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    Saturday, January 18, 2020
    El CENTRO — The University of California, San Diego Academic Connections summer program is currently accepting applications for its three-week residential program for high school students. The program allows participating students to earn up to six college prep units upon its completion, and an opportunity to temporarily reside at the La Jolla campus’ dormitories while attending classes.
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Education
    Saturday, January 18, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Longtime Imperial Valley resident Joshua Lavell Holmes peacefully passed away Jan. 10 at the age of 30 after battling a rare form of cancer for the past three years. Prior to his passing, his family worked with El Centro Regional Medical Center to set up a community blood drive that took place Thursday, as he had been in dire need of blood platelets.
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Education
    Friday, January 17, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Last week the Imperial County Board of Supervisors approved the issuance of bonds by the California Municipal Finance Authority for two projects by San Diego-based CRP Affordable Housing and Community Development. One is a proposed apartment complex in Heber, called the Heber Del Sol Affordable Apartment Complex. It would have 48 units, with half of them being for the homeless or at ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Community
    Friday, January 17, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Despite his nervousness, 17-year-old old Arthur Valencia stood before a crowd of mostly strangers on Thursday and disclosed his past brushes with the law and being placed on probation. He then went on to explain that for the past six months, he has taken part in programs offered by Rite Track Youth Services that have allowed him to turn his life around.
    Categories: Education, Community, General News Article
    Friday, January 17, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Central Union High School District on Wednesday night gave its inaugural State of Our Schools address, during which it gave an update on student achievement and upcoming projects within the district. Very fittingly, the free event was held at the newly renovated library at Southwest High School
    Categories: Education, Community, General News Article
    Thursday, January 16, 2020
    NILAND — Local nonprofits and county agencies for children, adults and seniors shared information with residents of the Valley’s northend communities during the annual Community Resource Fair Wednesday morning. Held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Niland Chamber of Commerce Community Center on Highway 111, 38 agencies manned booths and provided information to the estimated 250 visitors in attendance.
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Thursday, January 16, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The California Air Resources Board on Wednesday unanimously voted to approve the county’s Community Emissions Reduction Program (CERP) during its meeting here. The board’s approval followed a lengthy meeting where numerous stakeholders not only spoke in favor of its adoption, but also its appropriate implementation, enforcement and funding.
    Categories: Community, Education, General News Article
    Sunday, January 12, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Nine local individuals characterized as ordinary people doing extraordinary things were honored Saturday for embodying and promoting the ideals of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The recognition came during this year’s MLK Stone of Hope award ceremony, which highlighted the past and present efforts of a local minister, former boxer and farm worker organizer, life coach and ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Education, Human Interest
    Sunday, January 12, 2020
    HEBER — Just like a tamale, the true goodness of the annual Tamale Festival is concealed within its simple, outer shell. Guests sampling tamales from an array of vendors is the basic concept of event; however, in its past two years of existence, the festival has also raised approximately $1,000 for local school programs in need.
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Sunday, January 12, 2020
    BRAWLEY — There is now an official title holder for Best Brisket in Imperial Valley. A group of coworkers calling themselves Diggin Deep BBQ captured the bragging rights at the inaugural IV Invitational Brisket Cook-Off, which took place Saturday at Las Chabelas restaurant.
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Thursday, January 09, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Imperial County did not have to look far to find a replacement for a new public health director after Robin Hodgkins retired after 29 years with the county. Janette Angulo, who has worked for the county’s public health department in numerous positions since 2003, was named the new public health director Tuesday morning.
    Categories: Community, General News Article