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    Monday, August 10, 2020
    EL CENTRO — A Corfman School fourth grade teacher was selected to be one of two keynote speakers for an upcoming national conference on educational technology. Andrew Arevalo will be giving a one-hour presentation during the Fall Computer-Using Educators (CUE) Conference 2020, which will take place between Oct. 22 and 26. 
    Categories: City of El Centro / City Council, Education, Community
    Monday, August 10, 2020
    IMPERIAL COUNTY — Teachers from throughout the county this week have been preparing for classes without walls and personal contact via a series of webinars conducted in much the same manner. With online classes being a certainty this fall, many teacher have been seeking strategies to make their instruction as engaging and effective as possible. 
    Categories: Education, Community, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Monday, August 10, 2020
    BRAWLEY — By raising $6,000, Spread the Love Charity recently was able to help free 252 people living two times below the poverty line from more than $500,000 in medical debt. Spread the Love’s founder and Executive Director Jessica Solorio said the debt was purchased a month or so ago from a New York-based charity called RIP Medical Debt. RIP purchases medical debt for pennies on the dollar ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, Economic
    Monday, August 10, 2020
    NILAND — The Imperial County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved an agreement for $600,000 with a waste management consulting service for additional cleanup required for the June 28 fire here. The county already had an agreement with Republic Services for on-call-as-needed cleanup in the unincorporated communities in the county. 
    Categories: Economic, Community, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Monday, August 10, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The El Centro City Council on Tuesday authorized city staff to sign various loan documents related to the $12 million, 24-unit El Dorado affordable housing development. The documents are for a $5.1 million dollar loan the city was awarded in 2018 from the federal HOME Investment Partnerships Program. 
    Categories: Community, City of El Centro / City Council, Economic
    Monday, August 10, 2020
    BRAWLEY — Spread the Love Charity will receive $764,341.47 to provide assistance to locals who are experiencing hardships due to COVID-19. The money comes from the Emergency Solutions Grants-Coronavirus (ESG-CV) funds administered by the Imperial Valley Continuum of Care Council. The council’s board approved the funding to Spread the Love on Wednesday. 
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article
    Thursday, August 06, 2020
    BRAWLEY — Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District believes it has gotten through the worst of COVID-19 surge, and it is now planning on how it can best accommodate the slower pace that will come in the next six months. PMHD’s Chief Executive Officer Larry Lewis shared this in a 15-minute presentation he gave during the Brawley City Council’s regular meeting on Tuesday.
    Categories: Imperial County / Board of Supervisors, Community, Education
    Thursday, August 06, 2020
    EL CENTRO — After six weeks of meetings between the Imperial County Health Equity Committee and the Public Health Department, the county Chief Executive Office and other stakeholders, the Imperial County Board of supervisors on Tuesday adopted a health equity resolution. The resolution established an ad hoc Imperial County Health Equity Committee that will collaborate with county departments ...read more
    Categories: Community, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Wednesday, August 05, 2020
    CALEXICO — Today marks the day that formerly acting City Manager Miguel Figueroa officially becomes city manager. It also kicks off the start of Figueroa’s 90-day plan that is aimed at highlighting his priorities for the city. The plan in not an abandonment of past and pending projects and priorities, but rather Figueroa’s way of informing the City Council of how he would like to see the city ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Wednesday, August 05, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Relentless. That’s the word Norma Villicaña said her boss has used to describe her persistence when it comes to seeking what’s best for her students. Speechless. That’s the word the third-grade teacher at Booker T. Washington Elementary used when she learned Friday that she had been selected Imperial County’s Teacher of the Year.
    Categories: General News Article, Education
    Wednesday, August 05, 2020
    NILAND — County officials are urging a few of the outstanding households that were displaced by the June 28 fire in Niland to submit consent forms authorizing the cleanup of their respective properties. The vast majority of the 31 households that were displaced by the five-alarm fire have submitted the consent forms, although about three to four have yet to do so, said Deputy County Executive ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Wednesday, August 05, 2020
    CALEXICO – For much of the past 17 years, the Calexico Unified School District’s Family Resource Center had been operating out of a relatively small modular building on Highway 98 near Mains Elementary. For about 15 of those years, FRC coordinator Hortencia Armendariz had held out hope that a more expansive site would be located for its various services and growing volume of clientele.
