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    Wednesday, October 28, 2020
    EL CENTRO -- MANA de Imperial Valley honored three local women at the annual Las Primeras Gala & Scholarship Fundraiser on Friday. This year’s honorees were Rosa Diaz, Juanita Rebollar and Rita Zuno. The event took place virtually and was transmitted by Facebook Live.
    Categories: General News Article, Community
    Wednesday, October 28, 2020
    EL CENTRO – El Centro Regional Medical Center will begin accepting test subjects Thursday as part of a nationwide trial to test a new COVID-19 vaccine.  ECRMC, working in collaboration with UC San Diego researchers, will serve as a subsite of the Phase III study of AstraZeneca’s AZD1222 vaccine.
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Wednesday, October 28, 2020
    IMPERIAL – Imperial Valley College has confirmed some personal data was breached in the ransomware attack that caused the college’s entire computer network to be shut down in August. In an email to students sent Monday, IVC President and Superintendent Dr. Martha Garcia said investigation of the attack has been completed, and the college has received a preliminary report indicating personal ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, IVC / SDSU-IV
    Wednesday, October 28, 2020
    IMPERIAL — The annual California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta taking place in its traditional fashion in 2021 remains contingent upon the local health regulations within the next few months. “We have stated, and will continue to state, that our goal is to hold our annual Fair as we have for the past decades,” the fair’s Chief Executive Officer Alan Phillips said. “Unfortunately, the decision on ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Wednesday, October 28, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The founder of California Ethanol and Power asked the county Board of Supervisors Tuesday for another extension on a $625,000 loan it issued him from public benefit in 2015. The board grudgingly approved Dave Rubenstein’s request for a third extension on the principal amount through June 2021, although it made it clear it was not likely to approve a fourth extension.
    Categories: General News Article
    Tuesday, October 27, 2020
    CALEXICO — City officials deny the Calexico Unified School District’s claim that it failed to ensure construction project applicants paid the district’s school impact fees as required by law. Under California law, the district must first present a claim to the city for their consideration prior to filing a lawsuit.
    Categories: Education, General News Article
    Sunday, October 25, 2020
    Dollar General has opened its new store in Holtville at 402 W. Fifth St., the company announced in a release Wednesday. The store is expected to employ approximately six to 10 people, depending on need, the company said. 
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Sunday, October 25, 2020
    SANTA ANA — While El Centro farmer Michael Abatti awaits word whether the state Supreme Court will consent to review an appellate ruling that overturned most of a previous judgment against Imperial Irrigation District, IID wants to make sure a local judge doesn’t have a say in whether it gets its money back. Attorneys for IID on Friday filed a writ of mandate with the Fourth District Court of ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Sunday, October 25, 2020
    IMPERIAL — An open air farmers’ market was held Saturday at the Lisa Tucker Center on West Aten Road. The event, which took place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., featured local arts and craft and food vendors and was highlighted by a pumpkin patch, where visitors could buy a pumpkin for $5.
    Categories: General News Article, Community, Human Interest
    Saturday, October 24, 2020
    CALEXICO — Prospective freshmen and transfer students planning to attend San Diego State University-Imperial Valley in fall 2021 have until Dec. 4 to apply for admission. The university has expanded its degree programs available to freshman with the addition of a full-time, four-year liberal studies program starting in the fall semester.
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Saturday, October 24, 2020
    EL CENTRO — An early retirement plan being offered by the county so far isn’t getting a lot of takers. In August, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors approved an early retirement plan for certain employees in hopes of saving several millions of dollars, but two months into the program, only 18 of the 685 eligible employees have accepted the offer.
