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    Thursday, September 21, 2017
    BRAWLEY — City council here determined their Equitable Sharing Funds program can be used to compensate two school resource officers through June 30 during a regular meeting here Tuesday. The city noted in 2013 the Brawley Police Department, Brawley Union High School District, and Brawley Elementary School District were collectively awarded a four year Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, Economic, Human Interest
    Thursday, September 21, 2017
    EARTHQUAKE — Twelve Mexicali firefighters were deployed to Mexico City to support rescue activities after a 7.1 grade earthquake shook Central Mexico on Tuesday. Mexicali Fire Department Chief Gabriel Gomez instructed the firefighters to provide help after the Mexican government asked for additional help.
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article
    Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    EL CENTRO — Tens of thousands may benefit from a tuition free, first year of community college if a measure is acted upon by Gov. Jerry Brown. Assembly Bill 19, co-sponsored by Miguel Santiago (D- Los Angeles) proposes the first year of community college shall be free to all. In the 2015/2016 school year, California offered 43 percent of the 2.3 million community college students, a Board of ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, Human Interest, Economic, General News Article
    Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    EL CENTRO — The Imperial Irrigation District and Imperial County have approved a memorandum of understanding regarding potential maintenance costs related to New River Projects with the City of Calexico considering it today. IID approved the MOU on Sept. 12 and the county approved the revised agreement on Tuesday.
    Categories: Community, General News Article, IID, Economic, Human Interest
    Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    EL CENTRO — While residents express excitement about some Measure P proposals, there lacks any kind of consensus of what a majority would prefer to see added revenues allocated toward. Measure P, passed in November, approved raising city sales tax from 8 percent to 8.5 percent. Projections anticipated generating $5 million per year. After the first quarter figures for which a tally is ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Political, Economic, Human Interest
    Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    Softball — EL CENTRO — A catching clinic for local softball players is scheduled for Saturday morning at Debbie Pittman Field here. The clinic will be broken up into two sessions for beginning and intermediate catchers.
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article
    Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    BRAWLEY - The Brawley City Council approved the use of Automatic License Plate Reader (ALPRs) by the Brawley Police Department at their September 5 meeting. In a public hearing, the council heard the benefits of the ALPRs program. The police department is joining other regional law enforcement agencies to implement the ALPRs. Nine marked patrol cars will be equipped with cameras that capture ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest
    Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    EL CENTRO “ For the third time in three years, Amaris Ministries will bring internationally celebrated speakers to the Imperial Valley to train and educate those who work with children on the best practices to help children from hard places. The 3rd Annual Helping Kids from Hard Places conference takes place October 20-21 and features keynote speakers Ruby and Lynn Johnston of LAMb ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Education, Human Interest
    Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    EL CENTRO — Citizens and city council are in a tug of war as how to spend sales tax revenue amounting to $5 million annually. Measure P — passed in November by voters — raised the city’s sales tax rate from 8 percent to 8.5 percent, projecting a revenue addition of about $5 million annually to the city.
    Categories: Economic, Human Interest, Community, General News Article, Political
    Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    EL CENTRO — Last week, during the previous Board of Supervisors meeting, county officials received positive news when they heard the construction of the new Oren R. Fox Detention Facility is on schedule and expected to be delivered by February. On Monday, county officials realized that the lack of a delay of the project may not be so good after all.
