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    Tuesday, October 15, 2019
    EL CENTRO — It’s 2019, and much has changed for the annual Brawley Cattle Call Queen competition. However, Jessica Friley, 17, accepted the queen title on Saturday night with as much joy as the first Cattle Call Queen did more than 60 years ago. 
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Tuesday, October 15, 2019
    IMPERIAL — Imperial County Farm Bureau has named El Centro cattleman Bill Brandenberg its 2019 Jim Kuhn Memorial Farmer of the Year. The award was announced at Farm Bureau’s annual dinner meeting Thursday evening at the Casa de Mañana Building at the Imperial County Fairgrounds.
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    Tuesday, October 15, 2019
    IMPERIAL — The Imperial Valley College Foundation board of directors recently voted to authorize the construction of transitional housing for students who self-identify as homeless. The project is expected to get underway in time to have two 400-square foot “tiny homes” available to house such students in the spring.
    Categories: Community, General News Article, IVC / SDSU-IV
    Tuesday, October 15, 2019
    The summer months have taken a toll on our community’s tiny shelter yet again. With record-breaking numbers of stray animals coming in and with so many people having to turn in their pets, the staff and volunteers at the Humane Society of Imperial County just cannot keep up. Even with our rescue efforts and multiple adoption events on a weekly basis, it simply isn’t enough.  Currently, the ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    Tuesday, October 15, 2019
    Every year at Southwest High School, the Career Technical Education program searches for potential ambassadors who can help spread the message about why it is so important. Career Specialist Brandon Currin advocates for CTE at Southwest High School, and he explained how the program would benefit students.
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    Monday, October 14, 2019
    EL CENTRO — The Southwest High School orchestra program will be performing an encore of its Night at the Movies concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Jimmie Cannon Theater. Originally performed on Oct. 4, the orchestra program decided to play an encore show in order to accommodate those that did not get a chance to see the original performance, Dr. Matthew Busse, director of orchestras explained.
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, IVC / SDSU-IV
    Monday, October 14, 2019
    EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Board of Supervisors wants the governor and the state to understand the New River has been an egregious omission in the state’s environmental policy. On Tuesday, the supervisors approved Chairman Ryan Kelley to sign a letter to be sent Gov. Gavin Newsom, urging him to take a leadership role to address the transboundary water flow and pollution issues at the New ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    Friday, October 11, 2019
    EL CENTRO — The recently appointed president of the Hospital Quality Institute and an advisor with the California Hospital Patient Safety Organization were in town Tuesday to meet with staff at El Centro Regional Medical Center and to discuss working together to continue improving the hospital’s services. Sacramento-based HQI provides coordination and support for improvement and harmonizes ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, General News Article, Human Interest
    Friday, October 11, 2019
    CALEXICO — Health professionals from Imperial Valley and Mexicali united to participate in World Mental Health Day on Thursday by hosting a mental health symposium. While the international day was created for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma, Thursday’s local symposium focused on mental health programs and strategies in the California-Baja California ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    Friday, October 11, 2019
    SALTON SEA — As a followup to a June 26 meeting in Sacramento, Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, D-Coachella; Rep. Paul Ruiz, D-Palm Desert, and California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot met Oct. 3 in Palm Desert with local leaders and the public to discuss funding sources and improvements coming to the Salton Sea. Garcia, who said work will begin on the southern part of the Salton ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    Friday, October 11, 2019
    The season may be ripe for pumpkin patches, corn mazes and harvest-themed activities on the farm, but farms engaged in agritourism are opening their doors in other ways to attract visitors and bring more income to their business. Agritourism operators are increasingly offering lodging, farm-to-table dinners and events, and workshops to diversify what they already do and increase patronage, said ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, General News Article, Human Interest
    Thursday, October 10, 2019
    CALEXICO — While the large, international border fence between Calexico and Mexicali is capable of stopping plenty, it has yet to stop the two sister cities’ shared desire to beat breast cancer. The annual Lazo Rosa Binational Walk event on Wednesday showed just that, as the two communities rallied to show their support for the fight against the disease and for patients currently diagnosed with ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, General News Article, Human Interest
    Wednesday, October 09, 2019
    EL CENTRO — After more than 2.5 hours of discussions Tuesday afternoon the Imperial Irrigation District Board of Directors approved creating a project labor agreement for outside construction projects. IID Director James Hanks was the lone vote against the motion, saying he did not have all of the information to vote in favor.
