OV foundation presents $20,000 check
Amphi Foundation President Ben Wichers, left, and Amphitheater Unified School District Superintendent Vicki Balentine, Ph.D., received a $20,000 check from Oro Valley Community Foundation President Dick Eggerding, right, during the school district’s March 8 meeting. The funds will be matched by Amphi Foundation funds to buy SMART boards for Amphi classrooms. The Oro Valley Community Foundation is a nonprofit community organization that was established to meet the needs of people in Oro Valley and Northwest Tucson in the areas of youth and education, social services and the arts and sciences. courtesy photo

March 17 meeting to detail Copper Creek kindergarten registration

Copper Creek Elementary School Principal Diana Walker will host a parent meeting during which she will review information parents need to register their kindergarten-age children for the 2011-12 school year starting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17 in the school's multi-purpose room.

Copper Creek Elementary is located at 11620 N Copper Spring Trail.

For more information, call the school's administrative office at 696-6800.

Registration under way for babysitters course

The Golder Ranch Fire District will conduct an instructional class for teenage babysitters from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, at its training facility, 3845 E. Golder Ranch Drive.

The class is designed to teach the new babysitters ages 12-16 the basics, including CPR and first aid, fire safety, age-appropriate safety tips, how to feed and change a baby, and lessons in responsibility. The goal is to provide new sitters with the tools to manage the job with professionalism and confidence.

The cost is $25 for GRFD residents and $35 for non-residents.

Applicants must register in person at the GRFD administrative office, 3885 E. Golder Ranch Drive. The deadline is March 21.

For more information, call 818-1017.

Inaugural oro valley golf tourney to help wish-granting organization

The first-ever Birdies for Dreams Charity Golf Tournament, Cookout and Live Auction will be held Friday, April 1 at Oro Valley Country Club, 300 W. Greenock Drive.

All net proceeds will benefit the Dream Factory of Arizona, a Tucson-based nonprofit organization that helps grant the wishes of seriously ill children in Arizona.

The 18-hole golf scramble will start at 1 p.m. The cookout and live auction will follow at 5:30.

The event fee is $125 per person or $75 for Oro Valley Country Club members. The event fee includes a boxed lunch.

An admission fee of $35 per person is offered for non-golfers who would like to attend the cookout and live auction only.

For reservations and more information, call Mike Klinge at 906-8106 or visit www.orovalleycountryclub.com.

Marana council expected to approve canvassing of votes

The Marana Town Council voted last night to approve the canvassing of the March 8 election votes in which the positions of mayor and two councilmembers were filled.

The vote came after The Explorer was published. Visit www.explorernews.com for updated information.

The unofficial numbers on which the council voted were:

For mayor, Ed Honea was re-elected with 3,445 votes, or 80.96 percent of the ballots. Bret Summers received 399 votes, or 9.38 percent of the ballots. Honea ran unopposed after Summers withdrew his candidacy for personal reasons. His name had already been printed on the ballot at that time.

For council, incumbent Roxanne Ziegler received 2,329 votes, or 54.74 percent of the ballots cast. Newcomer David Bowen came in second with 2,169 votes, or 51.98 percent. He nudged out incumbent Russell Clanagan, who received 2,122 votes, or 49.87 percent.

Newcomer Jeff Gray received 1,019 votes, or 23.95 percent.

Yard sale to benefit Lions Club

The Catalina-Oro Valley Lions Club will host a yard sale March 19 from 8 a.m. to noon at 4048 E. Adams Rib Place in Catalina. Money raised will help local charities.

To attend, drive north on Oracle Road to Golder Ranch Drive. Turn right, or east, to Coronado Forest and then turn left. Adams Rib Place is the first street on the left.

Rotary Club scholarships available

Applications for the annual Dove Mountain Rotary Club college scholarships are available in guidance offices at Marana and Mountain View high schools.

