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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Vail, AZ

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Vail, AZ offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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NO MATTER YOUR NEED, WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK.

STORE AT YOUR LOCATION

We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.

STORE AT OUR LOCATION

Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.

CUSTOM STORAGE

Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.

LOCAL MOVE

Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.

LONG-DISTANCE MOVE

Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.

MOVING & STORAGE

We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.

OFFICE USE

Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.

BUSINESS USE

If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level

CUSTOM USE

We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
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At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are refurbished grade or better
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.

EVERY ONE OF OUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS FOR RENT IN Vail, AZ, INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SAFETY MEASURES:

High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.

COMMERCIAL STORAGE CONTAINERS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Vail, AZ

When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

 Storage Containers For Rent Vail, AZ

Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.

WHETHER YOUR BUSINESS IS COMMERCIAL, HEALTHCARE, GOVERNMENT OR EDUCATION, OR YOUR INTEREST IS TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY SHIPPING CONTAINERS, SMS HAS YOU COVERED:

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Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.

CUSTOM CONTAINERS FOR YOUR HOME IN Vail, AZ

Building additions to your home can be very expensive and requires going through the hassle of securing permits and waiting for construction. You can save money, time and stress by modifying a shipping container instead. Whether you need additional space for a home gym, recreation or storage, we can convert steel containers into anything you can imagine. Our custom container gyms, man-caves or she-sheds, garages and more give you the extra space you need without the hassle, cost and wait that comes with home renovation.

Renting shipping containers for temporary storage, either when moving or dealing with restoration from a fire or flood, provides a secure, convenient way to keep your belongings close for accessing them whenever you need to. Plus, renting mobile storage containers for moving costs less than traditional movers and allows you to take your time packing, reducing the stress that comes from moving. You can also rent portable offices for your home to make working remotely distraction-free.

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HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE US TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY A SHIPPING CONTAINER FOR YOUR HOME:

With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Vail, AZ, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.

MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINERS & PORTABLE OFFICES TO RENT, BUY OR MODIFY IN Vail, AZ

We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Vail, AZ, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.

HERE'S HOW WE'VE GOT YOUR BACK:

You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.

HOW RENTING A STORAGE CONTAINER AND MOBILE OFFICE WORKS

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DETERMINE DESTINATION

Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Vail, AZ. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.

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SCHEDULE DATE & TIME

Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.

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PREPARE FOR YOUR MOBILE STORAGE CONTAINER DELIVERY

Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.

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DELIVERY & SETUP

When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MOBILE CONTAINERS TO Rent, Buy OR Modify IN Vail, AZ?

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Latest News in Vail, AZ

Sahuarita to consider off-ramp to taking over water company

OpinionA quick look at what's planned for local government meetingsSahuarita's plans to buy itself some water security may be changing.The story is a little soap opera-esque with some twists, an "Oh no you didn't" and a generous helping of "If that's the way you want to play it ..."The town does not own its own water company. It would like to change that. So when area pecan grower Farmers Investment Company put its water system up for sale the Town Council was ready to jump. But Phoenix-bas...

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A quick look at what's planned for local government meetings

Sahuarita's plans to buy itself some water security may be changing.

The story is a little soap opera-esque with some twists, an "Oh no you didn't" and a generous helping of "If that's the way you want to play it ..."

The town does not own its own water company. It would like to change that. So when area pecan grower Farmers Investment Company put its water system up for sale the Town Council was ready to jump. But Phoenix-based Global Water Company swooped in with a cackle to buy it first. So the town said "Oh yeah, you ever hear of eminent domain, we can condemn the system and buy it from whomever owns it." Dun-dun-dun!

The town even set an August election to give voters a say in the condemnation and sale.

But now there may be a deal to head off the legal wrangling. Council members told staff to go talk to Global Water and see if an accommodation could be made to let the private company own the system and operate it under terms and conditions agreed to by the town.

A tentative deal has been reached, which the council will discuss Monday. The council could also vote to postpone the election until November or cancel it outright.

The deal, as outlined in draft form, isn't half bad. It covers low-income users, technological innovations, hours of service at a Global Water office to be conveniently located and other provisions that show they thought through the scope of the arrangement.

A few things stand out. The language is without specific benchmarks and uses phrases like "reasonable efforts." Well, one person's reasonable effort is another person's atrocity. I'm not sure that's clear enough to head off legal problems later.

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Second, the company would be allowed to change water rates with only council consultation. Approval isn't required. I get where Global Water is coming from needing freedom to respond to the market and shareholders. But that's also the big problem with this deal.

Global Water is a publicly traded corporation owned by shareholders and the company will make decisions accordingly. If the town wants to be masters of its own water fate, then shareholders are a huge obstacle. If Wall Street has taught us anything, it's that shareholders will insist on making money. The needs of the town will always be an afterthought and company leaders — based on decades of empirical evidence — will act accordingly.

