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News | By ROMAN FLORES and Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | July 5, 2010
IMPERIAL — As 2-year-old Cadence Martinez walked around her family’s living room looking for her next toy to play with, one wouldn’t think that at such a young age she has come close to death many times. Imperial residents Amanda and David Martinez have struggled with Cadence’s health since before she was born. Complications surfaced when the young mother was only five months pregnant during an ultrasound to determine the baby’s sex. Cadence was born Jan. 8, 2008, with numerous heart and internal organ complications including a double-outlet right ventricle, which means both parts of her right ventricle are joined.
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.
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 ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Staff Writer | July 2, 2012
Allegations of sexual harassment and gender discrimination loom over the El Centro Police Department amid a recent lawsuit filed by a former female police officer. The lawsuit was filed June 20 in San Diego federal court, said attorney Andrew Ryan, who represents the plaintiff, Rebeca Fajardo. “We are not in state court (because) we are alleging violation of federal rights,” Ryan said. Fajardo, who was a police officer in El Centro from January 2010 through December 2011, is suing not only the city but also city employees such as the city's Human Resource Director Teri Brownlee, El Centro Police Chief Jim McGinley and other police personnel like Mario Sanabria, Mike Crankshaw, Jeff Mason and Robert Sawyer, according to court documentation.
BUSINESS
By RICHARD M. BROWN | Imperial Valley Press Assistant Editor | March 6, 2011
Marty Coyne, Owner, Owner, Imperial Valley Cycle Center 1334 N. Imperial Ave., El Centro, CA 92243 760-353-2110 www.ivcycle.com Tell us how you ended up in this line of work. When I was 12, I dreamed of owning and working on motorcycles. That’s when I got my first dirt bike. In 1972, when I was 15 years old, I worked as a lot boy in Lemon Grove at a dealership for $1.25 an hour. During my career I have owned six dealerships and currently own three. What are memories from your career that stick out with you the most?
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
June 4, 2009
The reason I ask is this: At Lucky?s this morning I picked up a receipt in the parking lot because I recognized the free bread coupon printed at the bottom. Glancing further up the receipt I noticed the payment method was food stamps. Curious what they purchased I found these items (in total, as they are printed on the receipt): Lay?s, Cookies N Cream Bar, Dove Milk Chocolate Bar, Powerade Zero, CRV, Coconut Candy, Coconut Candy (there were 2). Junk food. I won?t jump to comments about government waste until I learn the answer about restrictions.
NEWS
By VICTOR MORALES, Staff Writer | October 4, 2007
A man killed himself after shooting to death his brother-in-law inside a crowded El Centro market Wednesday evening, police said. Witnesses said after shooting the victim, the suspect ordered people to leave the market before he put a handgun in his mouth and pulled the trigger. El Centro police received 911 calls shortly after 4:30 p.m. reporting a shooting inside El Centro Ranch Market in the 100 block of West Main Street, El Centro Police Chief Leonard Knight said. Ranch Market is inside the Valley Plaza.
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 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 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.
NEWS
By JULIO MORALES | Staff Writer, Copy Editor | July 28, 2012
When it came time to tell her family that she was thinking about moving in with her boyfriend, Vikki Carr said she was worried how they might react to the fact that he was black. Feeling anxious about having to broach the subject during a visit to the family home in Holtville nearly 10 years ago, Carr, who had been living and working in San Diego, said she wasn't sure what to expect. “This is never going to happen,” Carr said she remembers thinking at the time. In the end it wasn't a problem at all, said Carr, who is Hispanic.
NEWS
By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | September 16, 2012
CALEXICO - Friends and families enjoyed traditional Mexican music, food, fashion, art and dance together during the celebration of Mexico's 202 years of independence Saturday night. It was the 15th year for the Consulate of Mexico in Calexico to host the event, which drew about 4,000 people. “We want all the people of Mexican descent in the Valley to remember this part of history, Consul Gina Andrea Blackledge Cruz said. “Thanks to the men and women who fought for our independence, we have our country and its liberty.” Many children and women wore traditional Mexican outfits to the event with ribbons woven into little girls' braids as they swished their long, lace-trimmed dresses.
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 AARON CLAVERIE | November 3, 2002
Staff Writer Dateline: Calexico During the third annual Olmec Harvest Festival here Saturday, colorful skirts of folkloric dancers twirled, painters displayed powerful emotion on canvas, ornate crafts were offered for sale and a son cried while reading his mother's poetry to an empathetic audience. For the first time, the arts and crafts festival was staged by the Calexico Chamber of Commerce and the City Arts Commission on Heber Avenue in front of the Women's Improvement Club.
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