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Take me out to the ball games, the concert and the beer festivals happening at Kino Sports Complex in September and October.
Pima County Recorder F. Ann Rodriguez would like to remind Pima County voters that the deadline to order a ballot to be sent to your home is fast approaching. All vote-by-mail ballot requests must be received by the Recorder’s office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 15, 2014.
Pima Community College has named Manuel A. “Manny” Amado as Executive Director/Chief of Police of PCC’s Department of Public Safety.
Tohono Village hosts a celebration of Yaqui Native American culture, presented by Yoeme Artist Association members, featuring demonstrations by artists such as wood carver Louis D. Valenzuela, musical entertainment by the renowned Gabriel Ayala Trio, and others, and performances by Yaqui Pascola dancers as well as a variety of food vendors.
The Explorer’s article on the I-11 public meeting on the Pascua Yaqui Reservation suffers from being an after-the-fact interview without being present at the meeting. Had your reporter been there he would have seen over 100 residents of the Avra Valley – from Picture Rocks, Three Points, Barrio Sapo, Old West Ranchettes, Avra Valley, etc. – in opposition to the Canamex Highway route being championed by Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry. That 56-mile highway would end a peaceful way of life in the Avra Valley that has endured for thousands of years.
Approximately 75 people attended the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) public information meeting last week to identify the preferred options for the proposed Interstate 11 corridor through southern Arizona. The public meeting was held in the Albert J. Garcia Auditorium on the Pasqua Yaqui Reservation at 7777 S. Camino Huivism.
Longtime Northwest area dentist Tom L. Hossfeld, DDS, has decided to retire from dentistry and sold his practice to Steven Priftakis, DMD, effective late in July.
U.S. Rep. Ron Barber today welcomed an announcement that homeless and at-risk veterans and their families will benefit from nearly $3.3 million in grants awarded to three Tucson organizations by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Pima County, Ariz. (June 7) The Pima County Department of Transportation, the Regional Transportation Authority, and their contractor, KE&G will begin work on the Ina Road and Oracle Road Intersection Improvement Project.
Arizona high school students plan to raise awareness about tobacco use in their communities, encourage others to reject the tobacco industry’s deceptive messages and urge local leaders to protect kids from being recruited as a new generation of smokers. As members of STAND (Students Taking A New Direction), a statewide anti-tobacco youth coalition, these young people know that every year more than 500,000 people die from tobacco use. As such, their message is urgent and their demonstration will be memorable.
Two decades ago, Jan Bell had the idea to hold a small pottery fair at the Arizona State Museum in honor of the museum's centennial anniversary. Little did she know it would turn into a staple springtime event in Tucson – the Southwest Indian Art Fair.
This weekend, about 200 artists will convene on the front lawn of the Arizona State Museum for the 20th annual Southwest Indian Art Fair. The two-day event, which kicks off on Feb. 23, features Native American artists from across the Southwest, who will display and sell their work.
The art fair has grown far beyond pottery over the last two decades, with artists now offering everything from handmade baskets to carvings to jewelry to textiles and more. The event also features food vendors, music and dance performances, artist demonstrations, live and silent auctions and a juried art competition with cash prizes.
"It's gratifying to see what it's become from such humble beginnings," said Bell, who retired as the museum's curator of collections in 1998, but continues to visit the fair.
Last year, about 6,500 people visited the Southwest Indian Art Fair over two days. While the event has grown over time, it remains smaller and more intimate than many similar art shows around the country, and that is by design, organizers say.
"We want people to walk away enriched by the barriers that are broken down by conversation, art, music and food," said Beth Grindell, director of Arizona State Museum. "I'm always struck by the number of comments the museum receives each year citing how the fair's intimacy – its ability to create and maintain cherished relationships – surpasses that of other comparable events in the region."
Visitors to the fair not only get to browse a variety of unique pieces, they also can speak one-on-one with the artists, who represent a variety of tribes and cultures, said fair organizer Daniel Vander Ploeg, the museum's outreach programs coordinator.
"We focus on making this a culturally based education event. People get the opportunity to speak with artists directly about their pieces, and when they buy a piece they can take it home and share the cultural stories with their friends," he said. "You can come and see things you don't see in everyday life. It's a way to see a lot of cultures without traveling too far."
This year, fair organizers hope to reach a younger demographic in addition to regular fair-goers. They worked with Zocalo, which bills itself as "Tucson's urban scene magazine," to have the festival's full program inserted into the glossy publication's February issue in an attempt to reach a braoder audience.
"We're looking for the next generation of Native American art lovers," Vander Ploeg said.
The featured artist at this year's fair, whose work is displayed on the event poster and program, is Gerry Quotskuyva, a Hopi/Yaqui artist based in Rimrock, Ariz.
Quotskuyva, who has participated in the fair for about a decade, will show and sell his paintings.
He says he always looks forward to the event and how relaxed and accommodating it is. Of the eight shows he does around the country each year, he says the Southwest Indian Art Fair is consistently one of his most successful, noting, "There's a strong support system for Native American art in Tucson."
A key piece in addressing the steady stream of unwanted and abandoned pets involves turning off the faucet.
Name: Nancy Young Wright
U.S. Rep. Ron Barber welcomed today’s announcement that two Tucson-based organizations will receive nearly $1.9 million to provide services to veterans who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes.
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Tucson gears up for bike fest
The $130 million expansion at the Casino Del Sol opened on Nov. 11 with a ribbon cutting and salute to America’s veterans.
Guns, ammo, flash bangs and less-lethal projectiles were all used during the Pima Regional SWAT Team demonstration put on by some of its Oro Valley Police Department members.
Amado Peña is an artisan of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona. Peña and Hearth Stone Pottery are the festival's featured artists.
There is a $100 million secret at Casino Del Sol.