Council members will also vote on a process to appoint a replacement for retired colleague Gil Lusk.

Town residents can apply for a position between May 2 and June 1. Public interviews will follow and council will make the appointment in time for the August 22 meeting.

Shooting up northwest, Marana wins whatever prize a local government wins for the arrival of the region's first Fiscal Year 2022-23 budget.

Every town, city and school district must complete their budgets by June 30. Marana Town Manager Terry Rozema will submit his proposed budget for the Town Council to poke and prod during a study session Tuesday.

Budgeting in 2022 is a little bit of a trick because high inflation means high growth in revenues and rising expenses. Town management is rightly warning the 16 percent growth in revenues this fiscal year is not sustainable. The town is projecting between 3 and 4 percent in 2023-24 and beyond.

But next year, they're looking at a $73 million general fund (up from $55 million this fiscal year) with a $41 million general fund reserve. Holy cow.

Governments tend to aim for about a 10 percent fund balance at the end of the year. Just five years ago, the town had a healthy $9 million in reserve.

The big reason for the bump in expenditures is the $16 million from the American Rescue Plan Act. However sales taxes are also up from 17 percent.

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There's also a bit of a log jam in unspent federal funds that came in last fiscal year.

Meanwhile all inflation means local governments will be budgeting on a wing and a prayer. It's hard to know what's coming. The Federal Reserve Board can raise interest rates to stave off inflation but that runs the risk of slamming the brakes on economic growth. What that means for growth, revenues and future years is not easy to predict.

Some kinds of expenditures will be smarter than others. Marana's proposed raises for employees may be necessary to keep competitive in a tight labor market but higher operations costs may abound making higher pay a tricky proposition.

Fixed long-term debt expenses get a lot easier because today's dollars are bigger than yesterday's costs. So Marana is dropping $6 million on its Public Safety Retirement System unfunded liabilities.

Marana's the first town to wrestle with inflation's arms, legs and tentacles. But the challenge will be universal.

The Sunnyside Unified School District Governing Board will vote to approve a math curriculum for grades K-5.

The Kendall Hunt textbook will take students from the basics of addition and subtraction to "shapes in a coordinated plane."

Now concerned parents get 60 days to decide where math falls on the Woke-A-Meter.

I have a quick quiz for any parent who thinks they have what it takes to decide what goes into math instruction: What's FOIL? What's a polynomial? Divide .2 by 0.09. If any of this makes your head hurt, maybe you shouldn't be deciding what kind of arithmetic kids learn.

Also, Sunnyside will alter how it evaluates teachers. Classroom performance will take an increased role and student performance will lose some prominence.

One would seem to be linked to the other but teachers know every class is different. Some are great and gifted others are rough and tumble. So a teacher who helps struggling students improve may be doing a better job than a teacher presiding over a gifted students shining.

A quick round up of four school districts shows the boards are in a bit of a lull after the first of the year and ahead of the budget.

Maybe they just have spring fever. They are just doing routine business.

The Marana Unified School District Governing Board will discuss during closed-door executive session the future contract of Superintendent Daniel Streeter. There's no contract up for approval.

Aside from that it's just presentations on bond analysis, high-reliability schools, student literacy and out-of-state travel requests.

That's high drama compared to Sahuarita, Vail and Amphitheater district governing boards' business next week.

I mean, the Sahuarita board doesn't even have a major expenditure on the agenda. I can't even bore readers with discussion of parking lot paving or HVAC installations.

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Board members will vote on approving a student trip to Phoenix for a leadership conference and giving out student character awards to honorees from the district's nine schools. They will also get to decide on supplemental pay for band teachers and athletics coaches.

The Amphitheater board will be vote on a bunch of standard business. They are going to pay bills, appoint a slate of teachers, accept audit paperwork and vote on whether to approve travel.

The Vail School board will hold a study session to mull and ruminate over the budget process, federal coronavirus relief funds, student proficiency exam summaries, grants and summer camps.

At least someone is paying attention.

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Growing population informs Rincon Valley Fire's budget and hiring plans

VAIL, Ariz. -- (KGUN) — Every kind of professional organization, public or private, has taken stock of how it recruits the best talent, keeps it and then finds stability.When it comes to the work happening every day for crews at the Rincon Valley Fire District (RVFD), there's also an expectation the communities it serves will see significant growth in the next two years."Currently, we're getting about 15 new permits per week, so that's going to equate to a significant amount of growth," RVFD Assistant Chief Jame...

VAIL, Ariz. -- (KGUN) — Every kind of professional organization, public or private, has taken stock of how it recruits the best talent, keeps it and then finds stability.