    Categories: Economic, Human Interest, Community, General News Article, Political
    Tuesday, September 19, 2017
    SEELEY — The California Highway Patrol will be conducting a traffic and pedestrian safety enforcement operation today on Rio Vista Street aimed at improving pedestrian safety and educating the public about pedestrian safety and driver awareness. The operation will focus on motorists and pedestrians that fail to yield the right-of-way or who take unsafe and illegal actions, a CHP press release ...read more
    Categories: Education, Community, Human Interest
    Monday, September 18, 2017
    We all know the saying, “You get what you pay for.” Well believe it or not, that rule especially applies when it comes to selecting food for your pets. It is important to remember that part of making sure our pets stay healthy and happy is by consistently providing them with a high quality, well-balanced and nutritious brand of dog or cat food. Although there are certain brands of pet food that ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Education, Human Interest
    Monday, September 18, 2017
    SACRAMENTO — In dramatic fashion and very late into the legislative session, a bill that will provide $200 million for Salton Sea mitigation projects is now headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk who is expected to sign the bill. SB 5 passed both the Assembly and the Senate with just enough votes to meet the required two-thirds majority vote. It passed in the Assembly with a 54-18 vote and a 27-9 ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article
    Monday, September 18, 2017
    EL CENTRO — The American Dream of home ownership could be more than a smokescreen of wishful thinking should it be finalized by the state’s governor. A series of bills designed to seal pores in the 100,000 unit affordable housing gap were signed just before the legislative deadline, Friday. The California State Senate passed Senate Bills 2, 3 and 35, legislation Gov. Jerry Brown has said he ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Political, Economic, Human Interest
    Monday, September 18, 2017
    EL CENTRO — Nonprofit microlender Accion recently announced the hiring of its new business development officer, Larisa Vega, who brings a wealth of financial sector experience and contacts within the business community to her new role. Vega, of El Centro, has been at the helm of the San Diego-based nonprofit’s local office since July, and works one-on-one with would-be and existing business ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Press Release, Community, Human Interest
    Monday, September 18, 2017
    EL CENTRO — An evening filled with fun, humor and laughter left the audience gasping for breath Thursday evening at the second annual “Comedy Night” fundraiser for Burning Bush International at IV Expo-Plaza de la Cultura in Imperial. Jim Rhodes, president of Burning Bush International, said the primary effort of the evening was to raise funds for the construction of water wells that will ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article
    Friday, September 15, 2017
    EL CENTRO — The chapter of Future Farmers of America here is stepping up its agriculture education after unveiling its new greenhouse, a project that has been in the works for a year at Southwest High school. The new greenhouse will allow the El Centro FFA students to grow different types of plants and experience the science behind growing crops.
    Categories: Education, General News Article, Community, Fun Facts, Human Interest
    Thursday, September 14, 2017
    After some confusion and two hours of discussion, the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors voted Tuesday to accept the terms of Minute 323 and become one of the partner agencies. With the goal of setting more efficient management of the Colorado River water sharing agreement, U.S. water agencies and Mexico are closer to finalizing an extension of provisions in the current agreement ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, IID, Community, Human Interest
    Thursday, September 14, 2017
    While the U.S. Border Patrol El Centro Sector office hasn’t officially provided a reaction to the recent news on improvements along the border fence in Calexico, agents are probably a bit more at ease. That’s because only a few months ago, local agents described the section in question as the most dangerous area for agents to patrol because of the type of fence there.
    Categories: Human Interest, General News Article, Political
    Thursday, September 14, 2017
    In California, alfalfa used to be the largest agricultural water user due to its high acreage and long growing season. Alfalfa accounts for about 30 percent of the crops grown, and is the dominant water user in the Imperial Valley. Although alfalfa is considered to have high seasonal water use, it is one of the most water-efficient crops due to its high yield, perennial nature, deep roots, and ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, Economic, Human Interest
    Thursday, September 14, 2017
    This past Sunday, I had the pleasure of hearing my nephew’s first sermon from the pulpit. Tommy chose 1 Corinthians 12 to teach the congregation about the importance of all individual parts to the function of a body. For instance, a foot alone is useless; however, attached to a leg it supports a human body. Just as important is the work a set-up crew does for a church, without it, the facility ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Fun Facts, Community, Education, Human Interest
    Thursday, September 14, 2017
    IMPERIAL COUNTY – The California Probation, Parole and Correctional association award was given to Probation Division Manager Iran Martinez, announced the Imperial County Probation Department in a press release. Earning a degree in Criminal Justice from San Diego State University, Martinez began his career as a Deputy Probation Officer with Imperial County in 1999. Moving through the ranks with ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article, Press Release
    Thursday, September 14, 2017
    IMPERIAL COUNTY – The American Red Cross, Burn Institute, and Imperial County Area Agency on Aging are collaborating to distribute and install free smoke alarms in Imperial County, according to a news release. On behalf of the American Red Cross and Burn Institute, the Imperial County Area Agency on Aging is working to promote the installation of free fire alarms for Imperial County senior ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article
    Thursday, September 14, 2017
    EL CENTRO- The sound of thunder crackling over El Centro was not limited to a weather phenomenon Saturday. The Imperial Valley Girls’ Softball League (IVGSL) hosted young athletes around the Imperial Valley for the 2017 fall season opening ceremonies and a re-dedication that included a Base Running Challenge and Home Run Derby. The Debbie Pitman Softball Field restoration dedication, like other ...read more
    Categories: Fun Facts, Human Interest, Community, General News Article
    Thursday, September 14, 2017
    IMPERIAL –  At the chime of a bell, participants began the arduous ascending and descending of the Imperial Valley Expo grandstand’s flights of stairs Saturday evening in Imperial in memory of the 343 firefighters who perished helping people at New York’s Twin Towers sixteen years ago, September 11, 2001.Firefighters, law enforcement officers, military personnel, emergency medical service ...read more
    Categories: Fun Facts, Community, Human Interest
    Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    BRAWLEY — Even on vacation, health care workers seem to be on call, and fortunately for one young flight passenger recently, two medical professionals had unintentionally boarded for the same destination. Katie Schreck, an Emergency Room technician at Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District (PMHD) and Dr. Ted Fisher, a vein and cosmetic surgery specialist in private practice, both working here, ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article
    Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    If you find yourself often driving on county roads, your commute may soon get better. After the passage of the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 earlier this year, the Imperial County Department of Public Works (ICDPW) on Tuesday presented a tentative plan of roads intended to be fixed in the upcoming fiscal year.
