Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Native Grill & Wings Closes its Oro Valley location

Posted By on Tue, Dec 11, 2018 at 1:09 PM

The Native Grill & Wings located within Steam Pump Village in Oro Valley closed its doors for good on Monday, Dec. 3, Tucson Local Media confirmed with a company manager at the Speedway location.

The Oro Valley location, at 11107 N. Oracle Road, opened in 2017, and is the only store of Native's five Tucson locations to close.

The employee could not state a reason for the store's closure, and no one at the Oro Valley location could be reached, as the store's phone line has been turned off.

Native moved into Tucson a decade ago, and maintains its locations at 8225 N. Courtney Page Way in Marana; as well as 3100 E. Speedway Blvd., 5421 S. Calle Santa Cruz, and 10255 E. Old Vail Road in Tucson. 

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

CANS Venue and Lounge to Close on New Year's Day

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 10:17 AM

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One of the newest food and music fixtures on Fourth Avenue will shut its doors for good on January 1.

CANS Venue & Lounge (340 N. 4th Ave.) announced it will close in a lengthy Facebook post on Tuesday afternoon, attributing the closure to disappointing sales and an inability to compete with other, more established venues, like the Rialto Theatre and Club Congress.

"This decision has not been an emotionally or financially easy one," the post states. "Our experience running a venue has taught us many things, and we hope to have gained wisdom and spiritual growth throughout the process. We are incredibly grateful to Tucson for the opportunity to try our wild ideas and create an artist oriented community. Unfortunately our dreams of running a profitable business have fallen short. Truthfully we are sad, disappointed and at a loss."

CANS, which opened in May as a traditional Jewish diner, went through several transformations in its short lifespan, thanks to poor execution from the start, according to the company.

"Our initial opening proved to be a public relations nightmare based on hearsay and internet toxicity," CANS Facebook post said. "We overcame that but not without scars. We live by the ethos of vote with your dollar."

The restaurant and venue, which was opened and operated by Tallboy's founder Ben Schneider, is the latest 4th Avenue fixture to close this year.

Others include Mabels, the Flycatcher, Ordinary Bike Shop and Revolutionary Grounds, highlighting an evolutionary shift on the venerable downtown street. 

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Local Libraries Reopen After Renovations

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 1:22 PM

Sam Lena-South Tucson and Flowing Wells Libraries are set to reopen this week after being closed for renovations.

New changes added to the Sam Lena-South Tucson Library include a large children's room with a creative youth space for teens, new study rooms and community rooms, an upgraded service desk and new curbside book drop-off. The library will reopen on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 9 a.m, and is located at 1607 S. Sixth Avenue.

click image The Flowing Wells library will reopen on Monday, Dec. 10. - PIMA COUNTY LIBRARIES
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  • The Flowing Wells library will reopen on Monday, Dec. 10.
The Flowing Wells library has expanded to nearly three times its original size. The newly renovated library will include a large multipurpose room, a children's programming room, three new study rooms, an outdoor patio with wifi access, spaces for teens and children and a family restroom.

The Flowing Wells library will reopen Monday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. and is located on 1730 W. Wetmore Road.

Both libraries will have updated collections, furniture and public use computers.

Join the reopening celebration with Pima County Public Library. For more information, visit the library website or call (520) 791-4010. 

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OSIRIS-REx Has Arrived at Asteroid Bennu

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 10:13 AM

OSIRIS-REx, the NASA space probe built and managed by the UA Lunar and Planetary Lab with various partners, has arrived at Asteroid Bennu, some 80 million miles away, and is ready to begin the next stage of its mission.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Grijalva Calls for Interior Sec. Zinke's Resignation; Zinke Calls Grijalva a Drunk

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2018 at 12:17 PM

Congressman Raul Grijalva: "Ryan Zinke needs to resign immediately as Secretary of the Interior."
  • Congressman Raul Grijalva: "Ryan Zinke needs to resign immediately as Secretary of the Interior."
Southern Arizona Congressman Raul Grijalva today called for Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to resign to avoid the scrutiny he will face when Grijalva takes over as chair of the House Natural Resources Committee when the House shifts to Democratic control in January.

