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On Dec. 16, prior to Marana’s Town Council Meeting, the council held a special study session to discuss the adoption of the Marana Strategic Plan III. For nearly an hour, Town Manager Gilbert Davidson went over the plan.
The Oro Valley Town Council will vote tonight (Dec. 17) on whether to purchase the golf and other recreational amenities of the El Conquistador resort, spending $1 million to acquire the property and committing to a half-cent sales tax increase for improvements and its continued operations.
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.
Pima County has published a new draft of Pima Prospers, the 10-year update of the county’s Comprehensive Plan, incorporating public feedback received over the past year at 25 community meetings, from online comments at www.pimaprospers.com and during presentations to many groups and associations throughout the county.
After more than a month of speculation, the Oro Valley Town Council finally thought it was time to include those taxpaying citizens in on the secret that they were going to be buying a golf course for $1 million. They stress that it comes with a community center though.
Mayor Hiremath, Council Members Waters, Snider, and Hornat have all just been re-elected to the town council by wide margins. This is the same group that, during their first term, doubled the Utility tax. Now they are proposing to buy the El Conquistador Country Club and raise the Town’s sales tax to pay for it. We all agree that Oro Valley needs a community center, but we do not agree on whether or not we need to rush into making a commitment that not all desire.
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.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a lower court’s ruling granting a new hearing for Arizona death-row inmate Richard Dean Hurles in the 1992 stabbing death of a Buckeye librarian.
The 8th annual “Senior Citizen Fire Academy” will include specialized safety training plus a closer look at the local fire department and the services it provides. Program participants will receive not only important information they will also receive free safety resources for their home.
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.
The Supreme Court on Thursday said it would not block a lower court’s ruling that overturned Arizona’s voter-approved ban on bail for immigrant felony suspects who are in this country illegally.
The Oak Ridge Boys return to Desert Diamond Casino’s Diamond Center on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 as part of their Boys Night Out tour. Tickets go on sale Nov. 8 at 10 a.m. through Star Tickets and start at $30. Tickets are also available at Desert Diamond’s Rewards Center, which offers a 10 percent discount to Diamond Rewards Members. Doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m. This show is all ages and is sponsored by KIIM FM.
(BPT) - When you hear the word cancer, which cancers come to mind?
Development at the Ina and Silverbell intersection and town water agreements got most of the attention at the Oct. 21 Marana Council meeting. The council hosted four separate public hearings to discuss the issues.
(BPT) - Expectant moms already have plenty to worry about including keeping up with medical appointments and setting up a nursery. However, one very easy and vitally important thing to do for a healthy baby is to make sure pregnant and nursing women get enough iodine.
Cries of “corruption” rang out in the Pima County Board of Supervisors hearing room after a number of frustrated county residents alleged that Chairwoman Sharon Bronson intentionally and prematurely adjourned an Oct. 14 meeting without allowing some audience members to speak during call to the public on a newly controversial topic related to supervisor spending.
The Arizona Superior Court in Pima County is pleased to announce that it has been honored by the Arizona Supreme Court with two state-level awards. The awards will be presented at the Court Leadership Conference luncheon on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.
The first award, for “Promoting Access to Justice,” was given to the Family Law Bench’s Simpla Phi Lex project, a collaborative effort with the James E. Rogers College of Law and the English Department at the University of Arizona. This project was conceived as a means of improving access to the court, especially for self-represented litigants, by simplifying language used in court forms and brochures to increase both readability and ease-of -use for the general public. The project has resulted in the successful redesign of nearly all of the “Self Service” forms for Family Law cases, where 80% of cases involve self- represented individuals. The project is ongoing, as more forms are improved and updates continue. “Essentially,” said Presiding Judge Sarah R. Simmons, “we’ve made it much easier for people to help themselves navigate through the legal system.”
The second award, for “Enhancing Professionalism,” was given to the Superior Court for the e-Bench pilot program launched successfully in late August. This project is a collaboration between the Superior Court, the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Clerk of the Superior Court’s office to implement aiSmartBench, a software product designed by Mentis Technologies to make the judicial process more efficient. It provides judicial officers and their assistants with one-stop electronic access on the desktop to summary case information, including all case documents and documents in related cases, as well as often-used reference materials. Without such immediate access, court hearings may be delayed to accommodate the retrieval of necessary documents. According to Court Administrator Kent Batty, “The goal is to give judges new electronic tools to make their work on the bench smoother, easier, and more efficient.” The three judges participating in the pilot have already expressed that the technology has improved courtroom business operations, including expediting decision-making processes.
The Arizona Supreme Court presents Strategic Agenda Awards every October to individuals or groups that have advanced one of the five goals within the strategic agenda, Advancing Justice Together: Courts & Communities. The Strategic Agenda is available for review at http://www.azcourts.gov/AZCourts/StrategicAgenda.aspx.
(BPT) - With each school year, children and parents alike must adapt to new teachers, new classes and new activities. For children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (or ADHD), the condition can add increased complexity to an already challenging situation. Certain school-year “checkpoints” – like the first report card, parent-teacher conferences, and the upcoming holiday and winter breaks – are opportunities for parents to assess how their children are adjusting and see if changes may need to be made to their treatment plans.
Marana Police Chief Terry Rozema believes that the department needs a new police station and so far the public seems to agree.
The two major-party candidates for Arizona governor agree on a few things when it comes to the contentious issue of immigration:
Doing good works—as in volunteering for a charitable cause—is good for you, according to a growing body of research. Those who volunteer their time and energy for any type of philanthropic activities enjoy better physical and mental health. Studies show that people who volunteer have lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression later in life compared to those who don’t volunteer.
The history of Fire Prevention Week has its roots in the Great Chicago Fire, which began on October 8, 1871 and continued the following day destroying everything in its path. In 27 hours, this tragic conflagration killed more than 250 people, it left 100,000 homeless, and it destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, National Fire Prevention Week has been observed the week in October in which the 8th day falls.
Candidates for Legislative District 11 State Senate and House of Representatives will appear at the second 2014 Election Forum sponsored by Citizens for Picture Rocks (C4PR) on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Picture Rocks Community Center, 5615 N. Sanders Road. Former State Representative from Picture Rocks Jennifer Burns will again moderate as invited Senate candidates Jo Holt (D) and Steve Smith (R) respond to questions submitted from the community.