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  • 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.
  • 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.The anti-marriage equality law was ruled unconstitutional by the federal judge earlier today. County clerks, statewide, were told to make marriage licenses immediately available.The Pima County Clerk's office is now offering marriage licenses. The language on the marriage license will be changed on Monday. Couples can still get one today and return Monday to get their new license for no additional charge. Arizona is the 31st state to legalize same-sex marriage.

  • 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.

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  • Marana Police Department wins award for motorcycle

    The Marana Police Department was awarded 1st place by COPSWEST for “Best Police Motorcycle Design.” The motorcycle’s design was selected over entries from law enforcement agencies across the western region.The Marana Police Department’s Victory Motorcycles are the first matte finish police motorcycles in the United States. In addition, the vehicles includes a front & rear moving radar, shotgun or rifle rack in the saddlebag, heavy duty crash bars, extra-large skid plate, agency badges etched onto the covers on both sides of the engine, an adjustable wind screen and a garage door opener built into the motor.These motorcycles were built and purchased in Tucson, AZ by Victory Police Motorcycles. MPD currently has two of these motorcycles in service and an additional two motorcycles are on order.The award was presented at the 2014 COPSWEST Training & Expo in Long Beach, California. The COPSWEST Training and Expo provides public safety officials a venue for new product discovery, education, fulfillment of POST training requirements, networking and skill development.

  • 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

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  • 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.


  • CDO beats shorthanded Sunnyside

    The CDO girls golf team earned a win over a shorthanded Sunnyside squad on Monday. The Dorado girls shot a 184 overall and had the four lowest scores on the day.Sunnyside had just two golfers compete.CDO’s Sydney Bradford led the way, shooting a 37. She made par on her first two holes, then birdied three. After a bogey on four she made par on the next three holes.Robyn Young edged teammate Bethany Vox for second by a single stroke, 47-48, though Vos had the team’s only other birdie on the day.Hannah May shot a 52 for CDO, while Angelica Caballero led Sunnyside with a 54.

  • Cougars edge Nighthawks

    Despite having the top golfer of the day, Ironwood Ridge fell to Sahuaro 161-663 on Monday. The sixth proved to be the key hole. The Nighthawks led by two strokes after  five, but the Cougar golfers combined to shoot -1 on the hole, while Ironwood Ridge posted a combined +4.Sydney Colwill led the way for the Nighthawks, but the Cougars had three of the top four low scores. Colwill birdied the first hole and shot par on seven of the final eight holes to post a 35, two strokes better than the Cougars Desiree Hong.The Nighthawks’ Victoria Browning was fifth with a 41. She led all golfers with a pair of birdies, shooting -1 on one and seven.Madison Manzo and Mikayla Gallo had identical 43’s for Ironwood Ridge, while Lily Nielsen had a 44.

  • Marana's Lieterman edges Cienega foe

    Marana golfer Vanessa Lieterman edged Cienega’s Briana Tibbetts by a single stroke on Monday.Leiterman and Tibbetts both birdied one and after a birdie on four, Leiterman led by three strokes. The lead was pushed to four afterTibbett’s shot a five on five, but from there she tightened up her game. Over the next three holes, the Bobcat golfer made up all four strokes and the two players were tied heading into the par three ninth.Leiterman earned the win on nine when she made par. Tibbetts took second by shooting a +1 on the final hole.Marana’s Alex Pico was just two strokes off the lead and was neck and neck with Leiterman and Tibbetts though four holes. Like the other two, Pico birdied one, then parred the next three and trailed Leiterman by just one stoke. She struggled a bit over the next four holes, making bogey on all four.Amphi’s Jessica Williams was fourth with a 42, while Marisol Benavidez of Marana was fifth with a 43.

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