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News | 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.
OPINION
September 21, 2005
Sitting in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport with two and a half hours between flights, I decided to read the local newspapers. I came across a report about a judge in south Texas whose death has been ruled a suicide by a justice of the peace. There was some dispute about whether the judge, under investigation for bribery, had killed himself, because, among other things, he had five beloved sons under age 10 and had been shot through the top of the head rather than the usual self-inflicted side-of-the-head or mouth shot.
NEWS
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | July 21, 2011
There have been several reports about a “Ding Dong Ditcher” on the loose. The two areas that have suffered these attacks have been Brawley and Imperial. I say suffered because apparently this criminal is ringing doorbells as early as 3 a.m. For those of us who have to wake up early to go to work, this is disastrous. What can we do about this inconsiderate idiot that obviously has too much time on his/her hands? Oh … please don't suggest “the police.” - Tired, Imperial We're wondering whom we should contact, if we can't contact the police?
NEWS
By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | January 1, 2013
Valley residents who regularly travel to Mexico say they simply exercise caution and common sense down here, undeterred by a U.S. Department of State's November travel warning to some parts of Mexico. In a state by state assessment, extra precaution particularly at night was advised for northern Baja California including Mexicali and Tijuana, but no advisory is in effect for southern Baja California. For the one-year period ending in July 2012, the number of murders in Mexicali increased by 43 percent, from 127 in the preceding year to 181, according to the report with Tijuana showing 351 murders for the same year.
NEWS
By CHELCEY ADAMI | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | October 10, 2011
CALEXICO - Calexico High School students met an alumnus Monday whose talents have taken him all the way to the White House. Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar is a 1990 graduate of Calexico High School, and his work in law, public policy and political science has led him to serve in both the Obama and Clinton administrations. Cuéllar has been a member of the Stanford Law School faculty since 2001. Between early 2009 and mid-2010, he served as special assistant to the president for justice and regulatory policy at the White House Domestic Policy Council.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN | Staff Writer | November 18, 2012
“Top Gear,” a top-rated British television show about cars, stopped briefly in Calexico on Saturday to film a portion of a road trip through western desert cities such as Palm Springs before driving into Mexico. Producers were tight-lipped about the specifics of the episode and responded to questions about the shoot with sarcasm and profanity. One official said the producers chose to stop in Calexico because it's simply part of the episode's route. No amount of attitude, however, could obscure the pedigree of the cars being filmed: a yellow Lexus LFA, a light-blue Aston Martin Vanquish and a black Dodge Viper.
NEWS
By ALEXIS RANGEL | Staff Writer | April 13, 2013
IMPERIAL - Families in Imperial Valley have flocked to the Motor-Vu Drive-in here during the summer months for generations, but that will no longer be possible as the theater will be closed indefinitely. The closure was decided about four weeks ago, said Bobby Gran, in charge of operations for Cal-Gran Theaters LLC. “It was partially because of the digital situation and getting the 35 millimeter prints,” said Gran. “And based on the books, it wasn't producing enough money.
NEWS
November 1, 2004
Story by HEATHER BREMNER, Photos by KEVIN MARTY, Staff A woman in white standing in the window of an abandoned building. A little girl waiting near the doorway of an old El Centro home. A cache of bones churned up while digging a canal. Every town has its ghost stories: stories of restless souls, children who died tragically, people murdered by the hand of a loved one. Their spirits must be searching for something, some say. They cannot rest in peace until they settle some score.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By ROMAN FLORES | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | October 27, 2011
Though Red Ribbon Week is traditionally known as a week to wear small, red ribbons in an effort to promote anti-drug efforts, only family members and certain law enforcement of the Imperial Valley know the whole story about the heroism of slain Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique Camarena.  Though different versions of Camarena's story exist those who were close to him knew Camarena for his prowess as an investigator and great father.  ...
NEWS
By ELIZABETH VARIN | Staff Writer | July 28, 2012
More than 450 jobs are going away as a food processing facility is closing its doors and heading off to Yuma. River Ranch Fresh Foods, based in Salinas with a food processing and cooling and shipping facility in El Centro, will be permanently closing the two local facilities in November, the date they were scheduled to reopen again for the winter season. “River Ranch has been fortunate to operate a processing facility in El Centro, CA for more than 10 years,” wrote Marketing Manager Jennifer Oliveri in a statement.
NEWS
By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | June 11, 2013
Some cool off by heading to the beaches of Ensenada or San Diego or maybe the river in Yuma, but others have been splashing around the lesser-known Rio Hardy for decades. The water sport oasis is about 35 to 45 minutes south of Mexicali on the way to San Felipe and boasts a secluded and peaceful area to enjoy activities such as water skiing, boating, wakeboarding and more. Land along Rio Hardy is privately owned by about four or five people, and more than 95 percent of the shoreline properties are rented out by U.S. citizens primarily from California and Arizona, said Omar Dipp Nuñez, general director of Comité de Turismo y Convenciones de Mexicali.
NEWS
By CHELCEY ADAMI and LAURA GONZALEZ | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | July 10, 2011
MEXICALI — With details that echo Jack the Ripper, Mexicali officials are investigating a possible serial killer or killers targeting area prostitutes for years. About 44 murders of women here since 2008 appear to have enough similarities to potentially be the result of a serial killer or killers, said Alfredo Arenas Moreno, Baja California Estate Police chief officer in charge of the international liaison unit. While the Baja California Attorney General’s Office here is officially in charge of the investigation, updates on the investigation are regularly provided to police.
NEWS
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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