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Over the last few weeks there has been a lot of talk about endorsements for candidates aiming to take office after the Nov. 6 General Election.
There are some important decisions facing voters come the Nov. 6 General Election, and one big race earning a lot of attention in the Northwest is between Democrat Nancy Young Wright, and Republican candidate Ally Miller who are seeking to replace Ann Day in District 1 of the Pima County Board of Supervisors.
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The lights dim, the curtains open, and the opening number begins. From the references to inside jokes to the bits of scenes performed throughout the year, one thing is clear – It’s time for the 2011 Ironwood Ridge High School Pygmy Awards.
Ironwood Ridge Drama Club awarded its 2011 Pygmy Awards Friday night at the high school. Recipients included, from left, Megan Dallas, Drama Mama; Mason Castle, Best Techie; Megan Lindsay, Best Supporting Actress; Eric Bohorquez, Best Leading Actor; Nicholas Babyak, Best Supporting Actor; Christina Kroell, Best Leading Actress; Kati Becker, Best Thespian; and Carolyn Box, Best Director.
Tohono Chul Park has an ongoing schedule of winter ecologically friendly classes and workshops. The park is located at 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, one stoplight west of the intersection at Oracle and Ina.
Reconstruction of the five-mile stretch of Magee and Cortaro Farms roads between Thornydale and Oracle in the Northwest is expected to cost nearly $85 million, a consultant for the Pima County Department of Transportation told a gathering of more than 75 people last week.
The town of Marana has decided not pay off its 99-year lease on the Tortolita Preserve with a one-time, $8.9 million investment.
Pima County's $1.175 million purchase of the 50-acre Cortaro/Hartman property along the Hardy Wash is expected to be concluded by the middle of July, if all goes according to plan.
If approved, a sweeping, 531-page plan aims to lessen the impact of development on 13 sensitive species in Marana.
The Desert Southwest has grown hotter over the years. Proof of the warming trend comes in the form of birds’ movements, according to bird scientists.
Contributed Photos, The Arizona populations of four birds — (clockwise, from top left) pygmy nuthatch, spotted towhee, northern pygmy-owl and American dipper — have decreased by 49 percent to 72 percent in the past four decades, according to Audubon Society data.
When ground squirrels emerge from the tunnels they’ve dug in Wendy Timm’s backyard, the Oro Valley artist has to laugh. She pictures them with hardhats and mining shovels.
For all-terrain vehicle and four-wheel drive enthusiasts, these are tough times.
Letters to the editor published in The Explorer’s Oct. 29, 2008, issue.
Marana is moving closer to creating a comprehensive wildlife plan to protect more than a dozen species found within the town limits.
Explorer file photo, The catcus ferruginous pygmy-owl, Tucson shovel-nosed snake (above) and Southwestern willow flycatcher are among the 13 species Marana seeks to protect with its habitat conservation plan.
The Oro Valley Town Council last Wednesday unanimously endorsed a sweeping county environmental protection plan.
The collective fate of a small snake and even smaller owl soon may hold sway over development of vast swaths of land throughout Northwest Tucson and southern Pinal County.
The modern environmental movement arguably can trace its origins to two events: the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970 and the passage of the Endangered Species Act in 1973.
Letters to the editor from the July 30 issue.