    Categories: General News Article, Community, IID
    Wednesday, October 09, 2019
    EL CENTRO — The Imperial Valley LGBT Resource Center on Tuesday kicked off a series of events celebrating its fourth annual Pride Week. Activities continue today with presentations at San Diego State University-Imperial Valley commemorating the Stonewall Riots in New York and the AIDS epidemic of the early 1980s.
    Categories: Education, Community, General News Article
    Wednesday, October 09, 2019
    EL CENTRO — The loud noises, sudden scares and large crowds at popular Halloween events in the Valley this month will likely deter many adults or children with autism from attending. With this in mind, Autism Support of Imperial County held a pumpkin carving event on Tuesday, so that those on the spectrum could indulge in a Halloween-themed event in a controlled environment
    Categories: Education, Human Interest, Community, General News Article
    Monday, October 07, 2019
    This school year at Southwest High School, Culinary Arts students get to experience a new kitchen, new equipment and new tools. Amanda Hill, the Culinary Arts teacher who has been teaching for nine years, expressed how excited she is to utilize a new kitchen with her students.
    Categories: General News Article, Community, Human Interest
    Monday, October 07, 2019
    Oct. 1 marked the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As most people already know, the Humane Society of Imperial County is a huge advocate of pet health awareness through spaying and neutering. Some pet owners may not know that not having female pets spayed and overbreeding may actually be a direct link to breast cancer in female pets.
    Categories: General News Article, Community, Human Interest
    Monday, October 07, 2019
    CALEXICO — Back-to-back events are scheduled later this month to showcase the varied talents of two Calexico natives and help raise funds for the nonprofit Calexico Arts Council. The first will feature Dan Navarro, successful singer, songwriter, recording artist and voice actor on Oct. 18 at the Carmen Durazo Cultural Arts Center.
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Monday, October 07, 2019
    CALEXICO — In a community largely devoid of evidence of German culture, there was one Bavarian staple that was in steady supply Saturday night at the second annual Oktoberfest at Crummett Park.Beer. Some 23 breweries were represented in the beer garden area, including event organizer Calexico Brewing Co. and local brew pubs Humble Farmer and Pentagonal. Calexico Brewing owners Jose Luis Yepez ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Sunday, October 06, 2019
    CALIPATRIA — One good event can serve another. That was the basic idea behind the Calipatria Chamber of Commerce’s Black & White Ball Saturday night. The formal event not only allowed guests to enjoy an elegant night out, but also raised funds to help restore other cherished community events.
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Sunday, October 06, 2019
    EL CENTRO — Imperial County has received the draft financial model report for its landfill program, and it is one that could include increased fees for residents. Public Works Director John Gay said in an email that he has received the draft financial model report and is reviewing it for finalization.
    Categories: General News Article, Community, Human Interest
    Sunday, October 06, 2019
    EL CENTRO — For any local child who entertains dreams of one day becoming a firefighter, an event held Saturday at El Centro Fire Department Station No. 3, 1910 N. Waterman Ave., was like hitting the jackpot. The annual open house, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., was held in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week. Some 250 to 400 kids had an opportunity to interact with firefighters and other ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article
    Saturday, October 05, 2019
    EL CENTRO — A recent El Centro Regional Medical Center event combined art and health education in order to raise Breast Cancer Awareness. More than 120 person attended the second annual Women’s Health and Paint Night Wednesday evening at the ECRMC Community Education Center in the Imperial Valley Mall
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Education, Human Interest
    Saturday, October 05, 2019
    CALEXICO — Local efforts to reduce air pollution were bolstered by the recent paving of two separate Calexico Unified School District parking lots near Andrade Avenue and Highway 98. The $406,000 paving project resulted in a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday at the district’s maintenance and operations yard that was well attended by local, county and state officials.
