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  • Oro Valley tosses petition to take El Conquistador purchase to vote

    The Oro Valley Town Clerk has rejected the petition filed by opponents of the town council’s decision to purchase the El Conquistador country club and golf courses because the signature sheets did not bear a serial number.The town was following state law when it invalidated the signatures, said town spokeswoman Misti Nowak, and since the serial number provision is a matter of state law, the town does not have the authority to override that requirement.“The town didn’t have a decision to make,” she said. “We complied with state law.”According to state statute, signature sheets filed “shall... have printed in its lower right-hand corner, on each side of such sheet, the official serial number assigned to the petition by the secretary of state.” The law also states that it is unlawful to sign a petition before it has a serial number.This serial number requirement was outlined in the materials provided to the referendum committee, Nowak said.The sheets were instead erroneously appended with a resolution number.

  • Marana Police Department honors their best officers, volunteers

    The Marana Police Department took an afternoon to honor their own. The department held its 3rd Annual Awards Ceremony on Jan. 14, at The Highlands at Dove Mountain Conference Room. Marana Police Chief Terry Rozema handed out 13 awards to 24 recipients.“Your attitudes of humility and hearts of true servants make me proud to be a part of this noble profession in general, and this department specifically,” said Rozema. “Thank you all for doing a job that very few people are willing, qualified, and capable of doing and for doing it with excellence. Be safe out there.” The ceremony recognized officers, civilians, and volunteers for their outstanding performances over the past year. The idea of the ceremony is to honor those who exemplify the true meaning of the department’s mission statement, “To provide Unparalleled Service and Unwavering Protection to every person in the Town of Marana.”Chief Rozema presented the following 13 awards. 1. Chief’s Citation Medal: Ofc. Jason Cann, Ofc. Bradley Clifford, Ofc. Daniel Sample, Ofc. Robert Quackenbush, Ofc. Lucas Wilkinson 2. Chief’s Citation Medal: Ofc. Josh Corn 

  • Resolution versus serial numbers: Referendum questioned

    Organizers of the referendum petition drive that could reverse the Town of Oro Valley’s planned purchase of the El Conquistador country club and golf courses handed the town clerk more than 3,000 signatures Thursday.But there might be a hurdle for the opponents that comes down to resolution versus serial numbers.When referendum group leader Shirl Lamonna presented the forms to Town Clerk Julie Bower, Bower told her each petition sheet had a resolution number on it, but was supposed to be appended with a serial number. According to state statute (ARS 19-121), signature sheets filed “shall... have printed in its lower right-hand corner, on each side of such sheet, the official serial number assigned to the petition by the secretary of state.” The law also states that it is unlawful to sign a petition before it has a serial number.The town clerk’s office was still processing the batch as of the end of business on Friday, and the town would not make a public statement on the disposition of the petition until this week, said town spokeswoman Misti Nowak. The town had not issued a status on the petition as of the Explorer’s press time.While they awaited word, referendum group volunteers pulled another petition on Friday in case the 

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  • (Jan. 27) Today's Top Headlines - Judge Vetoes Parents' Baby Name

    Yahoo! News: French parents in the city of Valenciennes recently named their baby Nutella, for the chocolate-hazelnut spread, but a local judge decided that wasn't in her best interest. “The name ‘Nutella’ given to the child is the trade name of a spread,” the judge ruled. “And it is contrary to the child’s interest to be wearing a name like that can only lead to teasing or disparaging thoughts.”The judge renamed the child Ella.Read the full story at Yahoo! News.

  • (Jan. 27) Today's Top Headlines - Asteroid's moon seen during Earth flyby

    CNN: An asteroid the passed Earth yesterday, officially known as 2004 BL86, has its own small moon. NASA released black and white photos showing the asteroid, a third of a mile in size, spinning through space, with its 230-foot-in diameter moon following behind. It was the closest known asteroid this large to pass near Earth until 2027, when an asteroid called 1999 AN10 will fly by. Read the full story and see photos at CNN.

  • (Jan. 27) Today's Top Headlines - U.S. Stocks Tumble on Earnings, Data as Treasuries Gain

    Bloomberg: The Dow Jones Industrial Average saw its biggest drop since October, as a slide in durable-goods orders and disappointing results from companies like Microsoft Corp. increased concern over the economy’s strength.The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index dropped 1.8 percent at 8:45 a.m. in Tucson, while the Dow fell 381 points, or 2.2 percent. U.S. natural gas advanced 3 percent as a snowstorm hit the country’s northeast. Read the full story at Bloomberg.

