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The change of the year is always a good time to take stock of the year past, and 2014 was a good year for Pima County.
(NAPSI)—A middle-school student who has been trained can save a life when someone needs CPR.
The incoming arrival of a Fisher House means out-of-state families can stay closer to their injured veterans – and for Tucson mother Libby Mannel that’s a subject that’s very close to home.
In the end the Marana Town Council voted 6-1 to move forward with the implementation of a half-cent sales tax to fund the construction of a new police station, but it wasn’t without a lot of debate, verbal jousting and some tense moments.
Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge #2815 donated two tandem bikes valued at $3,000 to the Southwestern Blind Rehabilitation Center of the Tucson VA medical facility. The presentation was made at a luncheon hosted by the Lodge for 17 disabled veterans and five staff members. Catalina Mountain and San Manuel lodges sold raffle tickets for a gift generously donated by Catalina Marina to help raise funds to purchase the bikes at a discount from Trek Bicycles of Tucson – Oro Valley.
Find your passion. Think outside the box.
I am very pleased to announce that District 1 will be receiving a large portion of the $5 million allocated for road repairs this year. Although the County Administrator did not approve of road repair funds being allocated for neighborhood roads, there was some good news for residents when the Board approved $1.9 million for arterial road repair projects in District 1 at the November 18th Board of Supervisors meeting. While I did ask for consideration of funding neighborhood roads in failing condition, I was informed by the Director of Transportation that only arterial roads would be addressed. Regardless, at this time of Thanksgiving, I am very thankful that my fellow Supervisors approved any funding for District 1 road repairs and hope we can continue to work to find solutions to our road problems.
(Family Features) During this hectic holiday shopping season, the best gifts for friends and family are not only wonderful to receive, but also give back to children who need help.
A sampling of The Explorer’s picks for the best things you should do this week.
I am a tax-and-spend liberal. I know I’m supposed to whisper that apologetically, and maybe add that I’m in a 12-step program to curb my dangerous taxation addiction, but I’m not about to apologize. Arizona is likely to take a steep slide into budget deficit territory soon. We’re expected to be a billion dollars in the red next fiscal year, and that doesn’t include the hundreds of millions the state is supposed to add to its school funding, by court order. So my saying we need to raise more revenue to meet our fiscal obligations isn’t some crazy, radical notion. It’s just plain common sense.
Mountain View High School has had five former students killed in battle in Iraq and Afghanistan, which is believed to be the most of any high school in America. This somber fact led to the construction of a veterans’ memorial in front of the school. Nov. 8, the school dedicated the monument to the five, as well as any United States military veteran.
(NAPSI)—A company that manufactures outerwear has created a campaign to honor everyday heroes.
(NAPSI)—Do you research a charity before you donate? Chances are you don’t, and you’re not alone. According to Hope Consulting, 65 percent of Americans fail to research before donating their time and money—but they’re donating a lot. In 2013, Americans gave a staggering $335 billion to charities, notes Giving USA Foundation.
Some of the most cynical scams target service members, their families and veterans, warns the Better Business Bureau Serving Southern Arizona. Veterans Day is a key opportunity for scammers who would target those who are serving or have served their nation, especially elderly vets.
The people who brought medical marijuana to Arizona four years ago now want marijuana legal for everyone over the age of 21.
Proposition 487, also known as the Phoenix Pension Reform Act, was rejected by voters Tuesday night by a wide margin.
When the Arizona Legislature last passed an increase in the state gas tax, President George H.W. Bush was celebrating the liberation of Kuwait in the Gulf War and “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” was the top-grossing film in the country.
(NAPSI)—Although 42 children on average are diagnosed with cancer every day, the encouraging news is that the five-year survival rate is now nearly 90 percent. Nevertheless, to these children and their families, the 5 percent of government funding for cancer research that goes to study children’s cancer is simply not enough. Fortunately, some major corporations are stepping up to help—and you can, too. Here’s how:
This year’s Tucson 2014 Crop Hunger Walk to benefit world-wide and local anti-hunger programs is set for Sunday, Nov. 2. The 2.5-mile walk will begin and end at First United Methodist Church (915 E. 4th St., near the corner of Park Avenue and 4th Street). Free parking is available at the U of A parking garage on 4th and Tyndall. Registration is at 2 p.m. and the walk begins at 2:30 p.m.
A new Rotary Club with a new focus is in the process of being formed. It will be called SaddleBrooke Sunrise Rotary and will meet on Mondays, 8 a.m., at MV Bistro. The new proglram is in the process of forming a Charter group and narrowing the focus to service projects that allow Rotary members more direct involvement and less fund raising. The group is looking for people, men and women, who want to be of service to those around the wider community by contributing skills and time to vulnerable kids and seniors.