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Two rezonings passed at the Jan. 20 Marana Town Council meeting, one with no opposition and another that was more controversial.
On Jan. 20 the Arizona Interscholastic Association unveiled the initial division placement for schools and team sports for the next three school years, but those new placements are hardly set in stone. In addition to the normal appeals process, the AIA informed schools on Friday that they would be looking over the data one more time to make sure the placements were correct and some changes were made Monday morning.
As students in middle and high school, we learned about our federal government in civics classes. We became well-versed in the Constitution, the three branches of government, the importance of checks and balances and the Bill of Rights.
In an effort to keep the residents of Marana informed, the town has started a podcast. The podcast, started earlier this month, has already found an audience.
On Tuesday the Arizona Interscholastic Association unveiled the initial division placement for schools and team sports for the next three school years.
The problem was spelled out for the automotive students at Mountain View High School: Find the volumetric efficiency of a 10-cylinder Dodge Viper with a bore of 4 inches and a stroke of 3.88 inches when it is idling at 920 RPM with the throttle open 13 percent and an air flow of 8.85 g/s.
In what was seen as a surprise, the Marana Town Council failed to pass a proposal to change the zoning for the Lazy K Bar development.
Two fortunate occurrences helped save Mary Jessie Herrera’s arm, and possibly her life, after being hit by two rounds from an AK-47 during an ambush in Iraq. Today, Herrera and the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes organization try to come in to aid combat-wounded veterans when they need it most.
Boise State jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead then had to hold on to beat Arizona 38-30 in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale.
The military plays an important role in Southern Arizona. Davis-Monthan Air Force Base and Pinal Air Park are home to thousands of active and reserve members of the armed forces whose job it is to keep our country safe and free. We have a number of veterans and active service members who live in Marana.
Having a veteran’s cemetery is one example of Marana’s salute to the military and its service men and women.
Town of Marana Mayor Ed Honea is proud of the direction the town is headed.
In a vote on Dec. 11, the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted to support the town council’s plan to increase sales taxes and purchase the Hilton El Conquistador country club building, golf course, tennis courts and facilities for $1 million.
The Northwest Fire District has a new lifesaving device thanks to a grant. The fire district purchased a hydraulic extrication tool, which are used to free trapped motorists after a crash, thanks to a $20,868 grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.
The Arizona School Administrators has selected Dr. Doug Wilson, superintendent of the Marana Unified School District as the All Arizona Superintendent of the Year for Large Size District.
Months of fundraising and planning are about to pay off for the Marana High School junior varsity and varsity cheer teams. The teams were invited to perform at the Holiday Bowl in San Diego later this month.
Ann Meaders was there when the Marana Utilities Department started in 1997 and has seen the department grow as the town has grown. Meaders retired last week after 20 years of service to the town. The brief history of the department is inextricably linked to Meaders.
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.
It’s that time of year again. The holidays are here and residents and visitors are hustling from store to store searching for just the right gifts for friends and loved ones.
With so many stores opening with specials on Thanksgiving night, much of the luster and craziness has been taken away from “Black Friday.” Big-ticket electronic items had people waiting in line all across Tucson on Thursday night, which made things far less busy on Friday.
Over the course of 12 weeks, 17 Marana residents went through the Marana Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy and after 42 hours of instruction the group has a better understanding of what the various aspects of the department do.
The Marana Unified School District, like most school districts, frowns upon bullying, violence and substance abuse. Unlike many districts MUSD is trying to go the extra mile to do something about it.
It was a busier than normal night at the Marana Town Council last Wednesday, and it could have been an even busier session had a council action agenda item not been taken off the board. As it was, the council held the first of two public hearings over the possibility of building a new police station.
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.
If you step into Krisha Leyva’s class be prepared for a lot of energy, a lot of hands-on activities and not a lot of handholding. Leyva believes in being upbeat and animated, but she also believes in letting kids make their own discoveries. This philosophy has led her to being a finalist for STEM Superhero Awards for Most Dedicated STEM teacher, which is sponsored by the Arizona Super Bowl committee.