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    Wednesday, July 08, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Following the June 28 Niland Fire that county officials said resembled a war zone, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors Tuesday morning authorized funds to assist the community after declaring an emergency for the small town. The declaration is needed to allow the county to use money from the Community and Agricultural Benefit funds to begin the process of cleaning up the town.
    Categories: General News Article, Community, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Wednesday, July 08, 2020
    NILAND — A group of Imperial Valley residents spent the better part of their Fourth of July volunteering to clean up all that is left of the homes here that were burned during June 28’s fifth-alarm fire. The group, made up of about 20 people, spent Saturday morning removing debris from a completely burned property on Fourth Street.
    Categories: General News Article
    Tuesday, July 07, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The American Legion Boyce Aten Post 25’s efforts to support the Imperial County Area Agency on Aging’s senior meal program will be getting a significant boost thanks to a $25,000 donation from Southern California Gas Co. SoCalGas announced Monday it is partnering with five regional charity organizations to launch the “Fueling Our Communities” program to provide free meals to ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 07, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Actor Donal Logue once again revealed the warm place in his heart for the Imperial Valley. Logue, who grew up in El Centro and graduated from Central Union High School, recently teamed with fellow actor Danny Trejo in an impromptu public service announcement video encouraging Imperial Valley residents to wear face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
    Categories: General News Article
    Tuesday, July 07, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The El Centro Elementary School District is in the process of finalizing its plans to reopen its schools on Aug. 24 for the coming school year. As part of that process, the district has created a number of subcommittees that have been tasked with identifying and recommending best practices for a wide range of campus operations.
    Categories: General News Article, Education
    Monday, July 06, 2020
    EL CENTRO – The Bureau of Land Management El Centro Field Office is seeking public input for a proposed replacement of the Cahuilla Ranger Station at the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. The proposed 12,500-square-foot ranger station would include a visitor services reception area, restrooms, first aid area, maintenance workshop, an administration staff area, break rooms, showers and ...read more
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    Monday, July 06, 2020
    SALTON SEA – To borrow from an old saying, $19.25 million is better than a poke in the eye. Everyone seems to agree on that much. Still, it’s not $220 million.
    Categories: General News Article
    Sunday, July 05, 2020
    CALIPATRIA – This is what happens when community works: A doctor in Calexico enlists a filmmaker in El Centro to contact a veterans organization in Brawley to help deliver hot meals from a restaurant in Imperial to a community service organization here so that they can be distributed to victims of a fire from Niland. That’s exactly how it went Saturday when three members of American Legion Post ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Saturday, July 04, 2020
    EL CENTRO — With COVID-19 numbers still surging in Imperial County at just under 20 percent in the last seven days, the chambers of commerce in Imperial County are saying the responsibility of controlling the increasing numbers now rests with big-box and grocery stores that are still open to walk-in traffic. Imperial Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Susan Paradis is skeptical these big ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Saturday, July 04, 2020
    BRAWLEY — While its cause has remained the same, a lot has changed for Brawley Feed the Need over the past five years. On Wednesday, the non-profit celebrated its fifth anniversary. It was formed on July 1, 2015, and has since stuck to its cause by providing a free meal to anyone in need five days a week.
    Categories: General News Article
    Friday, July 03, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Tests of mosquito pools in the county have yielded two more that scored positive for Saint Louis Encephalitis and a third that came back positive for both SLE and West Nile Virus, the Imperial County Public Health Department announced Friday. The three pool samples were collected between June 26 and 27. One was collected in Imperial near La Paz Road and another near West Main Street ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Education
    Friday, July 03, 2020
    IMPERIAL – Recreational cannabis use was approved by the City Council during its regular meeting Wednesday after it voted 3-1 in support of the required zoning text and ordinance amendments. The council’s vote, with Councilman Robert Amparano dissenting and Councilman James Tucker absent, followed a public hearing that had relatively little discussion and few public comments.
