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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.
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.
As water levels continue to drop from regional-area groundwater wells, the City of Tucson and Metro Water District are in the beginning stages of counteracting the decrease by exploring how to combine groundwater with CAP (Central Arizona Project) water, which delivers about 1.5 million acre-feet of water annually from the Colorado River.
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?
The Southline Transmission Line Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement is available, and open to public comment. Like the SunZia Transmission Line Project, Southline will bring electricity from New Mexico to the Saguaro Substation in Pinal County, en route to California.
Chief Deputy Chris Nanos advised that the female found in the desert area near Trico Road and Avra Valley Road on June 6, 2014, has been identified as 13-year-old Maribel Victoria Gonzales from Tucson. Maribel’s family last saw her at approximately 8:00 p.m. on June 3, 2014 and she was reported as a runaway to another local law enforcement agency on June 4, 2014.
No injuries were reported following a fire in the town of Oracle that burned through 3.96 acres on June 12.
A brush fire that led to the burning of three homes in the Town of Oracle has been contained, according to reports from Northwest Fire District Captain Adam Goldberg.
Chief Deputy Chris Nanos advises on June 6, 2014, at approximately 12:40 p.m., Tucson Mountain District deputies responded to a suspicious activity call on Trico Road approximately a half mile south of Avra Valley Road. When deputies arrived, they were directed to a dead body, in stages of decomposition, on the east side of the road.
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.
The Planners for the I-11 Canamex Highway held an online “virtual meeting” during part of February and March and drew over 2,000 comments. These are still being sorted and have not yet been released. The summary, when ready, will be posted on their website, www.i11study.com. The $2.5 million study by the Arizona and Nevada Departments of Transportation plans a Southern Arizona public meeting sometime in June.
Buffelgrass issues continue in Southern Arizona while volunteers break their backs digging out buffelgrass in Southern Arizona the U.S. Department of Agriculture is promoting a cold-resistant strain of the “noxious weed” that will spread it even further. While Saguaro National Park contemplates spraying herbicides on buffelgrass with helicopters, Texas calls Pennisetum ciliaris its “wonder grass.” The Buffelgrass Seed Company in Corpus Christi today sells six varieties of the weed with the slogan, “We help America grow.”