The most popular show in town Monday was a lecture presentation put on by the California Highway Patrol.
Shortly before 1 p.m., nearly 100 state, county and local government employees filed into the IID Auditorium on Broadway in El Centro.
They were there to listen to Highway Patrol Sgt. Ralph Fernandez and Officer Frank Fernandez instruct them in the safe handling of mail during the ongoing series of anthrax scares across the nation.
An earlier session at 10 a.m. had drawn a similar number of participants.
Ralph Fernandez emphasized the possibility of anthrax infected mail being sent to people in Imperial Valley is remote.
Aided by a computerized presentation, he detailed the correct way to handle suspicious mail.
"If you choose to wear disposable latex gloves, then that's fine," he said. "But as far as wearing a mask while you're sorting the mail….we're not recommending it."