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  • Parsons’ passions keep her busy

    Erin Parsons is busy. The Marana-based rodeo competitor not only competes nearly every weekend in rodeo, but balances that with her career in real estate. It can be a lot to have on one’s plate, but she is used to it. She has been balancing rodeo with other endeavors since high school. Parson competes on the Turquoise Circuit Pro Rodeo, which is part of the circuit system devised by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. The Turquoise Circuit is one of 12 sections in the Unites States and is composed of events primarily in Arizona and New Mexico. For 20 weeks in the fall and winter, Parsons competes in the Turquoise Circuit, while also making a living in real estate. Any week with a competition and her career can be hectic, but his week is the toughest of the year with the Fiesta Del Los Vaqueros taking place in Tucson. “It can be challenging, especially the week of Tucson because there is so much going on,” explained Parsons. “This week is particularly busy.”She competed last Friday in Buckeye and was back in town that night to prepare for the Tucson Rodeo. She will compete on Monday and Thursday, has a real estate auction on Tuesday and then will head to Scottsdale for another rodeo over the weekend.That schedule is a little busier than most, but she is one of many to balance a job during the week, with rodeo over the weekend.  

  • BOS approves surcharge, cessation classes for nicotine users

    Tobacco and nicotine users working for Pima County will be required to enroll in a cessation program of their choice in the 2015-16 fiscal year after the Pima County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to support the measure last week. The approval will also subject tobacco and nicotine users to surcharges – $30 per pay period, and increasing $10 per pay period until reaching a maximum of $60 per pay period until the course is completed. The measure differs from the initial recommendation of County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, which asked the board to approve a more comprehensive plan that in addition to increasing health care premiums would have prohibited the hiring of county applicants who are tobacco users. District 5 Supervisor Richard Elias said that would be “way out of touch,” and urged the board to amend the measure to allow hiring of smokers.Though differing from his original suggestion, Huckelberry said the approval was a step in the right direction, but added there is still work to be done to ensure non-smokers receive additional perks.“We hope to continue to improve program implementation in the future by offering much larger insurance premium discounts to employees who do not smoke,” said Huckelberry. “The surcharge viewed as a financial penalty for smoking is only a first step; the next is to significantly reward employees who do not smoke.”

  • Furniture dealership believe they are head of the Class

    Class Commercial Furnishings feel they take a slightly different approach than other commercial furniture companies in town and that leads to better customer service and more attention for the customer. Owner Michelle Class believes that the sales person and the project manager, as well as herself as owner, should be involved as much as possible. Their philosophy is to assign a project manager to each project and that project manager is involved from the beginning to the end along with the salesperson and designer. In turn, the salesperson stays involved for the duration of our project.  “What I have seen with our competitors is once sale is made it is passed off to the project manager who then has to take it through completion and the sales person goes on to the next project,” said Class. “A lot of what goes on during the sale is in your head and to take your sales person out of that, and not keep them in the loop is a poor decision and bad practice. “We keep our sales people involved through the process during the entire time, but we also bring our project managers in early enough so some of that information that has been happening during the sales process is in their head as well,” Class added. Class stressed that she is involved in nearly every project as well. “As the owner I am pretty much involved in every project that goes on, in some degree,” Class said. “I am either doing the space plan, or I am at the install or there during the sales process.  I don’t know any owners that are as active in the sales process as I am.”

Today's Top Headlines

  • (March 2) Today's Top Headlines - Obamacare on trial: SCOTUS takes up case on tax credits

    Al Jazeera: On Wednesday, the Supreme Court will begin to hear arguments in King vs. Burwell, the latest legal challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or ACA. The case boils down to an argument over how to interpret seven words in the legislation, also known as Obamacare, that define who can receive a government subsidy to help pay for health insurance.Read the full story on Al Jazeera.

  • (March 2) Today's Top Headlines - Bangladesh Avijit Roy murder: Suspect arrested

    BBC News: Police in Bangladesh have arrested a man in connection with the murder of atheist writer Avijit Roy.Farabi Shafiur Rahman, a "fundamentalist blogger", was detained by special police forces early on Monday at a bus stop in Dhaka.Avijit Roy, a US citizen of Bangladeshi origin, was hacked to death by men with machetes last Thursday while visiting Bangladesh. His wife was badly wounded.Read the full story on BBC News.

