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    Saturday, September 19, 2020
    CALEXICO — An initiative providing essential workers with face masks as they cross between Mexico and Imperial County kicked off Friday morning. The program, called the Health Without Borders “Healthy Routes for Essential Workers” initiative, will offer free disposable medical face masks to essential workers, such as farm workers, during their usual on-foot commute to work. Health Without ...read more
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    Friday, September 18, 2020
    CALEXICO — Registration is now open for the third annual Power Up! Women’s Business Empowerment Event, to be held online from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 29. Jodi Rollins, owner of Rollins Creative LLC and founder of Power Up!, said she wasn’t sure the event would go forward this year because of COVID-19, but then she was contacted by San Diego State University-Imperial Valley’s new Associate Dean ...read more
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    Thursday, September 17, 2020
    CALEXICO — Las Palmas Swap Meet on Wednesday opened its doors to vendors and the shopping public after being shuttered when COVID-19 prompted restrictions on business operations in mid-March. While the prolonged closure was a detriment to Las Palmas and its multitude of vendors’ livelihoods, it did allow the swap meet to attend to previously planned modernization efforts.
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    Thursday, September 17, 2020
    EL CENTRO — An affordable housing project to shelter homeless Imperial Valley College students will be built here by the years’ end. The project, titled Lotus Living, Rise Above Resilient Community, will be constructed in the vacant city-owned lot at 1998 N. 12th St., at the intersection with Bradshaw Avenue near Lowe’s Home Improvement.
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    Wednesday, September 16, 2020
    EL CENTRO — As COVID-19 case rates continue to decline in the county, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning were told about the upcoming flu season and how it will be handled. The state data numbers as of late Tuesday morning, show the number of cases per 100,000 residents decreasing from 14.5 to 8.7. The county must lower that number to seven cases per 100,000 for two weeks ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 15, 2020
    EL CENTRO — A video made for a Brawley Union High School English class nine years ago has become a talking pointing the race for the Imperial Irrigation District Area 2 director’s seat. The current occupant of that seat, Bruce Kuhn, shared a video Saturday on his Facebook page of candidate John Brooks Hamby interviewing shoppers at a local Walmart and testing their knowledge of basic history, ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 15, 2020
    CALEXICO — The city of Calexico’s Recreation Department is set to debut a number of virtual programs starting this week that are aimed at keeping children and adults engaged and active. The virtual programs will be held on Zoom and the department’s Facebook page, located by searching for Calexico Recreation, and represent a mixture of previously available and new recreational programs.
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    Monday, September 14, 2020
    HOLTVILLE — The United States had existed more than a century before women gained the right to vote. The franchise was first extended to white women in 1920 under the 19th amendment, while it took passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act for it to apply to women of color. Maribel Padilla, founder of Calexico-based non-profit Brown Bag Coalition, proudly declared these facts Friday night during an ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Political, Community, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Sunday, September 13, 2020
    SEELEY — While honoring those whose lives were lost 19 years ago, NAFEC Commanding Officer Capt. William Perkins on Friday said the passage of time since 9/11 has further served to demonstrate America’s readiness and resolve in the face of danger. Those two attributes are evident in the Navy facility’s personnel who prepare for deployment, and equally within the spouses they leave behind, as ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Sunday, September 13, 2020
    IMPERIAL — The grandstands of the Imperial Valley Fairgrounds were quiet Friday. What made that unusual is that on recent Sept. 11s they have been host to an annual stair climb honoring first responders who were lost in the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. However, with the threat of the novel coronavirus playing out its own act of terrorism of sorts, this year’s Imperial Valley ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article
    Friday, September 11, 2020
    LONG BEACH — Coursework at all 23 California State University system campuses, including San Diego State University-Imperial Valley, will continue to be delivered primarily online when the spring semester begins in January, CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White announced Thursday. “After extensive consultation with campus presidents and other stakeholders, and careful consideration of a multitude of ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, IVC / SDSU-IV, Education, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Friday, September 11, 2020
    LOS ANGELES — Customers of Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) can save extra money back for switching to energy efficient appliances. SoCalGas announced Thursday that it is increasing rebates by 50 percent on all eligible energy efficient appliances through Dec. 31. The rebates are funded through energy efficiency incentive programs created by the California Public Utilities Commission. 
