Garage Door Repair Service in Oro Valley

Things to be aware of when it comes to Garage Door Repairs

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John’s Garage Door Repair in Oro Valley – Recommended

The springs are the workhorses of your garage door. It’s not uncommon for one to break but replacing a spring can be dangerous work so don’t do it yourself.

If a spring is broken or a cable is broken, that’s something that you definitely shouldn’t mess with because both are under high tension and you could potentially get seriously hurt.

Garage door springs have a designated life cycle rating such as 10,000, 25,000 or 50,000 cycles. Angie’s List says if a company tries to sell you a lifetime spring, ask for specifics of what that means.

The thing is, when it comes a lifetime guarantees on garage door parts, you need to know what you’re paying for. You need to find out exactly what the lifetime warranty covers and doesn’t cover.

As an example, a garage door spring warranty might only be the lifetime of the garage door and not the spring itself. For the most part, reputable experts say should pass on the lifetime warranty up-sell if you’re offered it.

When it comes to garage door rollers, most garage doors have 10 rollers. While they do wear out and break over time, experts say that under most situations, only the broken one needs to be replaced.

As one expert told us, “You can’t really say that if one or goes better all bad” So to avoid an unnecessary charge, ask to see the specific damage if a technician suggests replacing all rollers. Taking the time to have a good look at them could save you some money.

Just be aware that if someone tells you that something’s wrong, they should be able to show you exactly what’s wrong and what they’ll do to fix it or what they’ll use to replace the faulty part.

If you’re looking at getting a brand new garage door, some companies may suggest an insulated door. That’s fine, but be aware that insulated garage doors cost about $400 more than uninsulated garage door. Whether that is money well spent for you is really dependent on your specific garage as well as your usage of it.

If you spend a lotta time working in your garage, then it might be a really good investment. An insulated door may also make sense if you have an attached garage because they could help lower your heating and cooling costs.

From our experience, as well as feedback we’ve gotten from numerous friends and neighbors who have followed our recommendations, John’s Garage Doors can’t be beat when it comes to honesty, price and professionalism. John’s prices are considerably lower than other companies we’ve interacted with, and you couldn’t find a friendlier person to deal with. Knowing that he has worked in the industry for over 25 years is also reassuring that he really knows what he’s talking about and that he’s not going to cut corners to make an extra couple of bucks. No one survives for 25 years doing that!

So we for Oro Valley garage door repair needs, we give our highest recommendation to John’s Garage Doors at


Garage Door Repair Oro Valley

John’s Garage Doors
Oro Valley, AZ
(520) 989-0381


Recommended Oro Valley Businesses / Service Providers

Having lived in Oro Valley for many years, we’ve had the opportunity to experience work and services from a number of local businesses, as well as hearing from known and trusted connections about others.  Below you will find a list of businesses with whom we have had positive experiences in the past and would recommend to our friends and neighbors if asked.  We hope you will find this list helpful, and we will add to it as we can.


Christie’s Appliance
Address: Desert Springs Shopping Center, 7250 N la Cholla Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85741
Phone:(520) 742-0801


Sunstate Power & Solar Solutions, LLC
Oro Valley, AZ (520) 940-3480


Carpet One Floor & Home
11005 N Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ 85737
Phone:(520) 382-0194

Garage Doors

John’s Garage Doors
Oro Valley, AZ (520) 989-0381


Busy Beavers Handyman Services
545 E Suffolk Dr, Oro Valley, AZ 85704
Phone:(520) 282-3363

Heating and Cooling

Oro Valley Heating & Cooling
1471 W Rancho Feliz Pl, Tucson, AZ 85704
Phone:(520) 349-9999


Sonoran Dreams Landscape
Oro Valley, AZ
Phone:(520) 982-9424


Tucson Moving Service
6080 N Oracle Rd Suite E, Tucson, AZ 85704
Phone:(520) 468-8956


Wildcat Painting Company LLC
Oro Valley, AZ
Phone:(520) 869-0694


Oro Valley Plumbing LLC
140 E 4 Horses Pl, Oro Valley, AZ 85704
Phone:(520) 909-6605


RoofSmart LLC
7090 N Oracle Rd #178-160, Tucson, AZ 85704
Phone:(520) 797-5656

New Business in Oro Valley

Taking a look at some new businesses coming to Oro Valley and surrounding areas.

