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News | By CELESTE ALVAREZ and Staff Writer | July 26, 2012
IMPERIAL - Family members and loved ones of Army Sgt. James Brown, a Fort Bliss, Texas, soldier and Imperial Valley native, gathered at Faith Assembly on Thursday to honor Brown after his sudden death in an El Paso hospital earlier this month. “It's a sad moment for the families, but one of the things that I think all of the people came to do is share in the mother's and father's grief,” El Centro Mayor Sedalia Sanders, a distant relative of Brown's, said during his service. Brown was stationed at Fort Bliss near El Paso when he checked himself into the county jail to serve a two-day sentence for driving while intoxicated, explained Brown's mother, Dinetta Scott.
NEWS
By LEO MIRAMON AND DARREN SIMON, Staff Writers | January 24, 2006
HOLTVILLE ? A man who admitted to killing 14-year-old Andrea Hines in 1994 when he was 13 has been released from the California Youth Authority and is reportedly back in Holtville. Adan Garcia, now 25, was released from CYA in Chino after serving 12 years for a secondndegree murder plea he made before Superior Court Judge Juan Ulloa. Garcia admitted to strangling and stabbing Andrea multiple times in the family?s backyard on Sept. 17, 1994. Garcia was tried as a juvenile.
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Staff report | February 13, 2013
On Valentine's Day, travelers may wish to bring flowers with them from Mexico into the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials want residents and visitors to know what to expect when they cross the border. Chrysanthemums, gladiolas and orange jasmine from Mexico are prohibited through the passenger ports of entry, according to a press release from Customs and Border Protection. So travelers cannot bring arrangements with those flowers into the country through a passenger port of entry, like the Calexico border crossing.
SPORTS
By ERIC GALVAN, Sports Editor | September 9, 2003
All summer Brawley Union High's Zay Shepherd had been talking about the importance of the team's season-opening game against San Marcos. Playing a Division I school, Division III Brawley would be playing two divisions up. Friday's tilt was a must-win because it was against a bigger school and a San Diego school. The Wildcats wanted it. Shepherd wanted it. Down 20-17 at the half, it looked as if the bigger San Marcos squad was going to leave the victor. That's when Shepherd stepped up. A junior, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound running back took it upon himself to make sure his team wouldn't lose, scoring four second-half touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a 44-20 win. The four scores came after a second-quarter 38-yard run to paydirt.
NEWS
By CHELCEY ADAMI and LAURA GONZALEZ | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | July 10, 2011
MEXICALI — With details that echo Jack the Ripper, Mexicali officials are investigating a possible serial killer or killers targeting area prostitutes for years. About 44 murders of women here since 2008 appear to have enough similarities to potentially be the result of a serial killer or killers, said Alfredo Arenas Moreno, Baja California Estate Police chief officer in charge of the international liaison unit. While the Baja California Attorney General’s Office here is officially in charge of the investigation, updates on the investigation are regularly provided to police.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI, Staff Writer | July 16, 2013
Don't be surprised if you're walking in New York City and you run into a special quesadilla that tastes just like the ones from the Imperial Valley. Tyler Sanders, 29, and Kyle Cameron, 24, both of Brawley, and Christian Pineda, 26, of Tijuana, have opened their restaurant, Los Tacos No. 1, to rave reviews and daily long lines in New York City's Chelsea Market. While none of them formally studied culinary arts, all three have seemed to crack the New York City restaurant code with their handmade tortillas, simple menu, low prices and authentic styling.
NEWS
March 27, 2013
Why does the Pope wear red shoes? I saw Pope Benedict wearing them, but can't remember seeing Pope John Paul II wearing them. What about the new pope? - Papal Watcher, Imperial County The short answer is, the red papal shoes are meant “to honor the martyrs of the Church, people who have given their life for the faith,” said Michael Lovette-Coyler, assistant vice president of mission and ministry of University of San Diego. The color red, of course, would represent the blood of the martyrs.
