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Saguaro National Park is offering a variety of hikes and talks this winter that explore the park’s wonderful natural and cultural histories. Program listings also are available on the park’s website, www.nps.gov/sagu, or on Facebook. Interpretive programs are free, but park entrance fees apply. Program schedules are subject to change; call the visitor centers for updates or reservations.
In what was seen as a surprise, the Marana Town Council failed to pass a proposal to change the zoning for the Lazy K Bar development.
In a recent meeting, the Marana Planning Commission approved a development plan and voted to recommend two rezoning requests, which will now go before the town council for final approval.
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.
This week’s Marana Town Council meeting will have two main items, one controversial and one that, while very important, should be pass with little drama.
4-Mile and 1-Mile Family Fun Run/Walk Saguaro National Park - Tucson Mountain (West) District
Saguaro National Park’s Tucson Mountain District (west) will offer a three-day Wilderness Camp for young people 10 to 14 years old. The dates for the camp are Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Dec. 27-29.
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.
Saguaro National Park’s Tucson Mountain District (west) will offer a three-day Wilderness Camp for young people 10 to 14 years old. The dates for the camp are Saturday, Sunday, and Monday December 27-29, 2014.
Despite the objections of many in attendance, the Marana Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend two proposals to the Town Council in regards to the Lazy K Bar Ranch development.
Saguaro National Park will be joining national park units across the country in celebrating Veterans’ Day with fee-free entry into the park.
The developers of a proposed subdivision on the site of Marana’s historic Lazy K Bar Guest Ranch are trying again for rezoning with the hope that this time, the entire town council will vote on their request.
The motion to approve a specific plan that would allow for denser developments at the Lazy K Bar Guest Ranch failed to pass in the Marana town council meeting.
Hundreds of neighbors visited Picture Rocks Community Center on Sept. 20 for a Community Resource Fair. Over 30 displays brought information on local resources and issues along with flu shots, popcorn and sno-cones and useful take-aways. Scouts, 4H Clubs, United Way’s Elder Alliance, Sheriff’s Auxiliary, Abbett Library, Marana Health Center and Food Bank, Citizens for Picture Rocks, Neighbors Helping Neighbors and others spoke to community needs.
Hikers from the Picture Rocks Community Center Hiking Club (PRCCHC) started their season with a Sept. 25 stroll around the SASCO smelter, which closed in 1919.
“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external or internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” (Federalist Papers #51)
On Saturday, September 13th, Saguaro National Park will host a work project to remove patches of buffelgrass, an invasive non-native plant threatening the Sonoran Desert.
Join the fun on Congress Street from Toole Ave. to Church Ave. on Sept. 13 for 2nd Saturdays. Check out the downtown scene along Sun Link’s Downtown route. Hop on at any stop along the Sun Link corridor to be part of the activities. There is a line-up of bands at the 94.9 MIXfm Stage. 2nd Saturdays is an urban street festival that has food to sample, vendors to check out and the magic of street performers to entertain you. Some of the downtown businesses also offer specials or their own entertainment. It’s family friendly and fun for all ages. Many of the vendors and sponsors have drawings during the evening.
University of Arizona student researchers are now sharing their work in a public, nonacademic forum: on the radio.
With a media event on Aug.19, Saguaro National Park began spraying glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, on buffelgrass in the Panther Peak area.
The Picture Rocks Community Center Hiking Club has adopted its itinerary for the coming season, with emphasis on exploration. The PRCC van will leave the community center, located at 5615 N. Sanders Road, at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, to visit the “ghost town” ruins of the SASCO smelter, which closed in 1919.
Following a pot-luck dinner, six Picture Rocks teenagers created a Youth Forum during the Aug.19 Citizens for Picture Rocks (C4PR) meeting.
Owners of Lazy K Bar Guest Ranch, located north of Saguaro National Park West, were approached by Mattamy Homes who now awaits approval to develop on the historic ranch.
Saguaro National Park has reopened trails and campgrounds in the Rincon Mountains after the Deer Head and Jackalope Fires. Hikers are cautioned to stay on trails, especially in the burned areas.