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  • Motorcycle accident injures two

    Northwest Fire units responded to the 8600 block of North Ironwood Reserve Way near Silverbell and Twin Peaks just before 6:30pm after reports of a motorcycle accident were received by the 9-1-1 communications center.Crews arrived within minutes and found two patients suffering serious injuries as a result of the motorcycle losing control and striking a metal mailbox alongside the roadway. The first patient was an 8 year-old female that was riding along with her father.  The father was 50 years old.This crash occurred within a residential neighborhood just a block or two from their home.  The two had taken the motorcycle out for a ride prior to dinnertime.  Neither father nor daughter was wearing helmets at the time of the crash.The Marana Police Department was at the scene to conduct an investigation into the cause of the incident.It has been said that “accidents can occur close to home when traveling to the grocery store just as they do on a freeway or at a major intersection."This saying serves as a reminder that even residential neighborhood type incidents can be serious. The Northwest Fire District wants to remind citizens to always wear a helmet while operating or riding any two-wheeled form of transportation including motorcycles, bicycles, scooters, and even rollerblades.  Seatbelts are also recommended anytime a motor vehicle is in motion.

  • Oro Valley hosts Meet Yourself event

    Tucson has met itself several times over. Now Oro Valley has done the same.The popular folklife festival that has educated and enriched locals for the past 40 years branched out to the northwest side March 21-22. On a dirt lot at the Oro Valley Marketplace, stages, tents and booths beckoned passersby to take in the swaying of young ballet folklorico and Bollywood dancers, fragrant Greek and Costa Rican food, and artisan demonstrations. Descendents of India and Mexico, China and Ukraine, Tohono O’odham and Hopi, and nonethnic groups like the deaf and low rider car enthusiasts proudly shared their talents and wares. They cheerfully offered to teach attendees so they could take away a souvenir or memory.Such was the story at a tent where Richard Noel was performing on his drums. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Noel is an effervescent presence, with a wide smile and long braids. He passed out drums and tambourines to his audience, seated in a circle, so they could play along.Feeling the rhythm requires energy. Noel had buckets of it.“We’re going to burn some calories” he said. 

  • Stress may affect woman’s ability to recover from heart attack

    Most people have some kind of stress in their lives, but too much of it can have major consequences, especially for women. A recent study published in an American Heart Association journal found that young and middle-aged women experienced a significantly higher level of mental stress following a heart attack compared to their male counterparts, affecting their recovery.Previous research has suggested that mental stress may reduce blood flow and promote plaque forming in the arteries. Stress also is associated with behaviors that may adversely affect health outcomes, such as treatment noncompliance.The study, which analyzed data collected from 2,397 female and 1,175 male heart attack survivors 18 to 55 years old, showed that women had worse recovery one month after a heart attack, and that they had a significantly higher level of mental stress. Women were more likely to be concerned about family issues, while men were more likely worried about financial matters, the study noted.Anthony Galeo, M.D., a cardiologist at Northwest Medical Center and Oro Valley Hospital, said the study findings were interesting because the medical community hadn’t given a lot of attention to risk factors for women.As more women entered the work force, especially in high stress management and executive positions, some of them made poorer life style choices,” Galeo said. “For instance, some smoke, they eat poorly or the wrong foods, they get less rest and exercise because of a focus on their job and career, and sometimes consume excess alcohol, which can play into the situation.”

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  • Marana Police Detectives are investigating Walgreens robbery

    Marana Police Detectives are investigating a Robbery that occurred at the Walgreen’s Pharmacy located at 9250 N. Coachline Blvd.On March 26, 2015 at approximately 4:00 pm, an unknown suspect approached the pharmacy counter and demanded controlled prescription drugs. He was given an undisclosed amount of prescription drugs and exited the store. The suspect was last seen in the parking lot getting into the passenger seat of a silver colored sedan.The suspect was described as a white or hispanic male, in his 30’s, 5’9”-5’11”, 180-200 lbs, and has black hair. He was wearing a long sleeve black shirt, black pants, white tennis shoes, orange traffic vest, and a round camouflage hat.The vehicle is a silver 4-door sedan. The driver ofthe vehicle was described as a white, heavy set female possibly in her mid-20’s. Anyone with information is asked to call the Marana Police Department at (520) 382-2000 or 88-CRIME.

