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For more than 50 years, Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) have been one of the top lifestyle choices for older adults across the country. CCRCs are popular because they offer unique value and protection against the high costs of long-term care.
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.
The biggest hurdles to sticking to a new diet are convenience and flavor. Who wants to eat food that doesn’t taste good or is hard to make? You and your family are more likely to stick to your commitments if the changes you make suit your schedule and your palate.
Whether you have a green thumb or are just thinking about starting a new hobby, there are a few tools that can help you grow beautiful and delicious things.
The cravings for sushi, cold beer, delicious cocktails and a friendly atmosphere were all quenched at Mr. An’s, 6091 N.Oracle Road last week.
James Coyle and the rest of his fellow seventh-grade classmates at Coronado K-8 School had to make a business plan for class.
Want your kids to eat right and get moving more? With childhood obesity being a major problem in this country, this sentiment is top of mind for many parents and guardians. But you have more power than you may realize to steer them in the right direction, say experts.
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.
With two zoning code changes to two separate locations, the undeveloped properties on the east side of First Avenue in Oro Valley are soon going to be built upon.
“It was so easy to get these signatures,” “disrespect of the voices of the residents” and “lost confidence and trust” were just a few of the things said in Oro Valley last Wednesday.
Two rezonings passed at the Jan. 20 Marana Town Council meeting, one with no opposition and another that was more controversial.
Opponents of the Town of Oro Valley’s decision to buy the El Conquistador country club and golf facilities are suing the town clerk for rejecting the petition they filed to send the purchase to the ballot.
The Oro Valley Town Council has really done it now. They’ve stepped in places that they know nothing about and it has a very unpleasant odor. How does the objective of building a Recreation Center for the Town of Oro Valley wind up with buying 45 holes of golf at a golf course that has never turned a profit, at least of the past eight years that I am familiar with. With all the outside play, member play, food service, and special events centered around golf, El Conquistador CC has always had to be subsidized by the Hilton Hotel operation. Guess what, no hotel in this picture. Sure, Troon Golf is a great managing outfit, and will do their upmost to make the golf profitable. But, they are getting paid by the owners and if the owners don’t have the money to support Troon’s plans then what? I’ll tell you what..... All the hard work the Council has done to keep Oro Valley in the positive financial side of the ledger, will be for not. I applaud the Council for all their efforts on behalf of our community, in times that have most cities in the red. But here, in spite of critics on the other side, golf is not growing as most clubs are losing members still. Further, the younger set – which golf needs to sustain growth – is more captured by soccer and other sports.
Although the 2015-16 fiscal year doesn’t begin until July 1, 2015, Town of Oro Valley staff has already begun the budget process. Many months of preparation go into this document, which serves not only as a guideline for spending, but also as: a policy document, the budget indicates what services the Town will provide during the next year and spells out the level of services and reasons for their provision.
While Marana and Oro Valley officials say they like the energy and the basics of Gov. Doug Ducey’s message, they worry the budget lacks new taxes and takes from education and local municipalities.
Donut holes stand in for golf balls for Tee'd Off Over Tax Hike (TOOTH), the citizens' group opposed to the Town of Oro Valley's planned purchase of the El Conquistador country club and golf courses. (Hillary Davis/The Explorer)
Organizers of the referendum petition drive that could reverse the Town of Oro Valley’s planned purchase of the El Conquistador country club and golf courses handed the town clerk more than 3,000 signatures Thursday.
Progress is well underway as development of the Children’s Museum Tucson satellite location in Oro Valley begins.
It is with a mixture of amusement and confusion that I read the cacophony of dissent and support regarding the El Con. purchase. I am going to assume that letter writers are also letter readers. How many times in discussions about downtown Tucson have we heard Portland’s downtown referenced, and the San Antonio riverwalk adnauseam as things and places to emulate. Oro Valley has given itself an opportunity to be in that conversation. A town that is essentially ringed by golf courses in an era when that industry is over built for it’s existing and it’s projected client base can make a cutting edge choice to cut that (by most if not all analysis) financial dead weight.
A day after he delivered the State of the State address in Phoenix, Arizona’s 23rd governor Doug Ducey traveled to Tucson where he laid out his plans for the state’s future.
In December, Arizona’s State Transportation Board (STB) approved $15 million to initiate the environmental impact studies (EIS) needed to build the proposed Interstate 11 highway from Wickenberg to Nogales. The unanimous action followed a two-year study by the Arizona and Nevada Departments of Transportation urging construction of the new highway. Funding came from putting a number of just-approved construction and repair projects on indefinite hold.
We are saying goodbye to 2014, a year that went by too quickly. We are saying hello to a new year, 2015, and for the most part, I can’t say I’m too optimistic about it.
In regards to the recent vote by the Oro Valley Town Council majority to approve the acquisition of El Conquistador country club, I want to express my support for the plan and vote. Many Oro Valley residents like me are in support of this project, but once again a vocal minority are speaking out and making this seems like a horrible idea. The opportunity to purchase 300 plus acres of influential property along with the buildings valued at $3.25 million for $1 million is a great deal. Sure, the property needs improvement and upgrades, but that’s part of operating any piece of property. Once the initial repairs are made, the subsequent maintenance should not be anything beyond the level of maintenance at other municipal facilities that the town already owns. To build facilities like this today, it would cost the town nearly $20 million. In that sense, this acquisition should be a no-brainer.