    Categories: General News Article, Community, Human Interest
    Saturday, October 05, 2019
    EL CENTRO — The Jimmie Cannon Theater at Southwest High School temporarily turned into a movie house on Friday night as the Southwest High School orchestra program held its “Night at the Movies” concert. Scenes and soundtrack music from movies such as “Star Wars,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Coco,” “Jurassic Park” and others were performed by the school’s philharmonic and chamber orchestras ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article
    Friday, October 04, 2019
    Tractor Supply Co. will continue its mission to support youth in their local communities by launching its Fall Paper Clover campaign, a biannual fundraiser in partnership with National 4-H Council to provide scholarships for 4-H members, the company announced Wednesday. The Paper Clover fundraiser provides thousands of dollars each year to offer opportunities for youth to attend conferences, ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Community, Human Interest
    Friday, October 04, 2019
    EL CENTRO — Police units temporarily blocked off traffic at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Eighth and Main streets as a crowd of locals passionately waved protests signs urging the end of domestic abuse. While this act may have only been seen by a few residents passing through the area at the time, the fact that even a small audience heard the message was meaningful to the crowd, as it chanted, “A little ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Education, Human Interest
    Friday, October 04, 2019
    IMPERIAL — A sigh of relief was expressed recently following a change in ownership of the property where the stalled hotel project sits at the northwest corner of Highway 86 and Neckel Road. The change in ownership stems from creditors having foreclosed on the defaulted property, which Councilman Darrell Pechtl referred to as a “white elephant” during the Sept. 19 City Council meeting.
    Categories: General News Article, Community, Human Interest
    Thursday, October 03, 2019
    SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Food and Agriculture recently announced the availability of the new Farmer Resource Portal designed to assist farmers and ranchers by increasing access to information to help farming operations. CDFA said the portal — available at https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/farmerresources/ — is a “one-stop shop” for farmers and ranchers to find information about available ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article
    Thursday, October 03, 2019
    Gross value of crops and livestock produced in Imperial County in 2018 was nearly 8 percent higher than it was in 2017, the Imperial County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office announced Tuesday. The 2018 Crop and Livestock Report said more than $2.2 billion in crops and livestock were produced last year, an increase in value from less than $2.1 billion in 2017.
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article
    Wednesday, October 02, 2019
    EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday selected Sarah Sauer to be the new county counsel to replace Katherine Turner, who chose not to renew her contact that ended on Sept. 18. Sauer was among the 11 candidates who applied for the position, and her experience with the departments was one of the reasons the board appointed her, said Supervisor Ray Castillo.
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Wednesday, October 02, 2019
    The Imperial County of Supervisors on Tuesday approved and adopted the county’s 2019-20 budget of $497.7 million, which is an increase of $29.7 million from last year. Deputy Chief Executive Officer Mayra Widmann walked the supervisors through a presentation on the final budget.
    Categories: Community, Economic, General News Article, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Wednesday, October 02, 2019
    BRAWLEY — Tonatiuh Romero, Cónsul of the Consulate of México in Calexico, and Larry Lewis, Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District’s chief executive officer, smiled and shook hands in agreement Tuesday, officially signifying the start of this year’s Binational Health Month. Surrounding Romero and Lewis were local and state officials from both sides of the border, who were gathered inside the ...read more
    Categories: Education, Human Interest, Community, General News Article
    Monday, September 16, 2019
    EL CENTRO — When Jorge Pablo Garcia’s sister asked if she could see his and his wife’s newborn baby, he replied without hesitation, replied, “Sure, come over to the house.” However, by that, Garcia didn’t mean his home in Imperial. He was talking about the Ronald McDonald House across the street from Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, where his son, Sam, was recovering from an intensive ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, General News Article, Human Interest