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What's happening in your community? Read what the Green Valley News and Sahuarita Sun reporters have been working on, or share what you see happening around town! 

 

Profile Photo: Jann Richardson of Green Valley holds a Green Valley news paper in Costa Rica in ziplining gear.

Banner Photo: Pima County Sheriff's deputies respond to a house call. Photo by Bobby Joe Smith

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Kevin MurphyStaff Member
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Are we doing enough locally to educate people about opioids?

One of the duffel bags containing fentanyl pills. (Sahuarita Police Department)
One of the duffel bags containing fentanyl pills. (Sahuarita Police Department)

Sahuarita police recovered four duffle bags with nearly 200 pounds of illegal drugs on Tuesday after answering a report of suspicious activity on Old Nogales Highway.

Anyone with information on the case or observes any suspicious activity may contact the SPD by calling 9-1-1 at any time, or (520) 344-7000 during business hours Monday through Friday or by contacting the TIP Line at (520) 445-7847.

Half of the illegal drugs recovered were fentanyl, a powerful lethal synthetic opioid that, according to the CDC, is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. SPD recovered heroin, another black market opioid, in the duffle bags too. 

The National Institute on Drug Abuse reported 56,516 overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone in 2020. 

Are we doing enough to educate people about the dangers of using opioids and curb the demand for them on a local level?

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Kevin MurphyStaff Member
Journalist Product Manager

Unruly behavior at public body meetings

Pima County Board of Supervisors Chair Adelita Grijalva, who represents District 5, officially took the gavel Tuesday. (Pima County)
Pima County Board of Supervisors Chair Adelita Grijalva, who represents District 5, officially took the gavel Tuesday. (Pima County)

In Adelita Grijalva's first meeting as chair of the Pima County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, she had trouble reining in abusive comments during the call to the audience. 

Before the call, Grijalva stated she would enforce speaker etiquette by interrupting speakers to remind them of community norms and remove speakers for disrupting board business —public body rules that have historically held up as constitutionally acceptable in court cases over the years. 

In your estimation, has unruly behavior from audience members at public body meetings worsened over the years?

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Kevin MurphyStaff Member
Journalist Product Manager

Local gas station pumps fail inspection

The pumps at the Chevron at 171 W. Continental Road in Green Valley had several issues during a Jan. 12 inspection. (Green Valley News)
The pumps at the Chevron at 171 W. Continental Road in Green Valley had several issues during a Jan. 12 inspection. (Green Valley News)

The state’s Weights and Measures Department inspected the Chevron gas station on Continental Road on Jan. 12. The gas station faces civil penalties after half the pumps failed inspection

If you think you have been improperly charged at the pump or there was an issue with the pump, you can file a complaint to the Weights and Measures Division here

When's the last time you were improperly charged at a local business? 

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Kevin MurphyStaff Member
Journalist Product Manager

Green Valley Fire attempts to annex northern Sahuarita

Rural Metro Station 79 is just off Sahuarita Road south of McDonald's. (Green Valley News)
Rural Metro Station 79 is just off Sahuarita Road south of McDonald's. (Green Valley News)

On Monday, the Sahuarita Town Council gave the green light for the Green Valley Fire District to begin annexation efforts in the northern part of town. 

The approval comes months after Rural Metro Fire Department informed the town of plans to end fire service in an area including Rancho Sahuarita. 

Details of the transition will roll out over the next several weeks. 

Here's what you need to know.

Should GVFD open a station in northern Sahuarita after the annexation?