    Categories: General News Article
    Wednesday, August 05, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Just when county elementary schools appeared consigned to the idea of starting in the fall with continued distance learning, the state has thrown in a potential new wrinkle. Although the county’s recent COVID numbers and its presence on the state’s watch list appeared to make virtual instruction a certainty, County Public Health Officer Dr. Stephen Munday told the county Board of ...read more
    Categories: Education, Community, General News Article
    Wednesday, August 05, 2020
    IRVINE — The Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology, a California-based incubator dedicated to accelerating the development of agricultural technologies, announced Thursday the government of Canada is its first international partner. “As our technology center continues to advance solutions for farmers across the nation, we are elated to expand our global reach through this ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Wednesday, August 05, 2020
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday unveiled proposed revisions to three key regulations governing oversight of oil and gas production and reporting. The bureau said the proposals are intended to support President Donald Trump’s America-First Energy Strategy by reducing burdensome bureaucracy, redundant recordkeeping and measurement requirements, while ensuring ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Wednesday, August 05, 2020
    L CENTRO -- The Imperial County Board of Supervisors Tuesday announced the 15 winners of its 2020 Public Benefit School Program. The program awarded two $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school students or students currently attending Imperial Valley College and one $5,000 scholarship to a graduating high school student attending an accredited four-year university for each supervisorial ...read more
    Categories: Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Tuesday, August 04, 2020
    EL CENTRO — County employees now have new, lower-interest options for payroll loans. On July 28, the county Board of Supervisors approved loan programs offered by Sun Community Federal Credit Union and First Imperial Credit Union. They are being offered as alternatives to the LoansATWORK program offered through BMG Money Inc. That program allows county employees to secure loans ranging from ...read more
    Categories: Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Sunday, August 02, 2020
    MPERIAL — A group spearheaded by El Centro resident Mariah Quirillo is trying to drum up support to reopen the Imperial Valley Motor-View Drive-In Theater through a petition drive. With hundreds of people already expressing support for the drive-in theater, which closed eight to nine years ago, it comes down to the repair cost and the purchase price for the land if someone wanted to buy the ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Saturday, August 01, 2020
    EL CENTRO — A continuing effort to protect essential workers in the Valley’s agricultural industry has resulted in more than 566,000 face masks being distributed to all sectors of the industry since May, the county said Friday.  “This was a positive result of the state understanding our need,” said Imperial County Agricultural Commissioner Carlos Ortiz. “They heard us.” The Imperial County ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article
    Friday, July 31, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Small businesses that have been or are continuing to be impacted by COVID-19 will have a second chance to apply for a low-interest loan from Imperial County. The Imperial County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a second wave of the Business Stabilization Program, where a combined $500,000 pulled equally from the public benefit and agricultural benefit programs could be used to ...read more
    Categories: Community, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors, General News Article
    Friday, July 31, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Public comment is currently being sought for the city’s 2040 General Plan update. The city held a Zoom meeting Thursday to solicit comments and suggestions from residents.
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Friday, July 31, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Many of the families displaced by the June 28 wildfire in Niland will start moving into new temporary housing on Friday. Imperial County announced it has secured 33 travel trailers from the state to provide longer-term housing.  The county said 21 of the units have been set up at the Del Yermo RV Park in Calipatria, where they are being fitted with proper utilities and fully ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Thursday, July 30, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Public Health Department Tuesday morning told the Board of Supervisors the COVID-19 numbers that have closed almost all business in the community for more than four months are improving. Public Health Director Janette Angulo reported the county is no longer owns the state’s highest infection rate. “We no longer have the highest rate, with nine counties behind ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Wednesday, July 22, 2020
    EL CENTRO — For months the Imperial Irrigation District has been paying contracted security personnel to test employees’ body temperatures when they report to work, and it hasn’t been cheap. Tony Allegranza, IID chief information officer, who specializes in information technology, told the board of directors Tuesday that the district currently pays $25,000 monthly conduct these checks ...read more
    Categories: IID, General News Article
    Monday, July 20, 2020
    In late June, it looked like California might be turning a corner in the coronavirus recession. Unemployment had leveled off at a jarring 16.3 percent, but thousands of waiters, bartenders and hair stylists were going back to work. Then came the surge in infections that state officials have been dreading — a record 11,000 new cases on Tuesday alone — and with it, a new wave of business ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Monday, July 20, 2020
    CALIPATRIA — An official with the Imperial County Public Health Department said staff there have worked closely with Calipatria State Prison (CAL) staff to respond quickly to the recent discovery of several inmates who are positive for COVID-19. ICPHD epidemiologist Paula Kriner said that upon receiving a positive test result for an inmate on July 10, Calipatria prison staff reached out to the ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Community