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  • 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 

  • PAG presents Tucson Water Festival

    Teachers who want to learn more about impacts of stormwater pollution and other facts about the water cycle to apply to their classroom curricula have the opportunity to learn more at events held by Arizona Project WET, a program of the University of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center and supported by Pima Association of Governments and its Clean Water Starts With Me outreach campaign.PAG formed a partnership in 2014 with Arizona Project WET to help reach educators, children and their families about the importance of preventing stormwater pollution, which can adversely impact desert washes and wildlife.PAG’s sponsorship allows Arizona Project WET to offer additional teacher training and incentivize new water festivals throughout Pima County. Surveys conducted before and after APW events help measure community awareness of stormwater issues. These measurements help PAG members meet regulatory stormwater requirements.Upcoming events include:Tucson Water FestivalApril 2

  • Oro Valley releases updated crime statistics

    The town of Oro Valley has released the latest statistics on crime in the area. The statistics now include 2013 cases, totaling 54 more cases than in 2012.  Most of the increases are categorized as larceny/theft, which rose from 553 to 608. The number of aggravated assaults also went up from 12 in 2012 to 20 in 2013. However, there were 15 fewer cars stolen (including vehicles recovered from other areas) than in 2012.While the numbers did rise from 2012, there was less crime than in the two previous years, when 2011 saw 784 total cases and 2010 saw 821.See the chart on their website for the full list of statistics.

  • Resolution versus serial numbers: El Conquistador purchase opponents await word on referendum petition

    UPDATEDOrganizers 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, 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 next week, said town spokeswoman Misti Nowak.

  • Project Graduation to hold annual golf tournament

    ll three high schools in the Amphitheater School District are working to keep graduation night safe for our seniors, and the community. The Annual Oro Valley Cup Golf Tournament benefiting Project Graduation will be held Friday, February 6, 2014 at the Hilton El Conquistador Country Club in Oro Valley.100% of the proceeds from this tournament will go towards providing an alcohol and drug free all-night graduation celebration for high school seniors in Amphitheater School District.Over the past 12 years, we have kept some 11,000 graduating high school seniors off the streets in a safe and sober environment on graduation night. With this, we have also kept the communities that would be directly affected by these graduates safe as well.All media are invited to cover the event. Organizers are looking for players. The cost for one player is $150. There are several sponsorship levels. Contacts: Gregory Fitzgerald - 520-461-0941 or ovcup@yahoo.comJim Miller - 520-400-3498 or dad4audi@yahoo.com.

  • Newest flu strain is ‘nothing new’

    A new strain of flu for which there is no complete vaccine has made national headlines and created murmured concern locally after Pima County saw its first pediatric flu death since 2009.But it was never confirmed that the child, who had underlying health issues, died from the new strain of flu, nor is the strain as big a concern as news outlets have made it, according to Pima County Health Director Dr. Francisco Garcia. Noting the child’s death as a “big deal,” Garcia hopes to defuse rumors that might have some quick to label the new A(H3) subtype strain as generally lethal – though he acknowledges its form is known historically to lead to more dramatic flu seasons that can result in higher mortality rates than other strains.“This is nothing new,” he said. “Every year there is a variation of the type of flu we see. It will make you miserable, make you miss work, and will take you a few days to recover from, but generally it won’t kill you. And when I worry about the flu is when we see excessive deaths, and currently the county isn’t experiencing that.”On the national scale, there have been 21 pediatric deaths this flu season, measured from Sept. 28, 2014 onward. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data, there were 105 pediatric deaths during the 2013-14 flu season, which peaked in late December and began a downward trend in January.The CDC reports the number of flu-associated pediatric deaths has ranged from 37 to 171 since 2004-2005, when pediatric flu deaths became nationally reportable.