    Categories: Imperial County / Board of Supervisors, General News Article
    Saturday, October 24, 2020
    BRAWLEY — When a collection of ropers, bull riders, steer wrestlers, bronco busters and other rodeo athletes gather to compete in a mostly empty arena on Nov. 14 and 15 for the 2020 Cattle Call Rodeo, it will be because of the support of the local community, the event’s organizers say. The Cattle Call Rodeo Committee issued a statement Wednesday thanking local businesses and organizations, as ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Community
    Saturday, October 24, 2020
    EL CENTRO — El Centro Police Department wants its own aerial camera drone. While it still has a long way to go before it can acquire the equipment, the department has put together a draft policy on how it would use it.
    Categories: General News Article, Community
    Friday, October 23, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Health Officer has issued an amended health officer order reflecting recent updates to California’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. The updates apply to all California counties, including those in Tier 1 (Widespread/Purple). As of 5 p.m. Thursday, the following businesses could begin operating indoors with modifications: Body waxing studiosEstheticiansMassage ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Friday, October 23, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors on Tuesday received a glimpse of the district’s 2021 budget, with the water and energy departments making up a combined $778 million. The energy department’s proposed 2021 operating and capital budget is almost $532 million, while the water division’s proposed budget is just under $247 million.
    Categories: General News Article, Community, IID
    Friday, October 23, 2020
    CALEXICO — The Calexico Police Department will be purchasing 25 new bulletproof vests for its officers. The Calexico City Council unanimously approved this purchase during its regular meeting Wednesday.
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Friday, October 23, 2020
    OCOTILLO — Distance learning has had an impact on school field trips, too, and Imperial Valley Desert Museum has been adapting accordingly. Executive Director Dr. David Breeckner said the museum is putting the finishing touches on 13 educational videos it created for use in schools. Each video is tailored to a specific grade level from K-12 and focuses on a particular aspect of the 10,000-year ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Community
    Thursday, October 22, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Autism Support of Imperial County held a trick-or-treat drive-by event on Rubert Franks Drive Monday evening. About 825 candy bags were prepared to hand out passing vehicles. Any family who has a child with autism was invited to participate.
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Thursday, October 22, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday increased the budget amount to Jackson House for crisis residential services from $1.64 million to $6.8 million for the use of 10 beds from 2019 to 2024. Calexico Police Chief Gonzalo Gerardo said his department and other law enforcement agencies struggle with the time it takes to deal with persons who have mental challenges but ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Thursday, October 22, 2020
    BRAWLEY — This city will tap into its budget to clean up a ravaged area in the northwest corner of the community. The area set to be cleaned is mostly dirt and brush located just north of Pat Williams Park on West River Road.
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Wednesday, October 21, 2020
    EL CENTRO — An emotional Debra Porter, the Imperial County registrar of voters, told the supervisors at its meeting Tuesday that her last day will be Nov. 3, the day of the general election. Immediately after telling the board of her decision, she left the room as the supervisors applauded.
    Categories: General News Article
    Wednesday, October 21, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved $50,000 in funding to the Imperial Valley Social Justice Committee to do a needs assessment and develop an action plan to address an apparent lack of economic opportunity within the area for African Americans and other disenfranchised groups. Marlene Thomas said IVSJC plans to conduct community informed participatory ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Wednesday, October 21, 2020
    IMPERIAL — A four-acre lot at 15th Street and Imperial Avenue will soon be home to a new post office and a new 7-Eleven, as well as to a restaurant to be named later. Mayor Darrell Pechtl and other city officials were joined by the lead developer and others for a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the birth of the Imperial Gateway Center across the street from Frank Wright Middle School.
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Wednesday, October 21, 2020
    BRAWLEY — A local lawmaker, a renewable energy manufacturer and local dignitaries took a victory lap Tuesday morning over a recently passed law they say opens opportunities for an emerging new industry. Assembly Bill 2663 was sponsored by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella, and signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom in September. It effectively lowers the excise tax on dimethyl ether ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Wednesday, October 21, 2020
    CALEXICO — The United States and Mexico showed what it looks like when they work together Monday when U.S. Border Patrol agents and Mexicali police demonstrated a mirror patrol of both sides of the international border. The event took place about 8 a.m. Those in attendance conducted the patrol on horseback, making up a caravan of about 15 horses.
