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    Friday, February 23, 2018
    After nearly 35 years of working in the agency, former Caltrans District 11 director Laurie Berman, who has served as director of the San Diego-Imperial County region until last fall, was appointed to lead the state agency beginning next month. On Tuesday, Gov. Jerry Brown announced the appointment of Berman to serve as the new director for the Department of Transportation. The announcement ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Political
    Friday, February 23, 2018
    MINNEAPOLIS  — Polaris® Industries Inc. in partnership with the LeBlanc family, is announcing the completed purchase of the 166-acres of land and buildings associated with the historic Glamis Beach Store in Glamis, California, according to a news release on February 22, 2018,. “When my father first opened the doors of the Glamis Beach Store in 1979 his mission was to provide Glamis visitors a ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Economic, Press Release
    Friday, February 23, 2018
    CALEXICO — The Calexico Council is looking to get the city back on track financially and it believes David Dale is the person to do it. During a regular council meeting Wednesday, Council here unanimously voted to make Dale the permanent city manager — he’d been serving as interim since former city manager Armando Villa stepped down in December. Born in Denmark in 1971, but raised in San ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Community
    Friday, February 23, 2018
    YUMA — Focusing on the most intriguing new technologies emerging in the agricultural industry, the 2018 Southwest Summit kicked off earlier this week. The three-day event is filled with workshops, lectures, demonstration and presentation regarding the latest and best practices in the agricultural industry, with Thursday being its busiest day. Among the morning sessions that gathered the ...read more
    Categories: Education, Community, General News Article
    Thursday, February 22, 2018
    BRAWLEY - Most individuals typically associate heart disease and other cardiac problems with adults, but many don’t realize children and teenagers fight some of those same battles. Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District Pediatric Medical Director Dr. Ameen Alshareef spoke Friday about the importance of maintaining a healthy heart in children. February is recognized as American Heart Month. With ...read more
    Categories: Human Interest, Education, Community, General News Article
    Thursday, February 22, 2018
    EL CENTRO — The Central Union Adult School opened its classroom doors during a ceremony here Wednesday. Located at 2345 S. Second St. the new school is set to provide more programs for adults seeking their GED.
    Categories: Education, General News Article, Community
    Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    WINTERHAVEN — Public officials applauded the relatively short amount of time it took to design, approve and begin construction on a new public safety facility in Winterhaven during its groundbreaking Tuesday. Although the $3.8 million project had encountered some delays on account of an initial budget shortfall, the project’s overall two-year timeframe distinguished it from other time-consuming ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Economic, Human Interest
    Wednesday, February 21, 2018
    EL CENTRO — Following nearly two hours of discussion, the Imperial Irrigation District opted against the withdrawal of an appeal at the appellate court level following the repeal of the district’s Equitable Distribution Plan two weeks ago. Instead, IID will seek to engage in discussions with Michael Abatti, a local farmer who initiated the legal challenge regarding the plan more than four years ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Community, IID
    Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    EL CENTRO — Shoppers at the Imperial Valley Mall here last week had the opportunity to view a painting that was not only rich in value, estimated to be worth $100,000, but also in the message behind it. An unoccupied outlet across from Aéropostale was turned into a showroom where the painting titled “Eder’s Mural,” was on display.
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    The CIF-San Diego Section winter sports playoffs got underway Monday with a pair of local teams competing in play-in games for a chance to advance to their respective tournaments. Taking on challengers Monday were the boys’ basketball team from Holtville High and the girls’ basketball team from Brawley Union High.      
    Categories: Community, Education, Fun Facts, General News Article
    Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    As the work for phase I of the new Calexico West Land Port of Entry is nearing completion, construction has sped up and is expected to catch up later this year. On Monday, County Supervisors John Renison and Luis Plancarte met with Jaime Nova, administrator of the Customs Office in Mexicali, to get an update on the latest activity surrounding the first phase of construction on the Mexicali side ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic, General News Article, Political
    Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    EL CENTRO – Adults, children, and even their pets, lined up along 8th Street from Wensley Avenue down to Main Street in El Centro Saturday night for El Centro's annual Light Parade and Street Festival. The event, full of lights, color, sound, and tossing of beads to festive crowds, grows in numbers each year as residents make the trip to the parade route. El Centro's Mardi Gras and Light Parade ...read more
    Categories: Community, Fun Facts, General News Article
    Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    EL CENTRO – The Bureau of Land Management will host a public scoping meeting in El Centro on March 2 to discuss the consideration of amending three land use plans related to the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP). The public is encouraged to provide input on how land designations identified as part of the DRECP process might affect development of solar, wind or other renewable ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    EL CENTRO - The Imperial County Board of Supervisors announced, Tuesday, February 13, the appointment of Rosalina “Rosie” Blankenship as Public Administrator / Public Guardian / Public Conservator / Area Agency on Aging Director.  Ms. Blankenship has served local government for 26 years in various position including Probate Administration, conservatorship / guardianships, Aging services, ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    BRAWLEY - Valentines’s Day, the holiday dedicated to the heart, was more than just a lovey dovey holiday for Phil Swing Elementary School students last week. Phil Swing hosted the annual Jump Rope for Heart the morning of Feb. 14 for both the benefit of heart research and keeping their own hearts healthy.  Jump Rope for Heart is what the name implies, a jump roping event geared to keep kids ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, Fun Facts, General News Article, Human Interest
    Friday, February 16, 2018
    EL CENTRO — As the city seeks to move the community forward in 2018, this year’s State of the City Address focused on the city employees and community members who have made a difference. The theme of Thursday’s address made by Mayor Cheryl Viegas-Walker centered on highlighting the work done in 2017 and what challenges lay ahead in 2018.