  • Oro Valley Council on protocol and utility rates

    After a verbal kerfuffle between Mayor Satish Hiremath and Councilman Brendan Burns during the Jan. 7 council meeting, Hiremath called for a three-minute recess “until councilman Burns can actually control himself.”Burns did not return to the dais after the recess.The dialogue began on an agenda item requested by Hiremath and Councilwoman Mary Snider to have a discussion and possible direction regarding a council rule for presentations from councilmembers. Snider later alluded that it was in response to the way in which Councilman Mike Zinkin has attempted to give a presentation without the rest of the council having an opportunity to view it.  Both Hiremath and Snider spoke about how they are in favor of having a free exchange of ideas and all seven members of the council have the right to express their thoughts on any issue.Hiremath cautioned that a PowerPoint presentation presented during a council meeting could give the public the perception that a councilmember already had their mind made up about an issue, which could possibly be misconstrued as a violation of open meeting laws.Vice Mayor Lou Waters said the discussion on the issue was about presenting facts.

  • Development progress continues on Children’s Museum Oro Valley location

    Progress is well underway as development of the Children’s Museum Tucson satellite location in Oro Valley begins.The location, which was determined late last year, will be at the Steam Pump Village Shops, at 11015 N. Oracle Road within a 3,300-square-foot space.Michael Luria, the executive director for the Children’s Museum Tucson, said permits and plans were recently filed and development begins as the museum took possession of the space last week. “Our plans have been submitted to the Town of Oro Valley and so we should have a construction permit in a week or so,” Luria said early this month “Construction on the tenant improvements to the space should begin shortly, within two weeks.”He said the design work for the space is basically done, but refinements will most likely have to be made. According to Misti Nowak, the communications administrator for the Town of Oro Valley, fundraising efforts are approaching the $500,000 range, which includes the $200,000 from the town and $200,000 from the museum, leaving about $100,000 left to be raised.

  • Ducey delivers State of the State in Oro Valley, will unveil budget Friday

    A day after he delivered the State of the State address in Phoenix, Arizona’s 23rd governor Doug Ducey traveled to Tucson where he laid out his plans for the state’s future.Hosted by the Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce, about 780 people attended the event held at the Hilton El Conquistador resort in Oro Valley.Ducey, formerly the state treasurer, said he knows there are plenty of obstacles ahead as the state faces a $1 billion deficit.“Now maybe I’m of the old school of economics, but this strikes me as a problem,” he said. “And I am just not persuaded by appeals to raise taxes so that we can spend more. I look at it this way – if the problem is spending more than we have, the solution cannot be eve more spending. Instead of demanding more revenue from the people, I suggest we demand more fiscal responsibility from our government.”As a start, to balance the budget, Ducey will implement a hiring freeze in the state government, with exceptions in public safety and child safety.What the state won’t be doing is abandoning the tax reforms that have been put in place. Ducey said canceling tax reform is the wrong way to go.

  • Oro Valley woman to serve 7 years in murder-for-hire case

    A woman who tried to hire an undercover officer to kill a relative in 2013 has accepted a plea agreement, according to a media release from the Oro Valley Police Department.The 51-year-old Theresa White accepted the deal to serve seven years in prison for one count of conspiracy to commit first degree murder.The police first heard about White's intentions in August 2013 and OVPD opened an investigation."White made a payment to an undercover officer to kill her relative. On Sept. 13, 2013, White was booked into the Pima County Adult Detention Center for one count of conspiracy to commit first degree murder," the release reads.White has spent  the past year and a half at the Pima County Adult Detention center awaiting trial. She accepted the plea agreement on Jan. 6.

