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    Wednesday, June 03, 2020
    EL CENTRO – El Centro Elementary School District announced Tuesday that is has suspended its community feeding program for a minimum of two weeks, effective immediately. The district said the reason for the service suspension, which announced on social media and its website, was a staff shortage related to COVID-19.
    Categories: General News Article
    Wednesday, June 03, 2020
    EL CENTRO – The North American Development Bank recently approved a $6.8 million investment for wastewater collection and lift station improvements in Mexicali. The funds will replace more than 38,000 feet of deteriorated pipelines and rehabilitate three lift stations in the city’s wastewater collection system, a NAD Bank press release stated.
    Categories: General News Article
    Wednesday, June 03, 2020
    EL CENTRO — With Imperial County being nowhere close to the one remaining metric necessary to allow it to move forward in the coronavirus recovery roadmap, the Board of Supervisors and Public Health Department will be sending a letter to the governor to tell him of the county’s situation and to seek a variance. Supervisor Ryan Kelley said the county has done everything right the past 10 weeks, ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Tuesday, June 02, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Hundreds of community members gathered Monday at the courthouse here in protest of the recent killings of African Americans in several cities across the nation that are widely viewed as being motivated by racial bias. The “I Can’t Breathe” rally featured numerous speakers who called for justice, peace and reconciliation, and who sought to distinguish the event from others across the ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Sunday, May 31, 2020
    EL CENTRO — As a school’s counseling department is heavily based on face-to-face interaction, local school counselors had to quickly adjust when all Imperial County public schools closed due to COVID-19. The county’s 80 counselors from all of the county’s K-12 school sites worked to adjust within a matter of days, and they have continued to serve students since the closures took place March ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Education
    Sunday, May 31, 2020
    EL CENTRO – El Centro Regional Medical Center CEO Dr. Adolphe Edward reiterated the hospital’s need for federal funding Friday morning while addressing a special meeting of the City Council, but beyond that, he delivered several bits of good news. Two weeks ago, Edward, along with Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District CEO and California Hospital Association President and CEO Carmela Coyle, ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Sunday, May 31, 2020
    EL CENTRO — While it’s a given that graduation ceremonies will take place virtually this year, local high schools have been working hard to give their class of 2020 the best experience possible. Discussions have been held throughout the Imperial Valley about ceremonies being held in person once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.   For the time being, the Valley’s graduating high school ...read more
    Categories: Education, Community, General News Article
    Saturday, May 30, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Barber shops, hair salons and even nail technicians are upset that even after several nearby counties allowed these shops to reopen, their shops in Imperial County remain shuttered. Lorena Verduzco-Ogle, a barber and cosmetologist with Fifth Avenue Hair Salon and Boutique on Main Street, said it’s been more than two months, and she and her four co-workers now want to return to ...read more
    Categories: City of El Centro / City Council, General News Article
    Saturday, May 30, 2020
    CALEXICO — A community testing site for COVID-19 will open Monday at the Calexico Community Center, 707 Dool Ave. Imperial County Public Health Department spokeswoman Andrea Bowers said the site will actually be the OptumServe testing facility previously set up at the County Fairgrounds in Imperial. The site will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday with the exception of the ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Friday, May 29, 2020
    Maria Guadalupe-Garcia wears a shirt that reads, "Let's Fiesta, this senorita is turning 63," during her birthday party Tuesday in Heber. Guadalupe-Garcia's family threw her a drive-by party, during which loved ones stopped by, picked up some Mexican snacks such as pico de gallo de fruta, and wished her a happy birthday. There were also signs on the front lawn that read, "Happy Birthday Lulu."
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Friday, May 29, 2020
    IMPERIAL — The California Mid-Winter Fair Heritage Foundation has awarded three local high school seniors scholarships for 2020-21. Jessica Friley, Brawley Union High School; Anika-Renee Herrera, Calexico High School, and Kandyce Johnston, Southwest High School were awarded scholarships of up to $500.
