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  • Tip line designed to make Marana schools safer

    The Marana Unified School District, like most school districts, frowns upon bullying, violence and substance abuse. Unlike many districts MUSD is trying to go the extra mile to do something about it. The District has set up SPEAK UP! Tip lines at the three area high schools so students can anonymously report on incidents of bullying, violence, drug or alcohol abuse. “These tip lines are another tool for our students to take an active stand against bullying, alcohol, or anything which affects the well-being of their campus.,” explained Tamara Crawley, Marana School District’s Director of Public Relations. “They offer a 24 Hour safe and anonymous option for students and parents to speak up.”The tip line debuted in late October at Marana High School and has since been implemented at Mountain View and MCAT. Each school has a tip line specific to that high school, where students can leave an anonymous message, which is reviewed each school day by school administrators. “All reports will be reviewed by that schools’ administration,” Crawley added. “All credible reports are investigated and acted upon in accordance with District policies.“All of that information is then investigated and acted on if necessary” said Marana High School Dean of Students Sarah Whaley who oversees the program. “We want to have a way for those in our community, parents, and students to pass along information that they feel will help keep our school safe and secure.”

  • OV council amends code for signs, driveways

    On Nov. 19, the Oro Valley Town Council amended two portions of the town’s zoning code. One portion dealt with businesses temporary signs during extended road construction periods and the other gave the town engineer discretion when it came to where a complex can have an access point off Tangerine Road. Both were approved unanimously with a 6-0 vote. Councilman Mike Zinkin was not present.There was little discussion about the access point topic, which included wording within the zoning code to allow the town engineer to take into account public safety when an access point does not fit with the current separation requirements. The current code states that driveways must be at least 1,000 feet from another driveway or street, and at least 330 feet from a main intersection. The change allows an access point to a property outside of these constraints only when it poses a safety concern.For temporary signage, the current town code allowed for a 16-square-foot banner, with a maximum height of four feet. Each business was allowed one for a maximum of 30 days per permit, which could only be renewed four times a year. Each time the sign was renewed, there was a permit fee of $50.The amended code was brought to town staff’s attention after numerous case-by-case scenarios continued to come through council, such as the property at Rancho Vistoso Blvd. and Oracle Road during the Oracle Road Expansion Process.

  • Local finds her creative niche

    Sticks and stones may break your bones, but for Stacy Gowler, they make great custom cutting boards and coasters.Stacy, a Tucson native and Marana resident, has spent the last year focusing her attention on her custom home goods, which she sells out of her home, online, and at local artist fairs. Her coasters are made from her own secret mixture of concrete that is smooth, light and durable, and her cutting boards are made from 100 percent bamboo that she cuts down to size. But that is simply where her products begin. These products are then customized with laser engraving.The University of Arizona grad spent some time in school studying architecture. Though her final degree wasn’t within the field, she always enjoyed making and assembling the smaller projects, such as the models. And during her tenure she learned how to use a laser engraving machine, how to pour concrete and woodworking skills. Since 2012 Stacy was working within the real estate industry, but quickly realized that wasn’t where her passion was.“I wanted to get back into being able to make things more,” Stacy said. “So I finally decided to jump in and see if it was something that I could actually make money in.” Using a facility in Phoenix, Stacy would gather her supplies and make the 100-plus mile trek once a week to work on and create her coasters and cutting boards. 

  • High Five: Week of Nov. 26

    1 Bring the entire family to Fantasia live in concert with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra accompanying scenes from Walt Disney’s original 1940 animated film as well as the 2000 version. Details: 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29; 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30; Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.; $28-$84; 882-8585. 2 Enjoy traditional and contemporary folk standards along with original compositions by singer/songwriter Judy Collins. Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2; Fox Theatre, 17 W. Congress St.; $22-$55; 547-3040. 3 Celebrate Christmas with the Celts performing a combination of fiery Scottish/Irish traditional instrumental tunes and vocals as well as their own hybrid style of Celtic pop rock original songs. Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29; Diamond Center, Desert Diamond Casino, I-19 and Pima Mine Road; $15 and up; www.startickets.com

  • Foothills art show

    The Foothills Artists’ Group will be holding its annual Art Show and Sale at the Foothills Clubhouse off Tucson Estates Parkway on Sunday, Dec. 7, from 1 to 4 p.m. The art group began in 2005, with the artists meeting weekly from October through April.  Each artist brings a different perspective to these classes.  Members’ skills range from beginning to professional.  They bring a diverse collection of fine art.Instructors teach a variety of art forms including drawing, watercolor, acrylic and oil painting, pastels, colored pencils and many other techniques.  The Art Show reflects many unique affordable offerings of fine art including all types of mediums and styles ranging from traditional, modern, contemporary and abstract.   Admission to the show is free, open to the public and refreshments will be served. 

  • Best of the Northwest voting begins

    Last year, Best of the Northwest had its most successful year yet, with readers turning out to vote for their favorite restaurants, the community’s best hair and nail salons and to pay tribute to some of the community’s best police officers, firefighters and teachers.The 2015 Best of the Northwest voting is now available for readers to cast their votes. It’s time to vote for those businesses from Oro Valley, Marana and the Catalina Foothills.Cast your votes now through Jan. 31.For more information, visit www.explorernews.com/vote.

