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The candidates seeking the state's top office gathered in Tucson Thursday night, debating issues from the economy to education.Representing the Republican party, Doug Ducey was in attendance, along with Democrat Fred Duval and Libertarian Barry Hess.The event was standing room only with nearly 500 in attendance at the Jewish Community Center.The second of several debates scheduled for the candidates was hosted by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.Candidates continue to differ on issues from how to fix Arizona's budget shortfalls, to how to pay for education and how education should be managed in the coming years.Read more coverage from the debate at www.explorernews.com, and in the print edition on Sept. 24.
Oro Valley authorities have confirmed that Sahuarita Town Attorney Daniel Jay Hochuli has been charged with driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content exceeding the legal limit.Hochuli, the brother to NFL referee Ed Hochuli and Pima County Superior Court Judge Peter Hochuli, was driving in Oro Valley when an officer stopped him for an unsafe lane change, and at that time, alcohol was discovered inside the vehicle.Court records indicate the complaint was filed on Sept. 10. Hochuli’s initial court appearance at the Pima County Justice Courts is scheduled for Oct. 13.
A suspect linked to the break-in of more than 50 vehicles in the Town of Oro Valley is considered to be in hiding, according to Oro Valley Police Department Public Information Officer Lt. Kara Riley.The 26-year-old Tucson resident Torey Reinhardt is wanted for numerous counts of trafficking in stolen property, as well as third-degree burglary.A recent press release states the break-ins begun around Aug. 15.“As far as we can tell, he was going through residences in different Oro Valley communities and finding unlocked vehicles, and stealing items – wallets, iPhones, iPods – things he could pawn or sell on the street,” said Riley.None of the 50-plus break-ins saw forced entry.A forensics unit was sent to more than one of the crime scenes to process evidence, and at least one of those examinations led police to Reinhardt, Riley said.
Startup Tucson was awarded a $1.44 million, five-year contract from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s ScaleUp America program. Startup Tucson was one of only seven successful applicants nationwide out of over 60 proposals. Tucson is the only community west of the Mississippi River to receiveScaleUp America funding. “Tucson is on the verge of an economic transformation and the ScaleUp America program is injecting over $1 million into our community at a critical time,” said Justin Williams, CEO and founder of Startup Tucson. “According to the Kauffman Foundation, over the last 30 years, 100% of all net-new jobs nationally came from high-potential startups committed to rapid growth. Startup Tucson will use this award, combined with the investments made this summer by the City of Tucson, the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, and Holualoa Properties, to accelerate the growth of our region’s high-potential early stage companies.” Startup Tucson’s ScaleUp America contract will support the Thryve Next growth accelerator program focusing on high-potential, growth-oriented companies with annual revenues between $150,000 and $500,000, approximately two years old and in the early growth business cycle. Thryve Next, powered by Startup Tucson, is a national model for entrepreneurial cultivation. “The Desert Angels invests significantly in high-growth companies like those supported by Startup Tucson,” said Dan Janes, Co-Founder of 42Six Solutions and a member of the local Desert Angels investor network. “These high-growth companies bring in new dollars and grow new jobs in the regional economy.” With a focus on local impact, inclusion and innovation, contracts awarded by ScaleUp America provide intensive entrepreneurship education and a growth-support program to achieve the following goals: increase business scalability, create local jobs, and positively impact the local economy. The contract also supports undeserved and underrepresented businesses. As the leading resource for early stage startups and growing businesses in Southern Arizona, Startup Tucson continues to transform the economy through entrepreneurship and innovation. Small businesses interested in Thryve Next can email Thryve@startuptucson.com or visit www.startuptucson.com/thryve. About Startup Tucson Startup Tucson is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit committed to transforming Southern Arizona’s economy through innovation and entrepreneurship. Founded in 2011, Startup Tucson delivers programs to support the launch of and growth of high-impact businesses. Investors in Startup Tucson include the City of Tucson, the Diane and Bruce Halle Foundation, Holualoa Properties, and the Desert Angels. Visit www.startuptucson.com for more information.
