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Numerous fire districts and police departments were busy Monday with the barrage of rescues that came as a result of a storm. Golder Ranch Fire District personnel responded to multiple swift-water rescues in all portions of the district including Catalina, Oro Valley, and State Route 79.
The third annual Tucson 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb will take place starting Sunday morning, Sept. 14. The event is sponsored by the Climb 4 the Fallen (C4TF) Group. The stair climb will be held at the Bank Of The West building, located at 5151 E. Broadway in Tucson. Arizona firefighters will make an exhausting physical tribute to their fellow firefighters who died on 9/11.
The Marana Police Department will be conducting DUI Saturation Patrols in conjunction with the Southern Arizona DUI Task Force throughout the Labor Day Weekend. Labor Day Weekend is traditionally one of the most dangerous weekends on our roadways. Our goal is to make this a safe weekend for everyone, and prevent serious injuries and fatal collisions. Officers will be proactive in our efforts to prevent these traffic collisions from occurring, and stress the importance of having a designated sober driver and drinking responsibly.
Mayoral Race: A day before early ballots were mailed out to residents on July 31, the Oro Valley Town Council and Mayoral candidates participated in a debate with topics ranging from budget, policy, collaboration, businesses and the future of the town in front of a little more than 100 people.
Why are you running for Town Council?
Why are you running for Town Council?
Why are you running for Town Council?
As has been previously reported in the Explorer, Mike Zinkin has been pursuing legal action against a number of Oro Valley citizens who were involved with the recent recall effort, including myself.
Covering all aspects of how the town operates and on topics where debate has sparked in the past, the candidates for the Oro Valley mayor’s seat and the three available council seats participated in the first public forum on July 9.
While Congress is in Washington debating President Barack Obama’s proposal to spend more than $3 billion to address the immigration crisis the nation is currently facing, and Republicans argue that border security measures need to be taken immediately, the Department of Health and Human Services is still struggling to find housing for the more than 65,000 immigrant children that have entered the U.S. from Central America over the last year.
The Town of Oracle was in a stark divide today over the arrival of a busload of children from Central America – about 40-60 in number – who are to be housed at the town’s Sycamore Canyon Academy, which currently serves the area’s troubled youth.
ARRIAGA, Chiapas, Mexico – As night falls, Samuel Carcamo, in a gray button-up shirt and cuffed jeans, stands on the tracks with dozens of other migrants waiting to climb on top of the northbound freight known as “The Train of Death.”
On Friday, June 13, at 9:31 a.m., a foster mother living in the 28000 block of North Desert Native Street, San Tan Valley, reported her three foster daughters had run away. She reported the girls ranged in age from 12 to 16 years old and were last seen around 12:30 a.m., inside a bedroom of the foster home.
A hero can be found in all walks of life. A teenage lifeguard who notices a competitor struggling and makes the split-second decision to jump in, the young child who helps an Alzheimer’s patient get help and find his way home, a soldier who once served honorably or who is still serving, or a teacher who makes a difference in the lives of many today and in the future.
Governor Jan Brewer today signed a Proclamation calling the Arizona Legislature into Special Session on Tuesday, May 27, to pass her critical child safety reform proposal to fundamentally overhaul the state’s child safety system.
Addressing the top priority highlighted in Governor Brewer’s 2014 State of the State policy agenda, this reform proposal statutorily creates and funds the Department of Child Safety – a new, stand-alone agency whose sole focus is the safety of Arizona’s children.
“There can be no higher priority for our state than the safety of its children, who for too long have been failed by a system plagued by a lack of transparency and accountability, a shortage of resources, a massive backlog of cases and a flawed focus,” said Governor Brewer. “If we do not act strategically – and soon – to reverse this damage, the crisis will only continue to worsen. It is time that we establish a new Department – with a mission focused on child safety, a culture conducive to fulfilling that mission, and the resources to do the job.”
This long-needed reform is the latest of several bold actions Governor Brewer has taken to improve Arizona’s beleaguered child safety system. In November, the Office of Child Welfare Investigations (OCWI) – created by Governor Brewer and the State Legislature in 2012 – discovered that thousands of cases of potential child abuse and neglect had gone uninvestigated. Governor Brewer took immediate action, creating the CARE Team to provide independent and transparent oversight of these investigations and also directing the Department of Public Safety to conduct a thorough administrative review of the process that led to this situation. In January, she signed an Executive Order abolishing Child Protective Services and reorganizing a new Division of Child Safety and Family Services – led by Director Charles Flanagan – which reports directly to the governor.
Governor Brewer’s fiscal 2015 state budget proposal began to lay the foundation for funding the new Department of Child Safety. The governor has been clear in recent months that additional resources would be needed to ensure the new child safety agency is properly funded from the beginning so it may succeed in its mission.
Now, Governor Brewer is calling upon Arizona state lawmakers to approve this crucial reform measure, crafted over several months by her bi-partisan Child Safety Reform Workgroup which, effective July 1, 2014, establishes the Department of Child Safety as a separate agency – with child safety as the core purpose. Additionally, and equally important, this historic legislation mandates transparency and accountability, and
Businesses are often successful because they do the work their customers aren’t qualified to do.
On Thursday, April 17, 2014 an article appeared in the Northwest Section of the Arizona Daily Star. It discussed the continuing conflict between two Oro Valley Town Council members and the Oro Valley Police Department (OVPD). The same argument has been going on for several years. An overwhelming majority of the Oro Valley general population loves the Police Department and the services it provides. An even greater majority of the business owners in Oro Valley love the safety and protection provided by the OVPD. A small group of residents, led by these two councilpersons, mimic the actions of a couple of yapping little K-9‘s when both interact at the dog park or someone rings the door bell.
More than any other time of the year, residents are being warned to watch their step as snakes are slithering out of hiding and into the warm weather.
The Tucson community will be safer thanks to a $10,000 donation to the Tucson Fire Department. Awarded by Leavitt Recreation and Hospitality Insurance and Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, the funds will purchase smoke detectors for at-risk families in the community and scene lighting.
On Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Oro Valley Police Department, Oro Valley Optimist Club and the Kyle Franks Foundation will host the sixth annual Drug Awareness Day for all fifth-grade students in the Amphitheater School District.
Pima Community College’s Adult Education AmeriCorps program will participate in the eighth annual AmeriCorps Week, a series of events highlighting service to our community.
Governor Jan Brewer has established by Executive Order the Arizona Human Trafficking Council, addressing one of the key priorities highlighted in the governor’s 2014 State of the State and policy agenda.
Pima Community College has named Manuel A. “Manny” Amado as Executive Director/Chief of Police of PCC’s Department of Public Safety.
PHOENIX – A lawmaker wants to expand a state program that trains adults to identify and assist individuals showing warning signs of a mental crisis to include a focus on adolescents.
Rep. Justin Pierce, R-Mesa, authored a bill that would require the Arizona Department of Public Safety to create a system to issue alerts following an attack in which an officer has been killed, seriously injured or assaulted with a deadly weapon. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Jamie Killin)