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Ways to Keep Your Community Safer

Ways to Keep Your Community Safer

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Whether you’re single and live on your own, or you’re raising a family, feeling secure in your community is likely an important priority to yo…

How to Turn Personal Obstacles into Triumphs

How to Turn Personal Obstacles into Triumphs

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Everyone faces setbacks in life. While those personal obstacles can lead to disappointing outcomes, they can also be harnessed into personal m…

Tips to Generate a Second Income

Tips to Generate a Second Income

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In today’s economy, a full-time job is no guarantee that a second income won’t be necessary to live a comfortable lifestyle or save for the future.

Tips for Saving for Retirement in Your 20s

Tips for Saving for Retirement in Your 20s

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In your 20s, you may think you have all the time in the world to save for retirement.  It can be tempting to spend your entire paycheck, parti…

Why your kid shouldn’t be guzzling energy drinks

Why your kid shouldn’t be guzzling energy drinks

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Anxiety, hypertension, elevated heart rates, interrupted sleep patterns and headaches are just some of the side effects commonly associated wi…

Elephant calf born at Reid Park Zoo

Elephant calf born at Reid Park Zoo

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Reid Park Zoo announces that Semba, a 24-year old African Elephant, successfully delivered a female calf at 10:55 p.m. last night Both mother …

Five Good Reasons to Replace Your Old AC in Fall

Five Good Reasons to Replace Your Old AC in Fall

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Before you turn off your AC system for the season, consider having it checked out by a certified contractor. If it’s older or has been giving …

OV woman who killed her son sentenced to 10.5 years in prison

OV woman who killed her son sentenced to 10.5 years in prison

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On August 18, Donna Rose Smith accepted a plea agreement in the death of her son, Patrick Michael Smith.

Americans Not Getting Enough Relaxation Time

Americans Not Getting Enough Relaxation Time

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Nearly all Americans understand that relaxation time is essential to good health, yet most of us don’t spend nearly enough time unwinding duri…

Regular Exercise Can Help Kids Do Better in School

Regular Exercise Can Help Kids Do Better in School

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Physical activity may not be the first thing parents or teachers think about when they want to boost a child’s academic performance, but evide…

Model airplane air show Saturday in Oro Valley

Model airplane air show Saturday in Oro Valley

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In honor of National Model Aviation Day, The Sonoran Desert Flyers will be putting on a demonstration and air show this Saturday, Aug. 16 from…

Beaver’s Band Box suspect sentenced to 14 years in prison

Beaver’s Band Box suspect sentenced to 14 years in prison

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Since August 2012, the Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) Criminal Investigations Unit, along with the Tucson Airport Authority Police Depart…

Gubernatorial Candidate: Ken Bennett

Gubernatorial Candidate: Ken Bennett

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Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett has the most political experience of any of the candidates in the race. Bennett first ran for the Presc…

Gubernatorial Candidate: Doug Ducey

Gubernatorial Candidate: Doug Ducey

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After he retired from his job as CEO of Cold Stone Creamery, Doug Ducey decided he wanted to get into politics. He won the Arizona Treasurer’s…

Gubernatorial Candidate: Scott Smith

Gubernatorial Candidate: Scott Smith

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After retiring from a job heading up a homebuilding company for about a decade, Scott Smith spent six years as mayor of Mesa, where he develop…

Gubernatorial Candidate: Christine Jones

Gubernatorial Candidate: Christine Jones

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Christine Jones decided to get into politics after retiring from her job as general counsel for GoDaddy.com, the Scottsdale-based Internet gia…

The eyes have it: The ABCs of annual eye exams

The eyes have it: The ABCs of annual eye exams

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If you’re lucky to have had good vision all your life, you’ve probably skipped having regular eye exams—but there are some crystal-clear reaso…

Homebuyer confidence is on the upswing

Homebuyer confidence is on the upswing

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As we enter peak home-buying season, it appears that overall consumer confidence is on the rise, according to the latest information from Fann…

Local residents become staybirds, drifting from snowbird status

Local residents become staybirds, drifting from snowbird status

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As the summer months hit full swing and temperatures rise, many snowbirds will return to their out-of-state summer homes in cooler climates.

