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With a media event on Aug.19, Saguaro National Park began spraying glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, on buffelgrass in the Panther Peak area.
The Picture Rocks Community Center Hiking Club has adopted its itinerary for the coming season, with emphasis on exploration. The PRCC van will leave the community center, located at 5615 N. Sanders Road, at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, to visit the “ghost town” ruins of the SASCO smelter, which closed in 1919.
Following a pot-luck dinner, six Picture Rocks teenagers created a Youth Forum during the Aug.19 Citizens for Picture Rocks (C4PR) meeting.
Even during the hottest parts of the day little four-legged creatures dash about in the Sonoran Desert. They are lizards out hunting for bugs or plants to eat.
Monsoons – what the O’odham people call the “male rain” of intense summer storms – green the desert, ripen prickly pear cacti fruit, and bring out mosquitoes and the critters that eat them.
With crews of interns actively rooting out buffelgrass in Saguaro National Park, park staff told citizens aerial spraying of herbicides is likely to begin mid-August, taking advantage of the monsoon season.
With a $7,500 grant, Picture Rocks Firefighter and outreach coordinator Billie Moon has secured a batch of advanced safety car seats for children.
It’s been years since Desert Winds Elementary and Picture Rocks Intermediate Schools were open for summer school.
With help from Pima County and local volunteers, the Picture Rocks Community Center KAPP (Kids and Parents Playing) children planted a garden. Brendan, Bobby, Anissa and Tristan dug and planted tomatoes and radishes under the direction of staff member Paulette Holloway. For more information on the program, call 682-7166.
While U.S. Senators John McCain, R-AZ and Jeff Flake, R-AZ recently announced their support for the proposed Interstate 11 and Intermountain West Corridor, local officials and the Arizona Department of Transportation say funding has not yet been identified to carry out the project, which is expected to cost billions of dollars.
With the coming of the monsoon season, Saguaro National Park is expected to begin helicopter spraying of herbicides on Park buffelgrass infestations. Arizona has declared Penisetum ciliaris a “noxious weed” but the federal government and Texas state agencies continue to develop more hardy strains and Mexico’s government subsidizes planting el zacate buffel in Sonora. Buffelgrass crowds out native plants and can fuel devastating wildfires. The park’s action come despite a majority of public comments opposing aerial spraying. So just what is “public comment” and is it working?
Every summer, Mexican freetail bats migrate north to bear their young. A favorite roosting place is the bridge over the Santa Cruz River on Ina Road, just over the hill. If you go close to dusk and wait by the guardrails, the sky will soon fill with bats emerging for their nightly hunt for food. Bats eat insects, including mosquitoes.
University of Arizona nursing students set up a booth at Picture Rocks Community Center, Inc. on June 19 to explain subjects like blood pressure, diabetes control, heat and hydration and more to interested neighbors. Plus they gave away goodies like sunscreen and pillboxes.
County officials are taking another look at a proposal that was disagreeable to the Board of Supervisors in 2007.
Avra Valley Coalition organizer Albert Lannon brought the implications of a Cananmex Highway through the Avra Valley to the May 20 Citizens for Picture Rocks meeting. He detailed the effects on neighbors and wildlife, including the loss of jobs along the present Interstate 10 corridor and the negative impacts on health, tourism and water.
Two Picture Rocks non-profit organizations honored the volunteers that keep them strong by serving them lunch at the community park on May 18. Pizza, salad and wings were donated by BJ’s Restaurant, located at 4720 N. Oracle Road.
For Richard Brinkley and others who claim that climate change is a “hoax,” I would like to share this story: I grew up in the Northeast and as a teenager in the 1950s hitch-hiked with my friends to the Southern New Jersey Pine Barrens. It was the northern range of a lot of interesting critters and the home of the iron industry at the time of the American Revolution, and we crawled and climbed through many old ruins from that time. The morning after my first camp-out I counted over 100 mosquito bites on one arm and quit counting. Mosquitoes were the modern manifestation of the legendary “Jersey Devil” as far as I was concerned. Every few trips I would also pick up a big bloodsucking wood tick.
The Explorer’s article on the I-11 public meeting on the Pascua Yaqui Reservation suffers from being an after-the-fact interview without being present at the meeting. Had your reporter been there he would have seen over 100 residents of the Avra Valley – from Picture Rocks, Three Points, Barrio Sapo, Old West Ranchettes, Avra Valley, etc. – in opposition to the Canamex Highway route being championed by Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. That 56-mile highway would end a peaceful way of life in the Avra Valley that has endured for thousands of years.
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Citizens for Picture Rocks will discuss issues about the C4PR elections, Ironwood National Monument and the Marana Unified School District override election tonight starting at 7 p.m. at the town community center, 5615 N. Sanders Road.
Letters to the editor published in the November 17, 2010, edition of The Explorer.
For nearly all of 2010, people have deluged the Marana Town Council with facts, opinions, emotions, protests and demonstrations about the Marana Regional Landfill.
Where would MUSD spend bond money?
Albert Vetere Lannon of Picture Rocks has become one of the most persistent, most animated critics of the Marana Regional Landfill proposal.