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    Thursday, February 25, 2021
    NAF EL CENTRO — The U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds and their red, white and blue F-16 Fighting Falcons landed Wednesday morning at NAFEC and will remain here until March 3 to train and compare notes with the Navy’s Blue Angels squadron. In preparation for the annual air show season, the two teams will be exchanging information, trading best practices and sharing lessons they’ve learned with each ...read more
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    Wednesday, February 24, 2021
    CALEXICO — While mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics have already been held in Brawley, Imperial and El Centro, the first one in Calexico didn’t take place until Sunday. Vo Medical Center vaccinated about 700 senior citizens during the drive-thru clinic, which took place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Calexico 10 Theatre on Scaroni Avenue.
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    Sunday, February 21, 2021
    NAF EL CENTRO – The Naval Air Facility announced successful completion of its two-week-long annual drills. The base’s commanding officer, Capt. William Perkins explained in a news release issued Thursday that Exercise Solid Curtain/Citadel Shield was a series of drills designed to ensure the installation remains operable when challenged with a variety of different problems. It was an all-hands ...read more
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    Sunday, February 21, 2021
    CALEXICO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday it is now employing facial biometric comparison technology to automate manual document checks at the pedestrian border crossing here. CBP said this process, known as Simplified Arrival, provides travelers with a secure, touchless travel experience while fulfilling a longstanding Congressional mandate to biometrically record the ...read more
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    Sunday, February 21, 2021
    EL CENTRO – Applications are being accepted for the California Mid-Winter Fair Heritage Foundation’s annual scholarship competition. CMWF Heritage Foundation is offering scholarship to Imperial County residents, ages 17 to 25, who are continuing their education in technology school, trade school or a two-year college and are pursuing training in welding, agricultural mechanical, electrical, ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, General News Article, Human Interest
    Sunday, February 21, 2021
     EL CENTRO – A free tax preparation service aimed at low-income state residents is currently available in the Imperial Valley Mall. The non-profit Dreams for Change opened its first free tax preparation site at the mall on Jan. 25 and began offering e-filing on Feb. 12, according to CEO Teresa Smith.
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    Saturday, February 20, 2021
    SACRAMENTO — California public health officials on Friday loosened the rules for youth sports, allowing all outdoor sports to resume in counties where COVID-19 case rates are at or below 14 people per 100,000. The new guidance clears the way for sports like baseball, softball, gymnastics and cheerleading to resume Feb. 26 for at least 27 counties, including places that are in the most ...read more
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    Friday, February 19, 2021
    IMPERIAL — In the course of crafting its 2021 strategic plan, one of the issues the Imperial Irrigation District’s Board of Directors has considered is how better to address “unfunded” state and federal mandates; that is, rules the public utility is expected to follow out of its own pocket. There no clearer example of such a mandate that California’s guidelines for electric vehicles. In less ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Community, IID
    Monday, February 15, 2021
    EL CENTRO -- Firefighters from six local fire departments responded to a third-alarm blaze at the Mayan Hotel, 595 W. State St., Saturday night. El Centro Fire Department Battalion Chief Brad Chapin said the fire was reported about 11:30 p.m. As of 1 a.m. Sunday, the fire considered contained, but not controlled. Daytime photos posted to Facebook showed firefighters still at the scene and smoke ...read more
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