    Categories: Community, City of El Centro / City Council, General News Article
    Friday, July 03, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Facing a $9 million shortfall this year due to COVID-19 issues the El Centro Regional Medical Center Hospital Board of Trustees is pausing in approving a four-year contract with a Teamsters Union chapter. Teamsters Union Local 542 representative Flavio Grijalva said the contract includes the positions of certified nursing assistants, medical assistants and employees from the surgery ...read more
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    Friday, July 03, 2020
    SACRAMENTO — The chief executives from Imperial County’s two hospitals were among multiple speakers Tuesday who shared their perspectives with state lawmakers regarding how COVID-19 has impacted the state’s border region. Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District’s Larry Lewis and El Centro Regional Medical Center’s Dr. Adolphe Edward made their brief presentations during a joint hearing held in ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Thursday, July 02, 2020
    CALEXICO – Mexicali will again deploy checkpoints to screen travelers into the city starting at 2 p.m. today and extending into 8 p.m. Sunday at both Calexico ports of entry and at Algodones. The emergency action is being taken as a precautionary measure to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and follows a similar three-day action the city took last weekend.
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    Thursday, July 02, 2020
    CALEXICO – City Manager David Dale and members of the City Council have known for a while his days with the city were numbered, but at Wednesday’s council meeting he made his pending departure official. The city hired Dale as public works director in July 2017, before naming him its chief executive in February 2018. He inherited a mess, including a $4 million general fund deficit. He leaves ...read more
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    Thursday, July 02, 2020
    CALIPATRIA — The Calipatria PAL building on North Railroad Road here has been utilized as a hub for collecting donated essential items for victims of the fifth-alarm fire that occurred Sunday in Niland. Tables, boxes and bags loaded with donated clothing, dry food and hygiene items now fill the building’s main room.
    Categories: General News Article
    Thursday, July 02, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The 13-point plan Imperial County presented to the California governor was approved Wednesday, which prevented the county from going back to the very beginning of Stage 1 in an effort to decrease the number of COVID-19 positive cases. But it came close. Under the new county order outlined by County Health Officer Steve Munday at a Wednesday press conference, indoor church services ...read more
    Categories: City of El Centro / City Council, Education, General News Article
    Thursday, July 02, 2020
    CALIPATRIA — The Calipatria PAL building on North Railroad Road here has been utilized as a hub for collecting donated essential items for victims of the fifth-alarm fire that occurred Sunday in Niland. Tables, boxes and bags loaded with donated clothing, dry food and hygiene items now fill the building’s main room.
    Categories: General News Article, Community
    Wednesday, July 01, 2020
    EL CENTRO – In what it described as an effort to promote transparency, the El Centro Police Department on Monday released some body-worn camera footage of the fatal Dec. 29, 2019, officer-involved shooting (OIS) of a knife-wielding El Centro man who had advanced on officers. Graphic clips of the body-worn camera footage appeared within a seven-minute video the department shared on its Facebook ...read more
    Categories: Community, City of El Centro / City Council, General News Article
    Wednesday, July 01, 2020
    IMPERIAL – The U.S. Postal Service has determined where it wants to move its main post office here. USPS said in a release that it has identified 820 N. Imperial Ave. as its preferred new location.
    Categories: General News Article
    Wednesday, July 01, 2020
    IMPERIAL — As the Imperial Irrigation District looks into converting more of its fleet to electric vehicles in the near future, it is providing tips and sometimes rebates to customers who do the same. Since 2017, IID has been integrating electric vehicles into its fleet and is exploring opportunities to support the region with charging infrastructure.