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    Tuesday, October 20, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider sending its answer to Congressman Juan Vargas regarding the New River and Salton Sea. Vargas issued a letter to the board on Oct. 5 to respond to recent criticism of federal efforts to address environmental concerns at both sites. The board went so far as to float the idea at a recent meeting that it should rename the ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Sunday, October 18, 2020
    IMPERIAL – A small group representing nearly three centuries of membership and countless years of horsemanship gathered outside the historic Rose School at the Pioneers Museum Saturday for a photo shoot commemorating 80 years of the Barbara Worth Brigadettes. Founded in 1940 by a group of women who loved horses and reportedly wanted an excuse to get out of the house, the Brigadettes have become ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Community, Human Interest
    Sunday, October 18, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg was honored Saturday morning at the steps of the county Superior Courthouse. A group of mostly women stood upon the steps and paid tribute to Ginsburg, who passed away on Sept. 18 at the age of 87 from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer.
    Categories: General News Article
    Saturday, October 17, 2020
    When Californians approved Proposition 13 in 1978, critics of the landmark ballot measure say voters did not foresee many of the unintended consequences of capping property taxes on both residential and commercial land: lower school funding, cash-strapped cities, major corporate tax benefits. Forty-two years later, Californians are about to vote on Proposition 15, which proponents say will ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Saturday, October 17, 2020
    IMPERIAL — A construction coalition has formed to tackle Imperial Irrigation District over the use of project labor agreements for construction projects. The United Desert Communities of Imperial and Riverside Counties said it was created “to fight discriminatory and costly PLA being pushed by construction unions on IID work.” The group said the PLA would send money out of desert communities ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Saturday, October 17, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Imperial County and El Centro are working out the details on an agreement that would allow a crew of County Jail inmates to provide outdoor labor around the city. A memorandum of understanding is pending approval for the activation of the crew, which will be made up of inmates who are low-risk, non-violent and cleared to be out of the facility.
    Categories: General News Article
    Friday, October 16, 2020
    EL CENTRO -- The Imperial County Air Pollution Control district announced Thursday it has secured grant funding in excess of $3.3 million to pave dirt alleyways in the city of Calexico. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency advised the district on Oct. 1 that a component of one of its two applications for EPA’s 2019 and 2020 Targeted Airshed Grant (TAG) Program had been selected for funding, ...read more
    Categories: Human Interest, General News Article
    Friday, October 16, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Imperial County and its Board of Supervisors are planning to draft a response to a recent letter from Congressman Juan Vargas’ letter pertaining to improvements at the New River. What has been a sticking point for county officials is their claim the federal government has provided almost no funding for improvements at the river including the construction of a wastewater treatment ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Friday, October 16, 2020
    EL CENTRO — A temporary parking lot used by El Centro Regional Medical Center staff was approved to remain in use for an additional year. This approval came during the Oct. 6 regular El Centro City Council meeting.
    Categories: General News Article
    Sunday, October 11, 2020
    SACRAMENTO — El Centro City Councilwoman Cheryl Viegas-Walker is the new president of the League of California Cities. Viegas-Walker was installed as the league’s 2020-21 president on Oct. 9 as part of its virtual Annual Conference & Expo.
    Categories: Community, City of El Centro / City Council, General News Article
    Sunday, October 11, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Effective Saturday evening, county residents could gather with members of up to two other households as long as they remain outdoors, keep their distance, wear masks, avoid singing and not play any wind instruments like clarinets. Imperial County Health Officer Dr. Stephen Munday issued the amended health order Saturday, and it took effect at 5 p.m. It reflects guidance recently ...read more
    Categories: Community, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors, General News Article
    Wednesday, September 30, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The El Centro Public Library and the El Centro Aquatic Center reopened to the public on Monday and Tuesday, respectively. This ended a nearly six-month closure for both city facilities. They were closed on March 18 in precaution to COVID-19.
    Categories: General News Article