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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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

One injured in rear-end crash Friday morning

One woman was sent to the hospital following a rear-end car crash in Green Valley this morning. The Green Valley Fire District responded around 8 a.m. to the Calle del Chancero, between La Canada Drive and Interstate 19. The 68-year-old female driver of one vehicle and the 74-year-old male driver of the other were not…

Are you a fall risk? Here’s help figuring it out

So would you improve your health if you knew that you could? Most falls in our area can be prevented. SHiM was created to prevent and care for those falls in our area by Valley Assistance Services, Green Valley Volunteer Fire Corp, and Green Valley Volunteer Clearinghouse. These partners have worked together to address falls…

GVFD knocks out small kitchen fire

The Green Valley Fire District helped quickly knock down a small kitchen fire in Green Valley on Wednesday morning. A cutting board and electric table top grill caught fire after a stove burner they were on top of was turned on. Firefighters responded to the home on East El Valle, off of Abrego Drive, and…

Safe Keeping

About 75 attendees learned about what local organizations do to help keep Green Valley safe during a community emergency forum Monday at the GVR West Center, From left are presenters John McGee, Community Emergency Response Team; Brenden Victorson, U.S. Border Patrol; Pima County Sheriff, Lt. Eric Johnson, Green Valley District; Sandra Espinoza, Pima County Emergency…

Volunteer Honor

Longtime Green Valley volunteer Chuck Hill, receives the volunteer of the Year Award given by the Rotary Club of Green Valley, and club President Andy Heideman.  Hill received the award, which is given to non-Rotarians, for his work with the Santa Cruz Bicycle Advocacy Committee, which promotes bicycle safety in Southern Arizona.  Hill was nominated…

They’re the best

Thanks to our great GVFD firemen! I know of two recent incidents when our wonderful firemen helped out — in non-fire situations. My personal one was last week I was clearing a huge tree limb that was obstructing a well-traveled sidewalk. A fire truck stopped and out jumped three young men. They took my chain…

CERT honor

The Green Valley Fire District Board of Directors recognized John McGee for his leadership and dedication to the Greater Green Valley Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT) program since taking on the position of president. McGee has been instrumental in ensuring CERT members are provided with monthly training and he has helped keep the CERT program…

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