Trailhead named in honor of Gabe Zimmerman


Tucson AZ – A special ceremony was held on January 4th to mark the naming of the Gabe Zimmerman Davidson Canyon Trail head, in honor of the January 8th shooting victim Gabe Zimmerman. The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously back in February to name the trailhead for 30-year-old Zimmerman.

Zimmerman and his mother, Emily Nottingham, were members of the Arizona Trail Association. To pay tribute to Zimmerman’s contributions, the association put in the request for the trailhead to be named after him. Family, friends and colleagues who attended the ceremony all agree that Gabe would have been honored because he adored being in the outdoors.

“This is a really special place and I think it’s a terrific idea to have trailhead named after Gabe here. Gabe was all about connecting people with one another and himself,” Emily Nottingham said.
The Arizona Trail Association said they’ve been working to add signs and other tribute areas for Zimmerman and the other January 8th victims.

The sense of community is truly alive in Tucson. Residents are assured that they can fall back on friends and family even in the face of tragedies like last year’s shooting. This is one of the reasons behind the continuous growth of the Tucson community. Many people are investing in Tucson real estate and deciding to settle down in a new home in Tucson. If you are looking to move to Tucson, you should definitely contact Dorn Homes. Dorn Homes is the most notable among home builders in Tucson, Arizona. Dorn-built new construction homes in Tucson, Green Valley, Tubac, and Prescott are stylish, comfortable, convenient, and energy efficient.

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Dorn Homes RoseWater Community


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Living the good life usually involves a great location and a great home. This is why Dorn Homes, a notable Arizona home builder, offers quality Tucson community homes that would enable individuals, couples, families, and retirees to live life to the fullest.

Dorn Homes is a family—and we want you to be part of it. We strive to understand your desires more than any other Tucson home builder. We know how buying a home can make a big impact to your family life, so we work hard to make sure you have all the support and information you need to make the very best choices, every step of the way. Now, Dorn Homes presents another new and exciting Tucson community—the community in RoseWater.

Ideal for nature lovers and outdoor adventurists, the RoseWater community is located near national forests, mountain trails, parks, and country clubs. What better way to enjoy Arizona’s Tucson than with a bit of outdoor fun that enables families to have a great time together? Picnicking, hiking, biking, and camping are just some of the fun activities that families can enjoy.

Located right at the heart of Tucson, RoseWater community homes have easy access to schools, convenience stores, and farmer’s markets. So why live in inconvenient locations when you can have everything you need right here? So choose RoseWater, choose Dorn Homes. Dorn is the dependable choice for a home builder in RoseWater. Expect that a Dorn-built house is stylish, convenient, comfortable, and energy efficient. Trust only the most reliable so that you will make the wise investment that you and your family can truly enjoy.

Dorn Homes Pantano Community


When it comes to living in comfort and convenience, Dorn Homes encourages everyone to check out Pantano Homes. An ideal community that is perfectly nestled at the heart of Tucson, Dorn Homes’s Pantano Community is the right choice for first-time homeowners, military personnel of the nearby Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and anyone who seeks a comfy yet stylish single-family home.

Anyone would love living in a Pantano community home because it is just a short drive away from schools and the market. As an added bonus, an amazing backdrop of mountains with miles of trails and nature is practically in your backyard.

Fun recreation is accessible, too. The Pantano Riding Stables is a popular destination for trail rides, wagon rides, and summer horse camp. Western riding adventure is guaranteed to be a blast. Holiday events are also held at the Pantano Riding Stables.

Pantano Community Home in Arizona

Arizona’s second largest city, Tucson, is one of North America’s oldest continuously inhabited areas. Tucson has a gorgeous city skyline with an amazing backdrop of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Rincon Mountains, and Tucson Mountains. The warm climate makes it an ideal place to seek outdoor activities and discover the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Golf, a mainstream sport in Arizona, is accessible in Tucson as well with world-class courses that would delight any golfer.

As the oldest incorporated city in Arizona (Tucson was incorporated in 1877), Tucson boasts of a metropolitan lifestyle, but with homely neighborhoods. Over 150 companies in Tucson are involved in the design and manufacture of optics and optoelectronic systems, earning it the nickname Optics Valley. But this “Old Pueblo” remains grounded and remembers its culture and heritage through their festivities, cultural shows/events, cuisine, and preservation of museums and historical sites. Alongside these traditional features are more modern offerings like luxurious spas, amazing golf courses, and lively shopping districts. It’s no surprise that every Tucsonan is a satisfied resident of a Tucson community home.

