Marana, OV reschedule joint meeting for Feb. 9
The Marana and Oro Valley town councils are holding a joint study session Feb. 9. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Marana Municipal Complex, 11555 W. Civic Center Drive It is being held as part of a continuing effort to collaborate on issues of importance to people in northwest Pima County.
Items on the agenda include water resources, the Tangerine Road corridor shared between the two communities and economic development/tourism. The public may view the agenda by visiting www.orovalleyaz.gov. Click on the "Meetings, Agendas and Minutes" button on the left column of the home page.
The meeting was postponed from its original Jan. 12 date to allow council members to attend President Obama's appearance in Tucson that night.
Records indicate that this is the first study session involving the two councils since a 2000 meeting that also included Pima County, Sahuarita and Tucson.
Academy to help public view the stars
The public is invited to view and learn more about the night sky when the Sonoran Science Academy-Tucson presents Discovery Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 12. The academy is located at 2325 W. Sunset Road. Presented by the school's science department, the free event will be a display of the microscopic universe all the way to the unfathomable macroscopic universe. In addition, visitors can view 150 science fair projects, tour Tucson's Physics Bus and view the Stellar Vision Astronomy Club's telescopes. There also will be robotics demonstrations, and biology and chemistry activities.
Drivers are asked to use their low beams while entering and exiting the parking lots so that the light will not interfere with the telescopes set up on the school field.
For more information, contact Crissie Rowley at email@example.com or call the school at 665-3400, ext. 215.
Final Marana candidate forum is Feb. 3.
The last of three forums for candidates running in Marana's mayoral race and for two seats on the Marana Town Council is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Wheeler Taft Abbett, Sr. Branch Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive. The public is invited to attend.
The Marana Chamber of Commerce and the Metropolitan Pima Alliance are sponsoring the event.
For complete coverage, watch for the Feb. 9 issue of The Explorer and visit www.explorernews.com.
Incumbent Ed Honea is running unchallenged for the job of mayor. Former mayoral candidate Bret Summers officially dropped out of the race due to family issues.
Candidates David Bowen and Jeffrey Gray are running for council seats along with incumbents Russell Clanagan and Roxanne Ziegler.
A candidate must receive 50 percent plus one of the votes counted at the March primary election to win a seat outright. If that doesn't happen, candidates will face a run-off vote in the May 17 general election.
Voters will also be asked to vote on Marana's General Plan in May. Initiatives, referendums and recalls, if any are filed, may also be placed on the May ballot.
Council members chosen at either the primary or the general election will take the oath of office after the canvass of the general election vote.
For more details, call 682-4314.
Registration to vote in the upcoming election closes Feb. 7. Anyone interested in registering to vote or obtaining an early ballot should contact the Pima County Recorder's Office at 740-4350 or visit www.recorder.pima/gov.
Registration forms and ballot requests are also available at the Marana Town Clerk's office. Early ballots will be distributed beginning Feb. 10. You can use the Pima County Recorder's website to find polling locations.
Marana's Diana Bauer wins MUSD spelling bee
Marana's top speller is Diana Bauer from Marana Middle School. The youngster took top honors last Wednesday, Jan. 26, during the Marana Unified School District's annual spelling bee competition, which was held at Mountain View High School.
Diana beat out Coyote Trail Elementary's Jeremy Parry. He misspelled "infuriated," which Diana spelled correctly. She won the competition by correctly spelling "pistachio."
Finishing third was Tyler Rowe from Marana Middle School, and in fourth place was Alison Sandoval Leon from Rattlesnake Ridge Elementary School. Alexis Fleming from Tortolita Middle School finished fifth and will head to the Pima County spelling bee as an alternate.
The county spelling bee will be held on Saturday, Feb. 19, at 10 a.m. at the Berger Performing Arts Center at the Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind in Tucson.