Oro Valley to get a New Fry’s Grocery Store

A new Fry’s Food & Drug store is going up in Catalina as part of a 120,000 square-foot retail plaza.

The Pederson Group has begun construction at the intersection of Oracle Road — State Highway 77 — and SaddleBrooke Boulevard, just north of the Pima/Pinal county line.

Developed in partnership with Tucson-based real estate developer Sears Financial Corporation, the center will include multi-use pads and in-line shop space.

SaddleBrooke Marketplace will serve residents of Oro Valley/Rancho Vistoso, Catalina, Eagle Crest, SaddleBrooke, SaddleBrooke Ranch, Oracle, Mammoth, and San Manuel.

The store will hire 250 employees. Information on when the store will open was not immediately available. Sears Financial Corporation purchased Eagle Crest Ranch — including the SaddleBrooke Marketplace site — in 1985. The Pederson Group, entered a joint partnership on the development of SaddleBrooke Marketplace in 2008.

Farmers Markets in Oro Valley are Surrounding Areas

oro-valley-farmers-marketYou’ve gotta love the relatively recent growth of farmers markets here in the Tucson area.  Whether you’re hitting up the ones right here in Oro Valley or venturing slightly farther out, you’re going to find an abundance of wonderful, fresh, tasty and creative products, produce, music, crafts and more!  Here are some of our favorites, in case you’re looking to expand your opportunities:

Farmers markets

Dove Mountain Farmers Market — Highlands, 4949 W. Heritage Club Blvd. 8 a.m.-noon. Thursdays. 661-7215.

Santa Cruz River Farmers Market — Mercado San Agustín, 100 S. Avenida del Convento. 3-6 p.m. Thursdays. 622-0525, Ext. 7262.

Heirloom Farmers Market East — Trail Dust Town, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Fridays. 882-2157.

FoodInRoot Farmers Market — Banner-University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays. 261-6982.

Rincon Valley Farmers and Artisans Market — 12500 E. Old Spanish Trail. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. 591-2276.

Arivaca Farmers Market — 17000 W. Arivaca Road. 9-11 a.m. Saturdays. 306-4673.

Heirloom Oro Valley Farmers Market — Steam Pump Ranch, 10901 N. Oracle Road. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays. 882-2157.

Plaza Palomino Farmers Market — Courtyard, 2960 N. Swan Road. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. 327-4676.

Heirloom Farmers Market — Rillito Park, 4502 N. First Ave. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays. 882-2157.

The Shoppes at La Posada — 665 S. Park Centre Ave., Green Valley. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays. 603-8116.

El Pueblo Farmers Market — El Rio Health Center parking lot, 101 W. Irvington Road. 3-5 p.m. Mondays. 622-0825, Ext. 7242.

Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona Farm Stand — 3003 S. Country Club Road. 8 a.m.-noon. Tuesdays. 622-0525, Ext. 7242.

Green Valley Farmers Market — Green Valley Village, 101 S. La Cañada Drive. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays. 490-3315.