  • (March 2) Today's Top Headlines - Los Angeles police shoot, kill man on the ground

    CNN: A video showing LAPD fatally shooting a homeless man has been circulating online, including angry reactions from witnesses of the incident. The fatal shooting, which happened on Sunday on Los Angeles' Skid Row sparked renewed outrage online over what some consider unnecessary lethal force by police. The shooting took place near the Union Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter in a neighborhood rife with poverty. Rad the full story on CNN.

Local News

  • Be careful in the rain: Northwest Fire dispatched to two auto accidents

    Northwest Fire units are currently working several different auto accident scenes.There is an overturned vehicle on Interstate 10 East bound approaching Avra Valley, according to a release sent out by Northwest Fire's Adam Goldberg, noting that scene has one patient and the severity of injuries is not known.There is also a two vehicle accident with at least two people injured at Silverbell and Cortaro. Ambulances are on their way.Traffic in both incidents is restricted.Goldberg's statement also contained a reminder to take extra time and slow down, allow for longer braking distances and always wear your seatbelt during the rain.This story is still developing check back for updates.

  • Purses stolen

    Detectives with the Sheriff’s Community Problems Unit are investigating the theft of numerous purses in one incident from the TJ Maxx store located at 6230 N. Oracle Road. The incident occurred on February 6, 2015 at approximately 11:30 AM.Surveillance video obtained from the store showed the suspect inspecting a number of purses and deliberately choosing several of them. He then leaves the store without paying.The purses have an estimated retail value between $1,000 and $2,000. The suspect was described as an African-American man wearing a black shirt, khaki pants and glasses.Anyone with information on the identity and/or whereabouts of the suspect is asked to call 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME.

  • Eleven architects apply to design new Pima County animal facility

    Eleven architectural firms submitted applications to design the new Pima Animal Care Center facility Feb. 24, following a national search that opened in early January. This is the first major step in constructing the new facility, which was approved Nov. 4 as part of a Pima County bond vote. Proposition 415 authorizes the county to borrow up to $22 million to improve Pima Animal Care Center. “We’re extremely pleased with the number of architects applying for this project,” said Facilities Management Director Michael Kirk. “We need the cream of the crop to help us execute our vision for a facility that will better accommodate the thousands of animals brought to us daily for shelter, and allow for more modern animal care practices.”Kirk said the county advertised for a design team that had worked in the recent past on similar projects in terms of size and complexity, with LEED-certified project experience, who had worked with the “construction manager at risk” method of project delivery.The current PACC facility will need to remain open and operational during the construction phase of the new facility, which Kirk said makes this an “extremely challenging project” that requires a creative, flexible design team.


  • Improv classes

    An all new round of classes are starting and it's only a week away!If you are interested in learning about how to be an improviser, how to enhance your listening/communication skills, or just wanting to have a blast laughing with others then this is just what you need. The new LEVEL ONE class is starting at 7:00PM on  Tuesday March 10th at:Unscrewed Theater 3244 E Speedway BlvdTucson, AZ 85716.

  • ATC: Romeo & Juliet

    Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s poetic masterpiece of jealousy, prejudice and betrayal, takes on a bold new theatricality under the ambitious and creative hand of award-winning director Kirsten Brandt and scenic, lighting and projection designer David Lee Cuthbert from Feb. 28 through March 21 at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave.Tucson Production Sponsors for Romeo and Juliet are Dolly and Jim Moran.  I. Michael and Beth Kasser are the 2014-15 Season Sponsors.Together, Brandt, described by the San Diego Union-Tribune as “a disciplined and inventive theatrical storyteller,” and Scenic, Lighting and Projections Designer Cuthbert create a Romeo and Juliet unlike any seen before.“Arizona Theatre Company has never previously produced Romeo and Juliet, and our first production of this beloved classic promises to be a startlingly fresh and imaginative take on this poetic masterpiece of young love,” commented Artistic Director David Ira Goldstein. “Taking full advantage of modern projection technology and set in the colorful world of “La Dolce Vita” Italy of the 1960s, creating a world pulsing with youthful energy and color.”Romeo and Juliet, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved masterpieces, begins on the streets of Verona, Italy and follows the long-standing feud between two established families, the Montagues and Capulets, which prevents Romeo and Juliet from being able to openly profess their love.  What ensues is a story of love, revenge and star-crossed fates with a result that forces the families to face the results of societal strife in a tragic climax.Ticket prices range from $37 to $67. For more information call (520) 622-2823 or visit www.arizonatheatre.org.