Dorn Homes, a great choice as a new Pantano community home builder, only builds tasteful, comfortable, convenient, and energy efficient homes that would surely wow anyone as it had wowed past and current clients. This premier Arizona home builder guides homeowners in every step of the home building process.

 

 

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10 Finalists chosen for ATHENA Awards


Tucson  – From more than thirty nominations of incredibly qualified Southern Arizona women, ten finalists have been selected and will be recognized when the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) hosts the annual ATHENA Awards Luncheon on Thursday, September 22, 2011.

ATHENA honors exceptional woman leaders who demonstrate the highest levels of professional excellence, give back to their communities and, most importantly, assist other women in realizing their full leadership potential.

“Congratulations to all of the nominees and the finalists for the 2011 ATHENA Award,” says Donna Davis, Chief Executive Officer of ASBA and a previous ATHENA recipient.  “These remarkable women leaders contribute in a significant way to business and our communities in Southern Arizona.”

The following are the ten finalists for Southern Arizona:

Vicki Began, Vice President of Patient Services and Nursing at UMC. Over the past 25 years in Neonatal Intensive Care, Public Health Nursing and Nursing Administration, Vicki has inspired many who, like her, strive to always offer the best, most compassionate care to their patients.

Mary Darling, Owner of Darling Environmental and Surveying, Ltd. Mary has grown Darling Environmental and Surveying, Ltd. into a million dollar, nationally recognized leader in 3D technology.

Katharine Kent, President of The Solar Store. Katharine is the only woman nationally to hold both the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) Certification as a PV and Solar Thermal Installer.

Nancy Meech, Founding Partner of Heinfeld Meech & Co PC. Nancy was instrumental in creating and nourishing H&M’s widely known culture. H&M was named to the list of the 25 Best Small Companies to Work for in America for the past four years.

Marylee Pangman, Owner of The Contained Gardener.  Marylee has vast experience in management and relationship building, and over 25 years in the nonprofit world.  She is a previous Editor of Master Gardener Newsletter.

Lesli Pintor, Senior Vice President of National Bank of Arizona.  Lesli is the highest ranking woman in commercial lending at National Bank of Arizona in southern Arizona, and one of the senior women in the state, and initiated a formal mentoring program which is being implemented bank-wide.

Mary Rowley, President and Owner of Strongpoint Public Relations.  Mary has grown Strongpoint into one of the leading PR firms in Arizona, expanding her capabilities to include offices in Phoenix and San Francisco.

Dr. Soyeon Shim, Director of the University of Arizona’s John and Doris Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences.  Dr. Shim has managed multi-million dollar fundraising campaigns, built a world-renowned academic program, and for two decades mentored students, faculty and staff.

Keri Lazarus Silvyn, Partner at Lewis and Roca LLP.  Keri has practiced in the areas of zoning, land use, real estate and environmental law since 1998.  She is the visionary behind Imagine Greater Tucson and serves as the Chair of its Board of Directors.

Janet (Jan) Woods, Hospital Administrator and Co-Owner of Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson.  Jan consults with numerous primary and specialty care veterinary hospitals throughout the United States with regard to daily operations, employment law, strategic management, regulatory requirements, finance and marketing.

“It is truly an honor to be nominated; this recognition is highly respected and well-known throughout cities across the U.S. and internationally,” says Davis.

The finalists were selected by an independent selection committee consisting of Judy Clinco, Founder and President of CareGiver Training Institute and the 2010 ATHENA Southern Arizona recipient; Kearin Kasper, Regional Manager for SCF Arizona; Jan Lesher, Pima County Deputy Administrator of Medical and Health Services;  Laura Penny, Executive Director of the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona; Kim States, President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau of Southern Arizona, and Jackie Thompson, Manager of Community Affairs and Grassroots Corporate Communications for Southwest Airlines.

Just as South Arizona is home to these inspiring women, Tucson is home to gorgeous views and a booming economy. In fact, there are many new homes in Tucson yearly because of this. Dorn Homes, the best among home builders in Tucson, offers amazing homes in Tucson which are of quality, comfort, convenience, efficiency, and style. A Dorn house for sale in Tucson is hassle-free and of money’s worth. Dorn’s homes for sale in Tucson are luxurious to fit the sophisticated lifestyle of Tucson communities.