  • Annual Thanksgiving Dog-Walking

    County residents are invited to spread Thanksgiving love with Pima Animal Care Center dogs through PACC’s annual holiday dog-walking event. The event runs from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 27 at 4000 N. Silverbell Road.Everyone is welcome, but only those 16 years or older will be able to walk the dogs. PACC estimates that 200 dogs at the Center will need to be walked during that time. Please RSVP to Andrew Stocker at Andrew.Stocker@pima.gov by Monday, Nov. 24.The Thanksgiving event will be followed by a Black Friday free adoption celebration from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28. Both dogs and cats will be available for adoption during that time and the normal November adoption fee of $30 will be waived. Adoption of dogs older than three months will require a $15 license fee.For more information, contact Andrew Stocker at Andrew.Stocker@pima.gov.

  • Savvy tips for eating well during the holiday season

    ’Tis the season… when many of us will gain unwanted weight from all the holiday parties, home-baked gifts, and irresistible goodies everywhere. “It doesn’t matter how old you are—between Thanksgiving and the New Year, people can gain weight that sticks with them the rest of the year,” says Beth Ernst, Life Enrichment Manager at Splendido, an all-inclusive community in Tucson for those 55 and better. “Yes, you can exercise and try to burn off those extra calories—but it’s much easier to avoid them in the first place.” Here are some tips to help party-goers of all ages avoid the annual holiday gain:7 Noshers Nibbling Cocktail parties. . . open houses. . . family celebrations. . . this time of year can be packed with special events, each with its own tempting treats.If you’re an evening exerciser, try moving your workouts to the mornings for the remainder of 2015, so that the season’s get-togethers don’t interrupt your exercise routine. Don’t go to a holiday party hungry! You’ll have more will power near the buffet table or snacks if you eat a healthy, filling snack before you leave. Try an apple with peanut butter, or Greek yogurt mixed with fruit.

  • 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.

  • Provisional/Conditional Ballot Breakdown for CD 2

    Pima County Recorder, F. Ann Rodriguez, announced today that a breakdown of the results of the provisional and conditional provisional ballots from the November 4, 2014 General Election is now available for Congressional District 2. We can now give a breakdown of how many of the provisional and conditional provisional forms were issued to voters in CD2.A press release on November 12, 2014 gave a breakdown for the entire county, where there were a total of 776 provisional ballots. We have determined that 479 of those provisional and conditional provisional ballots were from CD2.The following is a breakdown of the various reasons why the 479 provisional and conditional provisional ballots in CD2 were not verified and therefore were not counted:240 voters went to the wrong polling place.These voters were correctly listed on the poll rosters at their assigned polling place. Under state law, each of these ballots had to be disqualified.176 individuals attempted to vote when they were not eligible to do so.

  • Pair of NW robbery attempts

    Detectives with the Sheriff’s Robbery Unit are investigating two possibly related attempted robberies. The first incident occurred on November 8, 2014, at approximately 8:30 PM. A 70- year-old woman was at the Hampton Inn at 5950 N. Oracle Road with a group of people. The suspect began tugging at her purse in an attempt to steal it. In the struggle, the woman fell to the ground and suffered minor cuts and bruises.Another woman (56) from within the group reacted quickly and struck the suspect in the face and head. He fled from the scene and left in a white pick-up truck without taking the purse. He was described as a Caucasian male, 50 to 60 years old with graying hair, 6’00” tall and weighing approximately 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt, a dark baseball cap and glasses.The second incident, possibly involving the same suspect, occurred almost exactly 24 hours later at the Coxco store located at 5960 N. Oracle Road. On November 9, 2014, at approximately 8:45 PM, the suspect entered the store. When approaching the counter, he placed a pack of gum on the counter along with a dollar bill. As the clerk opened the cash drawer, the suspect reached over and attempted to take money from the register. The clerk managed to push the man away, who then began to hit the clerk. In the struggle, the suspect’s cap came off. He tried one more time to reach for money in the register, but then fled on foot from the store in a northbound direction.The suspect was described as a Caucasian male, 50 to 60 years old with graying hair (possibly balding), 6’1” tall and a skinny build. He was last seen wearing a blue hooded zip up sweat shirt and a grey baseball cap.Anyone with information about the identity of the suspect and/or his whereabouts is urged to call 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME.

  • Bighorn Sheep released, TV Host Jack Hanna present

    Thursday morning the Arizona Game and Fish Department, in collaboration with the Catalina Bighorn Sheep Society, released 11 ewes and three rams into the Santa Catalina Mountains.An additional 15 bighorn sheep are expected to be collected today from the mountains near Quartzite and are expected to be released at an undisclosed location and time Friday.During the release Thursday, TV host and wildlife correspondent Jack Hanna was present and opened the gate of the trailer to release the bighorn sheep.See next week’s Explorer for full coverage.

  • Three burglary suspects arrested in Oro Valley

    Oro Valley, Arizona (November 19, 2014)-On November 14, 2014, Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD) patrol officers responded to an Oro Valley home in reference to a burglary.  The victim reported over $20,000 worth of items stolen.  OVPD patrol conducted a canvass of the area and were able to identify two suspicious vehicles in the area at the time of the burglary.The investigation was turned over to the Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU) and the Community Action Team (CAT). They were able to locate the suspect’s vehicle in the area of the Tucson Mall.  Contact was made with two suspects in the vehicle and they both admitted to committing the burglary in Oro Valley.  The investigation led CIU and CAT to a home on Ft. Lowell where a third suspect was arrested.  A search warrant was executed at this home and a large amount of stolen items were recovered.  The suspects arrested and charges are as follows:Scott Davenport Jr. - 19 year-old male, one count of 2nd degree burglary (F3) and trafficking in stolen property (F2)Gabriel Cordova- 19 year-old male, one count of 2nd degree burglary (F3) and trafficking in stolen property (F2)

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