  • Westbound I-10 closed between Avra Valley and Tangerine

    Arizona Department of Public Safety has closed Westbound Interstate 10 between Avra Valley and Tangerine while investigating a traffic collision. This section of the interstate is expected to remain closed for the next 2-3 hours. Vehicles are being directed to exit the Interstate at Avra Valley and are being allowed to return onto the Interstate at Tangerine. Marana Police Department say to expect delays, use an alternate route if possible and pay attention to officers who are assisting with traffic control

  • LCMS hires new laboratory manager

    In support of their commitment to provide the best diagnostic laboratory in the greater Tucson area, LCMS Laboratories Inc. has hired Ernest Jimenez III, M.T. (ASCP) as laboratory manager.Jimenez, who was most recently a technical specialist in clinical pathology at the University of Arizona Medical Center, will be responsible for managing the operation of the new laboratory.“With more than 28 years in the diagnostic industry, Ernest is the ideal person to run our laboratory in Oro Valley,” said Dale Ziegler, CEO of LCMS Laboratories. “His scientific background will help LCMS Laboratories to establish itself as the diagnostic center of excellence in the Tucson area.”Earlier this month, LCMS Laboratories announced the opening of a high-complexity laboratory that operates under the guidelines of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) near Innovation Park. The laboratory utilizes the latest mass spectrometry technologies and provides clinical diagnostics, contract research organization (CRO) support and diagnostic test development.A resident of Tucson, Jimenez earned his bachelor’s degree in microbiology, medical technology and a minor in chemistry from Northern Arizona University. He holds a certification in medical technology from the University of Arizona and is certified as a medical technologist from the American Society of Clinical Pathologist.


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  • Breadsmith to open in Oro Valley with over 300 varieties of bread

    The European-style bread bakery chain, Breadsmith, is opening its first western outpost in Oro Valley. With 43 locations in the midwest and east coast, owners Jan and Mike Kruziki are excited to bring Breadsmith the farthest west its ever been.The Breadsmith name and recipes have been known since 1993 to represent old-fashioned, hand-shaped bread making technique, with the original owner learning traditions from bakers across Europe. Now, over 20 years later, the bakery has over 300 bread recipes at its disposal at any given time, meaning the Kruzikis have a lot to choose from when it comes to their day-to-day bread line-up.You can expect loaves of French peasant, rye, sourdough, whole wheat and more, along with baguettes. Jan says the plan is to carry core varieties every day and rotate out specials to keep the line-up interesting for bakery regulars. The spot will also offer a sizable selection of rolls and pastries as well. All of that doughy goodness is baked in the store's Italian-made four-deck over outfitted with hearth stones. Although these recipes were formulated in a much more humid climate, the Kruzikis said they haven't run into issues yet in the arid Arizona climate because their store is temperature controlled and their oven operates on steam injection. However, should those issues arise, they're ready to tweak recipes to ensure a crunchy crust and a soft inside. Without preservatives or artificial additives, Oro Valley's Breadsmith will only sell freshly baked daily bread and what's left over will go to local food banks. Although Mike worked for years as a programmer and software analyst in the Midwest, eventually retiring early and moving to Tucson with Jan, he says he's excited to get back to work at a craft that allows him to make something more tangible. 

  • Local chef works to preserve global gastropub traditions

    From burgers with bacon jam to seafood macaroni and cheese, nothing says comfort food quite like the fare that you’ll find at gastropubs across Tucson.Although the gastropub scene has been somewhat Americanized to please western palates in recent years, the concept is a native of Europe, and one local chef is working to preserve the global traditions that he calls an inspiration for the menu at his Oro Valley gastropub. “A significant portion of our spring menu comes from European and neighboring influences,” said Jamie Eldredge, executive chef at Noble Hops, 1335 W. Lambert Lane. “You’ll see a lot of Spain, France, England, even Eastern Europe and Northern Africa on this menu.”Eldredge was classically trained in French cuisine, learning the benefits of applying Parisian rudiments to the preparation of dishes from around the world, but admits that his own passport hasn’t seen much action. He tells me that his initial pursuit of an acting career took him across the pond 12 years ago, but the dream ended abruptly after a single performance on an Edinburgh stage.“I quickly discovered that my passion for cooking trumped my passion for theater,” he said.One of Eldredge’s new menu items invites Noble Hops guests to “take a Mediterranean journey with a single dish.”


