Tucson Local Media: Home of The Explorer, Marana News, Foothills News, Desert Times, and Inside Tucson Business

  • Teen drug usage trending downward in Pima County

    A new study by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC) shows that overall, high school students in Pima County are using fewer drugs than they were in 2012, the last year data was collected.The report – which sampled grades eight, 10 and 12, and also considered elements like bullying – questioned students on drugs they’ve used in their lifetime as well as any drug usage within the 30 days prior to the survey being issued. The commission surveys nearly 50,000 students from each county in Arizona.Lifetime UseOf the 16 drug-types included in the survey, 12th graders showed declines in 11 categories. Spikes came in the usage of alcohol (71.9 percent versus 70.8 percent in 2012), marijuana (47.9/45.4), inhalants (7.2/7.1), steroids (2.6/1.2), and over-the-counter drugs (11.4/11.1).Declined usage was reported for such drugs as cigarettes, prescription drugs, cocaine and methamphetamine. 

  • Commission approves controversial Lazy K Bar Ranch appeal

    Despite the objections of many in attendance, the Marana Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend two proposals to the Town Council in regards to the Lazy K Bar Ranch development. The commission voted to recommend rezoning the 138 acres of land from ‘RR’ Resort and Recreation to ‘F’ Specific Plan, which would allow the developer, Mattamy Homes, to place up to 178 units on the land and convert it into a high density, gated community. The current zoning limits them to 42 units. The commission previously recommended a similar plan, but it was rejected by the Marana Town Council in October. The council must approve the plan by a super majority, but Councilwoman Patti Comerford voted against it and Vice Mayor Jon Post was not in attendance. Although Mattamy Homes made some changes from the last proposal, the commission asked them to add animal-safe fencing to the south edge of the property, although with the current steep slopes the fencing is not really needed. “It doesn’t make sense,” said Scott Stonum of the Saguaro National Park. “I think the commissioner misunderstood the usage of the fencing.”Stonum and Darla Sidles, the superintendant of Saguaro National Park, explained that wildlife-friendly fencing is used to separate property and keep people off of each other’s land. 

  • Secret project stems tax talk

    The Oro Valley council on Dec. 17 is tentatively slated to revisit an October agenda item related to exploring additional revenue options.In the Oct. 15 meeting, council voted in favor of initiating the required 60-day public notice necessary before discussing new or increased fees or taxes.Councilwoman Mary Snider said in the meeting that the exploration of additional revenue streams relates to a potential project in the town.“We have a specific project to consider… in order to consider that project fully we need the opportunity to examine whether or not there could be any additional revenue,” she said.Communications Administrator Misti Nowak said the town hopes to announce the project in the next three to four weeks, but adds that should the project not come to fruition, “there won’t be any need to discuss additional revenue streams.”Mayor Satish Hiremath also called for there to be a posted notice related to sales tax revenue discussions in what appeared to be related to the same project.

Today's Top Headlines

Local News

  • Gospel Rescue Mission: Thanksgiving banquet

    Gospel Rescue Mission will be holding its 26th Annual Thanksgiving Banquet on Wednesday November 26th, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The banquet will be held on the barricaded street in front of the Men’s Shelter, located at 312 W. 28th Street.Last year we served over 2,500 meals at our banquet. This year we will prepare to serve up to 3,000 meals, in anticipation of even greater numbers of needy and homeless guests. The traditional turkey dinners will be complete with all the trimmings of stuffing, cranberries, vegetables, and of course pumpkin pie.Several local and nationally known dignitaries have been invited to join our volunteers, of more than 350 people, to help serve the needy men, women, and children that will be our guests at this years Great Thanksgiving Banquet.MEDIA AND PRESS ARE WELCOME INTERVIEWS & PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE (BEST TIME TO ATTEND IS FROM 11:45 TO 12:45 PRESS PACKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE)Contact: 

  • Transit schedule for Thanksgiving

    The following details outline transit service on Thanksgiving, Thursday, November 27, 2014:·         Sun Tran Routes 1 through 99 and the Sun Link streetcar will run on a Sunday schedule on Thanksgiving.  Regular service resumes Friday, November 28.·         Sun Express Routes will not be in operation. Regular service resumes Friday, November 28.·         Sun Shuttle fixed-route service and the Sahuarita/Green Valley Sun Shuttle Dial-a-Ride will not be in operation. Sun Shuttle Dial-a-Ride service provided by Discount Cab and Oro Valley Sun Shuttle Dial-a-Ride will offer service from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, for Americans with Disabilities Act-qualified passengers only.  Regular service resumes Friday, November 28.Sun Van service and hours of operation will mirror the service provided by Sun Tran. Sun Van’s Customer Service Center will be open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving.The Customer Service Center for Sun Tran, Sun Shuttle and Sun Link will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist passengers with trip planning needs.  On Friday, November 28, the Customer Service Center will return to regular weekday hours of 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • I-10 frontage road, ramp and SR 77 lane restrictions this weekend

