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News | By MICHAEL A. SALORIO, Staff Writer | June 16, 2005
CALEXICO ? City Councilman David Ouzan defended himself from criticism surrounding his appointment of a federal convict to replace a local assistant principal removed from the city's personnel commission at his request last month. Patricia Mendez-Leon, a Central Union High School assistant principal and former Calexico City Council candidate, was removed from the personnel commission during a special City Council session May 25 on a 4-0 vote. Present at the meeting were Calexico Mayor Pro Tem Lewis Pacheco, City Councilman David Ouzan, City Councilman John Renison and City Councilwoman Carmen Durazo.
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By ROMAN FLORES | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | October 27, 2011
Though Red Ribbon Week is traditionally known as a week to wear small, red ribbons in an effort to promote anti-drug efforts, only family members and certain law enforcement of the Imperial Valley know the whole story about the heroism of slain Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique Camarena.  Though different versions of Camarena's story exist those who were close to him knew Camarena for his prowess as an investigator and great father.  ...
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By SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | July 3, 2010
CALEXICO — Kym Laura Cano, who was convicted of killing her husband, a California Highway Patrol officer, with his service gun more than three years ago, drew a lengthy prison term Friday that will put her behind bars for at least 40 years. Expressionless for much of the court hearing before making an anguished plea for mercy, Cano received 15 years to life in state prison for the second-degree murder of Francisco Cano. Cano’s husband was off-duty when he died of a single gunshot wound to his left eye Dec. 4, 2006.
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By ROMAN FLORES | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | November 2, 2011
Along with families and friends erecting altars and visiting grave sites in remembrance of loved ones lost, one item readily associated with Dia de Los Muertos in Mexican culture is “pan de los muertos.” “Pan de los muertos,” or bread of the dead, is traditionally placed on the altars erected by the friends of family of the “difuntos,” or the deceased. Local bakers in El Centro said the pan de los muertos is an important part for any Dia de Los Muertos altar to include.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | July 5, 2013
Construction of two detention centers near the Calexico East Port of Entry is anticipated to bring hundreds of construction and permanent jobs, and one is anticipated to have a groundbreaking in the next few weeks. The 65,000-square foot facility by Hill Mills Construction will house low-level inmates of both sexes, Imperial Valley Economic Development Commission president and chief executive officer Tim Kelley said. He said the project by Hill Mills Construction is being built on speculation and will be filled with inmates as there's a need.
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By ELIZABETH VARIN | Staff Writer | July 8, 2012
Hazy skies throughout Imperial Valley typically signify one thing this time of year: Farmers are finishing their crops of wheat and burning off the stubble from their fields. Those plumes of smoke that fill the air throughout Imperial County on certain days will take a reprieve soon as the wheat-burning season comes to an end. However the agriculture burning that some say has become much hated and misunderstood by residents will pick up again in winter as the necessary-but-not-preferred option continues.
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October 22, 2008
First let me apologize for taking PROBE?s time with this question, but can you and your readers please help me with trick-or-treat night in the Valley? I?m new to the area and I would like to know what are the hours of trick or treating, and what day does the Valley participate in trick or treat night. I was told in Imperial there is a high school carnival and trick or treat night in that town is on the carnival night, not on Halloween? Is this correct? Does El Centro do the same?
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By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer | December 2, 2004
IMPERIAL ? James Tucker walked away from his seat on the Imperial City Council on Wednesday night clutching a plaque commemorating his four years of public service. "Thanks you guys," he said before shaking hands with the council and city staff. Tucker, who served as mayor for the past year, was replaced on the city's new dais by Mark Gran, a former city councilman. Gran, City Councilman Doug Cox and City Clerk Debra Jackson were all appointed to their respective seats because of the cancellation of the city's municipal election because of a lack of opposing candidates.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | October 29, 2010
I was just wondering, is there a pumpkin patch in the Imperial Valley? As much as I want that experience for my kids, I really don’t feel like driving to San Diego. — Imperial Valley pumpkin seeker Valley residents seeking a traditional fall pumpkin patch are in luck. There will be one Saturday in Imperial. Calls to the El Centro Chamber of Commerce and the Imperial County Farm Bureau led Probe to Imperial Valley College, which is hosting its pumpkin patch and IVC open house.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF WRITER | February 16, 2011
My children have several foot-powered (i.e. Razor) scooters and they wear their helmets. I have seen several other children in the neighborhood riding without helmets. Some other parents and I were wondering if there is a helmet law for such scooters, as well as for skateboards. They are concerned that they will be fined if there is a helmet law and it is enforced. — Concerned Parent Besides being a very bad idea, it is apparently illegal for kids to be zipping around on their scooters with no helmet.
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By JULIO MORALES | Staff Writer, Copy Editor | May 5, 2012
The subject of much national media attention in recent years, Slab City continued to draw an audience's attention on Saturday, albeit this time a more local one. As part of the second day of the Imperial Valley Film Festival, an hour-long documentary titled “Slab City: A Wild Life in the Desert” was screened at the Cinemark Theaters in the Imperial Valley Mall.   About 50 people were in attendance for the first of the film festival's daylong film...
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By MICHAEL A. SALORIO | October 25, 2002
and DARREN SIMON Staff Writers BRAWLEY ¾ A two-month investigation by the Imperial County Narcotic Task Force led authorities to break up a suspected drug distribution ring in this city Wednesday and resulted in the arrests of 13 Brawley residents. NTF Cmdr. David Forester said a search warrant was issued following an investigation led by Special Agent John Seaman of suspicious activities at a house in the 200 block of C Street. The search warrant was served at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday by agents from NTF, the California Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
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By GREG HOLT, Staff Writer | December 10, 2006
Law enforcement officers are expected to keep the peace in a community, but there is some evidence that their own domestic lives are more likely to become violent. On Wednesday, Calexico resident Kym Cano was charged with murder for allegedly shooting her husband, California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Cano Jr., in the head with his own service weapon. Kym Cano has since pleaded not guilty to those charges. Although Calexico police have not released a motive for the shooting, they did say there was a history of domestic violence where Kym Cano was the aggressor, according to reports from the Fontana Police Department, where the couple lived before moving to Calexico.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | May 14, 2011
Is it illegal or just a bad idea for a 6- or 7-year-old to ride in the front seat of a vehicle? Two police officers at my kids’ school let their kids ride in the front of their personal vehicles without a booster seat, and now my kid is begging to. I thought they had to be 12? Is the car seat law “6 years AND 60 pounds” or 6 OR 60”? And isn’t the front passenger side airbag actually a danger to such a little person? — Mom, Imperial First off, it is not illegal, but according to California High Patrol Officer Pablo Torrez it is a bad idea.
SPORTS
By Valerie Hamilton | Special to this Newspaper | October 28, 2012
San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo's baseball career started in Brawley, on a pitcher's mound in the backyard of the house where he grew up. It's about 50 feet from the back window. You can guess what happened next. Romo and his brother Andrew were tossing a ball around. “I guess they were trying to get each other out,” recalls their mother, Leticia Romo. The outer pane of the double window was smashed, and it's still missing today. “I don't want to fix it,” says Leticia.
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