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GVFD looks to rate hike to cover pensions, capital fund

The Green Valley Fire District hopes to increase its tax rate 14 cents beginning July 1 to cover increased pension costs and to reinstate a capital replacement fund. If the board approves the increase later this month, taxpayers would pay $2.52 for every $100 of assessed valuation. Someone who owns a home valued at $200,000…

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Theater popcorn — yes, the actual popcorn — catches on fire

A popcorn warmer caught the popcorn on fire Friday night at Desert Sky Cinema in Sahuarita. Employees put out the fire with an extinguisher before firefighters arrived. The fire was contained to the machine, which a Green Valley Fire District spokesman said could cost about $9,000 to replace. A theater employee said Saturday that the…

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Helmet helped in Car-vs-bike crash

A 68-year-old woman riding her bicycle was struck by a car shortly before moon Monday while traveling north on La Canada near Duval Mine Road. The woman, who was wearing a helmet, suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to Joey Kosiorowski, a division chief with the Green Valley fire District.    

Rain!!!

  Diego Burgos enjoys a dousing courtesy of a Green Valley Fire District fire hose during Continental School Field Day on Thursday to mark the last day of the school year.

The support was amazing! Thank you

During the days the Sawmill Fire raged in the Santa Rita Mountains, many folks showed their support to the firefighters on the line battling the blaze.  The Green Valley Fire District wishes to thank those who came by and dropped off donations of food, socks, water, wipes, sunscreen, chap-stick, baby powder and other items that…

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Study looks at training resident to use AEDs

Anyone who has experienced a cardiac event or seen a loved one suffering through one knows the agony of waiting for paramedics. Two University of Arizona professors want to ease minds by changing that and making Green Valley a “heart-safe community.” Cardiologists Dr. Marvin Slepian and Dr. Karl Kern believe every community should have an…

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Pena Fire

Crews stopped the spread of a 400-acre wildfire burning south of Pena Blanca Lake, but work remains on the suppression effort Tuesday.  The Pena Fire was first reported about 2:45 p.m. Monday in a remote area of the Pajarito Mountains, about eight miles west of Nogales.  Eighty people were assigned to fight the blaze, including…

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Shed, small trailer burned in blaze near Sahuarita

A brush fire east of Sahuarita swept onto a residential property Saturday afternoon, destroying a shed and small trailer. A Rural/Metro Fire official said the call came in at 12:37 p.m. and crews arrived to find a two-acre blaze in the 2300 block of East Sahuarita Road, across the road from Grace Church of Sahuarita….

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RIDE OF SILENCE: Cycling advocate turns tragedy into outreach

David Waechter found his calling on a cycling charity ride in the Verde Valley north of Phoenix in 2014. Waechter, a retired engineer, was participating in the 86-mile MS150, a benefit for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He was with his 16-year-old daughter, Nina, and longtime family friend Lynn Hartline. They were biking near Cornville…

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Showing Their Support!

Students from the 3rd grade class at Continental School (below) demonstrated how generous and thoughtful the students and parents are. While the Sawmill Fire was going they put together a couple donation buckets for our firefighters. Thanks to Chief Mojo and the 153B crew (Comaduran, Cavell, Naber) for making pickup of these items possible! It…

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Mulberry Fire winding down; cause undetermined

Just two days after firefighters finished extinguishing the 47,000-acre Sawmill Fire, they were battling another brush fire near where the Sawmill Fire ended. The Mulberry Fire began Saturday eight miles southeast of Vail in the Empire Mountains east of State Route 83. As of Tuesday afternoon, the fire had burned 1,755 acres and was 80…

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WILD RUN: Family recounts narrow escape from Sawmill Fire

Chuck Wunder was scared as he raced down Box Canyon Road that Sunday morning. A brush fire with flames nearly eight feet high was racing from Sawmill Canyon east so fast he was having a hard time getting in front of it. If the winds, with gusts up to 40 mph, had shifted, the fire…

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