    Due to the El Tour de Tucson event on Saturday, Nov. 22, the Interstate 10 eastbound frontage road between Tangerine Road and Congress Street will be reduced to one lane between 4 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to the Arizona Department of the Transportation.The eastbound I-10 frontage road from Tangerine Road to Congress Street will be reduced to one lane to allow cyclists to travel in the right lane.Continuous travel on the eastbound I-10 frontage road will not be possible between Orange Grove Road and Miracle Mile.Message boards and traffic control devices will direct traffic through the area and separate bicycle and vehicular traffic.Law enforcement will be located at each traffic interchange.The eastbound I-10 exit ramp at Congress Street will be closed.


  • On the Menu: The Coronet brings power back to the power breakfast

    To business professionals, it’s that quintessential morning meal that serves as a backdrop for engaging in deals with colleagues, customers and clients.The power breakfast.In my years as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C., power breakfasts dominated my calendar on a weekly basis, and were typically conducted at Washington’s tony hotel restaurants where politicos and power brokers congregated. Frankly, it didn’t much matter what was on the plate. This encounter was strictly about the deal, and the food itself was secondary.To local restaurateur Sally Kane, that breakfast has somehow lost its spark, with far too many people either yielding to mediocrity or skipping the meal entirely, and she’s out to change the way people think about what’s often called the most important meal of the day.“If the power breakfast is really about power, then the focus must be on the fuel,” said Kane, owner of The Coronet, 402 E. 9th Street. “We can’t get power without fuel, and, done right, breakfast will provide the fuel you need to get your day started powerfully.”The Coronet’s breakfast menu is a manifestation of that promise, featuring a range of protein-centric dishes that are designed to jump-start the day.

  • Saturday Puzzles 11-22-14

  • ‘Birdman’ likely to land several Oscar nominations

    Most of us remember Michael Keaton’s successful string of comedies in the early 1980s that started off with “Night Shift” and “Mr. Mom”.  Afterwards, he starred in Tim Burton’s highly anticipated “Batman” in 1989. By 1992, he once again played the caped crusader in “Batman Returns”, earning Keaton widespread acclaim. Then something happened; Keaton’s movies were more “misses” than “hits” until he seemed to disappear from cinema screens overnight. Keaton’s career had fallen into the category of insignificance.  He missed out on meatier roles and blockbuster box office winners. Years later, even as he found himself providing voices to successful animated films (“Cars”, “Toy Story 3”), Keaton was never handed that potential Academy Award acting part or movie. Until now.Keaton’s enthralling performance completely dominates this film from start to finish. As the character Riggan Thomson, Keaton plays a once famous actor still revered by his fans for his superhero movie persona Birdman from years ago. Riggan, perhaps similar to Keaton following his Batman days, doesn’t want history to only remember him for wearing the crime-fighting costume. Unwilling to reprise the Birdman gig for a fourth movie installment, Keaton’s character leaves Hollywood for the world of Broadway plays. Now, struggling to gain acceptance from critics, fans and his family, Keaton’s Riggan becomes despondent. Keaton’s intensity shines throughout the movie like a laser in a dark theater.  But by no means does he carry this remarkable film solely. The film’s edgy behind-the-scenes look at a Broadway production reveals a combative storyline from its entire cast and crew.Just as impressive as Keaton’s acting gem in this movie is the extraordinary job two-time Academy Award nominee Edward Norton (“Primal Fear”, 1996) does to keep the plot and film moving along effortlessly. Norton’s character, Mike, is hired as a last-minute replacement actor to co-star opposite Keaton’s delusional Riggan in the Broadway play. Together, Keaton and Norton give movie audiences a volatile mix of personalities so convincingly testy that viewers will be left cringing at times and shaking their heads. Likewise, Naomi Watts (2-time Academy Award nominee) perfectly stars as the uncertain female lead in the play’s production.  Rounding out the splendid cast are Zach Galifianakis (“The Hangover” trilogy) and Emma Stone (“Amazing Spider-Man”).“Birdman” marks such a powerful, riveting masterpiece by Keaton and his co-stars, that this film should garner several Oscar nominations. It’s almost certain to make the list for Best Picture while Keaton is a heavy favorite to get a nod for Best Actor. “Birdman” also makes a strong case for Academy Award nominations in the Best Supporting Actor (Edward Norton) and Best Directing (Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu) categories.Aside from the exceptionally strong acting performances, the movie also excels in the cinematography department. Despite being filmed almost entirely within the confines of their Broadway theater, the terrific camera angles and shots deserve separate mention. Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu gallantly captures the long, maze-like hallways containing the brisk-paced walk of Keaton and others in single, continuous shots.  Viewers become transfixed on the theater set itself; both the happenings in front of the stage and behind it--never missing a step with the characters.  At other times, the film holds a shot an extra few seconds for effect and audience reflection. It’s that unique showcase of the film’s storyline on camera, combined with brilliant leading and supporting acting, that makes “Birdman” one of the best films in 2014.“Birdman” provides Michael Keaton the opportunity to remold his film legacy.  While Keaton has attempted for years to rekindle his 1990s popularly at the box office, fictional superhero Riggan Thomson has refused to be typecast as Birdman--despite the insecurity that his decision costs him.  It’s only fitting that Keaton’s character in “Birdman” desires relevancy and acceptance while taking on a new direction. After all, it’s the movie “Birdman” that stands to help return Keaton to the top of the entertainment business. And in return, look for this film to gain massive Oscar buzz come this January--thanks to the dynamic duo of Keaton and Norton.


