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News | By Norma Vega/Universidad de California | November 24, 2011
Ante la crisis económica que ha afectado el poder adquisitivo y el crédito de millones de familias, el sistema de apartados, conocido en inglés como layaway, ha vuelto a ser un recurso popular. “Esto puede ser una buena idea, pero debe de fijarse bien en los términos del sistema de apartados porque tiene ventajas y desventajas”, señala Connie Costello, educadora de asuntos del consumidor de Extensión Cooperativa de la Universidad de California. Ella explica los puntos a favor y en contra: Entre las ventajas están: - Usted podrá aprovechar las ofertas de la tienda e ir pagando poco a poco su mercancía.  - Podrá pagar por la mercancía que puso en apartado en determinado plazo, y no tiene que hacer la compra con cargo a su tarjeta de crédito; así se evita el pago de intereses.
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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 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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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | July 5, 2013
Construction of two detention centers near the Calexico East Port of Entry is anticipated to bring hundreds of construction and permanent jobs, and one is anticipated to have a groundbreaking in the next few weeks. The 65,000-square foot facility by Hill Mills Construction will house low-level inmates of both sexes, Imperial Valley Economic Development Commission president and chief executive officer Tim Kelley said. He said the project by Hill Mills Construction is being built on speculation and will be filled with inmates as there's a need.
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By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Staff Writer | December 1, 2012
CALEXICO - A 67-year-old man suffered major injuries Friday morning in a two-vehicle wreck involving a reportedly drunken off-duty Homeland Security Investigations agent, a Calexico police press release announced. The incident happened around 2:30 a.m. near Highway 111 and Cole Road, according to the release, at which time a 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer was found on the right shoulder of the highway while the other vehicle, a 2001 Jeep Laredo, appeared to have rolled over, blocking the northbound lanes of 111. Pedro Cortez, 67, who was driving the Jeep, sustained major injuries and was flown out to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs.
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November 17, 2004
There are many opinions regarding the future of the illegal and undocumented Mexicans in the United States. Everyone is missing a salient point ? in my opinion Mexico's immigration program is: 1) defrauding Americans working in Mexico, 2) defrauding the U.S. government and 3) defrauding the various border states of the United States. To date the loss totals trillions of dollars and it's we Americans who must make up the shortfall. Let me explain. Mexico's constitution, statutes and supreme court rulings are unanimous: foreigners working in Mexico are to be accorded the same rights, benefits and perquisites as Mexican workers.
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Redacción Adelante | June 27, 2011
CALEXICO — A partir de este domingo 26 de junio, el carril Sentri en la Garita Este de Calexico ampliará su horario de operación un par de horas. La Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza dio a conocer que dicho carril de cruce rápido va a estar abierto de 6 de la mañana a 8 de la noche, cuando antes operaba solamente hasta las 6 de la tarde. Las autoridades indicaron que esta medida se adoptó a fin de “acomodar a los viajeros más eficientemente”. Por otra parte, las autoridades aduanales dieron a conocer que se abrieron tres cabinas de inspección adicionales en la Garita Centro.
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By ELIZABETH VARIN | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | December 11, 2011
Twenty-five people in Imperial County make almost $5 million among them, according to data recently received from government agencies throughout the Valley. The top highest-paid local public employees have annual salaries that range between $163,522 and $249,600. Reporters from the Imperial Valley Press have been requesting salaries from different government agencies throughout the Valley, including cities, the county, Imperial Irrigation District and school districts. The information is available online at http://www/ivpressonline.com/databases Though two local school districts - El Centro Elementary School District and Central Union High School District - were asked for data in late August, one has not given the public records and the other has not responded as required by the statewide Public Records Act. Many of the top local salaries came from one agency, the Imperial Irrigation District.
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By JULIO MORALES | Staff Writer, Copy Editor | May 5, 2012
The subject of much national media attention in recent years, Slab City continued to draw an audience's attention on Saturday, albeit this time a more local one. As part of the second day of the Imperial Valley Film Festival, an hour-long documentary titled “Slab City: A Wild Life in the Desert” was screened at the Cinemark Theaters in the Imperial Valley Mall.   About 50 people were in attendance for the first of the film festival's daylong film...
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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.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | July 21, 2011
CALEXICO - A free performance of the dramatic monologue “To Cross the Border” by Valley native Roy Dorantes tonight focuses on illegal immigrants. “The one-man play highlights the plight of an illegal immigrant as he crosses the border with dreams of finding a better life but instead finds himself facing a gauntlet of dangers and trouble in the form of double crossing 'polleros' and tough anti-immigrant laws,” Dorantes wrote in a press release. Narrative, poetry, choreographed dance and parody are used in the hourlong monologue's story that Dorantes said he hopes both warns against illegal immigration as well as encourages compassion and understanding to those who still try. “Yes, they're doing something wrong, but they're also human beings,” Dorantes said.
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July 17, 2012
Hunting season is coming up on us fast. I haven't seen anything about hunting classes. Do you know when the hunting classes are? My son wants to get his license this year before dove season. - Dad, Brawley We usually get e-mails sent to us asking us to let the community know about hunter safety course class schedules. We haven't seen any this year, or for the past few years. When we do get them, we noticed there seem to be fewer every year. We imagine that is the cost of operating in California.
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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 CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | February 23, 2013
CALEXICO - Mexicali resident Cecilia Soto has been crossing the border almost daily for 25 years. Before obtaining her SENTRI, it would take her nearly two hours to get to work at the Calexico Chamber of Commerce, and she clearly recalls the one day she was reprimanded by her then-boss for being 20 minutes late. “The line was so long and so slow. I remember him telling me, 'It's not my problem that you live in Mexicali, and you need to take your time or come like half an hour early or whatever,'” she said.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | August 4, 2012
When will population sign be updated? When are they going to update the population count on the city limit signs as you enter El Centro from the north and on Interstate 8 east and west? I've lived here all my life and the sign has it at 32,000. That was the count in 1990, 22 years ago. - E.T., El Centro It's always the seemingly easiest questions that are the most difficult to answer. We called El Centro Public Works Director and Engineer Terry Hagen last week, and he had no idea whether this was the city's responsibility or the state Department of Transportation's responsibility considering the signs are on Caltrans rights of way on Interstate 8 or Highway 86. After getting in contact with Caltrans, a spokesman there also had to do some research and get back to us. It turns out, Caltrans and cities work as a team to update these signs.
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