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    Thursday, February 25, 2021
    EL CENTRO — Imperial County Supervisor Ryan Kelley wants to know what projects members of the Quantification Settlement Agreement Joint Powers Authority have done since it was formed in 2003. The District 4 supervisor said the amount for projects, if adjusted for inflation, would be more than $250 million, up from the $133 million in 2003.
    Categories: Imperial County / Board of Supervisors, General News Article
    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
    Categories: General News Article, Community, Human Interest
    Wednesday, February 24, 2021
    EL CENTRO — Imperial County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved creating a countywide petition for residents to sign in demand of more vaccines for the community. After the signatures are gathered, the petition would be sent to the governor to let him know how the community feels about the inequity of vaccines being provided to the county.
    Categories: Imperial County / Board of Supervisors, General News Article
    Wednesday, February 24, 2021
    CALEXICO — Representatives from the Mexican Consulate here on Tuesday visited an encampment of farmworkers who are fed up with the daily trek through the border checkpoints. The camp consists of about eight tents erected near the intersection of First Street and Andrade Avenue. A handmade sign at the site reads, “Farm workers at rest.”
    Categories: General News Article
    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.
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    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
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    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
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    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.
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    Sunday, February 21, 2021
    CALEXICO — The owner of a vacant, burned-out lot that has turned into a homeless encampment has been issued a final notice to address the situation. The property at 711 Cesar Chavez Blvd. was formerly the site of a recycling center for mostly cardboard, pallets and tires, Calexico Fire Department Fire Chief Diego Favila said.
    Categories: General News Article
    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
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Human Interest
    Saturday, February 20, 2021
    EL CENTRO — Dressed in pink hard hats, safety vests and utility work gloves, a group of women on Thursday learned the nitty-gritty of green building construction. The Green is the New Pink workshop, held at the Center for Employment Training (CET) on Third Street, showed five participants how to install drywall and how to work with wood, among other tasks related to the construction trade.
    Categories: Education, General News Article
    Saturday, February 20, 2021
    IMPERIAL – Residents missing their annual fix of funnel cakes and spiral fries will be delighted to learn the Imperial Valley Fairgrounds will once again be holding a Fair Food Festival. The event is scheduled to take place from Feb. 26-28 and March 4-7. Five booths are scheduled to be open for the event: Spiral Fries, Funnel Cakes West, Fried Fantasy, Texas Donuts and Grand Fantasy.
    Categories: General News Article, Human Interest
    Friday, February 19, 2021
    EL CENTRO — The application deadline has been extended for a countywide utility assistance program, through which residents can receive assistance with delinquent water, sewer and trash bills. The deadline was originally set for Feb. 12; however, cities have been allowed to continue accepting applications for another two weeks at a minimum, county of Imperial’s Chief Executive Officer Tony ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, City of El Centro / City Council
    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
    Thursday, February 18, 2021
    EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Public Health Department and the Imperial County Office of Education announced Wednesday that Imperial County has reached the threshold to permit elementary schools to reopen. The adjusted case rate necessary to allow the reopening of elementary schools is 25 new cases per day per 100,000 residents, and Imperial County is currently at 18.4.
    Categories: Education, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors, General News Article
    Wednesday, February 17, 2021
    IMPERIAL — A good percentage of Imperial Irrigation District customers who were facing disconnections for not paying their energy bills entered into payment plans prior to today’s deadline. About a month ago the IID board of directors approved ending the moratorium today to give ratepayers fair warning to make arrangements with the utility to keep their power on.
    Categories: General News Article, IID
    Wednesday, February 17, 2021
    IMPERIAL – As the Imperial Irrigation District continues trying to collect money from its past due accounts, scammers are attempting the very same thing. IID issued another public alert Tuesday warning of reports of fraudulent collections activity by some of its customers.
    Categories: IID, General News Article
    Tuesday, February 16, 2021
    EL CENTRO — Imperial County is getting closer to moving into the red tier in the California Blueprint for a Safer Economy after a dramatic decrease in positive COVID-19 cases over the last six weeks. As of last week, the county had dropped down to 7.9 percent in its seven-day positive test rate. This checked off another of the metrics it has to meet before advancing a tier, which is having a ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    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
    Categories: Community, General News Article