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Probe: July 20, 2001

July 20, 2001

QUESTION: Have you driven on Third Street in El Centro near Desert Oasis High School? The street is in really bad condition, not to mention the intersection at Ross is dangerous at peak hours of the day. Why is it this city of 40,000 people only thinks about the west side of town? They are spending thousands to build that green belt and the other side of town is being let go to waste! — Potholed, El Centro

Tired of bumping down the road, eh? Well, Steve Hogan, city public works director, said $3 million is going toward fixing the worst streets around El Centro by September. Hogan said Third Street between Ross and Smoketree is among those 30 to 40 streets slated to be fixed. As for the intersection, he said he's aware it's in need of attention.

"We recognize that is a very tight intersection that has been an area of concern for us. It's narrow, aggravated by parking along the street," Hogan said.

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So rest assured the city hasn't forgotten that side of the city.

More on the digital cable coming to El Centro … We walked over to the Adelphia office, but the office manager won't be in until Tuesday and Tom Mixon, the Adelphia head honcho, is on vacation and will return Thursday. One employee said there are plans to bring digital service, and with it more channels, to El Centro, but she couldn't tell us when.

COMMENT … Another great place for barbecue is T Texas Terry Bowen's BBQ in Del Rio, Texas. You may remember Terry Bowen as the DEA resident agent in charge in Calexico until about 1985. He introduced real Texas-style barbecue to many of us in the Valley and then went home to retire. His brisket and ribs are mouth-watering and his brisket sandwich is the best I have ever eaten in all of my travels. Del Rio is a long way to go for lunch, but if you're in the area, you should stop and say "howdy" to Terry. — Former Valley Resident, Forever Barbecue Lover

We should get out more often. We could take an eating tour of the United States and revisit the South. … After thinking about poke salad and buttermilk the other day, we got started thinking about other Southern cooking. I remember having strawberry dumplings. We'd put strawberries in a pot to boil, then mix a teacup of flour and a teacup of sweet milk to add to the strawberries.

Red-eye gravy and biscuits … ham, cole slaw, a pot of beans and cold iced tea on Sunday afternoon. Mmmmmm.

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