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Thursday, February 15, 2018
    Desert Oasis and Aurora high schools were recently honored by state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson by being named “Model Continuation High Schools” this year. Desert Oasis in El Centro and Aurora in Calexico are two of 32 schools in the state given the recognition that was published Monday.
    Categories: Community, Education, Fun Facts, General News Article
    Thursday, February 15, 2018
    EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Office of Education is planning a public hearing for March 28 to discuss Imagine School Imperial Valley’s appeal of the recent denial to renew the campus’ charter. The public hearing will be one of two special ICOE board meetings scheduled in connection to the matter. A second meeting will be convened shortly after to allow the ICOE board to possibly vote on ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, General News Article, Human Interest
    Thursday, February 15, 2018
    The Imperial County Board of Supervisors agreed to draft a letter of support for Mokulele Airlines during a regular meeting Tuesday, to continue providing the region’s Essential Air Service through the U.S. Department of Transportation. The two-year contract is up for renewal and three other airlines are vying for it as well.
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    Thursday, February 15, 2018
    Trying to get ahead of a new federal program to boost economic development in disadvantaged communities, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors approved a letter requesting the state consider the county. The Opportunity Zones program was established with the recently-passed tax reform by Congress in December. The purpose of the program is to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic, General News Article, Political
    Thursday, February 15, 2018
    The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are reaching out to fans for a little help compiling the team's soundtrack for the 2018 air show season. The team has posted requests on its Facebook page and Twitter account asking fans to suggest songs to accompany various high-flying maneuvers like the diamond roll, low break cross, diamond 360 and section high alpha.  Lt. David Gardner, the team's public ...read more
    Categories: Community, Fun Facts, General News Article
    Tuesday, February 13, 2018
    EL CENTRO -  The public is invited to participate in a discussion of the proposed 2016-2020 Area Plan 3rd Year Update, governing the activities of the Imperial County Area Agency on Aging, according to the County's press release. The final Area Plan will be submitted to the AAA Advisory Council and the Imperial County Board of Supervisors, and then transmitted to the California Department of ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Community, Human Interest
    Tuesday, February 13, 2018
    CALEXICO — On Monday, the White House unveiled President Donald Trump’s proposed $4.4 trillion budget for the fiscal year 2019 which includes $276 million for the second phase of the Land Port of Entry expansion project here. “It’s wonderful news,” said District 1 Supervisor John Renison following the announcement. “We’re not at the goal-line yet, but it’s very positive news.”
    Categories: Economic, Human Interest, Community, General News Article, Political
    Tuesday, February 13, 2018
    This week will kick off local State of the City Addresses which will highlight recent accomplishments and focuses for the coming year. Some cities will present their traditional addresses while others will try new approaches in hopes of getting more resident participation.
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Tuesday, February 13, 2018
    HOLTVILLE- The 71st annual Holtville Carrot Festival, filled Fifth Street with countless people, February 10, to watch custom-made floats and other local acts march through town. “I have been coming to the Holtville Carrot Parade since I was a child. Now that I have children of my own, it isn’t a tradition I wanted to break because of the fun we have coming to the parade and the festival,” said ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Fun Facts
    Monday, February 12, 2018
    As the academic curriculums become more dependent on reliable Internet access, some students from disadvantaged families have struggled to keep up academically. Since there is no shortage of students who lack Internet access at home, the Imperial County Office of Education has partnered with five local school districts to carry out a pilot program which seeks to connect every high school ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Education, Human Interest, Community
    Monday, February 12, 2018
    EL CENTRO — Although current Southwest High School and Central Union High School students may not be able to fully utilize what Measure K will provide, they can be proud of the improvements it will bring to their campuses here in next few years. So far through Measure K, a $30 million education bond approved in June 2016, construction for a new state-of-the-art, two-story science, technology, ...read more
    Categories: Education, Economic, General News Article, Community, Fun Facts, Human Interest
    Monday, February 12, 2018
    CALEXICO – Preliminary work is scheduled to start Monday to replace a 2.25-mile stretch of outdated fencing west of the downtown port of entry that has continuously posed an increased safety risk to Border Patrol agents. The new 30-foot fencing will be significantly taller than the existing 14-foot barrier and will replace the existing landing mat style fencing with bollard fencing similar to ...read more
    Categories: Human Interest, Community, General News Article
    Monday, February 12, 2018
    Recently awarded grant money totaling about $350,000 is expected to further help two local entities combat homelessness in the Valley. The state grant monies will fund services and programs offered by Catholic Charities and WomanHaven, A Center for Family Solutions that help their respective clients secure housing.
