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It’s been a heck-of-a-summer. Campaigning for re-election to the town council again put me in close touch with folks whose doorbells I poked and whose small dogs became extremely alarmed. One little older woman said she’d vote for me just for coming to her door in the heat.
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.
(NewsUSA) - "Braveheart" or "Brigadoon"?
Fifty-two businesses and four business leaders in Southern Arizona have been selected as finalists for the Tucson Metro Chamber Copper Cactus Awards presented by Wells Fargo.
(BPT) - If you’re a pet owner, you know parasites - particularly fleas and ticks - can be a frustrating problem. That’s why you keep your pet out of tall grass and brush, and do routine flea and tick checks inside. You’re probably also using a flea and tick product to ensure your pet and family are safe from the parasite-borne diseases these pests can carry into your home.
(NAPSI)—From giant rolling hot dogs to a 65-foot-long “backyard barbecue grill,” huge mobile marketing exhibits are bringing their messages—and, sometimes, tastes—to millions of consumers who might otherwise be focused on much smaller mobile devices. In fact, these rolling marketing exhibits have become so effective that at least one vehicle components manufacturer has joined the parade to communicate the importance of car care.
If you are a Marana resident or work or own a business in the town and have an interest in how policing gets done within the town limits, then you might consider signing up for the Marana Police Department’s (MPD) Citizens Police Academy.
Spay or neuter your pit bull mix for just $20 during August at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.
Monsoons – what the O’odham people call the “male rain” of intense summer storms – green the desert, ripen prickly pear cacti fruit, and bring out mosquitoes and the critters that eat them.
(StatePoint) When it’s time for the kids to head back to school, they’ll often find themselves buried in binders, folders and enough loose-leaf paper to transcribe “War and Peace.” Your son or daughter might be able to keep these supplies neat and tidy for a couple of days, maybe even a week or two, but eventually, organization is going to fall by the wayside.
I have to respond to the letter in the July 16 issue, “Upset with Oro Valley Police”. If I understand the situation, the writer was minding his own business, sipping coffee behind the wheel, doing 41 in a 30, heading to a critical appointment at the dog park. And even though he’d been busted for speeding twice in less than a year, he’s outraged at being stopped yet again by fascist cops for only exceeding the speed limit by 37 percent. I think the problem here is not with the OVPD.
Please afford an Oro Valley citizen time to vent. I was just stopped by an Oro Valley motorcycle officer for the third time in less than a year. My egregious crime? 41 mph in a 30 mph zone. Another 200 dollar or so ticket. I should establish a Bill Pay account to the city of Oro Valley for $200 a month.
Eldon Housley is relatively new to the world of Cowboy poetry, but is by no means new to being a cowboy. Housley, whose poems tell the adventures of his grandson Jake and his dog Buster, is a frequent performer and is making a name for himself as both a poet and singer of “old time cowboy songs.”
Girl Scout Troop #1084 recently helped Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) with a donation of goods worth $375 plus gave 40 boxes of cookies to their volunteers.
So, you have been bored to tears lately? And it’s not that there aren’t some things that you wanted to do, it’s just too hot for doing outside stuff after about 10 a.m. Now, all of a sudden, you find yourself sitting around the house and staring at the walls; your idea well seems to have run dry, now what? What do you do when the weather dictates being trapped indoors and you don’t have a clue how to spend your time?
(StatePoint) There is no hallmark of summer fun quite like a campfire -- whether you’ve gathered some neighbors and friends in your own backyard or you’re on a backpacking adventure.
(Family Features) After a record shattering amateur career, Honolulu native Carissa Moore became the youngest surfer ever to become a World Champion at just 18 years old. Two years later, at the age of 20, she did it again. Now, at the mid-point of the 2014 surfing season, Carissa currently sits in first place with her eyes focused firmly on nailing down a third World Title.
Fans of the CBS reality show “Big Brother” will have a hometown hero to root for this upcoming season. 23-year-old Tucsonan, Christine Brecht, was selected to be among the 16 hopefuls participating for a big cash prize in this year’s competition. Brecht has already been whisked away from her friends and family, shut off from the outside world, and prepared for her TV debut.
(BPT) - Picture this: It’s late in the evening when you realize that something is very wrong with your dog. Your normal veterinary clinic is closed, but you’re not sure if the problem can wait until tomorrow. You rush your pet to the closest ER and hope for the best.
(Family Features) With the sun shining, flowers blooming and warm weather here again, it's the perfect time to gather your friends and family around the backyard for a summer grill-out. Preparation serves as the foundation for any successful event. To make sure your backyard bash will be one your guests will remember for years to come, consider the following summer party essentials.
Summer has officially begun. The calendar might not say so, but I know it’s true because not two days after school let out my seven-year-old son came to me and uttered those three dreaded words: “Mom, I’m bored.” My threat of additional chores to resolve the boredom was only a temporary fix; I also devised a summer bucket list. Our summer bucket list suggests 50 things to do before school resumes. I thought I’d share it here for those of you who are looking for ways to avoid hearing those same three words uttered by your own child(ren). Good luck!
(BPT) - Diaper changing disasters, milk and cereal splattered across the kitchen floor, ketchup landing right on your white shirt ... mess and ick are an inevitable part of everyday life, especially if you are a parent, but they are also part of what makes life interesting and humorous.