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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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Two hurt as minivan, motorcycle collide

Two people from Tucson were injured Sunday when their motorcycle was struck by a minivan in Green Valley, according to the Green Valley Fire District. The Crash occurred about 11:15 a.m. at Paseo del Prado and Continental Road.  Both people on the motorcycle were taken to a Tucson hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  Neither was…

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Nobody hurt in two-vehicle crash

The occupants of two vehicles that collided at Abrego Drive and Continental Road around 11:30 a.m. Monday escaped injury. The Green Valley Fire District responded to the wreck and said everyone declined to be taken to the hospital.  

Sahuarita church leads efforts to collect items for firefighters

With the Sawmill Fire still raging, a Sahuarita church is trying to make sure the people fighting it have the resources they need. Common Ground Church of Sahuarita, led by Pastor David Taylor, began collecting items Tuesday, ranging from beef jerky and crackers, to water, lip balm and baby wipes, which the firefighters use to…

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Longtime Employee Retires

Capt. Joey Ruiz, congratulates Bertina Lopez on her retirement from the Green Valley Fire District.  “Bert,” as she’s called, started at the district in August 1984, as a receptionist, and over the years has been responsible for ordering supplies, tracking fire inspections, coordinating CPR classes and blood drives, producing reports, bookkeeping and event coordinating.  She…

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Two injured in motorcycle accident in Green Valley

Two people from Tucson were injured Sunday when their motorcycle was struck by a minivan in Green Valley, according to the Green Valley Fire District. The crash occurred about 11:15 a.m. at Paseo del Prado and Continental Road. Both people on the motorcycle were taken to a Tucson hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Neither was…

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Brush fire grows to 1,500 acres; no structures burned

Seven agencies, 150 firefighters, a helicopter and a handful of air tankers battled a stubborn brush fire in the Santa Rita Mountains on Sunday. The Sawmill Fire was reported at 11:55 a.m. Sunday and was about 5 percent contained by 5 p.m., said L.T. Pratt, a spokesman for the Green Valley Fire District. The cause…

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Four hours later, she’s rescued by newspaper carrier

Juan Alvarez is used to delivering the news, not making it. But the longtime carrier for the Green Valley News has earned a headline of his own after he came to the aid of a woman last week while delivering papers on his route. On April 12, Alvarez was delivering papers in a neighborhood near…

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Help is here

Many thanks for your publication of Kitty Bottemiller’s article on preparing your home when leaving for the summer (“Outta here!” April 2, Page A1). I will keep it on hand in the event I plan to leave town for a few days this summer. But what I really want to thank you for is the…

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Little snake, big problem: First-grader on long journey after snake bite

A couple of weeks ago, 7-year-old Frankie Bejarano told his grandparents he would give anything to go for a helicopter ride. The next day, his wish came true. But nobody was happy about it. The first-grader was bitten by a rattlesnake April 7 while using his new telescope in the driveway of his grandparents’ home…

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One sent to hospital after car strikes stop sign

A 17-year-old boy was sent to the hospital after the car he and another 17-year-old boy were in hit a stop sign in an undeveloped neighborhood south of Anamax Park in Sahuarita on Sunday night. The Green Valley Fire District responded shortly after 7 p.m. to Camino de Las Quintas and Quiet Meadows Drive, where…

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