New Walmart in Vail opens this morning

The Tucson area’s newest Walmart opens today at 9260 S. Houghton Road, with a grand opening ceremony at 7:30 a.m.

The store, with grocery, pharmacy and general merchandise products, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The store will employ about 200 full- and part-time associates.

Store manager Lee Johnson began his Walmart career in 2002 as an hourly associate in the dairy department.

The celebration will include presentations of $6,000 in grants from Walmart to local community groups, the company said in a news release.


Regulators approve utility tax pass-through

The Arizona Corporation Commission approved new rates for several small water companies on Tuesday, including an order allowing Sahuarita Water Co. to recover the income taxes of its shareholders through its rates.

The Corporation Commission voted last year to allow small utilities that are ‘S’ corporations or other so-called pass-through entities to include the personal income taxes of their owners in rates.

The change will raise the monthly bill for the average Sahuarita Water customer by $2.26 per month or about 7 percent, to an average $33.74 monthly. The company serves about 4,500 customers.

Arizona Daily Star