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News | December 24, 2012
How many cookies and how many glasses of milk does Santa drink on Christmas Eve? He would have to get a stomach ache. - True-Believer, El Centro A sweet little girl asked us this question, and it seemed like a great one for such a fine Christmas day. We imagine poor ol' Santa Claus must be sleeping off one heck of a cookie hangover this morning. Intestinal distress is a gift that will keep on giving for a least a couple of weeks. And if he's lactose intolerant, well forget about it. Mrs. Claus will have him sleeping out in the reindeer pens till the spring thaw.
NEWS
January 15, 2008
QUESTION: With the recent news that it snowed in Baghdad for the first time ever, is there, on record, a time when it snowed in the Valley? My father-in-law told me once that he did remember at least one time snowing in the Mexicali Valley when he was a kid; he was born in 1923. With the crazy weather around the world, I bet it will be just a matter of time when we do get snow here in the Valley. ? Let It Snow, El Centro. With global-warming a reality, we expect the Imperial Valley to be the next Big Bear in a couple hundred years.
NEWS
By ELIZABETH VARIN | Staff Writer | July 8, 2012
Hazy skies throughout Imperial Valley typically signify one thing this time of year: Farmers are finishing their crops of wheat and burning off the stubble from their fields. Those plumes of smoke that fill the air throughout Imperial County on certain days will take a reprieve soon as the wheat-burning season comes to an end. However the agriculture burning that some say has become much hated and misunderstood by residents will pick up again in winter as the necessary-but-not-preferred option continues.
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By ELIZABETH VARIN | Imperial Valley Press Digital Media News Editor | February 7, 2013
A former politician who made national news after a video went viral showing him hitting his stepson with a belt has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child endangerment charge. Anthony Sanchez, a former Imperial Irrigation District director, will serve three years of probation, 50 hours of community service and enroll in an anger management class after pleading to the lesser charge alleged against him in Imperial County Superior Court. Because of the plea, the District Attorney's Office dropped the felony inflicting injury to a child charge against him. Sanchez was accused of hitting his stepson with a belt after a video was posted to YouTube in June.
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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 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.
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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 ERIC GALVAN,Staff Writer | August 5, 2006
Through the 1980s, MTV defined a generation. Through the 1990s, it chartered new ground. And now, 25 years later, MTV is having the kind of effect on a generation that it did when it first aired ? kind of. Launched in 1981, Music Television recently turned 25 years old, but did so not so much with a bang, but rather with an attentionless thud. ?MTV didn?t even celebrate its 25th anniversary,? said Robert J. Thompson, popular culture professor and director of Syracuse University?
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | May 27, 2011
In various sites on the Internet (including your Classified section) I sometimes see a vehicle with a “salvage” title. How does this differ as compared to a “clear” title? How does it affect the ownership having a car with a salvage title? Does it affect insurance? Is it a problem trying to license a car with a salvage title? Does it affect resale value? Please, if I didn’t ask something I should have; please let me know. — Clear vs. Salvage, Brawley A salvaged vehicle is defined in the California Vehicle Code Section 11515, said Armando Botello, a spokesman with the California Department of Motor Vehicles in Sacramento.
OPINION
Dora DePaoli | From the Desk of Dora DePaoli | September 18, 2012
According to friends and acquaintances there are more positive things to growing older than negative things. One of the first to come to mind is that most seniors are quicker to forgive and forget.  1. A group of women out to lunch isn't embarrassed when changing tables three times before ordering. Valid reasons for this are that the spot is too drafty, the music is too loud, the adjoining table has noisy guests, or the view is bad. 2. Seniors are happy to get home early. They like hearing the words, “in conclusion.” 3. Seniors have no problem wearing clunky shoes with all their outfits.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | August 19, 2008
An El Centro man who fired several gunshots at his younger brother during a heated argument will face an additional charge of possessing a gun stolen 17 years ago, police said. A check on the serial number of the .25-caliber handgun suspect Gustavo Garcia told police he used revealed that it was stolen from the Valley Pawn Shop in 1991, El Centro police Sgt. Jeff Mason said. Garcia, 44, was arrested Saturday morning following the incident that occurred outside his house on Manzanita Drive.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | February 18, 2012
I have been fishing in the Imperial Valley most of my life. I was wondering why almost all the IID reservoirs are fenced and locked up from the public to fish in? About the only one I know that's open is the Sperber. Even the new one they built out by Gordon's Wells is closed. I pay for my fishing license every year and I, like all other people that live in the Imperial Valley, pay all my IID bills. So why does the IID lock up great fishing spots like these? - Angler, El Centro There are 10 regulating reservoirs in place and operated by the Imperial Irrigation District, but only two are open as public fisheries - Robert F. Carter and Bernard Galleano reservoirs.
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By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer | July 11, 2003
It is no secret that the Arellano Felix cartel is ingrained in Mexicali, controlling the movement of cocaine and marijuana through the Calexico ports of entry to points north. The brutality of the Arellano Felix organization, or AFO, all along California's border with Mexico is well known among local, state and federal authorities. This week's release of a 40-plus page federal indictment against the AFO and 11 of its leaders spells out the level of bloodshed and drug trafficking for which the cartel is thought responsible.
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By BRIANNA LUSK, Staff Writer | December 26, 2007
HOLTVILLE ? It may take some time, but someday soon Beverly and Johnny Tounzen will get used to not checking their son?s bank account to make sure he?s alive. A habit born out of the days their 23-year-old son Sheldon was serving in Iraq will soon fade away. Just one week ago, Sheldon landed back on U.S. soil, coming home from his last deployment overseas. He flew into San Diego on Christmas Eve, greeted by his family, to spend the holidays in his hometown here. ?
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