Domestic-violence group funding new help guide

The SaddleBrooke Coalition Against Domestic Violence is funding a resource directory to help victims.

The nonprofit group's board approved a $1,250 grant to help pay for a directory that summarizes programs and services available to those living in the retirement community.

The directory will be given to residents this year, and it will be available at online.

To publish the directory, the group is working with the SaddleBrooke Triad, which was founded in 2012 by local law enforcement, safety and service agencies, to advocate for senior needs.

Arthur Pack Park opens 2 year-round soccer fields

Arthur Pack Regional Park is opening two soccer fields that will be open year-round, helped by a partnership with the Southern Arizona Soccer Association and the Marana Unified School District.

Mountain View High School, the Tucson Adult Soccer League and the American Youth Soccer Organization will use the fields, which open today.

The park is at 9101 N. Thornydale Road. For more information, call 877-6120.

Flowing Wells students win at fashion conference

The Flowing Wells fashion design program found the pattern for success when it competed in a national competition July 7-11.

Flowing Wells students' designs won awards in Nashville, Tenn., at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America National Leadership Conference.

Maria Vasquez won a gold medal in the Little Black Dress category, and Amanda Real won a bronze in the Recyclable Dress competition.

Catalina Mountain Elks get convention award

For the third time in its 12 years of operation, Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge No. 2815 was named a Division II All-American Lodge.

The distinction, for 2012-13, came at the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Convention in Reno.

The award means the Catalina Chapter is among the top ranks of several hundred Elks lodges with between 301 and 500 members.

The Catalina Mountain Elks was distinguished for its participation in community activities, philanthropic work and educational assistance.

Golder Ranch's Karrer is state Fire Chief of Year

Golder Ranch Fire Chief Randy Karrer has been named Fire Chief of the Year in Arizona.

He was presented with the award July 23 in Glendale at an annual conference of the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association, Battalion Chief Josh Hurguy, spokesman for the Golder Ranch Fire District, said in a news release.

Fire Chief of the Year is chosen by members of the association.

Karrer joined Golder Ranch Fire in 2009.

OV named best place in state for families

According to the consumer advocacy site NerdWallet, there's no better place in the state to raise a family than Oro Valley.

The town beat out Scottsdale, Buckeye, Peoria and Chandler to claim the top spot in the rankings. Other Southern Arizona locales to make the list were Sierra Vista at No. 6 and Sahuarita at No. 10.

"We are excited to hear the results of this study indicating Oro Valley as the No. 1 location in the state to raise a family," Oro Valley Town Manager Greg Caton said by email.

"I believe this confirms what our residents have known for years. This designation is the result of a well-run and well-rounded community. Oro Valley is a great place to call home, and these studies continue to confirm that the Town Council and staff are headed in the right direction."

Tucson and Marana did not make the rankings.

Criteria the site used included school ratings, homeownership costs, economic growth and average income. Oro Valley stood out due to its high FBI safety rating, high median income and strong schools.

Marana Police Dept. gets $180K grant from state

The Marana Police Department received a $180,000 grant from the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety. The department will use the funds to buy vehicles and equipment, pay for overtime, train officers, educate the community and keep aggressive driving in check.

The department bought a DUI enforcement vehicle and two police motorcycles, which it was scheduled to unveil to the public Wednesday at the Marana Municipal Complex, 11555 W. Civic Center Drive.

Kimberly Matas contributed to these reports. Email briefs to reporter Phil Villarreal at