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1st Ave. E. of Oracle to close Monday

The portion of North First Avenue that extends east from North Oracle Road will be permanently closed Monday. Motorists who access the nearby La Reserve residential area will need to use North La Reserve Drive.

After the closure, the Arizona Department of Transportation will adjust the timing of traffic signals at the intersection of Oracle and La Reserve, as well as monitor traffic flow.

The closed area of First Avenue is on private property known as San Dorado that's being developed by Kitchell Development Co.

Crews will remove the roadway that connects Oracle to La Reserve to make way for a new street in the San Dorado development.

Monsoon music party at Triangle L Ranch

Local DJ Carl Hanni will play funk, soul, cumbia, reggae and Afrobeat at the Monsoon Funk Dance Party at Triangle L Ranch.

The party starts at 7 p.m. Saturday at the ranch, 2805 N. Triangle L Ranch Road. Admission is $5. As you might guess from the name, the desert party will go on even if it rains. Partygoers must bring their own beverages.

In September, more than 100 artists, dancers and musicians will gather for an outdoor party at the ranch. The event is timed to coincide with the month's full moon.

The event goes from 7 to 11 p.m. Sept. 28 and 29 at the ranch, 2805 N. Triangle L Ranch Road in Oracle.

General admission to the all-ages event is $10, and $5 for those 18 and younger. Children age 3 and younger get in for free.

For more information, go to online.

Pinal supervisors OK interim manager

The Pinal County Board of Supervisors has named Greg Stanley as interim county manager.

Formerly assistant county manager for development services, Stanley took over the duties July 1, succeeding Fritz Behring, who left to become Scottsdale's city manager.

Stanley is eligible to apply for the permanent opening, which the county is working to fill.

SaddleBrooke author wins nat'l book award

SaddleBrooke author Gary Fuller, a retired University of Hawaii professor, garnered national attention for his book "The Trivia Lover's Guide to the World: Geography for the Lost and Found."

The book won the ForeWord Review's 2012 Book of the Year Silver Award at the American Library Association Conference in Chicago, which concluded July 2.

Fuller is a former "Jeopardy" contestant who splits his time between Hawaii and SaddleBrooke. He lectures on geography and world affairs on cruise ships.

Aug. 7 deadline set for Citizens Police Academy

Marana's Citizens Police Academy will educate participants about law enforcement work in a 12-week session that runs Aug. 14-Oct. 30.

Those who live, work or do business in Marana and are 18 or over can participate. They must not have any prior felony arrests and must pass a background check before joining. The 42-hour course includes lessons on the inner workings of the Marana Police Department, as well as firearms, dog units and patrol duties.

The deadline to register is Aug. 7. To apply, visit online. A spring session will run Jan. 23-April 14.

Vision statement, logo cost Marana schools $3,350

Marana Unified School District has undergone a rebranding effort, adopting a new slogan and logo at the cost of $3,350.

"As we look to the future and embark on exciting changes, now is the perfect time to capture that excitement through a new district vision statement and brand," Superintendent Doug Wilson wrote.

"To that end, we are very excited to begin a new year with a vision statement which clearly and concisely conveys our direction: 'Inspiring students to learn today and lead tomorrow.' Since we believe that education without inspiration is only information, this vision statement truly captures our purpose and values as a district." For more information on the district, visit online.

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