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Natural Life Holistic Oasis (NLHO) continues to put a new spin on creating optimal health and vitality for its patients. Established in Tucson in June 2010, NLHO veers from the path of using traditional medicine as a cure-all, instead pursuing a holistic approach to healing the body, mind, and spirit.
It is tough for the group who worked diligently for weeks to find out in heartbreaking fashion that thousands of signatures were thrown out on a technicality. Needing just over 1,100 signatures, the group trying to get the council’s approved purchase of a $1 million golf course, and let’s not forget the coveted community center, overturned by voters in a special election turned in more than 3,100 signatures.
Marana Mayor Ed Honea doesn’t care if the state balances its budget (Explorer Feb. 21). I (and a lot of others) do care that the state has a balanced budget, and not by me (or us) paying higher fees and taxes to the state that then get cycled back to Marana. Nor am I (or we) interested in paying higher costs for goods that result from higher business fees and taxes paid to the state cycling that money back to Marana.
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 Miners Co-op Rock Show is back in Marana this year as one of the more than 40 shows operating under the umbrella of the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase.
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.
The Town of Oro Valley is at a crossroads. We have the opportunity to purchase 324 acres of land in the heart of our community, a 31,475-square-foot building which could be converted into a community and recreation center, 31 tennis courts, 45 holes of golf and two swimming pools, all for $1 million in cash over a three-year period.
“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.
Another show, another packed house – this time for the gun slingin’, cattle ropin’, wacky and wild western, “The Ballad of Two Gun McGraw.”
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.
Aaron Anderson is living the dream. It may not have been the dream he envisioned as a kid, but being paid to play basketball was a dream come true for the former Mountain View standout.
Complete with mutton chops, marijuana, and mystery, director Paul Thomas Anderson's complex adaptation of the even more complex Thomas Pynchon novel is a haze filled journey down the rabbit hole of 1970's California - and a viewing experience unlike any other.
Shirl Lamonna (right) hands more than 3,000 signatures to Oro Valley Town Clerk Julie Bower on Thursday, Jan. 15. Lamonna’s citizens’ group gathered the signatures with the hope of forcing a public vote on the town council’s recent decision to purchase the El Conquistador country club and golf courses for a community center. (Hillary Davis/The Explorer)
Mike Zinkin, a Town of Oro Valley Councilmember, has been appointed to the National League of Cities 2015 Community and Economic Development Steering Committee and the Small Cities Council.
The Town of Oro Valley is asking residents to give their input on budget priorities using a new online questionnaire. Oro Valley has usually held open forums to get the residents opinions, but the town says those usually had low attendance. The survey, titles 5 Questions in 5 minutes, asks participants to rank which areas of public service should be the highest priority when working out the budget. The town has also put together a budget information page for residents to look over.
HSL Properties President Humberto S. Lopez recently spoke at the Greater Oro Valley Chamber’s breakfast. He commented on the sale of the Hilton El Conquistador Country Club to the Town of Oro Valley. Lopez stated that he is willing to hold the $1 million offer until May if Oro Valley goes through a referendum process.
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)
The Oro Valley Town Clerk has rejected the petition filed by opponents of the town council’s decision to purchase the El Conquistador country club and golf courses because the signature sheets did not bear a serial number.