    Categories: General News Article, Community, Human Interest
    Friday, February 09, 2018
    In my first column for this section last week, I wrote about the growth of competitive cheer in the Imperial Valley and how exciting it was to see. As a former competitive cheerleader, I still have a strong interest in the sport, which admittedly, can sometimes drag my eyes away from the football or basketball game I am supposed to be covering.
    Categories: Community, Fun Facts, Education, General News Article
    Monday, February 05, 2018
    HOLTVILLE – Civic leaders and residents from Holtville and nearby cities, along with distinguished Holtville honorees, gathered at the Imperial Valley Swiss Club in Holtville Friday for the 2018 Carrot Festival Queen Coronation Banquet. The crowning of Holtville’s Carrot Queen marks the official start of the Carrot Festival and all its events. Pride, tradition, and heritage all were on display ...read more
    Categories: Fun Facts, General News Article, Community
    Monday, February 05, 2018
    EL CENTRO — At the start signal, riders pushed down on their pedals to begin a charity bike race called  “Ride the Yuha Desert” that kicked off Saturday morning at Debbie Pittman Softball Park in El Centro. With 103 pre-registered cyclists, and more coming in during the day, the final tally likely reached 150 participants, according to Brian McNeece, president of the Imperial Valley Velo Club. ...read more
    Categories: Fun Facts, Human Interest, General News Article, Community
    Monday, February 05, 2018
    IMPERIAL — Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. In honor and celebration of the pioneers that established the Imperial Valley in the early 1900s, Pioneers Museum created its annual Pioneer Day event five years ago. “We’re trying to educate the public about their heritage. Surviving the heat, the dust and the basics just to survive at that time was difficult,” explained ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Fun Facts
    Monday, February 05, 2018
    HOLTVILLE – “Snowbirds” flocked to the University of California’s Desert Research Facility in Holtville for the Veggie Express Farm Tour Tuesday, January 30. The tours will continue through February featuring hayrides around the research grounds and facility, teaching the purpose and mission of the Imperial Valley’s UC Desert Research Facility and of the Valley’s crops. Winter visitors from ...read more
    Categories: Fun Facts, Human Interest, Community, General News Article
    Friday, February 02, 2018
    With less than two weeks away from the first day of candidacy filing for the Primary Elections, a list of probable candidates gives a glimpse of the races that will take place in June. The Imperial County Elections Department is currently in the petition in lieu period where probable candidates are gathering signatures to substitute the filing fee. This period ends Feb. 7 while the first day of ...read more
    Categories: Human Interest, Community, General News Article, Political
    Friday, February 02, 2018
    IMPERIAL — Community members voiced their displeasure Thursday over the allocation mechanism used by the California Air Resources Board prompting officials to re-evaluate how it will distribute funds from a new agricultural program. Under the first round of funding, the state will allocate $135 million in the next fiscal year from the Funding Agriculture Replacement Measures for Emission ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Human Interest, Community, General News Article
    Thursday, February 01, 2018
    IMPERIAL VALLEY – The first lunar eclipse of the year occurred Tuesday night, January 30. The moon was a rare celestial phenomenon. A blue moon (a second full moon in a calendar month), a super moon (when the moon is unusually close to Earth, making it bigger and brighter) and a blood moon (a moment during an eclipse when the moon appears red) will all coincide. This will take place for the ...read more
    Categories: Fun Facts, General News Article, Human Interest, Education
    Thursday, February 01, 2018
    IMPERIAL — Senior citizens are an important and often overlooked part of the Imperial Valley. More than 33,000 seniors currently live in the Valley and make up 18 percent of the total population here. Out of all seniors, 23 percent currently live below the federal poverty line, said Area Agency on Aging Director and Acting Public Administrator Rosalina Blankenship.
    Categories: Community, Fun Facts, General News Article
    Thursday, February 01, 2018
    IMPERIAL- To help raise funds, the Southwest Eagles' athletic program hosted a Betamaxx concert, January 27, at the IV Expo’s Casa de Mañana building, with goal to raise money for the different sports' programs. Gates opened at 6:30 p.m., where a DJ warmed up the crowd with old school 80s music, while the benefactors of the Southwest athletic program showed up for a trip back in time. After ...read more
    Categories: Community, Fun Facts, General News Article