    Categories: Education, General News Article
    Friday, May 29, 2020
    HEBER — While the COVID-19 pandemic may have cut the school year short, Heber Elementary School District didn’t let its top students go unnoticed. The district recognized its Students of the Year for all grade levels at its two schools — Heber School (fourth through eighth grades) and Dogwood Elementary School (transitional kindergarten through third grade) — with a virtual slideshow ...read more
    Categories: Education, Community, General News Article
    Friday, May 29, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Pastors of some of the Valley’s larger church congregations say new county and state guidelines that would allow faith-based organizations to resume services on a limited basis are too restrictive to be workable, so they are going to remain closed for now. The biggest sticking point is the 100 limit of congregants per service even though the bigger churches have several hundred ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Community
    Friday, May 29, 2020
    EL CENTRO — A 27-year-old former El Centro resident was arrested on Sunday for the alleged stabbing death of his 27-year-old ex-girlfriend and mother of his children near San Antonio, Texas. Michael Gonzalez was taken into custody by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office shortly after the incident, which left Miranda Sage Milowski, also formerly of the Valley, dead from multiple stab wounds.
    Categories: General News Article
    Thursday, May 28, 2020
    IMPERIAL — Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association has announced the 14 recipients of its Imperial Valley Produce Scholarships. IVVGA’s new Executive Director Shelby Dill said the purpose of these scholarships is to assist students who wish to launch or continue their studies in agricultural related majors, and is only awarded to Imperial Valley students attending a four-year college who ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Education
    Thursday, May 28, 2020
    IMPERIAL — While many costs can be attributed to Imperial County’s stay-at-home order, one of them that hasn’t gotten a lot of attention is what it is doing to electric bills. Many residents are reporting that since they have been told to stay home or work from home, their energy bills are significantly higher than they were before the pandemic.
    Categories: General News Article, Community
    Thursday, May 28, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The end-of-year celebration for the 28 graduating seniors in Central Union High School’s Great Spartan Band was as typically unconventional as virtually everything else that has happened in students’ lives over the past two-plus months. It took place in the school’s south parking lot, with everyone remaining in their car, and even though it was referred to on a flier as an awards ...read more
    Categories: Education, Community, General News Article
    Thursday, May 28, 2020
    IMPERIAL COUNTY — Local air and ground ambulance providers are experiencing a much higher than average number of requests to transport patients from local hospitals to facilities out of the county. Though the current call volume for inter-facility transfers has decreased slightly from a peak stemming from a surge in COVID-19 patients about a week ago, requests for such services remain high.
    Categories: General News Article
    Wednesday, May 27, 2020
    It’s not all about cookies. Girl Scouts is about empowering girls and young women to rise up as leaders in their communities. Through the higher awards program in Girl Scouts, girls starting in fourth grade learn how to look into their community, find a need and look for a way they can make a difference. As girls develop, the program adjusts accordingly and girls are challenged to develop ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Wednesday, May 27, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Following the state’s announcement Monday that it would allow churches and other faith-based organizations to resume services on a restricted basis, Imperial County announced Tuesday it would do the same. But churches aren’t necessarily satisfied. Under previous state guidelines, churches restricted from holding services until Stage 3 of the county’s reopening plan, but pushback ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Wednesday, May 27, 2020
    IMPERIAL – The Imperial Valley College Board of Trustees recently voted to approve a proposed Chicano studies program that would allow students to obtain an associate’s degree upon graduation. The board’s approval came May 20. The proposed program now goes before the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office for final approval.
    Categories: IVC / SDSU-IV, General News Article
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Local officials are being urged to apply for grant funds allocated to states by the federal government to assist businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of about $1.1 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds have been made potentially available to cities and the county.
    Categories: General News Article
    Tuesday, May 26, 2020
    BRAWLEY – For several years, a group of local veterans, along with their families and friends, has been making a nearly seven-mile biannual hike from the Westmorland City Hall to Riverview Cemetery on Hovley Road. They do it once in May to honor Memorial Day and again in November for Veterans Day. On Monday, the tradition continued.
    Categories: General News Article
    Monday, May 25, 2020
    IMPERIAL — One of the local traditions of the Memorial Day weekend has been Boy Scouts placing flags at veterans’ graves. Scouts from Troop 4076 in Imperial and Troop 4070 in El Centro will place flags on Friday at Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro and Memory Gardens Cemetery in Imperial and then remove them on Monday.
    Categories: General News Article
    Sunday, May 24, 2020
    BRAWLEY – An Imperial Valley renewable energy project that has been years in the making may finally break ground by early next year, according to its founder. California Ethanol + Power president and CEO David Rubenstein said Tuesday he expected to have the $950 million in financing needed for the project by late August, and he estimated groundbreaking could take later this year or early next.
