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Posted: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 9:12 am

Chamber board members selected

There are some new board members serving on the Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Five new members were recently seated, as the chamger hosted its annual awards’ breakfast.

New board members include Becky Cappozzo, of Cappozzo Family Chiropractic; Bill Chrysler, of The Hilton El Conquistador; Cindy Cole, of the Oro Valley Hospital; Neil Lautaret, of Ventana Medical Systems Inc.; and Matt Markham, of the Arizona Daily Star.

Ryan Kedzierski, publisher of The Explorer Newspaper, was nominated, but was not chosen to serve.

In addition, the recommended executive committee for the 2012-2013 year is Kathy Farmer, chair, AAA Landscape; Sarah Adams, chair-elect, of Bedmart of Oro Valley; Lyra Done, treasurer, of Lyra Done Realty; and Kathleen Stupp, secretary, of The Golf Villas.

CDO baseball to host golf Tournament

The Canyon Del Oro High School baseball team is planning its annual golf tournament for Sept. 9 at 1 p.m.

There will be a shotgun start at the exclusive Oro Valley Country Club, located at 300 W. Greenock Dr.

The entry fee includes a BBQ dinner. The cost is $400 for a foursome, or $100 per player.

To only attend the BBQ dinner and a silent auction, the cost is $20 per person.

CDO is still looking for event sponsors to help host the fourth-annual event.

For more information, contact Caroline Auza, president of the CDO Baseball Booser Club, at 241-7174.

Arizona Publisher calls for writers

Leading Arizona Sci-Fi and Fantasy Publisher Brick Cave Books, a division of Brick Cave Media, announces their call for manuscripts for full length books as well as a call for stories and art for an upcoming Anthology collection called Vortex SFA.

Brick Cave Books is currently accepting manuscripts for review between now and September 30th, 2012. The organization asks for the first 3 chapters of work, and the author is welcome to write in any genre, although they are reminded the specialty of BCBooks is Science Fiction and Fantasy. Says CEO Bob Nelson, “We are looking to be able to expand cautiously a little, we have some flexibility to add some authors to our 4-6 titles per year goal, and we’d like to add some authors that fit well with our current talent, but still stretch us out a little in content.”

In addition to full length manuscripts, the publisher is looking to accept stories up to 10,000 words as well as artwork for a new collection they are entitling Vortex SFA. The first book, due in 2013, is themed for ‘comedy science fiction’. Explains Bob, “We recently lost Harry Harrison, a forefather to humorous sci-fi. We had been working on our guidelines for some time, and with that news we decided to shift into overtime and really start to look for new authors that capture the fun and funny in space. The Series overall is intended to both let authors try us out as a publisher as well as help us find new talent to publish. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Complete guidelines for both programs are available on the organization’s website at http://www.brickcavebooks.com.

Game and Fish warns to Leave Baby Wildlife Alone

Another increase in the number of deer fawns reported to be in distress has prompted the Arizona Game and Fish Department to remind the public to leave baby wildlife alone.

“There is almost never an occasion when you should remove a baby wild animal from its natural environment.  It is always better to call a wildlife rehabilitator to remove or assess a wild animal than to do it yourself,” said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega, of Game and Fish in Tucson.  “If you’ve already picked up a young animal, please put it back exactly where you found it, or under a shrub nearby where its mother can find it.”

Vega noted that doe often leave their fawns lying alone for the entire day while they feed.  Because deer can transmit Chronic Wasting Disease to other deer, which is similar to Mad Cow Disease, they should almost never be brought in from the wild.  Local wildlife rehabilitators cannot take in deer fawns due to CWD concerns, and that if a zoo or sanctuary is not found then the deer fawns have to be euthanized.

 “If you have taken a young deer from the wild, immediately take it back to exactly where you found it. Do not release it in a different location; its mother will be unable to find it,” Vega said, adding that if you cannot return it to the wild, the public should call the Arizona Game and Fish Wildlife Center at 623-582-9806 or the Game and Fish Tucson office at 628-5376 immediately.

Similar guidance applies to baby birds, which often fall out of nests.  Young birds often spend a few days on or near the ground while they are learning to fly but are still being fed by their parents.

Place a fallen bird in a tree or shrub or on a shaded portion of a roof, out of the way of cats, dogs, and children.  If the nest can be reached safely, the bird may be returned to the nest. It’s a myth that bird parents will reject their young if they smell like people.

Game and Fish further advises that before assuming an animal is in trouble, wait and watch: young animals are often left alone for hours at a time while their parents gather food.  If an animal is shivering, obviously injured, or if its parents have been killed, then call a wildlife rehabilitator. A list of certified rehabbers may be found at www.azgfd.gov/w_c/urban_rehab_relo.shtml.

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