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  • Oro Valley Councilmember Mike Zinkin appointed to two National League of Cities committees

    Mike Zinkin, a Town of Oro Valley Councilmember, has been appointed to the National League of Cities 2015 Community and Economic Development Steering Committee and the Small Cities Council.Zinkin and the rest of the committee will be tasked with shaping NLC’s policy positions and advocating for cities and towns before Congress. The committee determines the NLC'a federal policy positions on issues like housing, community and economic development and historic preservation and international competitiveness. The Small Cities Council, which is made up of officials from communities smaller than 50,000 in population, works with NLC to ensure small cities are a part of all legislative and advocacy agenda items.

  • Liability on the line at football watch parties

    Mayhem likes more than just college football games – it can show up in many forms when someone hosts a watch party on game day. So, if you’re planning to have a party for the big game this year, you’ll want to have the following tips from Allstate and the Insurance Information Institute in your playbook:Make sure you understand your state laws. Before sending out party invitations, familiarize yourself with your state’s “social host liability” laws. These laws vary widely from state to state. Some states do not impose any liability on social hosts. Others limit liability to injuries that occur on the host’s premises. Some extend the host’s liability to injuries that occur anywhere a guest who has consumed alcohol goes. Many states have laws that pertain specifically to furnishing alcohol to minors.Consider venues other than your home for the party. Hosting your party at a restaurant or bar with a liquor license, rather than at your home, will help reduce liquor liability risks.Encourage guests to pick a designated driver who will refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages so that he or she can drive other guests home.Be a responsible host/hostess. Limit your own alcohol intake so that you will be better able to judge your guests’ sobriety.Offer non-alcoholic beverages and always serve food. Eating and drinking plenty of water, or other non-alcoholic beverages, can help counter the effects of alcohol.

  • New website tool lets Oro Valley residents rank priorities for town budget

    The Town of Oro Valley is asking residents to give their input on budget priorities using a new online questionnaire. Oro Valley has usually held open forums to get the residents opinions, but the town says those usually had low attendance. The survey, titles 5 Questions in 5 minutes, asks participants to rank which areas of public service should be the highest priority when working out the budget. The town has also put together a budget information page for residents to look over.The survey will be open from Jan. 26 to Feb. 8. Give your input at: https://auth.orovalleyaz.gov/5-questions-5-minutes


  • TSO to perform Mozart's "Haffner" Symphony and Mahler's Das Lied Von Der Erde

    Mozart and Mahler at the height of their powers: Music Director and Conductor George Hanson will lead the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and two stars from the Metropolitan Opera in the MasterWorks Series program, Mozart and Mahler Celebrate Family and Earth. Performance is Friday, January 30 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 7575 N. Paseo del Norte in Tucson. The first half of the program will feature Mozart's SymphonyNo. 35, "Haffner;" Mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford from the Metropolitan Opera and four time Grammy Award winning tenor Anthony Dean Griffey will join the TSO for the second half, GustavMahler's Das Lied von der Erde. Concert Comments, one hour prior to performances, are complimentary with tickets.                              A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Tamara Mumford made her debut there as Laura in Luisa Miller, and has since appeared in more than 140 performances with the company. She has appeared in the Met: Live in HD series broadcasts of Anna Bolena, Das Rheingold, Gotterdämmerung, The Magic Flute, Nixon in China, Manon Lescaut, and Il Trittico.          Anthony Dean Griffey is particularly noted for his portrayal of the title role in Peter Grimes which has won him international acclaim.  He debuted the role at the Tanglewood Festival under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, and has since performed it all over the world, most recently in a new production at the Metropolitan Opera that was broadcast live in the company's Met: Live in HD series and subsequently released on DVD. A celebrated concert performer, Griffey appears regularly with many distinguished international orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Montreal, Toronto and London Symphony Orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles and Berlin Philharmonics and the Minnesota Orchestra. Leonard Bernstein called Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), "Mahler's greatest symphony." Mahler was very moved by the transcendent beauty of a collection of ancient Chinese poetry. He chose some of these verses to inspire his "Song of the Earth," Das Lied von der Erde. The six songs in Das Lied von der Erde are organized into four parts similar to symphonic movements. The songs address themes such as living, parting and salvation. The work evolved to present two singers, a tenor and an alto, who take turns singing the songs.Arnold Schoenberg began to arrange Das Lied von der Erde for chamber orchestra, reducing the orchestral forces to string and wind quintets, and calling for piano, celesta and harmonium to supplement the harmonic texture. Schoenberg never finished this project, and the arrangement was completed by Rainer Riehn in 1980. This will be the TSO premiere of Das Lied von der Erde.Mozart's Symphony No. 35 is a brief work of fiery intensity. Loved from its debut performance, it celebrates a prominent Salzburg family, the Haffners.