    Categories: General News Article
    Tuesday, June 30, 2020
    L CENTRO — Late Monday evening the Imperial County Board of Supervisors announced its plan to appease Gov. Gavin Newsom’s strong recommendation that the county hit the reset button on its reopening. Supervisors held a closed meeting Monday afternoon and county officials later met with representatives of state to propose a series of actions to continue mitigating the impacts of COVID-19 in ...read more
    Categories: Community, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors, General News Article
    Tuesday, June 30, 2020
    NILAND – One death was reported Monday in connection to the five-alarm fire that started about 6:30 p.m. Sunday in brush near Orban Road west of Highway 111. The blaze destroyed nearly 30 homes and displaced more than 150 residents as strong winds pushed it eastward. Firefighters performing mop-up duties about 10:30 a.m. Monday discovered a corpse in an area of brush consumed by the fire, said ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Monday, June 29, 2020
    WESTMORLAND – The operator of a hazardous waste disposal site near here has announced its intention to close the facility. Clean Harbors Westmorland LLC sent a letter to the state Department of Toxic Substances Control on June 5 confirming that it “has made the decision to cease all hazardous waste operations and will begin final closure of all active units at the facility.”
    Categories: General News Article
    Monday, June 29, 2020
    NILAND — On Monday, the county of Imperial, working with other local agencies, will open a Local Assistance Center (LAC) to assist individuals and families displaced by Sunday’s fire in the township of Niland. The fire reportedly destroyed 28 homes and displaced 154 individuals, the Imperial County Fire Department stated.   A LAC is a one-stop-shop with critical government and support services ...read more
    Categories: Community, General News Article
    Monday, June 29, 2020
    IMPERIAL – A local real estate broker who’s in talks with the property owner of the stalled hotel project at the corner of Neckel Road and Highway 86 recently requested the city’s assistance in helping move the project forward. Ray Roben went before the City Council during its June 17 meeting and said the property owner has been having difficulty attracting a hotel operator that is willing to ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Community, Human Interest
    Sunday, June 28, 2020
    EL CENTRO — An online concert Saturday raised $40,000 for COVID-19 relief. The concert was put together by the El Centro Regional Medical Center Foundation on behalf of its COVID-19 emergency fund.
    Categories: General News Article, Human Interest, Community
    Sunday, June 28, 2020
    IMPERIAL COUNTY — This year’s Fourth of July and the sale of fireworks is a little up in the air following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Friday recommendation that Imperial County be downgraded to Stage 1 to curb the spread of COVID-19. County officials have been meeting this weekend to come up with a plan, but the governor made it clear that he has the authority to mandate the county be downgraded to ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Saturday, June 27, 2020
    CALEXICO — Criminal justice majors attending San Diego State University-Imperial Valley will now be required to complete a course in race relations in criminal justice beginning in fall 2021. Also, beginning this fall, the university’s School of Public Affairs in partnership with the online SDSU World Campus to offer a course on race relations and policing for law enforcement agencies across ...read more
    Categories: IVC / SDSU-IV, General News Article
    Saturday, June 27, 2020
    IMPERIAL COUNTY — The Region 18 Imperial County Charter of the Association of California School Administrators will recognize 18 local educators next month as its teachers, school counselors and administrators of the year. The winners will be honored in a Zoom presentation at 6 p.m. on July 16. They will also be honored via digital billboards off Imperial Avenue.
    Categories: General News Article, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Saturday, June 27, 2020
    EL CENTRO — El Centro Police Officer Efren Coronel was laid to rest during a private memorial service Friday. Known largely for his nearly 24 years as an ECPD officer, Coronel died on June 3 from medical complications related to COVID-19.
    Categories: General News Article, Community
    Saturday, June 27, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday wants Imperial County to stay at home, and plenty of people aren’t happy about it. Newsom said he was concerned about Imperial County's high rate of positive tests and its stressed hospital system. He has already sent the National Guard to help. He said the decision on the stay-home order will be up to county supervisors, but if they can't agree “I am ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Community, Human Interest
    Friday, June 26, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t been kind to the Imperial County film industry. Imperial County Film Commission Director Charla Teeters told the Board of Supervisors earlier this week the county has lost more than $2 million since the pandemic began in earnest more than three months ago.