  • Preseason tournaments begin

    The Winter Sports season traditionally begins with preseason Thanksgiving tournaments. Local teams saw action on Monday in both the Amphi Panther Soccer Invitational, the Boyd Baker Small School Tournament and the Mountain Lion shoot-out. The Marana soccer teams have fared very well in the Panther invitational and day one was no exception. The Tiger girls and boys each shut out Cholla on Monday. The Tiger boys surged in the second half to beat the Chargers 5-0.The Tigers scored all five goals in the second half. Cisco Uriarte scored three goals and assisted on a fourt over the final 35 minutesThree minutes into the second half, Uriarte took a Kyle Buckley pass and converted for the 1-0 lead. Less than two minutes later he added an unassisted goal.In the 42nd minute it was Uriarte with the assists, helping teammate Luis Leyva find the back of the net. It wasn’t 10 minutes later that Uriarte capped the hat trick, converting another Buckly pass.Reiss Rhodes closed out the scoring with a goal in the 69th minute.Dominic Sealy turned away 14 shots for the shutout.

  • 20th annual Turkey Bowl

    20 years ago a handful of former Marana football players decided to get together and play a game on Thanksgiving. The original game was between players from two different graduating class with some serious bragging rights at stake. 20-years later it is a tradition open to any former Tiger letterman and coach.This year’s game will be played on Saturday at 10:30 following the Ugly Sweater 5K run.The game of flag football is competitive, but not too competitive as players try to keep it friendly and family friendly. The game is a reunion of sorts and most of the participants bring their spouses and kids.Last year’s game was a 70-63 barnburner.“A lot of offense and not too much defense,” noted Toby Bourguet, one of the game’s founders and organizers.This year will feature a father/son duo. Former Marana player and coach Marty Honea has played in the game for years. His son Ben, who was Marana’s starting quarterback from 2011-2013, will play in his first Turkey Bowl this year.

  • McLaughlin wins POY award

    Former Mountain View standout Melody McLaughlin was ACCAC Division II Player of the Week on Monday.McLaughlin, a sophomore forward, was named Player of the Week after she helped lead the No. 8 ranked Aztecs to a 2-0 start in conference play. They defeated Chandler-Gilbert Community College 72-58 on Wednesday and Phoenix College 50-38 on Saturday. McLaughlin averaged 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds for the two games and also had three assists and four steals.She is averaging 14 points and eight rebounds per game so far this season.The Aztec basketball teams will play at Tohono O’Odham Community College on Tuesday in Sells. The women’s game will be at 5:30 p.m. and the men’s game will follow at 7:30 p.m.

Online poll


Catalina Bighorn Sheep Releases

Arizona Game and Fish released 30 Bighorn Sheep in a 2-Day period into the Catalina Mountains ...

More Featured Videos

Follow us on Facebook