During the past five years, the club has awarded up to two $2,000 scholarships for graduating seniors at each of the local high schools.

Completed applications are due by April 1 to guidance counselors.

$1,000 reward offered in javelina shootings

The Arizona Game and Fish Department Operation Game Thief is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in connection with two javelinas found this week in the Ventana Canyon area that were apparently shot illegally.

AGFD Tucson was contacted Wednesday by the Tucson Wildlife Center about an injured javelina picked up at 9 p.m. the night before from the employee parking lot at Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive. X-rays showed that the javelina had been shot with a high-powered pellet gun; a pellet was found lodged near its spine, rendering it disabled. The javelina was then euthanized.

A scene investigation on Thursday led wildlife officers to a trail leading up an embankment to the Canyon View at Ventana condominiums. Officers subsequently learned that another dead javelina in the area had been removed by a maintenance crew. The javelina was recovered from a dumpster,

X-rayed and determined to also have been shot with a high-powered pellet gun.

The two javelinas may have been among three seen in the Ventana Canyon Resort parking lot Tuesday evening.

"Poaching is not hunting. It's a crime against nature and the citizens of the State of Arizona," said Raul Vega, regional supervisor of AGFD Tucson. "We ask that any residents of Canyon View or guests at Venanta Canyon who may know what happened to these javelinas to please come forward."

Those with information about the incident are urged to call Operation Game Thief at 1-800-352-0700, anonymously if need be, and reference OGT#11-000293. Calls will be taken 24 hours a day,

seven days a week.

Information may also be provided online at www.azgfd.gov/ogt_form.shtml

Residents give intersection change a thumbs up

Residents in Marana have been pleased with a change in traffic regulations at the intersection of Coachline Boulevard and Silverbell Road, so much so they want more people to know about the modification. They asked The Explorer to let people know that drivers traveling east on Coachline approaching Silverbell can turn right on red to head southbound on Silverbell as long as no children are in the crosswalk.

The change became effective late last year.

Before the end of last year, drivers could not turn on red, causing severe backups and leading people to cut through a nearby strip mall parking lot.

New signage has been added, letting drivers know it is OK to turn on red as long as the crosswalk is clear.

Candidates sought for chamber board

The Marana Chamber is now accepting applications of candidates to fill five open seats on its board of directors. The election will take place in April.

So far, five candidates have applied: incumbents Marsha Regrutto, TRICO Electric Cooperative, and Steve Miklosi, Breakers Water Park, and newcomers Heath Harris, Comcast; Pat Turner, FLSmidth Krebs; and Loree Funk of Southwest Gas Company.

Additional candidates can be nominated by submitting a petition bearing the signatures of at least 100 current members of the Marana Chamber. Petitions will be accepted at the chamber office, 13881 N. Casa Grande Hwy., through 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 24. Petitions may be obtained by e-mailing lizziekelley@maranachamber.com or calling 682-4314.

Eligible candidates must be Marana Chamber members in good standing, active participants in chamber events, and able to attend the monthly board meetings held on the third Monday of each month at noon. They also are asked to be an active participate on one of the following chamber committees: Community Wellness, Education, Safety, Legislative, Economic Development, Welcome Committee or Special Event.

The directors volunteer their time for the benefits of the members and the community. Board members serve a three-year term and play an active role in determining Marana Chamber policies.

If interested, forward a one-page bio or resume in Microsoft Word file format to edstolmaker@maranachamber.com.

For more information, visit www.maranachamber.com.

Marana Planning Commission meeting canceled

The Marana Planning Commission meeting on March 30 has been canceled.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on April 27.

A posting of the agenda will be available at the Marana Municipal Complex, the Marana Operations Center and on the town's website, www.marana.com, under Departments/Planning Department/Planning Commission.

Marana resident earns degree from Wayland Baptist U.

Marana resident Jason Southard completed requirements for a degree from Wayland Baptist University's Sierra Vista campus recently.