  • Cats to the Elite Eight

    It was ugly, it was a slugfest, but in the end the Arizona Wildcats beat Xavier 68-60. In typical Sean Miller era fashion, the Wildcats had more gas in the tank, pulling away from the Musketeers late in the game.The Wildcats trailed 53-49 with 7:25 to play, but outscored Xavier 19-7 to close out the game.T.J. McConnell and Kaleb Tarczewski paced the Wildcats down the stretch. In fact the duo, plus Brandon Ashley scored all but two of Arizona’s points over the final seven minutes. Tarczewski had six points, while McConnell scored seven, including a big three. Ashley added four points, but his elbow jumper put Arizona up five with just 2:46 to play.McConnell struggled early on but scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half. He added seven rebounds and five assists.Tarczewski struggled defensively, allowing Xavier’s Matt Stainbrook to score 17 points, but the big guy scored just a single point over the final 9:00. Conversely, Tarczewski had half of his 12 points down the stretch and added 12 rebounds.Arizona received a scare when Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Stanley Johnson collided knee to knee. Hollis-Jefferson left the game and went to locker room but missed just three minutes of action, though he seemed to struggle on both ends of the floor. He finished with just five points and two rebounds. He took just five shots, but had three steals.

  • Sports Overview: SaddleBrooke hosts golf tournament

    For the 17th year SaddleBrooke was again the site of the MountainView Collegiate Invitational, a 20-team women’s college golf tournament co-hosted by Kansas State and Missouri, featuring teams primarily from cold-weather climates. What makes the tournament unique is that it is one of only a few where the players and coaches are housed by volunteers, who also help work the tournament. Ohio State won the event by five strokes over Florida International. Florida International led by a single stroke after the first day’s 36 holes, but Ohio State pulled away by shooting a 285 on the final day, while Florida shot 291 as a team. Purdue and Kansas State tied for third, each team shooting an even par 864.Florida International led all golfers with a 209 (-7), one stroke better than Iowa State’s Chonlada Chayanum and Purdue’s Anna Appert. BYU’s Kendra Dalton and Ohio State’s Jan Chanpalangsri and Katja Pogacar all tied for fourth with a 211 (-5). Baseball

  • Dawson captures first title at new Champions Tour event

    Professional Golf returned to the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort on March 22. The winner of the event was a player who was very familiar to the course who won the new Conquistadores Classic, even if he was not real familiar with winning. Marco Dawson shots a final round 69 to win his first Champions Tour event and his first tournament since 2002.Dawson had played the Omni National course in 11 previous tournaments, but only made the cut twice. On Sunday, he approached the 18th hole with a two-stroke lead but did not take time to enjoy the moment until his final putt found the bottom of the cup.“You get into such a routine when you play, and my final putt was just a routine shot,” Dawson said at the post-tournament press conference. “But once I saw that ball go in the hole, I said to myself ‘wow, you just won this tournament.’ That’s when everything started to happen. It validates the work I put in. It just tells me that I’m doing the right things.”The 18th hole had not been kind to Dawson in the past, but Dawson put past failures behind him, made par and took home the tournament’s unique trophy, the golden Conquistadores’ helmet. “It was funny because I thought I’d always hit good drives on 18 just down the right side and I’d end up in the water and that ball would land in the fairway and end up in the water to the right,” Dawson explained. “And the last two days I’ve hit my 3-wood out to the right and they were fine so I don’t know what the difference was. You know, maybe it was just because it was my week, I don’t know, those balls ended up in the fairway.”Dawson shot twin 67’s on the first two days of the tournament but his three-under 69 was plenty good enough to hold off Bart Bryant and Mark O‘Meara. 

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