  • See an orchestral performance of 'The General' this weekend

    Last year, Tucson favorite ChamberLab set a live orchestra to Buster Keaton's classic Civil War silent film "The General." This weekend, the show is getting a rare second run.Chris Black, who founded ChamberLab, says last year this was the show everyone was devastated to have missed."We did it right on Easter weekend, or around then, so a lot of people were out of town. People didn't know how awesome it was going to be," Black said, adding that this is the show he's been asked to repeat above all the others."If you haven't seen Buster Keaton before, he's just incredible. I don't know how he does what he does. This no special effects, no anything, just pure deranged athleticism a he leaps around and takes all kinds of chances with his life," Black explains. "It's about 78 minutes and all but about 15 minutes of it is train chases—so it's action packed."This time, ChamberLab will be filming the event for DVD and digital download. They're running an IndieGoGo, from which proceeds are being split up between production costs for the filming and paying the musicians. "It's just to make sure that we stay healthy and that we pay the musicians for the really ridiculous amount of rehearsal we'll be putting them through for the next week," Black said, noting that while his shows usually just split up the profits from ticket sales, that's just not enough for the amount of work people are putting into this. "Everyone is really amazing that they're giving us their time in the way that they have been I'm trying to get a little bit more into their pockets."


  • Dorados fall in tournament final

    The CDO softball team fell 3-2 to Phoenix’s O’Connor High School in the championship game of the 21st Annual Dorado Classic at Marana’s Mike Jacobs Sports Park.The O’Connor win avenged a loss to the Dorados in pool play.CDO had been undefeated in the event up to the championship game. They advanced to the finals with Saturday wins over Queen Creek and Vista Grande. First they beat Queen Creek 10-3, then blanked the Spartans 8-0.Marana had their ups and downs in the event, but advanced to the consolation finals, before falling 5-4 to Flowing Wells. The Tigers opened bracket play with a 7-4 loss to Queen Creek, then beat Shauarita and Shadow Mountain to set up the meeting against Flowing Wells. The Tigers downed the Mustangs 6-1, then edged Shadow Mountain 8-6.Mountain View also had an up and down event. The Mountain Lions beat Palo Verde 19-0 on Friday, but fell to O’Connor 11-1 the next day. 

  • Strong start for Marana baseball

    The Marana boys baseball team played in the Tomas Pinon/Matt Huffman Memorial in Casa Grande over the weekend. The Tigers went 3-1 in the event.They opened up play on Wednesday with a 7-5 win over Ray High School. The Tigers jumped out to a 7-0 lead after three innings, scoring three in the first and three more in the second.Ray climbed back in the game, scoring two in the fourth and three in the fifth, despite getting just five hits in the game.Travis Howard went 2-4 with a home run and two RBI’s. Joseph Valdez pitched four innings, striking out eight, for the win.24 hours later the Tigers edged Maricopa 4-2. Leading 2-0 Marana added two in the seventh, only to see Maricopa score two of their own in the inning, but it was not enough to come all the way back.Howard drove in a pair of runs, going 3-4 with a triple and home run. He also earned the win, pitching five shutout innings, striking out 13.

  • CDO wins preseason tournament

    The CDO baseball team won the Ideal Physical Therapy Cowboy Up Baseball Tournament held at the Kino Sports Complex on Saturday night. The Dorados went 5-0 in the event, beating Campo Verde 10-3 in the championship game. CDO went 5-0 in the event, outscoring their opponents 49-9.Campo Verde jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Dorados came right back with a 6-run second inning and never looked back. Leading 6-3 CDO scored four more in the fifth to leave no doubt.Nicholas Ames had just a single hit in the contest, but made it count, belting a three-run homer. Anthony Fleix also drove in three runs, while Spencer Packard had a pair of doubles to go 2-2 on the day, driving in two and scoring two.Gabe Benavides earned the win on the mound.To advance to the finals, CDO had to beat their northwest rival Ironwood Ridge. The Dorados used a four-run seventh inning to break a 2-1 game wide open .

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