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Both Arizona and Boise State have had some of their best moments at the Fiesta Bowl and the two will meet on Dec. 31 in the game in Glendale.
(NAPSI)—There is good news for Hispanic parents whose children are approaching college age. A new PSA campaign provides parents with access to the resources they need to help their children prepare, plan, and pay for college.
TUCSON - Retired Air Force Colonel Martha McSally today was named the official winner of the race for AZ CD-2, after results from a state-mandated recount gave her a 167 victory over incumbent Ron Barber. The court announcement is the last step in the recount process and makes McSally's victory final in CD-2.
(NAPSI)—Don’t take this lightly: One of the most vital signals of an improperly functioning vehicle is the check engine light and, when illuminated, it alerts the driver to a variety of existing potential problems. Nevertheless, vehicle checkups during car care events throughout the country reveal that the check engine light is on in nearly one out of 10 vehicles.
(NAPSI)—This holiday season, don’t forget to add your hometown to your gift giving list. Thanks to Pepsi and its “Hyped for Halftime” Super Bowl campaign, you could win a Pepsi Halftime Show for your entire hometown along with scoring tickets to the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show live in Arizona.
Blake Shelton helps kick off Pepsi’s “Hype Your Hometown” program in Corpus Christi, TX. Fans who visit Pepsi.com/halftime and share how they get hyped for halftime will be entered to win tickets to the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show in Arizona and a Pepsi halftime extravaganza in their hometown. Blake Shelton lands on the USS Lexington in Corpus Christi, TX to deliver a surprise performance to America’s veterans to launch Pepsi’s “Hype Your Hometown” campaign—a call to action for the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime halftime experience. NAPS)
After reading the Explorer this past week, I was absolutely shocked to learn about the upcoming vote by our city council to purchase the El Conquistador Golf Club. I don’t know what our city council is thinking but obviously they are totally oblivious to all the golf clubs across the country having financial difficulties and that includes Arizona and Oro Valley. Might I point out the financial distress for The Gallery, Stone Canyon, Vistoso, Oro Valley CC - and the list goes on and on? And why the secrecy and rush to purchase? It was stated that a survey of 500 people (really? only 500 people in the entire city of Oro Valley?) indicated a desire for a “community center”. Who are these 500 people? Where do they live? For something this important, a survey of the entire city should have been taken.
With the election results a distant memory, the Mayor and re-elected members of the City Council have secretly made the decision to purchase for $1,000,000, the money losing entities of El Conquistador. Under the secret negotiations, the Town would purchase 45 holes of golf, two swimming pools, 31 tennis courts, a restaurant, and a building it will convert to a community center. The community center will house, among other things, exercise equipment that will help to decrease the revenue and taxes of such businesses as L.A. Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness and other fitness companies in favor of a non-taxpaying entity. Will Oro Valley also get into the restaurant management business? The Mayor indicates the golf course will lose money at first—$1,000,000 to $1,300,000 in the first year but he expects it will become a money maker in a few years. Of course that is pure speculation. The Mayor’s finance people indicate all of the repairs and upgrades will cost no more than $1,500,000 even though members of the existing club’s Grounds Committee provide information that the upgrades will cost between $6,000,000 and $10,000,000 with an additional $400,000 needed to restore the cart paths. We should also remember that the way to finance this boondoggle is an increase in the sales tax for Oro Valley businesses. Wasn’t it Mayor Hiremath who indicated in his re-election campaign rhetoric he was going to put effort into increasing the number of retail businesses in Oro Valley? These are the same businesses that could lose market share because it would cost less to make a major purchase in Tucson, Oracle, etc. to the detriment of Oro Valley businesses. Why shop in Oro Valley if a short distance away, we can save our hard earned money by paying less sales tax?
(BPT) - You work hard for your money and the last thing you want to do is waste it by buying the wrong product or investing in something of poor quality. So how do you know which product is the best? There is no definitive answer, of course, and marketing campaigns can be misleading. If you adhere to the steps below, however, you’ll find you’ll be generally happy with your purchases in the long run.