Southard earned a bachelor of science in occupational education in justice administration from Wayland.

Founded in 1908 in Plainview, Texas, WBU has 14 campuses around the country, providing private Christian education for students of all ages and backgrounds.

The 13 external campuses - located in Arizona, New Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, Texas, Oklahoma and Kenya - cater primarily to adult students and military personnel completing their degrees.

For more information, visit www.wbu.edu.

Volunteers sought for advisory committees

The Town of Marana is seeking qualified citizens who want to become more involved in their community by serving on advisory commissions.

Opening and alternate positions are available on: Affordable Housing Citizen Advisory Commission, Business and Economic Development Citizen Advisory Commission, Parks & Recreation Citizen Advisory Commission, Police Citizen Advisory Commission, and Utilities Citizen Advisory Commission.

Applications are also being accepted for Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustment.

All applications will remain active for one year from the date of receipt.

For more information, visit the Town Clerk section at www.marana.com.

What role do feds play in public education?

The League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson will discuss the new national study "Federal Role in Public Education" at 10 a.m. on March 19 at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave. in Tucson. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Dr. John Taylor of the University of Arizona's Department of Education will address the growth of and changes in the federal government's role. Dr. Lupita Cavazos-Garcia, assistant superintendent for government programs and community outreach for Tucson Unified School District, will provide an up-to-date view of the role in the K-12 system, from the day-to-day and fiscal year operations.

Refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. Free parking will be available in the library's underground garage, off Alameda Street.

For more information, call 622-0905.

County to hear public input on water plan

A public hearing is scheduled for March 30 that will allow citizens to comment on a proposed amendment to the Pima Association of Governments' Area-Wide Water Quality Management Plan.

The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Marana Municipal Complex, 11555 W. Civic Center Drive.

Marana is seeking the ability to manage and provide wastewater service within its planning boundaries. The close of public comment for this portion of the process will be at the end of the hearing.

The plan may be reviewed at the Pima Association of Governments Office, 177 N. Church St.; Marana Municipal Complex or Wheeler Taft Abbett, Sr. Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive. The amendment and public participation summary also are available for review at www.pagnet.org.

PAG's Regional Council will make a decision on the Town's amendment at a later date.

For more information, contact Claire Zucker at 792-1093 or czucker@pagnet.org.

Organ recitals performed Wednesdays during Lent

Vista de la Montaña United Methodist Church will present a series of organ recitals and visual artist displays Wednesdays from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. during Lent March 23 through April 13.

The free performances are open to the public. The church is located at 3001 E Miravista Lane in Catalina.

According to Vista’s pastor, Reverend Monte J. Baker, the artist series is among a number of church activities that “will help those observing Lent to reconnect in areas where their spiritual walk has become disjointed.”

The series will include five guest performers from the Tucson chapter of the American Guild of Organists, who will perform on Vista’s Johannus organ. The first, Chris Fresolone from Casas Adobes United Church of Christ, will perform March 23. Artist Ethel Amator will exhibit her oil and watercolor paintings.

Each event will be preceded at 5:30 p.m. by an optional soup and bread supper. There is no cost for the meal, but participants are invited to contribute to Vista’s Snak-Pak program, which provides nourishing food to children at Coronado K-8 School who are in danger of being underfed.

For more information, call 825-1985 or visit www.vistaumc.com.

Volunteers sought for advisory committees

The Town of Marana is seeking qualified citizens who want to become more involved in their community by serving on advisory commissions.

Opening and alternate positions are available on: Affordable Housing Citizen Advisory Commission, Business and Economic Development Citizen Advisory Commission, Parks & Recreation Citizen Advisory Commission, Police Citizen Advisory Commission, and Utilities Citizen Advisory Commission.

Applications are also being accepted for Planning and Zoning Commission and Board of Adjustment.

All applications will remain active for one year from the date of receipt.

For more information, visit the Town Clerk tab www.marana.com.



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