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News | By Imperial Valley Press Staff | January 13, 2011
To follow up on the recent Probe questions regarding the closed rest areas between El Centro and San Diego along Interstate 8, is it illegal to stop on the side of the freeway to urinate? Would I get a ticket from the California Highway Patrol? I drive frequently to San Diego, and with no rest areas when you have to go ... you go on the side of the freeway. — Can’t Hold It, El Centro This question is great, possibly destined to be a classic. Anyway, we called the local office of the California Highway Patrol and spoke with Sgt. Terry Brollini, who was really helpful and patient with our question.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | October 30, 2011
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, people all around the Valley have their own tales of spooky experiences. Calexico resident Chuy Iniguez used to work the graveyard shift with Imperial Irrigation District on the All-American Canal. One night he looked down the bank and saw several people walking. “I got scared, blinked twice and started walking to where the people were supposed to be, but they weren't there,” he said. “I used to get scared, but after the first five years working there, I got used to it. You see all this stuff and aren't sure if it's your mind playing tricks.
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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 MARIO RENTERIA | Imperial Valley Press Sports Editor | August 7, 2011
With the success of last year's inaugural Imperial Valley Press Fest soccer tournament, organizers are planning to make this year's tournament bigger and better. This year's tournament is officially called the Imperial Valley Press Fest 7x7 Co-Ed Soccer Tournament and as the name implies, will be open to women. “We always had co-ed in mind but for our first year we wanted to host a small tournament, targeting a group we knew we could get,” said marketing and event coordinator Sara Atwood Douglass.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | February 28, 2012
I had a layaway plan at Kmart. I couldn't pay it so Kmart was supposed to cancel it and only charge me $10. By the time it was canceled, the cashier was handing me a receipt - which I refused to even touch - in my hand totaling $6 and some cents. I had paid around $38 to put a TV on layaway. I was charged $30 in penalties for the cancellation. I lost my job last September, and have had to make some changes in my lifestyle. I was counting on at least a $25 refund. This isn't right.
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By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | July 18, 2012
Thousands of dollars worth of methamphetamine and cocaine were seized while two females and four males were arrested in the early hours of Wednesday after two narcotics search warrants were executed by El Centro Police Department's SWAT team. As a result, Faustino Ramirez Caro Jr., Christian Castillo, Alfredo Castillo, Crystal Obeso and Cassandra Gloria were arrested on suspicion of various drug-related charges. The first warrant was served in the 100 block of West State Street, at the apartment of Ramirez Caro Jr., while the second warrant was served in the 100 block of West Orange Avenue, at the apartment of Christian Castillo, according to a press release.
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By JULIO MORALES | 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 ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN | Staff Writer | November 21, 2012
Albert Salgado is arguably a lucky man. At 71 years of age, the Calexico resident has been cancer-free for 17 years, and credits something far more elemental than modern medicine for his cure: faith. The retired U.S. Customs agent started losing his voice in late 1994. What he initially thought was simply a sore throat was, in reality, a tumor in his left vocal chord. If there was one thing that was positive, it is that doctors identified the cancer in an early stage. They moved quickly and removed the tumor surgically.
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By NICOLAS TABOREK, Staff Writer | July 30, 2009
CALEXICO ? Already upset over stalled contract negotiations, police officers here have picked a new fight with City Hall. In a lawsuit filed in federal court last month, the Calexico Police Officers Association argues members are owed back pay for the time it takes them to put on and take off their uniforms. Suiting up for work is a vital and time-consuming part of a cop?s job, the argument goes, so officers are entitled to compensation. Police officers across the state, including in San Diego and Los Angeles, have filed similar claims, now commonly referred to as ?
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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.
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By LOUIS FUENTES, Air Conditioning Expert | December 10, 2009
What do these two ratings (SEER and EER) mean and how do they relate to each other? SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency rating . It?s a benchmark of how much electricity a given A/C system uses to deliver each ton or Btu/h of cooling power compared to another one under a standard, fixed set of rating conditions.  This benchmark system is managed by the Department of Energy, and they decide what the testing standards are.  The higher the SEER number is, the higher the score the system has received on the D.O.E.
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By Brianna Lusk | October 29, 2006
Staff Writer It?s the feeling you get when you walk into a dark room. Something in the corner catches your eye, or a shadow moves behind the drapes unexpectedly. The hairs on the back of your neck instantly stand on end and goose bumps run down your arms. Whether you?ve experienced something like the following stories or you dismiss tales of floating orbs and see-through Caspers as nothing more than figments of one?s imagination, the Imperial Valley has a number of haunting stories passed down through the years.
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By ELIZABETH VARIN | Digital Media News Editor | March 23, 2013
A 26-year-old off-duty Border Patrol agent died in a car collision Friday afternoon southeast of El Centro. Agent Francisco Puga with the El Centro Station died at the scene of the collision at the intersection of Bowker and McCabe roads while on his way to work, according to officials with the local Border Patrol union. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the collision, which also sent a woman to El Centro Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries that were not disclosed by the Highway Patrol.
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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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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | June 27, 2013
CALEXICO - By mid-morning Wednesday, Pompeyo Tabarez was still settling into his new office as he began his first day as Calexico's police chief. Tabarez worked with the Imperial County Sheriff's Office for 33 years and is a native of Heber. He was sworn into the position of police chief during a private ceremony Tuesday and said that one of main challenges the Calexico Police Department faces is staffing. ”We're lacking enough personnel at all levels so we need to, hopefully through the upgraded budgeting in the city and Measure H, we're going to try to compensate for the shortages we've had in the past to bring up the staff levels,” he said.
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