Interfaith Community Services is topping off an extraordinary year by inviting the public to one or both of two annual Holiday Open Houses. The events will feature food, music and fellowship to celebrate the community’s support, as well as an opportunity to learn more about the great things that have been happening.
Mayor Hiremath, Council Members Waters, Snider, and Hornat have all just been re-elected to the town council by wide margins. This is the same group that, during their first term, doubled the Utility tax. Now they are proposing to buy the El Conquistador Country Club and raise the Town’s sales tax to pay for it. We all agree that Oro Valley needs a community center, but we do not agree on whether or not we need to rush into making a commitment that not all desire.
The Marana Town Council approved use of funds for the Marana Heritage Park and changed some of the town’s policies on background checks during their meeting last Tuesday. The council also honored a longtime employee and heard feedback from the citizens’ forums.
Oro Valley’s top officials know the town’s recently unveiled plans to raise sales taxes and to purchase the El Conquistador golf and recreation facilities seem rushed and unorthodox – but it’s a rare opportunity that may never come around again, they say.
(BPT) - “I thought cancer was like dessert - you only got one. I thought wrong,” says Jim Riswold, a two-time cancer survivor and one of the advertising geniuses responsible for some of Nike’s most iconic ads. Fourteen years ago, Riswold was told he had between two to four years to live, but because of a once-a-day pill developed by Dr. Brian Druker, director of OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Jim is now sharing his story through artwork.
(NAPSI)—The holidays are about families gathering together to celebrate and to discuss issues of importance to everyone, including older members of the family. For this reason, an annual campaign called Home for the Holidays was established to provide families with information to help stimulate a dialogue about major issues affecting their older loved ones. This year’s campaign focuses on the risks to brain health for older adults and offers some simple strategies to help mitigate those risks.
A free brochure can help older adults learn ways to improve their brain health. (NAPS)
University of Arizona football has accepted an invitation to play Boise State at the VIZIO Fiesta Bowl in Phoenix, Ariz., it was announced by the College Football Playoff committee and Arizona Athletics on Sunday. The Wildcats’ game with the Broncos will be played Wed., Dec. 31, at 2 p.m. MT and will air on ESPN.
(Family Features) The holiday season is a magical time and there are some simple ways to share in the season’s spirit of goodwill and generosity.
Make-A-Wish child Alexzander mails his letter to Santa after he wrote it with Martha Stewart at Macy‚??s in celebration of the retailer‚??s annual Believe campaign in Miami on December 7, 2013. For every letter mailed in a Macy‚??s ‚??Believe‚?ù Letterbox the retailer will donate one dollar, up to one million dollars, to Make-A-Wish Josh Ritchie/AP for Macy's
(NewsUSA) - It's one of the unfortunate truths of our obsession with sports: Coaches don't normally get much credit unless they take their teams all the way to a title. And yet, there actually still are some coaches -- let's call them the good guys -- who view at least a part of their jobs as helping to build character in their players while easing the mental and physical irritations that come with competition.
(BPT) - In our current economy, when many live paycheck to paycheck, why do so many choose to give some of it away to charity? The fact is helping others is part of what makes us human. It doesn’t matter the age or background of the donor – it feels good to make a difference, and that starts by donating to a worthy cause close to your heart. But making a difference isn’t the only reason for donating. There are additional drivers for giving that go beyond funding a particular cause, and understanding these reasons will help you get the most out of your annual donations this year.
A federal judge last week rejected an effort by Congressman Ron Barber’s campaign to include an additional 133 votes that were disqualified for administrative reasons in the 2014 election.
Book a room at a participating Tucson hotel for the 12th, 13th or 14th of December, 2014 and receive 2 complimentary ticket vouchers for an exclusive, live performance by country star Randy Houser on Sunday, December 14th - use visitTucson.org's online reservation system below!