There are four known fissures in the Avra Valley/Marana area that are currently inactive according to the Arizona Geologic Survey. Although fissures can be a geologic hazard, the ones in the area do not seem to pose any imminent threats to homeowners. But that does not mean they are not something to be wary of.
Pumping groundwater can lead to fissures, which are cracks in the earth. Active fissures can cause damage to property, though none of the four fissures in Avra Valley are currently active.
A domestic violence suspect is dead after a man drew a weapon on a Marana Police Officer early morning of Monday, Feb. 16.
A Pima County Bond Advisory Committee (BAC) has been meeting for the past several years to put together a bond proposal for voter approval. The slow economic recovery has postponed the measure several times, but the BAC is now looking at November 2015 with a proposal that will cap at $650 million. It was much higher, but Chair Lawrence Hecker, Vice Chair Carolyn Campbell and County Administrator Chuck Hucklelberry met without the full BAC to revise the dollars downward.
Several years ago Citizens for Picture Rocks, a nonprofit community advocacy group, convened a gathering of other active community groups, including seniors, schools and churches. Out of that came the Picture Rocks Community Conversation where representatives of the various constituencies in the community of 10,000 people meet to share information and work together for the benefit of the entire community.
In December, Arizona’s State Transportation Board (STB) approved $15 million to initiate the environmental impact studies (EIS) needed to build the proposed Interstate 11 highway from Wickenberg to Nogales. The unanimous action followed a two-year study by the Arizona and Nevada Departments of Transportation urging construction of the new highway. Funding came from putting a number of just-approved construction and repair projects on indefinite hold.
The State Transportation Board has unanimously approved $15 million in funding to conduct a tier one environmental impact study for the proposed Interstate 11, a multibillion-dollar project designed to connect Nogales to Las Vegas – and, likely in the longer run, Mexico to Canada.
In November, Picture Rocks Hiking Club explorers visited Box Canyon, following a wash from Picture Rocks Road at the bottom of Contzen Pass through the Tucson Mountains to the Redemptorist Renewal Center.
The herbicide glyphosate and the “inert ingredient” POEA, used in Roundup, are reported in Scientific American to kill human cells. Roundup is linked to birth defects, Parkinson’s Disease, infertility and cancer. Despite the growing evidence about the herbicide’s dangers, Saguaro National Park sprayed 3,550 gallons of the poison on 375 park acres with helicopters Aug. 19-24 in its efforts to fight buffelgrass.
It’s the time of year when we all feel more thankful for everything we have. We count our blessings a little more and appreciate the people and organizations that make our lives complete.
Special Olympics El Tour de Tucson route skirts the edge of Tucson, so if you are out and about in your car on ride day, it’s very likely you will encounter some of the 9,000 cyclists, 2,600 volunteers and officials on the route – as well as many thousands of spectators. Please be on the lookout.
The officials behind one of two planned Marana outlet malls celebrated the construction of their major project Thursday with an official groundbreaking.
Marana Police Officer John Pathammavong had not been on duty very long when he saw the effects of drunk driving first hand. One night on patrol he was hit by a drunk driver in the area of Sandario and Avra Valley.
The Desert Museum has an evening event coming up on Nov. 15- Desert Night Life. Visiting the desert at night is a unique experience and it’s a great opportunity to view nocturnal animals and enjoy a sunset over the Avra Valley.
A two-year study to determine the feasibility of Interstate 11 – a corridor connecting Phoenix to Las Vegas and potentially Mexico to Canada – has been completed, according to officials with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).
The motion to approve a specific plan that would allow for denser developments at the Lazy K Bar Guest Ranch failed to pass in the Marana town council meeting.
The Pima County Board of Supervisors on Oct. 7 voted unanimously to move forward with plans for a 15.6-mile interstate linking interstates 10 and 19, connecting Raytheon Missile Systems to the University of Arizona Tech Park in an area being called aerospace parkway.
State funding cuts in recent years have eliminated monies for building renewal, new-school construction, and soft capital – which is used for textbooks, computers and classroom supplies – for school districts across Arizona. This leaves districts to turn to voters to approve tax increases in the form of bonds and budget overrides for building and maintenance projects and the purchase of vehicles, equipment and supplies.
On Saturday October 11, dozens of rockets will light up the night sky west of Tucson at the Fall 2014 Night Launch hosted by the Southern Arizona Rocketry Association (SARA), Tucson's own rocket club. Best of all, it's free!
Candidates for Legislative District 11 State Senate and House of Representatives will appear at the second 2014 Election Forum sponsored by Citizens for Picture Rocks (C4PR) on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Picture Rocks Community Center, 5615 N. Sanders Road. Former State Representative from Picture Rocks Jennifer Burns will again moderate as invited Senate candidates Jo Holt (D) and Steve Smith (R) respond to questions submitted from the community.
Hundreds of neighbors visited Picture Rocks Community Center on Sept. 20 for a Community Resource Fair. Over 30 displays brought information on local resources and issues along with flu shots, popcorn and sno-cones and useful take-aways. Scouts, 4H Clubs, United Way’s Elder Alliance, Sheriff’s Auxiliary, Abbett Library, Marana Health Center and Food Bank, Citizens for Picture Rocks, Neighbors Helping Neighbors and others spoke to community needs.
Marana Unified School District is going to the voters in November to ask for $125 million in bonds.
This time of year marks a solemn occasion for anyone who believes in the unquestionable power of freedom and liberty.