- Your Voice
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.
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.
Marana resident Rhonda Banuelos used to live in Hawaii. Though she moved back to the main land, she has always kept the “aloha way” of treating your neighbors like friends and caring for your community.
Picture Rocks Fire District has kicked off its annual Toys for Kids drive. To donate to this program, please drop off new and unwrapped toys to the PRFD fire station or Administration Building between now and Dec. 5, between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cookies and cocoa with Santa, a free event for all ages, Dec. 20, 10 a.m. to noon. Craft, cookies, cocoa, and Santa. 5615 N. Sanders Road.
Citizens for Picture Rocks and Picture Rocks Community Center will again host an alcohol-free New Year’s Eve Pot Luck. Musicians will provide music. Open to all; admission is free, just bring a dish for the dinner.
Open enrollment for health plans under the Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, began Nov. 15 and runs through Feb. 15. Dozens of plans at various cost and benefit levels are being offered by many companies, and enrollment can be confusing.
Picture Rocks Fire District will not hold CPR/First Aid classes December and January. They will start up again in February. In 2015, there will be a $15 fee to take the class for district residents, and $25 for non-district residents.
In November, Picture Rocks Hiking Club explorers visited Box Canyon, following a wash from Picture Rocks Road at the bottom of Contzen Pass through the Tucson Mountains to the Redemptorist Renewal Center.
Sue Steadman’s 90th birthday was celebrated at the Nov. 13 at the Picture Rocks Community Center with dozens of voices singing out their celebration of a life well lived.
It was fun and games for Picture Rocks Intermediate and Desert Winds Elementary School students and parents on Nov. 21 at the PRI site. Organized by the Parent-Teacher Organization, the Annual Fall Carnival is a way for parents to give back to the schools and community, and the kids love it. The Marana High School Band was on hand to set a happy tone.
The herbicide glyphosate and the “inert ingredient” POEA, used in Roundup, are reported in Scientific American to kill human cells. Roundup is linked to birth defects, Parkinson’s Disease, infertility and cancer. Despite the growing evidence about the herbicide’s dangers, Saguaro National Park sprayed 3,550 gallons of the poison on 375 park acres with helicopters Aug. 19-24 in its efforts to fight buffelgrass.
It’s the time of year when we all feel more thankful for everything we have. We count our blessings a little more and appreciate the people and organizations that make our lives complete.
Picture Rocks Community Center will again host a Thanksgiving dinner, with turkey and all the trimmings, on Wednesday, Nov. 26, from noon until 3 p.m.
The next Picture Rocks Hiking Club hike, a three-miler on Thursday, Nov. 20, will be along the Box Canyon Wash at the base of Contzen Pass on Picture Rocks Road, to the ancient petroglyphs panels at the Redemptorist Renewal Center. Hikers will meet at Picture Rocks Community Center, 5615 N. Sandario Road, at 8 a.m.
Desert Winds Elementary
A steady stream of neighbors drove up to the old Picture Rocks Fire Station on Sandario Road on Oct. 18 to shred papers and receive information on fire safety and community news.
Neighbors went all-out in decorating their trucks and cars.
Center coordinator (right), Adam Bernal, watches the fireworks with his family.
The Northwest Outriders 4H Club put together their biggest "haunted horse trailer" yet, complete with graveyard.
The rural community of Picture Rocks has celebrated Halloween with Trunk o'Treats at the county community center for years now, but observers agree that this year was the "best ever," ending with a first-time fireworks display. Organized by center coordinator Adam Bernal and with support from community organizations and individuals, hundreds of ghosts, goblins, princesses, box trolls, pirates, dinosaurs, and much more, turned out to view dozens of vehicles decorated for the occasion and, of course, to load up on candy.
The Picture Rocks community will again be celebrating Halloween with Trunk O’Treats at the Community Center on All Hallows Eve, Friday, Oct. 31. Neighbors dress up their cars and trucks and provide treats to hundreds of costumed children, with help from Pima County Natural Resources, Parks & Recreation, Picture Rocks Senior Club, Citizens for Picture Rocks and District 3 Supervisor Sharon Bronson.