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News | By JULIO MORALES and Staff Writer, Copy Editor | September 4, 2012
BRAWLEY - City officials expressed mixed feelings about a halfway house for federal prison inmates scheduled to open within the next few months. The residential re-entry center has been contracted to provide housing for about two dozen inmates as they seek to transition back into society. The federal Bureau of Prisons decided on establishing an RRC in the Valley some three years ago, said an official with the company contracted to run the facility, Anaheim-based Working Alternatives Inc. Bureaucratic delays kept the facility at 718 and 720 E St. from opening sooner.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | June 23, 2010
Due to our little 7.2 earthquake a few months ago the Calexico pool will be closed for at least this summer. I know El Centro, Imperial and Brawley have swimming hours at their high schools, but I’m curious, will Imperial Valley College have its pool open to the public as well? — Hot and bothered, Calexico Despite the disappointing fact that the Calexico pool will be closed this summer due to earthquake damage, we do have some good news. The Imperial Valley College pool will be open to “Hot and bothered” and the rest of the public this summer.
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December 29, 2004
Several psychiatrists have said that Scott Peterson is a psychopath. A psychopath is NOT a psycho. He is not insane. He is conscienceless. At one time the psychopath was called a "moral degenerate. " Later he was renamed a "psychopath" and "sociopath. " Sociopath is the term I prefer to use. One noted psychologist, Hervey Cleckley, wrote what I believe to be the definitive (early) study of social pathology. He titled that book "The Mask of Sanity. " A more modern psychiatrist calls sociopaths "Human Chameleons.
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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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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | February 22, 2012
I read on CNN recently that there is some kind of mysterious dog flu going around the country. It started on the East Coast and is here now. I took my dog to a vaccination clinic and he was sick a few days later. What's going on? - Dog Lover, El Centro We spoke with longtime Brawley veterinarian Dr. James R. Howard, who on Tuesday morning said he had just finished reading an article on this so-called new dog flu in a veterinary journal. He said he hasn't seen any sickness presenting itself locally to the degree that veterinarians around the country are reporting.
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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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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.
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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 SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | November 7, 2007
The Salton Sea man and infant who died over the weekend during a fatal car crash on Highway 86 were identified Tuesday. Santiago Mendez Jr., 23, and Santiago Lorenzo Mendez, 1, were killed Sunday morning when the car they were passengers in pulled in front of a southbound pickup. The elder Mendez died of his injuries at Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley while the baby boy died at the scene. It was not confirmed whether Mendez and the infant were related. California Highway Patrol said the car, driven by 18-year-old Salton Sea resident Erika J. Garcia, was attempting to make a left turn from northbound Highway 86. Garcia was heading to the Red Earth Casino and Travel Center.
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By ELIZABETH VARIN | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | April 2, 2011
Faults lining Imperial County and the surrounding areas make Southern California a hot spot for earthquakes. The Valley has been plagued by quakes and damaged by aftershocks since before reporting earthquakes became possible in 1933 and going back to the 1800s, according to the Southern California Earthquake Data Center’s historic maps. Though thousands of quakes have been felt, some had more of an impact, destroying buildings, causing millions in damage and even causing death. 1852 Volcano Lake earthquake — About noon Nov. 29, 1852, a magnitude-6.5 earthquake hit about 30 miles southwest of Yuma.
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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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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 LOUIS FUENTES, Air Conditioning Expert | December 10, 2009
What is the best way to save energy ia a two story house A/C units. What is the best setting on your thermostat for the 1st and 2nd floor. Dear Joe, Thank you for submitting your question via the Imperial Valley Press Online Ask the Expert web site.  For a two story home, the thermostat setting depends on your daily family activities.  For example?I?ll give you a scenario that has all bedrooms upstairs.  - Upstairs thermostat can be set at a temperature that is comfortable at night 77-78 degrees.
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By BRIANNA LUSK, Special to this newspaper | August 22, 2009
When a child is removed from his or her home, what happens next can be critical to the long term well-being of that young life, Maritza Guzman said. As director of the new CHARLEE Foster Family Agency in El Centro, Guzman said the organization is in dire need of foster parents. ?They have the opportunity to make a positive change in someone else?s life,? Guzman, a social worker with a master?s degree in marriage and family counseling, said. ?We?re asking people in the community to help foster children become part of a family again.
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By Keith S. Mayberry, University of California-Imperial County Cooperative Extension | June 30, 2001
When driving up and down the streets of any city in the Valley, one can't help but notice the presence of dark green plants with an abundance of bright yellow-orange flowers. The flowers never seem to fade. For months, every time you drive by one of these magnificent plants, it is always in bloom. This plant is Caesalpinia pulcherrima (red bird of Paradise, dwarf poinciana). This plant is often improperly called the Mexican bird of paradise (C. Mexicana), a different species (described below)
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