    Categories: Economic, Human Interest, Community, General News Article
    Friday, September 11, 2020
    BRAWLEY — There will a Cattle Call Rodeo this fall, but the setting will be much quieter than in its 63 previous editions. The Cattle Call Rodeo Committee announced Thursday that this year’s event, scheduled for Nov. 14 and 15, will take place without spectators. A press release said the committee is working on plans to livestream the event. 
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    Friday, September 11, 2020
    ALTON CITY — A chance visit to the Salton Sea in 2014 for Los Angeles-based screenwriter and filmmaker Greg Bassenian has resulted in a documentary set to be released later this month. The film, “Miracle in the Desert: The Rise and Fall of the Salton Sea,” examines the ecological and public health threats posed by the lake’s receding shoreline, and features a few faces that local residents are ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, General News Article, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Friday, September 11, 2020
    CALIPATRIA — Calipatria Unified School District and the Calipatria-Niland Family Resource Center helped celebrate the new school year by offering help to students and their families in the form of free food and clothing. For some students, it was also, quite literally, a chance to come “back” to school for the first time in a while.Staff Writer Vincent Osuna can be reached ...read more
    Categories: Education, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors, Community, General News Article
    Thursday, September 10, 2020
    CALIPATRIA — The recent refinancing of $6.45 million in general obligation bond debt is expected to save Calipatria Unified School District property owners $920,000 in tax payments over the course of the remaining life of the bonds. The transaction closed Sept. 3 and locked in an interest rate on the refinanced debt that is about half of what it was previously, according to Superintendent Doug ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors, Community, General News Article
    Thursday, September 10, 2020
    IMPERIAL — As a lifelong student athlete and current athletics coach at Imperial Valley College, Hector Vildosola knows the importance of having a mascot that athletes and students can rally behind and identify with. But the reality for the women’s softball head coach is that any reference to IVC’s Arabs mascot is largely void from its team jerseys and gear, as well as home game play-by-play ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article, Education, IVC / SDSU-IV
    Thursday, September 10, 2020
    SAN DIEGO — Approximately 117,000 families in the 40th Senate District, which encompasses portions of San Diego County and all of Imperial County, are eligible for a discounted internet service program, but are not enrolled. State Sen. Ben Hueso, D-Chula Vista, shared this statistic during a virtual town hall discussion he held Wednesday morning.Staff Writer Vincent Osuna can be reached ...read more
    Categories: Economic, General News Article, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors, Community, Education, Human Interest
    Thursday, September 10, 2020
    IMPERIAL VALLEY — About 56 current and potential green-thumbed Valleyites joined in on a free Zoom webinar held by Imperial County’s University of California Cooperative Extension Wednesday, September 9, for the first of six webinars on small yield gardening. The Building Our Local Foodshed: Gardening Webinar Series held by the UCCE-Imperial takes place every other week from September 9 until ...read more
    Categories: Community, Fun Facts, Human Interest, Education, General News Article
    Wednesday, September 09, 2020
    EL CENTRO — An informal survey of local public school districts suggests that overall enrollment is at levels comparable to last school year, with those experiencing slightly lower numbers indicating that the drops may not necessarily be due to COVID-19. Of the six local school districts that responded to an inquiry about their respective enrollment amid the pandemic, half reported comparably ...read more
    Categories: Education, Human Interest, Community, General News Article, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Tuesday, September 08, 2020
    BRAWLEY — Lisa Keck didn’t own her first cat until about five years ago, and now she’s saved roughly 1,000 of them, mostly since 2018. Keck is the founder and director of Too Cute Kitten Rescue, a local non-profit that focuses exclusively on cats and, particularly, kittens.
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    Tuesday, September 08, 2020
    EL CENTRO — COVID-19 has not stopped work on the $2.3 million Carlos Aguilar Park Project, although it has slowed it down. The renovation project began in March around the same time the COVID-19 pandemic began, and the crisis has played a role in pushing the project past its original June completion date.
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