OVPD HiVE deployment

OVPD HiVE deployment

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The Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) will continue with its High Visibility Enforcement (HiVE) efforts during the month of June on Oracle R…

Northwest Chatter

Pima County Health: Watch for the signs, seek help for depression

Pima County Health: Watch for the signs, seek help for depression

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Once again we share in the sadness of losing one of our most beloved entertainers, Robin Williams. He was someone I grew up seeing on televisi…

Third Age: Have to express gratitude

Third Age: Have to express gratitude

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It’s been a heck-of-a-summer.  Campaigning for re-election to the town council again put me in close touch with folks whose doorbells I poked …

Opinion column - Garcia is the best choice for our schools

Opinion column - Garcia is the best choice for our schools

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Why is it that David Garcia, the Democratic candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction, has locked up major endorsements from Republic…

Oro Valley Town Talk - Voters turn out for Oro Valley election

Oro Valley Town Talk - Voters turn out for Oro Valley election

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On Aug. 26, the Town of Oro Valley conducted its primary election. Previously, the town’s nonpartisan primary and general elections were held …

Opinion column - Real leadership is needed to repair our roads

Opinion column - Real leadership is needed to repair our roads

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In her recent monthly column for The Explorer, District 1 Supervisor Ally Miller asserts that Pima County lacks the leadership to solve the co…

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  • Marana graduate beats the odds, comes back from injury

    Marana graduate beats the odds, comes back from injury

    Blood dripped from his face and lacerations covered his arms. Dallin Wengert lay unconscious as his body jerked around in a fit of seizures. Amy Wengert sat by her husband in the helicopter praying – praying that he would live.

  • Heavy rainfall predicted to hit Tucson this week

    Heavy rainfall predicted to hit Tucson this week

    A flash flood warning will go into effect for Tucson, tomorrow at 2 a.m. due to potential heavy rainfall from hurricane Odile.

  • ‘The November Man’ - Brosnan re-cast in familiar assassin spy role

    ‘The November Man’ - Brosnan re-cast in familiar assassin spy role

    Former James Bond 007 actor Pierce Brosnan returns to the world of professional assassins in this film based off the bestselling “November Man” book series by Bill Granger.  In “The November Man” Brosnan plays Peter Devereaux, an ex-CIA agent who earned the nickname of the movie’s title for always leaving an unmistakable path of death and destruction behind him.  Brosnan’s Devereaux is forced out of retirement and back into the field to help save an undercover agent and secure intelligence information. Directed by Roger Donaldson (“No Way Out” in 1987), “The November Man” is an espionage thriller that could have been ripped straight off of the front page of today’s newspapers. 

  • Ironwood Ridge/CDO game postponed

    Ironwood Ridge/CDO game postponed

    The so called “Oro Valley Superbowl” winner will have to wait an extra 15 hours to be crowned. Weather delayed and later postponed the game, which will finish up at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

  • Ina Road bridge may close during storm

    Ina Road bridge may close during storm

    You may have to change your driving routes for the coming storm due to wash and road closures that are expected.

  • Aunesty Jantz leads Nighthawks in pursuit of state title

    Aunesty Jantz leads Nighthawks in pursuit of state title

    With a skilled, mature and coachable volleyball team, the Nighthawks are coming into this season with all the necessary tools, but the question remains as to whether this is the team that will bring home Ironwood Ridge’s first state title.

  • Get out to Kino Sports Complex for fun in September, October

    Get out to Kino Sports Complex for fun in September, October

    Take me out to the ball games, the concert and the beer festivals happening at Kino Sports Complex in September and October.

  • Monsoon season wrapping up, big storm still possible

    Monsoon season wrapping up, big storm still possible

    When it rains, it pours – and in Tucson’s case it floods. On Sept. 8, the city received a downpour of rain from the post-tropical cyclone, Norbert.

  • Pima County prepares for tropical storm Odile

    The Pima County Office of Emergency Management continues to monitor the weather situation associated with the remnants of Hurricane Odile, now Tropical Storm Odile.

  • Now is the time to spray for buffelgrass and fountain grass

    Now is the time to spray for buffelgrass and fountain grass

    Oro Valley resident John Scheuring sees a lot of buffelgrass and fountain grass in and around town alive, well and green, but would like to see those plants dead, dying and brown.

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