  • PCC Performing Arts presents Monty Python’s Spamalot

    What: PCC performing arts musical comedy MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOTWhere: PCC Center for the Arts Proscenium Theatre, West Campus, 2202 West Anklam Road, Tucson, AZ 85709When: February 26 – March 8, Wed.-Fri. at 7:30 p.m., Sat. 2/28 at 7:30 p.m., Sat. 3/7 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. ASL interpreters March 4 at 7:30 p.m.Special events: Opening Night SPAMboree!, Thursday, February 26 featuring outrageous and hilarious activities (“nudge-nudge”). The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. and is included with the purchase of the ticket.Molly Starr Scholarship Endowment Benefit for PCC Theatre Arts students, Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.Reserved seating: Tickets are $18 with discounts available.- www.pima.edu/cfa

  • Arizona Beer Week 2015

    The craft beer craze takes center stage in Tucson next month, as the Old Pueblo preps for an onslaught of visitors, special events and beer-centric celebrations.The 5th Annual Arizona Beer Week returns Feb. 12 – 21, and this year’s nod to Arizona’s unique and exploding craft beer culture has been expanded to nine days, giving revelers an additional 48 hours to drink in the state’s top hops through participation in pub crawls, beer-pairing dinners, meet-the-brewer nights, special collaborations and tappings and more.Brewers statewide will be showcasing new brews, old standouts, special collaborations and more, and with more than 60 breweries now open across Tucson and southern Arizona, the region is set to host more hoppy happenings than ever before. Here’s just a small sampling of where craft beer conniousseurs can quench their thirst when Arizona Beer Week hits southern Arizona Feb. 12 – 21, 2015. Events are added daily, so for a complete list of events, visit www.ArizonaBeerWeek.com.Thursday, Feb. 12Boarderlands Meet the Brewer & Tasting Event  - Total Wine and More (Tucson)Four Peaks Tap Takeover at BZ's Pizza- BZ's Pizza (Tucson)


  • Former MV standout McLaughlin named ACCAC Player of the Week

    Pima Community College women’s basketball player Melody McLaughlin was named ACCAC Division II Player of the Week on Monday.McLaughlin, a sophomore forward, helped the Aztecs go 2-0 for the week of Jan. 19-25. She averaged 21 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.The Aztecs defeated Chandler-Gilbert Community College 89-51 with McLaughlin posting 22 points and six rebounds. She was also a big part of Pima’s 80-78 double-overtime win at Phoenix College. She scored eight of the 10 points in the final overtime and had 20 points and seven rebounds for the game.This was McLaughlin’s second selection as ACCAC Division II Player of the Week.The Aztecs will be back at the West Campus on Wednesday when they host Tohono O’Odham Community College at 5:30 p.m. 

  • AIA revised placements

    After taking the weekend to review the data, the AIA announced new, revised Divisional placements for all team sports for the next three seasons, beginning next season. The placements are tentative as there is still an appeal process.Here is the full list with last week’s initial placements in parenthesis if changed:Canyon Del OroBaseball Division IBoys Basketball Division IGirls Basketball Division I (II)

  • AIA tweaks realignment

    Less than a week after making some dramatic realignment decision, the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) has reviewed the data used and made some alterations to the initial placements after athletic directors complained about some curious decisions.This was the first time that the AIA used a formula and other factors besides enrollment — rankings history, free and reduced lunch — to place schools in their respective divisions. The idea was to keep less competitive schools from having to compete against traditional powerhouses with much greater resources. Those schools with more free and reduced lunches had lower overall socio-economic demographics, and had fewer resources to spend on athletics.According to a memo released by the AIA last Friday, several member schools raised questions and concerns over some misplacement of teams. In the days following the initial release, there are a number of curious placements. “The ideal assignments would ensure that teams are as fairly‐matched as possible within each division, while maintaining enough stability to avoid excessive division changes,” the AIA said in a statement.Several local teams were effected by the new placements, none more so than the football teams from Marana Unified School District. Mountain View was initially placed in Division I, but in the revised placements was returned to Division II. Marana was also moved back up to Division II, but are back in Division III. Competitiveness may be a reason for the Tigers’ movement, they have not been to the postseason since 2007.Ironwood Ridge, CDO and Catalina Foothills also saw their football programs moved up, and stay there after the revisions. Ironwood Ridge remains at Division I, while CDO and Foothills move up to Division II from Division III. All three teams have been in the playoffs the past two seasons, with Ironwood Ridge and CDO winning state titles over the past seven seasons.

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