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News | By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | November 8, 2011
On two occasions in the past few months, I have witnessed customers paying for beer at a local market. The first occasion was a gentleman in his early 20s who paid for a couple of miscellaneous food items and a 12-pack with an EBT card meant for food assistance. The second occasion was last Sunday when a young woman paid for miscellaneous food items and a three-pack of 16-ounce cans of beer. This means, we, the taxpayers who get up every morning to go to work, are paying for beer for these individuals who receive food assistance.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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)
NEWS
By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | April 25, 2013
There weren't drugs inside the bags but something just as illegal and lucrative: 27 dried swim bladders of the endangered Totoaba macdonaldi fish found only in Baja California's Gulf of California. The species is federally protected in both the U.S. and Mexico and it's illegal to take, possess, transport or sell Totoaba, pronounced toe-TWAH-bah. However, it's estimated that the fish bladders can be worth between $10,000 and $20,000 each on some foreign markets, said John Reed, a group supervisor for Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations unit.
NEWS
By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Staff Writer | July 28, 2012
When Ed McGrew is asked about agriculture in the Valley, he's quick to say the overall agricultural economy here is “the best it's been crop by crop by crop.”  But the same can't be said about the local dairy industry or the country's dairy industry in general, said McGrew, a retired farmer and former board member of the Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association. In the last few years, he said, “many dairies, I couldn't say how many - maybe a dozen dairies throughout California - have gone out of business for economic reasons.” McGrew, also a former member of a committee in charge of attracting dairies to Imperial County, said he's pessimistic about the dairy industry, especially now that a local dairy shut down its operations in June.
NEWS
By CHELCEY ADAMI | Imperial Valley Press | March 26, 2011
LOS ALGODONES — Snowbirds flock to Los Algodones, Baja California, Mexico, every year to safely save, at times, thousands of dollars on medical services. Snowbirds Jerry and Kathy Martin of Utah have been coming to the town for 28 years, and both have had dental work done there. “Medical and dental work is done better here,” Kathy said. “It’s more efficient. I’ll never go back to a U.S. dentist.” Charles and Doris Gillespie of Bandera, Texas, bought $500 worth of medication Friday that they said would have cost them $4,000 in the United States.
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Norma Vega/Universidad de California | November 24, 2011
Ante la crisis económica que ha afectado el poder adquisitivo y el crédito de millones de familias, el sistema de apartados, conocido en inglés como layaway, ha vuelto a ser un recurso popular. “Esto puede ser una buena idea, pero debe de fijarse bien en los términos del sistema de apartados porque tiene ventajas y desventajas”, señala Connie Costello, educadora de asuntos del consumidor de Extensión Cooperativa de la Universidad de California. Ella explica los puntos a favor y en contra: Entre las ventajas están: - Usted podrá aprovechar las ofertas de la tienda e ir pagando poco a poco su mercancía.  - Podrá pagar por la mercancía que puso en apartado en determinado plazo, y no tiene que hacer la compra con cargo a su tarjeta de crédito; así se evita el pago de intereses.
NEWS
By SILVIO J. PANTA | Staff Writer | March 24, 2012
Despite the testimony of witnesses who defended El Centro City Councilman Jason Jackson against allegations that he mistreated his former lover, a judge said Friday he believed domestic violence did occur and granted a two-year restraining order against Jackson. Based on “the totality of the evidence,” Superior Court Judge Chri­stopher Yeager said he felt Irena Rios had suffered some form of abuse during her stormy seven-year relationship with Jackson. Yeager made his ruling in spite of saying he took what all six witnesses - including two El Centro police officers and Jackson's ex-fiancée - testified about Rios' conduct, and found them credible.
NEWS
By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | September 23, 2012
MEXICALI - Curious passers-by often peek in the window of the new Centro Islamico de Mexicali on Michoacan Avenue, just 15 minutes walking distance from the Calexico West Port of Entry, where at least twice a week, the few but faithful Mexicali Muslims come to pray together. Valley resident Mustapha Guerbaz saw that many Muslims in Mexicali couldn't cross into the States to meet with Valley Muslims since they don't have the necessary visas. He then collected roughly $2,800 in donations to rent out a space in Mexicali and by the end of Ramadan this year, the Centro Islamico de Mexicali was open for visitors.
COMMUNITY
BY CELESTE ALVAREZ | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | January 27, 2013
CALIPATRIA - Crowds of Valley residents gathered around lemonade stands and citrus baked goods during the inaugural Citrus Festival here Friday through Sunday. Coordinated by the city of Calipatria and the Calipatria Chamber of Commerce, the three-day festival ended strongly, after weather conditions caused the festival to close early Friday. “People are rolling in and it's becoming a full house; they're really excited,” Mayor Pro Tem and event coordinator Maria Nava-Froelich said.
OPINION
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | July 6, 2013
Military commanders have come and gone from Naval Air Facility El Centro, but we cannot remember one whose exit was heard with such a resounding thud as Capt. Devon Jones. In the highly secretive and insular world of military personnel decisions, the very public firing last week of Jones seemed unprecedented, not just for the open nature with how it was announced but because of the strength, conviction and palpable anger of the announcement. After a shade under two years leading NAF El Centro, where he relieved the popular Capt.
NEWS
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | August 23, 2011
How many times do I have to go around Bucklin Park to complete a mile? - Exerciser, El Centro As a general rule, we've always heard and been told by friends and associates that Bucklin Park is a half-mile loop if you walk the outside-edge path one time. So, make that outside loop twice, and you've got one mile. When we started jogging, we found some Web sites that allowed us to map our routes so we knew how far we were traveling. We did that with Bucklin Park, and the word-of-mouth was true.
NEWS
By DARREN SIMON | March 24, 2002
Staff Writer The time is 10 p.m. The day, Friday. It's cold; the wind gusty. A lone woman walks along Adams Avenue near 12th Street in El Centro. She is pacing in front of a liquor store ? waiting, watching. A pickup pulls up beside her; the driver looking for a little company. "Looking for a date?" the woman asks. For several hours Friday night and Saturday morning that scenario played out over and over again. The woman was one of three undercover officers taking part in an operation meant to strike at those soliciting the services of prostitutes and ultimately get some drugs and drug pushers off the streets.
NEWS
By THOMAS TURINI, Cooperative Extension plant pathology adviser | February 9, 2004
One of the most common citrus questions regards the best citrus varieties to plant in the low desert. Although our extreme heat, wind and occasional frosts limit our choices, there are many varieties that perform well under our conditions. Commercially, high quality early-season grapefruit, lemons, mandarins and Valencia oranges come from desert areas in California and Arizona and it is possible to successfully grow these trees in your home garden as well. > > Grapefruit For the red-fleshed grapefruit, there are several options.
SPORTS
By AL KALIN, Staff Columnist | April 13, 2006
I think many of us were spoiled by the immense number of fish that could be caught in the Salton Sea. Up until a few years ago the Salton Sea was ranked as the most productive fishing area in the world. You could catch more pounds of fish and more fish per fishing hour than anywhere in the world. Unfortunately all the fish, with the exception of tilapia, have perished from the Salton Sea, leaving a void where many local fishermen can go to catch fish, especially big ones. I have good news for those of you that miss catching those big corvina.
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