‘Shop OV’ campaign ends with $500 gift-card winner

During a “Shop Oro Valley” summer campaign, the town and 18 participating businesses awarded 48 prizes to shoppers through drawings, such as gift cards and certificates for free services.

Sandra Johnson, a 20-year Oro Valley resident and first-time participant in the shopping campaign, won the grand prize, a $500 gift card basket for shopping, dining and entertainment in the town, donated by Vestar.

During the eight-week campaign, May 1 to July 1, shoppers spending $25 or more at an Oro Valley business were eligible to submit their receipts for a weekly drawing. In all, 975 entries were submitted. The receipts, valued at $62,276, represent goods and services from 116 Oro Valley businesses.

Also, shoppers who bought a $100 OV Dollars gift card from the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce received a bonus $10 to spend.

Tucson June home sales:
Prices, inventory flatten

The Tucson area’s housing market saw relatively minor changes in sales prices and active listings in June compared with May, the Tucson Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service said.

The median sales price rose 1.1 percent in June over May, and the average sales price was 3.4 percent higher, the Realtors group said.

Housing inventory decreased 2 percent from May to June.

“On a 12-month basis, the pace of price increases also continued to flatten,” a Realtors news release said. “Since June 2013, the median sales price has risen 5.5 percent and the average is 7.7 percent higher. Since June 2013, the market’s most dynamic change is in inventory, where listings have increased 33.7 percent.”

Southwest Key still hiring for immigrant shelter here

The spike in unaccompanied children from Central America crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has led to a hiring boomlet in Tucson.

Southwest Key, the Texas-based nonprofit that has been contracted to open a shelter here for the youths, still has 240 open positions in Tucson posted on its website, swkey.org.

The jobs advertised include administrative, medical, teaching and case-management positions. More than 170 of those positions are for youth-care workers, whose job is to supervise and provide basic services to children in the shelter.

For those jobs, candidates must have a high school diploma or GED, and bilingual candidates are preferred, the postings say.

All permanent full-time jobs include health and retirement benefits, according to the website.


Tribe pushes for approval
of water pact with Freeport

WASHINGTON — Tribal and state lawmakers are urging a Senate panel to approve a water-rights agreement between the Hualapai tribe and Freeport Minerals Corp., Cronkite News Service reports.

“We’ve been on the Colorado River since time immemorial and we have no water rights,” Hualapai Chairwoman Sherry Counts testified last week before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

Freeport owns and operates a copper mine and townsite in Bagdad. The water comes from wells along the Big Sandy River, a tributary of the Bill Williams River.

Witnesses said the Bill Williams River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2014, which would guarantee the tribe certain levels of water use in the Northwest Arizona area, has been years in the making. But statutory limits on Freeport’s water rights mean it could all be undone if Congress does not act this year, the bill’s supporters said.

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