    Categories: Economic, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors, Community, General News Article
    Friday, June 26, 2020
    EL CENTRO — With an already impressive number of accomplishments to her name, 65-year-old El Centro resident Estella Olivares recently added a diploma from Imperial Pathways Charter School to that list. The diploma will complement the associate degree and certificate in alcohol and drug studies she obtained from Imperial Valley College in 2017, and will further help her job prospects, she said
    Categories: Education, IVC / SDSU-IV, General News Article
    Thursday, June 25, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Board of Supervisors Tuesday were given an update on Phases 2A and 2B of the Calexico West Land Port of Entry Project by General Services Agency Manager Anthony Kleppe. The GSA is the federal agency that leases the nation’s ports of entry to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency.
    Categories: General News Article, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Thursday, June 25, 2020
    EL CENTRO — After further review, the Imperial County Board of Supervisors was told by its legal counsel Wednesday afternoon it did not have to vote again on the $17.2 million budget adjustments needed to balance the budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The approval was necessary to meet a June 30 state deadline.
    Categories: General News Article
    Thursday, June 25, 2020
    EL CENTRO – The years-long long wait for Valley resident Jorge Laurean to become a naturalized citizen came to a close Wednesday, when the Mexicali native took the naturalization oath of allegiance. But because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions against large public gatherings, Laurean and his family had to settle for a drive-thru ceremony at the local U.S. District Court parking ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Thursday, June 25, 2020
    HEBER — After 50 years of beef production locally, it’s no surprise El Toro Land and Cattle would produce Bulls, Steers and Calves, except in this case, the terms refer to scholarships. The feedlot, located on East Fawcett Road, recently announced the winners of its inaugural Heber Community Student Scholarships.
    Categories: Education, General News Article
    Wednesday, June 24, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Board of Supervisors Tuesday afternoon could not reach an agreement on the $17.2 million in budget adjustments needed to balance the budget for the upcoming fiscal year, so a special meeting is going to be scheduled within the next week to meet the June 30 state deadline. The motion to approve the adjustments failed because a four-fifths majority vote is needed ...read more
    Categories: General News Article, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors
    Wednesday, June 24, 2020
    BRAWLEY — A local hemp grower is expressing grave concerns about proposed federal and state regulations that would shorten the amount of time allowed to harvest hemp after it has been sampled for laboratory testing. Primordia, which has grown and harvested more than 2,500 acres of hemp locally since late 2019, is calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the state to amend its ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Tuesday, June 23, 2020
    CALEXICO — Nearly 1,600 trees could be added to strategic sites throughout the city as part of an urban green infrastructure project the city is proposing. The proposed project would target five areas and would help improve air quality, mitigate the effect of the city’s urban heat island and sequester carbon.
    Categories: General News Article
    Tuesday, June 23, 2020
    BRAWLEY — The maintenance service agreement between One World Beef Packers LLC and the Imperial Irrigation District last week drew the ire of one the five IID directors. The beef processing packing plant is served by an IID owner substation, but the plant does not have the equipment, expertise or technical resources to make repairs to their distribution system in the event of an equipment ...read more
    Categories: General News Article
    Friday, June 19, 2020
    EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Board of Supervisors in less than two weeks will decide whether to launch a second wave of loans to small businesses and how best to structure it. Like the first round of loans, the loans would come from $500,000 taken from the Community and Agriculture Benefit Fund accounts.
    Categories: Community, Imperial County / Board of Supervisors, General News Article
    Friday, June 19, 2020
    IMPERIAL – Dennis Morita, who has served as city manager here on an interim basis since December, was selected by its City Council on Wednesday as their new city manager. The appointment followed a nationwide search that prompted the interest of dozens of applicants and several interviews.
    Categories: General News Article
    Thursday, June 11, 2020
    EL CENTRO — Even as most California hospitals have avoided an incapacitating surge in coronavirus patients, some facilities near the Mexican border have been overwhelmed. They include El Centro Regional Medical Center here and Scripps Mercy Hospital Chula Vista in San Diego County, which link the spike in COVID-19 patients to their communities’ cross-border lifestyle. Some U.S. citizens and ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, General News Article