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Accenture Match Play Championship Tickets Now Available


Accenture Match Play Championship tournament officials announced yesterday the launch of general admission tickets for next year’s tournament, giving fans ample time and opportunity to ensure they have a front-row seat to the February 2012 event.

The top 64 players in the world of golf will return to The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain, for the Accenture Match Play Championship, February 20-26, 2012.

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“The Accenture Match Play Championship is a limited-attendance event,” said Gerald Goodman, executive director. “What we want fans to understand is that since this is such a unique format—we start with 32 matches on Wednesday and end up with a thrilling, head-to-head championship on Sunday afternoon—we limit the number of tickets available in order to ensure the best experience for our fans. You can get so close to the action throughout the week, but we encourage everyone to get their tickets now to guarantee they’re a part of what is sure to be an incredible tournament.”

Below are general admission ticket prices for the 2012 Accenture Match Play Championship:

  • Monday – Practice Round $25, $35
  • Tuesday – Practice Round $25, $35
  • Wednesday – First Round $45, $55
  • Thursday – Second Round $45, $55
  • Friday – Third Round $45, $55
  • Saturday – Quarterfinal $35, $45
  • Sunday – Semifinals, Championship & Consolation Matches $35, $45
  • Weekly Package (Monday-Sunday tickets) $125, $135

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Fans can also take advantage of a special ticket offer that is available only online and includes parking and golf at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain, for only $249.

The “Golf Pack” includes two Good-Any-One-Day tickets to the event, one Parking Pass (good any one day) to Lot T3, and two rounds of golf at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain (Valid Oct. 1, 2011 – Jan. 31, 2012).

Tournament officials also announced that they will debut a new general parking lot, located at the base of Dove Mountain Boulevard and Tangerine. Fans will have only a 10-minute shuttle ride to the tournament, compared to the 30-minute shuttle from the previous lot, which was on Tangerine closer to I-10.

As has been the case in years past, youth 18 and younger are admitted free to the Accenture Match Play Championship when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Additionally, complimentary tickets are available for all active, retired and reserve military and their dependents. A valid military I.D. will be required at the gate for admission.

The Accenture Match Play Championship partners with the Tucson Conquistadores to be the sales arm and charitable contribution beneficiary of the Accenture Match Play Championship. Proceeds from the Accenture Match Play Championship primarily benefit The Tucson Conquistadores charities, including The First Tee of Tucson, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCA and Pima County Special Olympics. Since 1962, The Tucson Conquistadores have contributed more than $23 million to youth organizations.

Golf is a really popular sport in Arizona and many have moved into new homes in Tucson to have better and year-round access to their favorite sport. Dorn Homes, the number one choice among home builders in Tucson, offers quality homes in Tucson which are convenient, comfortable, stylish and energy-efficient. A Dorn house for sale in Tucson offers stress-free and sophisticated living. Dorn-built homes for sale in Tucson will truly give you your money’s worth especially if you’re a golf fanatic who wants easy access to some of Arizona”s best greens.

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BuildFax: Remodeling Up Since 2004


As home building remains bleak, good news still remains for contractors. Since 2004, BuildFax has been tracking data about home-remodeling activity which was up 22% in May over a year ago, reaching the highest level since BuildFax started.

It is not surprising that people are choosing to remodel their homes though, because underwater mortgages and tight access to credit have squelched many homeowners’ ability to move. The next best thing to buying a bigger house is creating one.

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According to BuildFax Vice President of Research and Development Joe Emison in a news release, “Through the first five months of 2011, we have seen impressive gains within the remodeling index, and May has continued that trend with a record-setting month.” Emison also said, “Even with the continued struggles in the economy, the remodeling industry has been a bright spot, as consumers look to make upgrades to their current homes, rather than purchasing a new residence.”

BuildFax found that remodeling increased month-to-month in all regions: 18% in the Midwest, 12% in the Northeast, 7% in the South and 7% in the West. Numbers were up year-to-year in three regions: 21% in the West, 10% in the South and 9% in the Northeast. In the Midwest, remodeling was down 11% from May 2010.

The National Association of Home Builders reported that its Housing Market Index, which measures builder confidence, rose two points in July, after falling three points in June. But the index, at 15 points, remains far below 50, the number at which sentiment is more positive than negative.

NAHB chief economist David Crowe said in a news release, “We view the upward movement in the July HMI as a correction from an exceptionally weak number in June that was at least partly attributable to negative economic news and the close of a disappointing spring selling season.” Crowe continued “Basically, the market continues to bounce along the bottom, with conditions in some locations beginning to improve.”

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