    Categories: General News Article
    Sunday, May 24, 2020
    HEBER — Residents here will finally be getting a recreation center. The Heber Public Utility District announced Friday that construction is now underway for the center, which will be built at the corner of Bloomfield Street and Littlefield Way.
    Categories: Education, General News Article
    Saturday, May 23, 2020
    The 2019-20 fiscal year budgets for Imperial County and Imperial Irrigation District have been and are continuing to take big hits due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both the county and IID are reporting they have incurred at least $1.5 million in new costs for services directly related to COVID-19. At Tuesday’s IID board meeting, Human Resources Manager Dan DeVoy asked the directors to approve a ...read more
    Categories: IID, General News Article
    Saturday, May 23, 2020
    BRAWLEY – The Brawley Elementary School District is currently surveying parents of students to determine if they prefer to have their children return to school, continue distance learning exclusively or be enrolled in a mixture of both for the coming school year. The survey got underway this week and once completed will allow the district to better plan for the 2020-21 school year, ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Education
    Saturday, May 23, 2020
    IMPERIAL — Oscar Garcia will be staging a concert in a nearly empty venue tonight, but that doesn’t mean no one will be watching. Over the past several weeks, the local DJ has been presenting live concerts from 3:16 Café, 123 N. Imperial Ave. They showcase local musicians and stream on Facebook. The concerts serve as fundraisers for the local charity Amigos de Alejandro, which helps families ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Saturday, May 23, 2020
    EL CENTRO — While Imperial County is still in Stage 2 of its COVID-19 recovery process, local employers and business owners who are currently closed should take this time to implement precautionary measures inside their facilities. This was the message that was shared during a webinar Thursday that focused on providing information to closed businesses on how to open a COVID safe work ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Friday, May 22, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Following a surge in COVID-19 patients Monday and Tuesday that prompted him to divert patients from El Centro Regional Medical Center, hospital CEO Dr. Adolphe Edward was glad for some help. The Imperial County Public Health Department, in addition to arranging with the state Emergency Medical Services Authority for an ambulance strike team to assist with patient transfers, secured ...read more
    Categories: Education, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors, Community, General News Article
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    IMPERIAL — The food banks here and in Yuma have received more than 80,000 pounds of surplus Washington potatoes with the assistance of two agricultural service companies. The Dune Company of Imperial Valley and Yuma-based Gowan company donated transportation of the spuds from Moses Lake, Wash., nearly 1,300 miles away, to the Imperial Valley Food Bank and the Yuma Community Food Bank. IVFB ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    CALEXICO – A veteran educator from San Diego State University’s main campus has accepted a position on the administrative team of SDSU-Imperial Valley as its new Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. SDSU-IV said Dr. Mark R. Wheeler will assume his new position in June, bringing with him a unique mix of academic accomplishment, university and statewide leadership experience and an enthusiasm for ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Education, IVC / SDSU-IV
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    EL CENTRO -- The Imperial County Department of Public Health informed the Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning that the county had met all the metrics within COVID-19 except one to move forward into the second phase of Stage 2 of the county’s recovery plan. That is the phase that would allow for business activities deemed “higher risk,” such as walk-in retail and dine-in restaurant service.
    Categories: General News Article
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    HEBER — Doug Cornett first realized he wanted to become a professional writer when he was in sixth grade. He was able to achieve that dream with publication of his novel “Finally, Something Mysterious.” On Monday, he shared passages and some words of motivation with Heber School sixth grade students.
    Categories: General News Article, Education
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – One of the silver linings of the coronavirus pandemic and the statewide stay-at-home order has been safer roadways. The California Highway Patrol reported Tuesday that with traffic volume down, the number of collision, drunk driving arrests and other incidents on the state’s roadways have continued to decline.
    Categories: General News Article
    Monday, May 18, 2020
    CALEXICO — San Diego State University-Imperial Valley’s Class of 2020 is the campus’ largest in its 60-year history, but that’s not the only thing that sets it apart. The university said this year’s graduating class is 382 students, up from 329 last year. While an in-person commencement has been postponed until December, the entire SDSU community is participating in a virtual celebration for ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Education
    Thursday, April 30, 2020
    IMPERIAL — More than 300 local families received free food packages Monday during Imperial Valley Food Bank’s drive-thru food distribution event. The event was held between 3 and 4 p.m. in the north parking lot of the IV Fairgrounds here
    Categories: General News Article