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News | By CELESTE ALVAREZ and Staff Writer | January 29, 2013
BOMBAY BEACH - The eerie pre-dawn haze over the deserted Salton Sea shoreline created the perfect haunting apocalyptic atmosphere for the filming of a promo for Animal Planet's series “River Monsters.” Known for coming face-to-face with mysterious flesh-eating river predators, Jeremy Wade, biologist and extreme angler, spent Tuesday in Bombay Beach among a crew of 40, creating their season five promotional video to entice anxious fans....
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By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer | April 24, 2004
MEXICALI ? Two women, one a confirmed El Centro resident and the other also thought to reside in the Imperial Valley, were murdered and their bodies were found in a canal on the outskirts of Mexicali on Thursday, Calexico police reported. The women were identified in the LaCronica newspaper in Mexicali as Sandra Luz Castro Pelayo and Viridiana Estrella Martinez. Calexico police Sgt. Gonzalo Gerardo confirmed their identities Saturday. Gerardo said the suspects in the case, three men whose names were unavailable, may have ties to the Imperial Valley.
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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.
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BY ELIZABETH VARIN | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | September 28, 2010
More than 850 Imperial and San Diego county students on a waiting list for San Diego State University will have a chance to start school in the spring, announced the university Monday. An additional 852 students will be admitted from the university’s spring wait list because of federal stimulus funds, according to a press release from the university. The university had previously announced $8.7 million in federal funding that would allow it to enroll about 1,700 new upper-division transfer students in spring 2011.
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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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By ROMAN FLORES | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | July 24, 2011
MEXICALI - A teenage love triangle that included a female Calexico High student led to the gruesome death of a teen here last week at the hands of an allegedly jealous boyfriend who used Facebook to lure his victim. In the early-morning hours of July 17, the 16-year-old victim was reportedly lured to a residence in the eastern part of Mexicali, where he was beaten with a baseball bat, stabbed and had his throat slashed before the alleged killer and his girlfriend, both also 16, dumped the body on the outskirts of the city.
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By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Staff Writer | November 19, 2011
The upcoming El Centro Skate Park will be certified and eligible to be part of the Street League tournament as revealed in a Web video made by professional skateboarder and Street League founder Rob Dyrdek, the park designer said. Early this month, Kinley-Horn and Associate Inc. and their subcontractor Site Design were hired by the city to do the consulting and the design of the $2.5 million project. Street League is a touring tournament that rallies the top professional skateboarders who compete for prize money.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA | Staff Writer | July 15, 2011
CALIPATRIA - Sarah Jessica Proo wasn't able to attend Friday's ceremony at Calipatria State Prison where she was to receive a $1,000 scholarship because she was already attending summer school at Cornell University in New York. So, Sarah's parents, Ernest and Cass Proo, showed up on her behalf and accepted the award from a group of more than 13 inmates who are military veterans. “My daughter and us really appreciate this,” Cass Proo said. More than $12,100 in donations were handed out to students and community organizations during a presentation by members of the Calipatria Incarcerated Veterans' Group.
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By LEO MIRAMON AND DARREN SIMON, Staff Writers | January 24, 2006
HOLTVILLE ? A man who admitted to killing 14-year-old Andrea Hines in 1994 when he was 13 has been released from the California Youth Authority and is reportedly back in Holtville. Adan Garcia, now 25, was released from CYA in Chino after serving 12 years for a secondndegree murder plea he made before Superior Court Judge Juan Ulloa. Garcia admitted to strangling and stabbing Andrea multiple times in the family?s backyard on Sept. 17, 1994. Garcia was tried as a juvenile.
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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.
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By MICHAEL A. SALORIO, Staff Writer | January 2, 2004
Damaging testimony was given Tuesday in the capital murder trial of Calipatria State Prison inmate Joseph A. Barrett by two inmates who refuted the defendant's claim he killed his cellmate in self-defense. Additionally, a third inmate gave testimony supporting Barrett's claim that his cellmate, Thomas Kent Richmond, planned to kill him. Richmond died after receiving 13 stab wounds April 9, 1996. Christopher Poore, a death row inmate at San Quentin State Prison, was called to the stand Tuesday as a defense witness.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | March 22, 2012
CALEXICO - Classic cars, lowriders and bikes will fill the streets of downtown Calexico on Saturday as the third annual Calexico Car Show returns. The free, family-friendly event is hosted by the Calexico Business Improvement District. Visitors can look forward to live entertainment, food, drinks, and car show awards in addition to the car show itself. Calexico Business Improvement District chairman Morris Reisin said between 250 and 300 cars through the Del Valle Car Club in Calexico are expected at the event and come from as far as Las Vegas, San Diego and Los Angeles.
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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By ERIC GALVAN, Staff Writer | August 30, 2007
The arrest of 25 people in Imperial and San Diego counties Thursday morning will ?place a significant dent? in the Mexican Mafia?s local operations, Imperial County District Attorney Gilbert Otero said. In what the DA?s Office is calling ?Operation Gangland,? 25 members of the Mexican Mafia ? including Imperial County head Patrick Ralph Ponce of El Centro and San Diego County head Richard Charles Buchanan ? were arrested as part of a 46-count indictment handed down through the San Diego Federal Grand Jury.
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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.
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