Pima Community College is proud to host the Trane® “Acceleration Now” tour, a national trade show highlighting products and services available to the building and construction industry. The Acceleration Now Tour, the first ever for Arizona, will bring Trane’s commercial heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) solutions to its customers and the community. When: Friday, Oct. 3, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Where: PCC Downtown Campus, 1255 N. Stone Ave., west parking lot To register: To register, click here. Students and PCC employees not based at Downtown who are attending the event, as well as members of the public attending, are asked to park at the West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Road, and ride the event shuttle to the Downtown Campus. Media: Invited to attend “Pima Community College is honored to host the Trane ‘Acceleration Now’ Tour and partner with industry for the benefit of our students, the college and the community,” said William Ward, PCC’s Vice Chancellor for Facilities. “Trane and PCC also share the common goal of helping raise the level of technical education for the students and developing the most effective workforce of tomorrow. I see Facilities as a foundation for education that supports the environments for learning that makes learning deeper and more effective.”Trane is a leading global provider of indoor comfort solutions and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand. The Trane “Acceleration Now” Tour provides information about how the right energy conservation measures can help organizations and businesses increase their energy and operational efficiency and the benefits they can gain as a result. These results can include improved academic performance in schools, optimized healing in healthcare environments and higher productivity and better health for employees in commercial buildings.During the Trane “Acceleration Now” tour, a semi-truck and two flatbeds carrying the newest equipment, controls and interactive displays will visit 70 communities in 39 weeks. Customers can learn about these new technologies and innovations at each stop:
The Explorer Newspaper won several awards during the annual Arizona Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest on Sept. 20, including third place for overall General Excellence.The Explorer took several first place honors, including Departmental News Excellence, Best Special Section and designer J.D. Fitzgerald won for Best Feature Photo Layout.The Explorer took second place for Best Newspaper Website; and third place for Editorial Page Excellence and Best Special Section.Fitzgerald also won a second-place award for Best News Photograph.Randy Metcalf won a second-place award for Best Feature Photo Layout, and third-place for Best Feature Photograph and Best Photograph.Reporter Hillary Davis took second-place for Enterprise Reporting, in Inside Tucson Businss.
UA Biosphere 2's Discovery Nights will be open for extended hours on 3 Saturday evenings; October 4th, 18th, and 25th. It's a family-friendly night of stargazing and hands-on science activities, and nighttime tours of the iconic research facility will be offered. Have Dinner! Nonna Maria's Ristorante and Pizzeria will sell pizza and other fare inside the Human Habitat from the original Biospherian kitchen! The activities will change on a week-to-week basis so please check the Biosphere website for more info: www.b2science.org.October 4th, 2014: Nature at Night: Learn about the unique and beautiful Sonoran Desert region that we call homeOctober 18th, 2014: Oceans of Fun: Explore how the Biosphere 2 ocean biome serves as a model system for world-wide marine researchOctober 25th, 2014: Educator Night: Celebrate teachers in Arizona with teacher discounts, a chance to win field trips to Biosphere 2, and STEM curriculum demonstrations.October 04, 2014 - October 25, 2014Event Location: 32540 S. Biosphere Rd., Oracle, AZ 85623
Join terrain mud runs and get dirty where westerns were filmed at the 3 or 5+ mile obstacle course race. Party at the finish line covered in mud with friends, family and the beautiful Tucson Mountains behind you, at Old Tucson.Sign up day of race at Old Tucson - registration starts at 7:00 am.or register online at http://terrainracing.com/register/tucson-2014/October 04, 2014Event Location: 201 S. Kinney Rd., Tucson, AZ 85735 Venue: Old Tucson
The Marana girls volleyball team fell 3-0 to Empire on Monday night.The Ravens stormed out of the gate and cruised to a 25-10 first set win. Marana looked more focused in the second set, but could not get over the hump and lost 26-24.Empire closed out the match with a 25-14 third set.Jordan Wengert led the Tigers with five kills, while Karrah Betten had four. Michelle Wallace and Ashley Parker had eight and seven assists respectively, while Hannah Laulusa led the Tigers with 10 digs and two blocks.The Tigers dropped to 2-6 on the season. They travel to Oro Valley to face Canyon Del Oro on Tuesday night.
CDO golfer Chris Meyers had a memorable weekend, winning a tournament on his final shot on one of golf’s most famous holes.The Dorado senior approached 18 trailing the leaders of the Nature Valley First Tee Open on Sunday at Pebble Beach by a single stroke and needed a birdie to just force extra holes. Instead he won the tournament with an albatross, a double eagle."It still hasn't sunk in yet," Meyers told the media after the event. "This is just amazing that somehow that ball went in the hole. It's just awesome."On the scenic par five overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Meyer’s second shot reached the green, bounced several times before rolling into the cup. The shot gave him a two-stroke win."I was just stunned," Meyers said. "I couldn't believe it and thought it just must be meant to be.Meyers shot a three-day 173 (-22). He was matched with pro Lee Janssen for the event. Meyers is committed to play golf at Stanford next fall.
Monday, September 29Girls Golf (3 p.m.)St. Gregory at Catalina FoothillsMarana vs. Sahuaro, Palo Verde at Rolling HillsMountain View at CDO (Oro Valley CC)Girls Volleyball (4, 5, 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
University of Arizona Police Officer Andrew Lincowski joined planetary scientists at NASA this summer to search for exoplanets that might have the potential to harbor life. Comments (0)