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Five years ago, Deborah Knickerbocker was given three alpacas from someone leaving town. Today, she runs Busy Bobbin Alpaca Ranch in Marana and has 29 alpacas roaming the property.
On August 4, 2014 the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) publicly released 2014 AIMS results and the A-F school letter grades for schools throughout the state. The Marana Unified School District earned a high profile of B. One elementary school earned the ADE’s highest Achievement Profile of an A and fifteen Marana schools earned the Achievement Profile of a B.
Why are you running for Town Council?
As the election for Mayor and three Council seats draws near, it’s time we, as Oro Valley residents, open our eyes. Let’s take a look to see what the four incumbents have done as a council and as individuals.
Marana Unified School District students will begin the school year
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.”
June was National Pollinator month, and folks got to help pollinators by planting flowers. Easy sell. Now, here is another beneficial insect that is a tad harder to find popular support for – ants. Some people are of the belief that the only good ant is a dead ant. While it’s true that there are some troublesome ants out there, there far more kinds of beneficial ants doing their part to actually help the soil and improve growing conditions for plants.
Oro Valley Mayor Satish Hiremath at one point declared he desired only to be a one-term mayor, but has decided to seek reelection in August after seeing “a lot of positive momentum, not only for the Town of Oro Valley, but region wide.”
Oro Valley Vice Mayor Lou Waters is seeking reelection to prevent the tendency to what he views as backwards.
Each of the four Oro Valley Town Council incumbents are all seeking reelection, along with a challenger to the three council seats, and one challenger for mayor.
With a minor proposed amendment, the final budget for the fiscal year 2014/2015 for the town of Oro Valley was approved, along with the 15-year capital improvement plan, in a 4-3 vote on May 21.
Estes Elementary School, in the Marana Unified School District, has earned the 2014 A+ School of Excellence award presented by the Arizona Educational Foundation.
After more than 26,000 people showed up to Country Thunder in Florence this year, it’s baffling to consider the type of numbers next year could bring.
I had a brief scare earlier this week when a Pima County Sheriff officer rang my doorbell in the wee hours of the morning. My husband was out for his run and I was busy with the rush of a school day schedule, trying to get the kids fed and clothed and out the door. To preface, I have to tell you a little bit about where we live. You know how people sometimes sarcastically say that they live in the sticks? Well, we actually do. The only difference being that the sticks I see scattered around our house are fallen ocotillo branches left to dry out in the heat of the desert sun. With that scene in your head, I can now tell you that my husband’s runs typically lead him along dusty desert roads, abandoned by all but the occasional coyote, tumbleweed or rattlesnake. Don’t get me wrong. We have company out here in the sticks. We live in a neighborhood that even has paved roads, but beyond the confines of our gated community, there’s very little civilization to speak of for miles. We’re so isolated out here, in fact, that last spring we had a mountain lion take up temporary residence somewhere nearby and spend its early morning hours strolling along in the desert acreage between houses. I tell you all of that to convey to you that when my husband goes out running, it’s a bit different than doing laps around a track.
During the bright summer months, the Marana Unified School District has been installing solar panels and structures at eight schools, all at no cost to the district.
Delta Kappa Gamma is an international organization of women educators whose purpose is to promote the professional and personal growth of women educators and excellence in education. Aligned with that purpose, Delta Kappa Gamma/Alpha Chapter will host their first annual “Early Career Educator” appreciation and recognition brunch recognizing 16 outstanding early career educators from the Marana Unified School District. The brunch will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.
“Regional collaboration is what happens when you think outside the box…By creating and taking advantage of opportunities for partnership, we have learned to extend our resources while redefining success and financial stability.”
Transit provides service to “Shop Oro Valley”
When the 2012 season was first getting under way, Ironwood Ridge Coach Matt Johnson and the Nighthawk players were clear on their goals. The first was to get past the semifinals in the state playoffs, a round they failed to win for three straight seasons. The second goal was to win it all and become the Division II State Champions.