When it comes to the work happening every day for crews at the Rincon Valley Fire District (RVFD), there's also an expectation the communities it serves will see significant growth in the next two years.

"Currently, we're getting about 15 new permits per week, so that's going to equate to a significant amount of growth," RVFD Assistant Chief James Tucker shared. "We anticipate that the district's population is going to increase approximately 2000 people in the next two years."

Tucker has seen that development in the 17 years he's worked for the district. He said the district has set up what he called trigger points, based off certain statistics, to add resources once there's a certain number. Tucker said the RVFD is also looking at data from the location of most of their incoming calls for help.

"There's more incidents on the north side of the railroad tracks," Chief Tucker revealed. "So, whereas before we would have two ambulances on this side at this fire station, we're actually going to shift one of those ambulances over to the other side of the railroad tracks to meet that demand."

Tucker says the RVFD is making the most of its budget, as well, replacing an ambulance and fire engine. While job applications are down, he explains, the district is retaining its current staff. Still, Tucker adds, they want to take advantage of both new digital media and partnerships with local school districts.

"We've recently found out that Andrada High School is going to be doing an EMT program in the near future." Tucker announced. "We would really like to get a partnership with them to form some sort of an alliance to kind of have a spot for some of those kids to go and start in the fire service."

And if or when those programs or academies start up, he claims the district wants to pace how it adds staff so it doesn't over-extend and lose efficiency answering to calls.

——-José Zozaya is an anchor and reporter for KGUN 9. Before arriving in southern Arizona, José worked in Omaha, Nebraska where he covered issues ranging from local, state and federal elections, to in-depth investigations on COVID-19 relief fraud, toxic chemical spills impacting rural communities, and community programs positively impacting immigrant families and their children. Share your story ideas and important issues with José by emailing jose.zozaya@kgun9.com or by connecting on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Vail educator is finalist for UArizona Teacher of the year Award

--> Sorry, we're having issues playing this video.In the meantime, try watching one of the videos below.TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Arizona Athletics and KGUN 9 are proud to present the nominees for the teacher of the year award.Matt Penland of Mica Mountain High School in Vail is one of the nine finalists."I love math," said Penland. "I know that sounds kind of weird to a lot of people, but really like teaching math."Penland has been an educator for 18 years, including a stint as a...

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TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — Arizona Athletics and KGUN 9 are proud to present the nominees for the teacher of the year award.

Matt Penland of Mica Mountain High School in Vail is one of the nine finalists.

"I love math," said Penland. "I know that sounds kind of weird to a lot of people, but really like teaching math."

Penland has been an educator for 18 years, including a stint as a principal. Now, he teaches geometry and algebra at Mica Mountain.

Penland also coaches track, cross country and soccer. He also sponsors several clubs at the high school.

"That part, building relationship with kids outside of the classroom, when they come into the classroom they know you're not just here to give them homework and make sure they're taking tests and things like that," explained Penland. "They kind of want to work for you because they see there's other things besides the geometry or the algebra."

Penland says it's not just about students solving equations, it's also about building character.

"When they leave in May, they're better people," Penland said. "To me that's really, really important that they learn some skills about how to be good people not just the geometry."

Penland is proud to be a finalist for the Arizona Athletics Teacher of the Year Award. He credits his students, while acknowledging those long days as teacher and coach are paying off.

"I was excited, because you put in a lot of hours sometimes. It's good to be recognized for those hours. It was cool."

He is one of nine finalist for the Arizona Athletics Teacher of the Year Award. The winner will be announced March 5.

——-Pat Parris is an anchor and reporter for KGUN 9. He is a graduate of Sabino High School where he was the 1982 high school state track champion in the 800 meters. While in high school and college, he worked part-time in the KGUN 9 newsroom. His father, Jack Parris, is a former general manager of the station. Share your story ideas and important issues with Pat by emailing pat.parris@kgun9.com or by connecting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Jon Aitken and Claudia Anderson recall, Vail Unified School District, Arizona (2021)

“ The VUSD community is demanding the recall of Jon Aitken due to his disregard for the VUSD parents, teachers, staff and especially the students. Under his leadership, the mental, emotional and physical health of the Vail students has steadily declined to an alarming level. Parents have repeatedly brought to his attention the increase in depression, loneliness, and number of suicides, which he has ignored. The ...

