry Rozema.“We really believe that it makes the most sense to get these out to patrol cars,” said Andrew Messing, the president of the Gooter foundation. “As you know, officers are often the first people on the scene of these sudden cardiac events and every single minute counts.” Messing lost his brother-in-law to a heart attack 9 ½ years ago. Steven Gooter went out for a jog and passed away. A patrol officer arrived and administered CPR, but could not revive Gooter.“I often wondered if the patrol car on the scene had an AED whether the situation would be different today,” said Gooter. “Our goal is to spare other families a similar tragedy.”

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  • Old Tucson Mud Run

    Join terrain mud runs and get dirty where westerns were filmed at the 3 or 5+ mile obstacle course race.  Party at the finish line covered in mud with friends, family and the beautiful Tucson Mountains behind you, at Old Tucson.Sign up day of race at Old Tucson - registration starts at 7:00 am.or register online at 04, 2014Event Location: 201 S. Kinney Rd., Tucson, AZ 85735 Venue: Old Tucson 

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  • Kartchner Caverns 5K trail runs and kids fun run

    Friends of Kartchner Caverns SP will host the inaugural 5K Trail Run among the majestic San Pedro River Valley and mountain ranges.  This unique course will take you through the rugged desert terrain of the Sonoran/Chihuahuan Deserts. The run will include multiple sets of stairs and allows you to run along areas that are normally closed to the public.  Stay to learn about the bats, the guano, and preservation of the cave. Post-race festival complete with awards ceremony and family fun activities.September 27, 2014Event Location: 9 mi. S of Benson on Hwy 90, Benson, AZ Venue: Kartchner Caverns State Park® Time: Starting: 6:30 AM - 7:45 AM Registration & Bib pickup; 8:00 AM 5K Trail Run starts (ages 14 and up) 9:30 AM 1 Mile Kids Fun Run starts (ages 13 and below) 10 am: Award Ceremony Admission: $25 Registration Fee; Free parking and T-shirt if pre-registered by midnight August 31st. 


  • Boys golf rankings 9/29

    The current Boys Golf Rankings for 9/29/14 as calculated by CDO boys golf coach John Farbarik.  Prior week email rankings are below.  Many boys teams have reached or exceeded seven contests.  Since the rankings use the best seven scores, those that have played eight or more have begun to drop their higher scores.  This should result in lowering scores.  Teams are allowed to play 14 competitions.  Those that choose not to play the maximum number will have a disadvantage.*means section leader.  Others are at-large berths. 54 DI boys golf teamsDivision I 1. Hamilton*, 2. Desert Mountain*, 3. Desert Vista 4. Brophy, 5. Mountain Ridge*, 6. Boulder Creek, 7. Ironwood Ridge*, 8. Red Mountain*, 9. Sandra Day O'Connor, 10. Desert Ridge, 11. Mountain View - Mesa, 12. Pinnacle, 13. Perry, 38. Westview*Other Southern AZ teams.  19. Buena, 23. Cienega, 24. Rincon/University, 34. Marana, 36. Tucson, 42. SunnysideDI Top 10 At-Large Individuals going to State (not on team going to state): 9. Briggs Duce (Buena), 11. Mason Anderson (Basha), 14. Ryan Rybicki (Mountain Pointe), 19. John-Henry Rudd (Centennial), 22. Colton Gage (Cienega), 25. Ethan Whitis (Buena), 29. Steven Jordan (Millenium), 35. Logan Graybill (Rincon/University), 41. Kyle Peterson (Centennial), 46. Patrick Fernandez (Raymond S. Kellis)Southern AZ golfers in the DI top 100, but not in the at-large top 10:  95. Nate Klinicki (Cienega).

  • Defense keys Marana win

    Marana struggled to find their offense, but used a big defensive stand to escape with a 14-13 road win over winless Cholla on Friday night.In a game that saw neither team score in the second half, the Tiger defense had one big stand, stopping the Chargers on fourth and goal at the one.The Chargers jumped out to a 13-0 lead, but missed the extra point on the second score, opening the door for the Marana win.Caleb Reeves got the Tigers on the board with an eight-yard run, then Anthony Romero scored on a 38-yard pass from Connor Leavens.Tiger running back Bradley Gonzales, who has missed time this season with an illness, rushed for 101 yards on 19 carries.   

  • Big plays lead the Falcons

    Big plays were the norm in Catalina Foothills’ 70-13 win over Empire. The Falcons and Ravens combined for seven scores of 35 yards or more and nine scores of 20 or more yards.Up 7-0 thanks to a Rhett Rodriguez scoring run, the Falcons rattled off 35 second quarter points and led 42-7 at the half.Ian Turner scored the first of his four scores, by breaking off a 60-yard run. He added a four-yard run to make it 21-0. Turner would score from 57 yards out a few minutes later. The senior runner finished with 234 yards on just 12 totes.Connor Kobylinski scored from three yards out to close the firs thalf scoring and then opened the second half scoring with a 35-yard touchdown reception. It was the second touchdown toss for Rodriguez, who also hit Tyler Masunas on a 52-yard score in the first half. Kobylinski also had a 23-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.  

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