    Categories: General News Article, Community, Human Interest
    Tuesday, September 12, 2017
    SEELEY — Naval Air Facility El Centro (NAFEC) officials were joined by colleagues and local first responders on Monday to memorialize the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. As part of the somber ceremony, Capt. Brent Alfonzo, commanding officer of NAFEC, reminded those present that it was their duty as Americans to remember the 2,966 lives ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article
    Tuesday, September 12, 2017
    Softball — A pitching clinic for local softball players is scheduled for Saturday morning at Debbie Pittman Field. Session 1 is for beginners, geared toward players with little to no experience, will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 9 a.m.  Session 2 is for intermediate pitchers with little to some experience, will begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 11 a.m. Price is set at $20 for Session 1 ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Press Release, Fun Facts, Human Interest
    Tuesday, September 12, 2017
    BRAWLEY – Youth boxers from neighboring states donned their gloves and helmets attempting to out perform their opponents Saturday afternoon during the “La Batalla En Hidalgo” Amateur Boxing at Salon Hidalgo in Brawley. “Today we have a sanctioned USA Boxing show. All athletes registered with USA Boxing gathered together with all the clubs in the neighboring areas like Arizona, San Diego, ...read more
    Categories: Fun Facts, Human Interest, Community, General News Article
    Monday, September 11, 2017
    BRAWLEY – Last weekend brought fishers together for some friendly catch-and-release competition, hosted by West Coast Cat Masters (WCCM) Catfishing Organization. While the weigh in was held at Wiest Lake in Brawley, fishers participating in the derby fished anywhere within Imperial County waters. Brian Cummings organized the weekend’s event with hope of raising awareness about the availability ...read more
    Categories: Fun Facts, Human Interest, Community, General News Article
    Monday, September 11, 2017
    IMPERIAL- Imperial Valley College (IVC) hosted an Art Faculty Show this Thursday, to showcase the work of several professors from the Arts Department. A group of IVC student-musicians performed as a live band, while others were encouraged to view the art, converse, and appreciate the arts and their professor-artists. Carol Hegarty, an art professor at IVC and curator of the Juanita Salazar Lowe ...read more
    Categories: Community, Fun Facts, Human Interest, Education, General News Article, Press Release
    Monday, September 11, 2017
    September 1st marked the opening of dove season in the state of California. During any hunting season, we receive several calls about wildlife that are found severely injured and in need of some major medical attention. Although the Humane Society of Imperial County does occasionally take in rabbits, guinea pigs, and we have even been known to adopt a few rats; unfortunately, there are some ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Community, Human Interest
    Monday, September 11, 2017
    In light of the horrible disasters having occurred/currently transpiring around the country, Imperial Valley locals wanted to help those who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey and are in need of assistance. By gathering donations from several locals, Cody Preece and his friends managed to deliver several goods to the locals of Houston and Katy, Texas.
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article
    Monday, September 11, 2017
    Nobody likes to see a game called off because of weather or weathered field conditions, but like some clouds a silver lining lurked in a small storm that exposed Field No. 3 of Debbie Pittman Park in need of a relief pitch. Yet, relief arrived Saturday as a rehabbed field welcomed back the Imperial Valley Girls Softball League (IVGSL). It was two years ago the exposed field full of alkali was ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Community, Human Interest
    Monday, September 11, 2017
    IMPERIAL COUNTY — The Imperial Valley Chargers Fan Club is set to meet at Rocky's Sports Bar and Grill on Monday night for the team's game against the Denver Broncos. The club will also be having free and $5 raffles at the game.
    Categories: Fun Facts, Community, Human Interest
    Friday, September 08, 2017
    She’s an eight-time student of the year, a peace builder, attends youth groups through St. Mary’s Church, has raised funds for several organizations but more importantly, beat brain cancer at a young age and she’s only 14-years-old. Southwest High School freshman Hailey Contreras was one of seven ladies honored, the youngest as well, during the second annual Imperial Valley Girls ROCK! event ...read more
    Categories: Fun Facts, Human Interest, Community, General News Article