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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)
OPINION
Bret Kofford | April 6, 2011
Teachers have become pariahs to a certain segment of America. Not only are their unions breaking the backs of state and local governments with their outrageous salary and benefit demands, most teachers are liberal and are poisoning our young people’s minds with their twisted ideas about politics, poverty and social justice, according to the Becks, Hannitys and Levins of the world. My colleague Rogelio Reyes, longtime professor of linguistics and Spanish at San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus, exemplified much of what the cultural right hates about many teachers and academicians in America.
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
December 29, 2004
Several psychiatrists have said that Scott Peterson is a psychopath. A psychopath is NOT a psycho. He is not insane. He is conscienceless. At one time the psychopath was called a "moral degenerate. " Later he was renamed a "psychopath" and "sociopath. " Sociopath is the term I prefer to use. One noted psychologist, Hervey Cleckley, wrote what I believe to be the definitive (early) study of social pathology. He titled that book "The Mask of Sanity. " A more modern psychiatrist calls sociopaths "Human Chameleons.
NEWS
By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer | December 27, 2003
A fierce gun battle in El Centro on Friday left an El Centro police officer critically wounded and the suspect dead, possibly from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The officer, Richard Ramos, was reported to be in critical but stable condition at the University of California San Diego Medical Center, where he was flown Friday. Ramos, a five-year veteran with the department, suffered a gunshot wound to his face, which shattered his jaw, and a wound to a hand. Both wounds may have been caused by the same bullet, police reported.
NEWS
By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | November 27, 2007
A 15-year-old Glendora girl who was severely injured in a Nov. 17 accident that killed two other youths in the Glamis sand dunes area died over the weekend, a California Highway Patrol officer said Monday. Amanda Gonzales died of injuries from the grisly accident that also claimed the life of her 9-year-old brother, Jacob. Gonzales died at a hospital in Phoenix, where she had been taken, Highway Patrol Officer Wes Boerner said. Amanda sat beside 15-year-old Norco resident Samantha Bestwick, who also died in the accident, in a Yamaha Rhino all-terrain vehicle that was eastbound on Highway 78. The accident occurred east of the Glamis store.
NEWS
By DONNA HAMPTON, Contributing Writer | January 26, 2001
Her doors opened on May 8, 1915. The five-story hotel, named after the gracious heroine in the Harold Bell Wright novel "The Winning of Barbara Worth" was a "Spanish Renaissance" beauty with classic, fine features. Tall and stately, she graced the northwest corner of Seventh and Main streets in El Centro with a grandeur that turned heads and commanded respect. She was well-dressed. Four murals, depicting events in Imperial Valley's history as well as scenic locations, decorated her walls, murals painted in oil by two artists from Chicago.
NEWS
By ERIC GALVAN, Staff Writer | March 4, 2007
Former lead pilot Gil Rud won?t concede that the first year the Blue Angels used F/A-18 Hornets as their planes, things were trial and error, because with the U.S. Navy, there?s no room for errors. But in 1987 when the Blue Angels, the Navy?s aerial display team, switched from the widely popular A4 planes to the Hornets, there was a lot of learning on the job. ?Only one of us had experience flying F-18s,? Rud said of his Blue Angels team. ?So we basically had a 25-hour syllabus and then we knew everything we needed to know to fly the F-18.
NEWS
By BRAD JENNINGS | May 19, 2009
the great thing about playing dodge ball when you were a kid was watching your friends getting creamed. Taking one in the head might get the gym teacher?s attention, so most of the best shots were in the gut or to the back. Those shots on the back really hurt, didn?t they? Dodge ball at school, of course, has gone the way of ?The Hustle? on the dance floor. Now it is deemed too violent, too dangerous and too embarrassing to little Tommy as he tumbles head over heels after getting a red rubber ball to the cranium.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | August 26, 2012
ON GOING Basketball team seeking players The ProFAST girls' basketball team is seeking additional players for their fifth- and sixth-grade team. For more information call Helen or Jason McClain at 760-604-2943 Softball league has sign-ups various The Calexico Desert Sun girls' softball league is having sign-ups for the winter season for girls ages 3-to-16. Sign-ups will be from 6-to-8 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Water Plant in Calexico and from noon to 2 p.m. at Joel Reinson field in Calexico until Sept.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
April 5, 2009
Since nomination by the PRI is tantamount to election, Esquivel is considered certain to win the Aug. 2 balloting. If elected, he will succeed Gov. Braulio Maldonado, whose term ends Dec. 1. Leopoldo Verdugo, who had been proposed, said after the convention he will protest the nomination perhaps even to President Adolfo Lopez Mateos on the grounds that, ?The people have been cheated.? > > 40 years ago ? Claude Wilson Lundy Jr., of Reno was convicted in Superior Court in El Centro yesterday of having taken an airplane at Calipatria Airport last year, strapping it to his Volkswagen and then driving off into the night.
NEWS
By MICHAEL A. SALORIO | April 8, 2003
Staff Writer CALIPATRIA STATE PRISON ? The 57-year-old inmate stabbed to death here Monday morning was a founding member of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, according to a prison official. Correctional Lt. Gary Stratton identified the victim as Wendell Norris, who had been incarcerated for 24 years on a second-degree murder conviction out of Solano County. The Aryan Brotherhood is a white supremacist prison gang with a feared reputation for committing ruthless acts of violence, the Southern Poverty Law Center's Web site states.
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