  • Oro Valley Hospital celebrates a decade of service

    Oro Valley Hospital (OVH) celebrates its 10th anniversary today caring for patients in its community.  The hospital opened its doors in 2005 with 96 beds and only three of its four floors built out.  The fourth floor opened in 2007 and today the hospital has grown to 146 beds.  Over the years it has added a variety of services based on community need including a Sleep Center and Senior Behavioral Health Unit.  Today, OVH is an integral part of the community.  In addition to the healthcare services it provides, the hospital offers monthly free health seminars, periodic free flu shot clinics and free cholesterol screenings.  The hospital also supports a variety of community events including Harvest for Hope, and participates in community health fairs and festivals to help educate and empower community members to take charge of their health.Oro Valley Hospital CEO Jae L. Dale said, “I am proud of the care we provide here at Oro Valley Hospital and our integration into the community beyond our hospital walls.  Our staff and physicians are all dedicated to providing high quality, safe care to those patients who choose us for their healthcare needs.  After 10 years, we’re just getting started and we’re looking forward to growing with our community over the next 10 years. OVH Chief of Staff Dr. Timothy Smith agreed.  “During the past 10 years at Oro Valley Hospital, I am consistently impressed with the caring and collegial nature of our medical staff as well as their commitment to our community.  When it comes to patient safety, we have a team of people dedicated to implementing best practices that we often share with other hospitals.”Oro Valley Hospital has demonstrated its innovation as the first hospital in Southern Arizona to offer patients and surgeons an option for robotic partial knee resurfacing surgery.  This surgeon-driven robotic equipment allows for a more precise knee surgery.  OVH was also the first hospital in Tucson to team up with Golder Ranch Fire District and Northwest Allied Physicians to offer a Community Integrated Paramedics program designed to help reduce hospital re-admissions for patients with congestive heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).The number of employees and physicians has expanded over the years too.  OVH opened with approximately 300 employees and today has more than 640 making it one of the largest employers in Oro Valley.  When the doors opened in 2005, 118 physicians were on the hospital’s medical staff.  Today, more than 400 physicians have privileges at OVH.The community has supported the hospital over the years with many individuals donating their time as volunteers.  25 volunteers lent a hand in various hospital departments when the facility opened.  Today that number is more than 100.  The hospital relies on the volunteers, and the staff and physicians at OVH very much appreciate all the selfless hours the volunteers contribute.

  • Regional Transportation Authority to present update on Tangerine Road Improvements

    The people behind the Tangerine Road corridor improvements are getting together this Wednesday, Jan. 14 to present updates on the project. The event will begin at the Oro Valley Council Chambers, 11000 N. La Canada, at 6 p.m., with the presentation beginning at 6:15 p.m.Representatives from the Town of Marana, Town of Oro Valley, Pima County and the Regional Transportation Authority and the contractor will all be there to answer questions.The design for the 5 mile stretch of road between La Canada and Interstate 10 should be completed this coming Fall, with construction beginning in 2016.The project will widen the roadway to four lanes, add turn lanes, make room for bicycles and pedestrians, and smooth out the land for a less bumpy drive. The goal is to improve safety and circulation throughout the community.More information on the project can be found over at the project’s website.

  • Panel of experts to host writing research presentation

    Presenters Lala Corriere, Lizeth Zepeda, Caitlin Lampman, and Karen Board Moran will be hosting a writing research discussion at the Oro Valley Public Library on Jan. 17 from 10 - 11:30 a.m.The panel will teach writers and genealogists interested in learning how to conduct research methods using the Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives, and will also take a look at how to use Ancestry.com to flesh out characters and story ideas, as well as how to research to find reputable agents and publishers.The event is open to the public and free of charge. 

  • Local municipalities gearing up for New Year

    Oro ValleyHeading into the new year, many eyes are on the recent $1 million acquisition of the Hilton El Conquistador’s Country Club, a controversial measure that passed 4-3 before council in December, and which will introduce a new half-cent sales tax to pay for continued operations expenses.Since its approval, a group known as T.O.O.T.H (Tee’d Off Over Tax Hike) has started a referendum petition in an effort to send the issue to the ballots. Because of this, town officials couldn’t speak as to deadlines on improvements and renovations to the country club – which if moving forward will become the town’s community center – until after the deadline for petition signatures on Jan. 16 passes.As the issue unravels in the New Year, so will a number of other projects – some tentative until the 2015-16 fiscal year budget is approved on July 1.One certain to move forward and scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2015 is the addition of a new Children’s Museum satellite location.

  • Tangerine Road public open house

    Representatives form the Town of Marana, Town of Oro Valley, Pima County and the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) would like you to join them for an open house to get an update on the Tangerine Road corridor improvements.Project team members will be available after the presentation to answer individual questions.The open house is on Wednesday, Jan. 14 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Oro Valley Council Chambers at 11000 N. La Canada Dr.The final design of the 5-mile segment from Dove Mountain Blvd/Twin Peaks Rd. to La Canada Dr. is underway with the completion of design scheduled for the fall of 2015. In addition, the project team has chosen to utilize the Construction Management at Risk approach to construction, which combines the efforts of the design engineer, the owner and the contractor to work together as a team to complete the improvements. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2016.More information on the project can be found at www.tangerineroadinfo.com.

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