The VUSD community is demanding the recall of Jon Aitken due to his disregard for the VUSD

parents, teachers, staff and especially the students. Under his leadership, the mental, emotional and physical health of the Vail students has steadily declined to an alarming level. Parents have repeatedly brought to his attention the increase in depression, loneliness, and number of suicides, which he has ignored. The students, parents, and staff do not feel like they have a voice before the board and feel silenced and disrespected. When voicing concerns about students at the board meetings, he displays a demeanor of disdain for the very people he is supposed to represent by leaning back in his chair, looking at the ceiling, and rolling his eyes. He made promises with specific timeframes about bringing items to vote and has failed to keep those promises. Furthermore he will not put items on the agenda when requested and will not bring them to a vote. The community has lost confidence in Jon Aitken to represent them, and demands his immediate recall.[6]

The VUSD community is demanding the recall of Claudia Anderson due to her disregard for the VUSD parents, teachers, staff and especially the students. Under her leadership, the mental, emotional and physical health of the Vail students has steadily declined to an alarming level. Parents have repeatedly brought to her attention the increase in depression, loneliness, and number of suicides, which she has ignored. The students, parents, and staff do not feel like they have a voice before the board and feel silenced and disrespected. She appears to lack the drive to fight for students and parental rights or even bring new ideas to the table. The community has lost confidence in Claudia Anderson to represent them, and demands her immediate recall.[6]
In the Vail School District, we seek to provide parents with safe and nurturing school communities [...] We have long valued and respected parental choice. We have long valued and engaged listening to our parents. This past year has been incredibly intense and emotional. Providing education during this pandemic has produced an endless series of new challenges that must be overcome. It has brought about many equal, yet opposite, truths. We have always welcomed the voice of parents in shaping critical decisions within out district. We should be able to conduct safe meetings where parents, students, staff and school board members feel they can have thoughtful conversations to discuss various issues before the board.[6]

Voters who live in both city of Tucson & Vail school district will get 2 ballots via mail

Voters in the part of Tucson that's also in the Vail school district will be mailed two ballots this month because there are two separate elections occurring at the same time.On Oct. 6, the Pima County Recorder's office mailed out ballots for the city of Tucson election, as well as ballots for the Governing Board election in the Vail Unified School District. Because both elections are all vote-by-mail, all registered voters automatically received a mail-in ballot, the Recorder's Office said.About 20,000 voters will receive both...

Voters in the part of Tucson that's also in the Vail school district will be mailed two ballots this month because there are two separate elections occurring at the same time.

On Oct. 6, the Pima County Recorder's office mailed out ballots for the city of Tucson election, as well as ballots for the Governing Board election in the Vail Unified School District. Because both elections are all vote-by-mail, all registered voters automatically received a mail-in ballot, the Recorder's Office said.

About 20,000 voters will receive both ballots. All voters who live in the city limits are being mailed ballots for that election, and all who live inside the Vail district are being sent those ballots.

En español: Votantes en la ciudad de Tucson, el distrito escolar de Vail recibirán 2 boletas por correo

"If a voter receives two different ballots addressed to them, there is no need to worry – it just means they get to vote in both elections!" the Recorder's Office said.

The statement follows increasing worries about the vote-by-mail system as conspiracy-minded politicians have attacked Arizona's elections, engaging in rampant disinformation that Donald Trump won the 2020 election despite all evidence to the contrary.

Voters who live in the Tucson city limits will choose their candidates for Tucson City Council in Wards 3, 5 and 6. Candidates are nominated from their wards in the primary, but voted on city-wide in the general election.

Voters in the city will also consider two propositions: the first, Prop. 206, will raise the minimum wage in the city to $13 per hour after April 1, 2022, with a gradual increase to $15 per hour by Jan. 1, 2025.

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The second, Prop. 410, would increase the Tucson mayor's salary from $42,000 to $54,000, and increase the salary of City Council members from $24,000 to $36,000. The proposition will also fix future salary increases to the Consumer Price Index.

Meanwhile, voters who live in the Vail School District will consider whether to allow the district to override its budget under Prop. 487. The Governing Board asked to expand the district's budget by about 12.5 percent, or about $3.6 million, for the next seven years starting with the 2022 to 2023 fiscal year.

Ballots will be accepted now through Election Day, November 2, until 7 p.m.

Voters can drop off their ballots for both elections at three locations, including 240 N. Stone Ave. on the first floor; 6920 Broadway, Suite D; and 6550 S. Country Club Rd.

If voters need to replace their ballots they should go to the Pima County Recorder's Office for Vail ballots, and to the City of Tucson Elections Department to replace a Tucson ballot.

For the Vail election, voters can replace their ballot at three locations from now through Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.

Only the Pima County Recorder’s Office can replace a Vail ballot.

City of Tucson voters can replace their ballots until Nov. 2,, and can find a location at tucsonaz.gov/clerks/elections. Only the city Elections Department can replace a Tucson ballot.

Voters who are unsure if they should receive two ballots can check with the Recorder's Office at recorder.pima.gov/VoterStats/BallotInfo.

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