New Restaurant (for us, anyway) to Try in Oro Valley

Sharing something that’s new to us, but not necessarily brand new to Oro Valley… Noble Hops Gastro Pub at 1335 W Lambert Ln, Oro Valley, AZ 85737

Some friends insisted we go try it and we have no idea why it took us so long to do so.  We had a fabulous time with some great food and delicious beer on a perfect evening on the patio.  Here’s a bit more information as put together by our very generous friends who took us there:

noble-hops-in-oro-valley-azGreat location! Sit on patio with heaters and fire pits at happy hour 3PM to 6PM. $2 off on all small plates and $1 off on craft beer at happy hour. In the winter go before 5PM and watch the afterglow on the Catalina Mt. range as sun goes down. Sun set 6PM approximate in February. You will not beat the view, vibe and convivial atmosphere here. Also, cool horseshoe shaped bar, sit inside or outside–seats face each other–gotta see it!

We really enjoyed a generous serving and delectable assortment on the Chef’s Board (REALLY AMAZING PLATE) which is house-made mozzarella, Parmigiano-Reggiano, local goat cheese, house-made duck paté, prosciutto and pork belly, pickled grapes, nuts, onion jam, Dijon mustard and toast–a delicious feast. We also went with shrimp tostadas, chilled shrimp, avocado purée, lime crema, pickled shallots, and cilantro on three fried tortillas. Throw in spicy mac & cheese and hummus for the 3 of us and we were very satisfied.

Craft brews, taste Porter, Stout, Pale and a bunch of IPA’s–good selection. Also, full bar for cocktails and wine. You will not go thirsty!

Service is extremely responsive. Our waitress was constantly checking in with us. Even the  General Manager stopped by to chit chat. Nice touch! Kudos to the Management and team.

We hope you get a chance to go too, if you haven’t already!


Cornelison has worked for the Town of Oro Valley since 2010, when he was first hired as a management intern while working on his master of public administration (MPA) degree. Upon graduation, he was hired as the constituent services coordinator/management assistant, and later promoted to assistant to the town manager in 2013.

ccornelison-seal“I have had the opportunity to see Chris transition and grow over the last seven years, first as an intern and then as assistant to the town manager,” said Mayor Satish I. Hiremath. “His professionalism, relationship-building and passion to serve this community are some of the many reasons I fully support his promotion.”

“During the eight-plus months I have been the interim town manager,” added Sharp, “I have found Chris to have the skills, integrity, work ethic and temperament to handle this new position. He will be integral in continuing to move the organization forward.”

About Chris Cornelison

  • During his seven years with the Town of Oro Valley, Chris has been broadly involved with Town management and operations, serving across multiple disciplines, both locally and regionally.
  • Town lead for development of 2015 Strategic Plan and assisted with 2017 Strategic Plan
  • Member of the Your Voice, Our Future (General Plan) Scoping Committee
  • Member of the Town’s Executive Leadership Team
  • Served on the management committee which successfully negotiated a Memorandum of Understanding with the Police Officers Association
  • Intergovernmental relations staff liaison for the Town of Oro Valley regarding legislative affairs, working with state and congressional representatives
  • Serves on the Town Manager’s Budget Team
  • Oversees the Youth Advisory Council, constituent services and the management intern program
  • Recently appointed to manage oversight of the Town’s annexation efforts
  • Town of Oro Valley representative for Pima County Animal Care and negotiating an intergovernmental agreement for animal care services
  • Chairman for the Arizona City/County Management Association 2017 Winter Conference Planning Committee
  • Member of the International City/County Management Association and member of Arizona City/County Management Association

Chris Cornelison holds an MPA from the University of Arizona, with a dual focus on finance and local government. He also holds a bachelor’s degree with a double major in criminal justice administration and public management and policy from the UA Eller College of Management. He and his wife, Doctor Bernadette Cornelison, pharmacy operations senior manager for Banner University Medical Center, live in Oro Valley with their Great Dane, Auggie.



A child died and a young woman’s life dramatically changed over a phone call while driving. And each story is more horrible than the last.

