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Probe: July 18, 2001

July 18, 2001

QUESTION: I work at the Barbara Worth Golf Resort in Holtville and we've been having power outages one or more times a day, sometimes for two and three hours at a time. Our appliances are being affected, and the IID doesn't seem to be listening to us. Can you find out what the problem is? — Hot in Holtville

Repeated blown fuses kept Imperial Irrigation District employees coming back to try to fix the problems causing your power outages, said Sue Giller, a spokesman at the Imperial Irrigation District.

She said yours was quite a vexing problem at first, until workers found dead birds near the power lines. The birds likely were touching two power lines at once, causing the fuses to blow and killing the birds. They've rerouted the lines, preventing the birds from being able to touch two lines at once, and haven't had any angry phone calls since last week, leading her to believe the problem has been fixed. While we were talking to Sue…

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QUESTION: Can you tell me why I've been hearing advertisements about a rebate plan for conserving electricity if we don't have one in the Valley? Saving Electricity, Holtville

There have been ads running locally advertising 20 percent rebates if you conserve electricity 20 percent. Sue said she has heard that ad as well, but doesn't know who is originating it. That program is in effect in places that are more strapped for energy, not here. The Valley hasn't been affected by rolling blackouts and the other energy problems plaguing California.

QUESTION: I've been seeing blue flags in the desert on my way back from San Diego and hearing about someone putting water in the desert for people coming into the United States. Can you tell me who I can get in touch with to help?

John Hunter, Congressman Duncan Hunter's brother, has been a most vocal advocate of saving lives of illegal immigrants in the desert and spends much of his time and money putting the flags and water in place, with help from other volunteers. Hunter, a Poway resident, has been vocal about the need to do something, whether the people crossing the deserts entered the United States illegally or not.

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