OV police continue HiVE enforcement
With its High Visibility Enforcement (HiVE) program, Oro Valley police officers crack down on certain intersections in order to get motorists to drive with more care.
This month, HiVE will go into effect at North Oracle Road at West Magee Road and West Suffolk Drive, with six motorcycle officers watching on the intersections at these times:
• 4-7 p.m. today.
• 7-10 a.m. Wednesday.
• 4-7 p.m. June 28.
Lambert Lane work done; celebration set
Oro Valley and the Pima Association of Governments are celebrating the completion of the Lambert Lane Improvement Project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The event starts at 8 a.m. Friday west of the entrance to Cañada del Oro Riverfront Park, 51 W. Lambert Lane.
In the $10.7 million project, workers widened West Lambert Lane to four lanes from North La Cañada Drive to North Pusch View Lane. The project also added 6-foot-wide bike lanes and 6-foot-wide sidewalks, as well as 10-foot-wide raised, landscaped medians. There's also a multiuse path.
"On behalf of the Town Council, we would like to thank our residents and visitors for their patience while we made significant improvements to Lambert Lane," Mayor Satish Hiremath said in a news release. "In addition to increased vehicle capacity, pedestrians and cyclists can now enjoy sidewalks and multiuse paths that provide safety and connectivity with the town's extensive trail network."
Benefit, walk support auto-collision victim
Former Marana resident Dallin Wengert suffered an automobile accident May 30 in Logan, Utah. His pregnant wife, Amy, was following him in another vehicle and witnessed the collision. Dallin was taken to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah, where he was in a coma for several days before becoming responsive.
Supporters have set up a Facebook page to update Dallin's status and allow friends and family to communicate. It's received more than 25,000 "likes."
Dallin will continue rehabilitation at Barrows Neurological Institute in Phoenix. Anticipating high medical costs, friends and family have arranged events to help the couple. A June 10 fundraiser at Texas Roadhouse, 8450 N. Cracker Barrel Road, raised $1,300 for the couple.
Today, there will be another dining benefit from 4 to 8 p.m. at three Pizza Hut locations: 7665 N. La Cholla Blvd., 10605 N. Oracle Road and 8245 N. Silverbell Road. Twenty percent of the cost of orders by those who mention the Wengerts will go to the couple. There will also be $20 coupon cards for sale, and all proceeds will go to the Wengerts.
A walk in the couple's honor will be held at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Ora Mae Harn Park, 13250 N. Lon Adams Road. There is a $10 registration fee, with all proceeds going to the family.
You can also donate directly to the family at www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/9sg2/dallin-and-amy-wengert online.
For more information, visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DallinandAmyWengert?ref=ts&fref=ts online.
Picture Rocks pushes for public transit
The Picture Rocks Community Conversation, a community group that advocates for social issues in the area, is attempting to show there's a need for public transportation by conducting a survey.
Working with the Regional Transportation Authority - which paid for the survey - and other local groups, the organization is collecting data about transportation needs of people in the area.
Those who are 14 and older and live in Picture Rocks, an unincorporated community near Saguaro National Park West and North Sandario Road, can participate.
"We hope this will give us a better understanding of the community needs and move us closer to having public transit as an available option for our neighborhood," Picture Rocks social advocate Dot Esler said via email.
If you'd like to take the survey, contact Esler at 903-3912 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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