NEWS
July 16, 2001
The thornless hybrid mesquite is nearly the perfect tree for the desert. The mesquites are exceptionally well-adapted to the area and will tolerate a wide range of soil conditions and varying irrigation regimens. And they may be grown alone in full sun or in groups to make a more tropical jungle-like appearance. The mesquites are easy to recognize as they have rich, dark brown trunks and bright medium to dark green canopies. Some say the mesquites provide the appearance of the Serengeti African plains.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | July 18, 2012
CALEXICO - An affordable housing project application for funding is moving forward following City Council's 3-2 vote Tuesday evening to authorize the application submittal. The Villa Primavera Family Residences project by Chelsea Investment Corp. would have 48 individual and family apartments on the south side of Meadows Drive between Rancho Frontera and Meadows Roads. It also promises more than 300 construction jobs with most local hires. If the project application is approved by the state, it would be funded through a $4.5 million grant from HOME Investment Partnership Program funds with $100,000 grant to the city for administration costs and about $800,000 in permit/impact fees paid by the developer.
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By GREG HOLT, Staff Writer | February 19, 2007
Dr. Cesar Chavez can?t legally refer a patient to an eye surgeon in Mexico, but he knows that is the best option for some of his patients. An ophthalmologist at El Centro Regional Medical Center, Chavez has performed LASIK and cataract surgery on patients in the Imperial Valley since he finished medical school at University of California, Los Angeles. Chavez recalled one patient who at age 39 had the cataracts of an elderly man and his vision had deteriorated to the point where he was nearly blind.
NEWS
By Brianna Lusk | April 11, 2012
Though he may no longer be there, his presence is still felt. It's in the stance of his daughter Carly as she works preparing meals for an event. It's in the name of his grandson, Austin Richard, who even at 3 years old is considered the man of the house. It's in the sunroom window filled with the family's boots, a decorative but genuine touch of the country lifestyle that the whole family loves. But it's what Cheryl and her daughter Carly did after the passing of Dr. Richard Bogue in 2005 that has created a new legacy, one of their own making, at Cheval Farm in Imperial.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | June 11, 2013
Some cool off by heading to the beaches of Ensenada or San Diego or maybe the river in Yuma, but others have been splashing around the lesser-known Rio Hardy for decades. The water sport oasis is about 35 to 45 minutes south of Mexicali on the way to San Felipe and boasts a secluded and peaceful area to enjoy activities such as water skiing, boating, wakeboarding and more. Land along Rio Hardy is privately owned by about four or five people, and more than 95 percent of the shoreline properties are rented out by U.S. citizens primarily from California and Arizona, said Omar Dipp Nuñez, general director of Comité de Turismo y Convenciones de Mexicali.
NEWS
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | May 27, 2011
In various sites on the Internet (including your Classified section) I sometimes see a vehicle with a “salvage” title. How does this differ as compared to a “clear” title? How does it affect the ownership having a car with a salvage title? Does it affect insurance? Is it a problem trying to license a car with a salvage title? Does it affect resale value? Please, if I didn’t ask something I should have; please let me know. — Clear vs. Salvage, Brawley A salvaged vehicle is defined in the California Vehicle Code Section 11515, said Armando Botello, a spokesman with the California Department of Motor Vehicles in Sacramento.
SPORTS
By AL KALIN, Staff Columnist | April 13, 2006
I think many of us were spoiled by the immense number of fish that could be caught in the Salton Sea. Up until a few years ago the Salton Sea was ranked as the most productive fishing area in the world. You could catch more pounds of fish and more fish per fishing hour than anywhere in the world. Unfortunately all the fish, with the exception of tilapia, have perished from the Salton Sea, leaving a void where many local fishermen can go to catch fish, especially big ones. I have good news for those of you that miss catching those big corvina.
NEWS
April 9, 2013
How often does a person who is on probation get tested for drugs? I see a person that I know is on probation and he seems to always be under the influence of drugs. Also, what happens if he violates his probation? - Curious, Imperial County This is an excellent question with a not very excellent answer. But that's no fault of who we went to for our info. Truth be told, there are so many variables involved in this question, from who gets testing as part of their probation terms, to how often they are subject to testing, to what exactly happens if someone violates probation.
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