Our addictions to cell phones and other electronic gadgets are very real and a sign of the times. But their use while driving is killing us.

lwaters-sealOro Valley has passed a “hands free” law which took effect January 6, 2017, and it simply states, while driving in Oro Valley it is illegal to have a cell phone or any portable electronic device designed to engage in calls, texting, imaging or data in your hand. Police officers now are able to stop you for that offense, and when they do, they’ll tell you why Oro Valley has taken the steps to ensure a higher level of driver safety for its residents. They will tell you why it’s dangerous. They won’t be at your window to give you a citation or “raise revenue” as some have argued is the reason for implementing the law.

This is a tough campaign for law enforcement, politicians, corporate leaders and communities.

Everybody knows that when you take your mind off driving while driving, bad things can happen. It’s happened to you. You catch yourself in mid-swerve, perhaps not knowing that five seconds looking at a text at 45 miles per hour will carry you the length of a football field. You, an athlete training in a bike lane or neighbor could be killed. Was the text worth it? No.

But how is the problem solved? Arizona has no distracted driving law. State lawmakers have tried for years. They will try again this year.

I spoke briefly with Governor Ducey in mid-January about the Oro Valley law that he said he was aware of. I asked what he tells his sons about driving and cell phones. He said: “Put down the phone.”

Yes, that’s the goal. And here’s the rub. It’s not the technology. It’s our behavior. Newly elected Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier, while admitting distracted driving is a huge public safety concern, said the issue is not on his agenda. His department’s $6 million deficit is his focus.

Note to the Sheriff: Saving lives saves money. It costs millions to investigate distracted driving deaths. The Tucson City Council took up the issue of “hands free” driving and declined. Tucson is sticking with its “no texting law,” which is essentially unenforceable and few tickets are issued.

Oro Valley will continue to keep its people safe, and try to convince Tucson, Marana, Sahuarita and the state to effectively keep us all safe with an enforceable law. Until then, as Governor Ducey suggests, let’s put our phones down.

By Vice Mayor Lou Waters  – Explorer Newspaper, 2/15/17


The Town of Oro Valley is beginning the annual process of developing its operating and capital budgets for the 2017-18 fiscal year, and encourages citizen input in its annual budget process. The feedback received will be taken into consideration by the Mayor, Council, Town management and staff when formulating the Town’s financial plan.

One way the Town is soliciting feedback is through an online budget questionnaire, 5 Questions in 5 Minutes. This brief questionnaire will be available January 30 through February 10, 2017. No registration is required, and responses are anonymous.

To answer the five questions, click here or copy/paste the following link into your browser:

There is also a budget information page on the Town’s website for residents to peruse at their convenience. It will be available through final budget adoption.

Although the online questionnaire closes February 10, the budget information page will remain online, and residents will have the opportunity to attend two public hearings on the FY 2017-18 budget, scheduled for May 17 and June 7 at 6 p.m. in Town Hall Council Chambers, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive.

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Oro Valley Police Department appoints new acting chief

58b0629d4bdb9-imageLe Suer was appointed interim chief of police Monday and will hold the post until Sharpe returns to the department.

Le Suer began his career in law enforcement nearly 29 years ago when he entered the academy and signed on with OVPD as reserve officer, he said in an interview with the Star.

He climbed his way up the ranks and worked in several different divisions over the years, including DUI, undercover, SWAT, narcotics and office of professional standards. LeSuer also served as an adviser to the Explorer program, which is for teenagers who are interested in a career in law enforcement.

He was promoted to lieutenant of the support services bureau in 2005 and took over as commander of the division in 2007.

Le Suer said his priority as interim chief is to continue forward, saying “we’ve got a good thing here” and the department is full of good people who are easy to work with and be around.

“There’s always going to be new ideas that come forward and slight changes here and there, but no big changes are planned,” Le Suer said. “We’re still going to always be looking out for what the community wants.”

Le Suer said he considers Sharpe to be chief of police and the department will continue to follow his philosophy.

“It’s always about service to the community and making sure the community gets what they deserve,” he said.

Contact reporter Caitlin Schmidt at or 573-4191. Twitter: @caitlinschmidt