From Grijalva's USA Today op-ed:
Ryan Zinke needs to resign immediately as Secretary of the Interior.

I take no pleasure in calling for this step, and I have resisted it even as questions have grown about Mr. Zinke’s ethical and managerial failings. Unfortunately, his conduct in office and President Donald Trump’s neglect in setting ethical standards for his own cabinet have made it unavoidable.

While the secretary continues to project confidence, questions have grown since the election about his future plans, and the White House reportedly fears that he would be unable to withstand scrutiny on Capitol Hill. Those fears are justified. Mr. Zinke has never even tried to offer an explanation for the sheer scope of his well-documented scandals.

This silence is insulting to the American people, and given the Nov. 6 election results it is unsustainable. Continuing in office as though nothing has changed only shows how little Mr. Zinke has learned over the past year and a half. He holds his job as a public trust, not as a stepping stone to his further personal ambitions. He has abused that trust and damaged the Interior Department in the process. The least he can do is step down and give his successor a chance to begin reversing that damage.
Zinke responded on Twitter by calling Grijalva a drunk. Grijalva response to Zinke's tweet:

The American people know who I’m here to serve, and they know in whose interests I’m acting. They don’t know the same about Secretary Zinke.

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The Music Man Opener Canceled

Posted By on Fri, Nov 30, 2018 at 11:21 AM

Fans of The Music Man will have to wait a little longer for the show to open in Tucson. Technical issues have caused the Arizona Theatre Company to cancel the first preview of the show, initially scheduled for Dec. 1.

“We are truly sorry for any inconvenience this may cause our ticket holders,” said ATC Managing Director Billy Russo. “We have no doubt this will be a sensational production, and want to do our very best to support it with the resources it needs. Right now, the most valuable one is time. Unfortunately, with large-scale musicals, situations like this frequently occur.”

Preview performances scheduled for Dec. 2 to 6 will go on as planned. Ticket holders for the opening show will be offered seats at later performances. 

For questions call the ATC box office at 520 622 2823. 

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Sahuarita’s Own Shark Tank Competition

Posted By on Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 1:22 PM


Three local businesses will be participating in Sahuarita’s 2018 EDGE Competition with a $4,000 prize available to whoever pitches the best business-growth strategy.

Control Vision Inc., Native Gardens of Green Valley, and Suburban Real Estate Group are this year’s finalists. Along with other previous participants, these three groups have spent over 23 hours in workshops with the likes of Profit Mastery and Franklin Covey, to master business skills.

In addition, The Small Business Development Center has counseled participants in the development of their business-growth strategy, and also helped them craft their own persuasive pitches. 

Last year’s winner, Lu Alvarez of Copper Fitness Gym will host the event while the three businesses make their presentations.

The Shark Tank 2018 EDGE Competition will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29, at the Sahuarita Town Hall, but the contestants will be specifically presenting from 5 to 6 p.m.

For more information or to RSVP please contact Economic Development Specialist Michael Jansen at

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess Surprise Fans, Win Dancing with the Stars

Posted By on Tue, Nov 20, 2018 at 10:48 AM

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Country-radio host Bobby Bones and pro dancer Sharna Burgess are the winners of Season 27 of Dancing with the Stars. They were fan favorites throughout the whole season and surpassed their fellow competitors Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten, Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe and Milo Manheim and Witney Carson to be awarded the Mirrorball Trophy.

Their routines were enjoyable, humorous and entertaining. Although Bones was not the most technically skilled dancer, he won the crowd and the judges with his humor and entertainment.

Burgess choreographed a freestyle dance to “The Greatest Show” from The Greatest Showman soundtrack as their finale where Bones was awarded a perfect 10 from the judges for the first time.

It was a shocking win with his competitors leaving stunned and many fans ecstatic while others were upset with the results. 

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