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News | By HEATHER BREMNER, Staff Writer | October 24, 2004
Imperial Valley College officials have cut off communication with an Islamic organization that has accused them of conducting a poor investigation into allegations of bigotry against Muslims. On Friday, IVC officials were bombarded with a flood of e-mails and phone calls regarding an Oct. 7 incident in an IVC classroom. Shirley Hofer-Bell, executive assistant to IVC President Paul Pai, stopped answering the phone because she couldn't handle the hundreds of calls pouring in and let voice mail pick up. More than 300 e-mails were sent.
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By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer | April 5, 2002
CALEXICO ? A caballero simpatico, a lariat-tossing charro, a cornerstone of Calexico's foundation and an accountant who had offices all throughout the Imperial Valley and Mexico died Tuesday. Fernando de Necochea Castro of Calexico was 85. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight in Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Calexico. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday in Our Lady of Guadalupe with the Rev. Edmundo Zarate officiating.
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By ROMAN FLORES | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | October 27, 2011
Though Red Ribbon Week is traditionally known as a week to wear small, red ribbons in an effort to promote anti-drug efforts, only family members and certain law enforcement of the Imperial Valley know the whole story about the heroism of slain Drug Enforcement Agent Enrique Camarena.  Though different versions of Camarena's story exist those who were close to him knew Camarena for his prowess as an investigator and great father.  ...
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By BROOKE RUTH, Digital Media News Editor | August 9, 2009
Heber resident Tito Herrera is in what he has explained as the long process of trying to modify his home loan. He is not behind on his payments, but because he is a small-business owner in a tough economy, he is trying to save money any way he can. Herrera?s mortgage payment is $1,829 per month, which includes his property taxes and community facility district taxes. If Herrera?s home was not in a community facility district, he would have paid $64 less a month during fiscal 2008-2009.
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By ROMAN FLORES | 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
March 1, 2011
For the first time I can remember our bougainvillea has completely frozen black and looks dead. Lots of our trees look dead, too. What is the best way to trim or somehow bring everything back? Are they dead or do they just look that way? — Garden Gal, El Centro We contacted the Imperial County Cooperative Extension near Holtville and got some really good information from plant pathology adviser Donna Henderson. She said bougainvillea are hardy desert plants that can tolerate temperatures of a minimum of 65 degrees Fahrenheit at night and 75 to 95 degrees during the day. The series of freezes in Imperial Valley during the past month-plus have left several trees and bushes with some frost damage.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | September 16, 2011
What's up with the long wait for IHSS service? There are disabled and elderly people awaiting services for in-home care, and Social Services do not respond to a person's needs. They take months to process an application and several months to pay a caregiver. Aren't there state-mandated time frames to process an application? I don't think that it is right. Would you like to work for free? - Concerned citizen, Heber The short answer is yes, there is a state-mandated timeline for the application process, but there are a variety of issues that go into how the applications are handled.
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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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By ALEJANDRO DAVILA and CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writers | October 31, 2012
Calexico High School senior Andrea Vizcarra doesn't like to be alone at the school at night. “Never have and don't want to,” she said while giggling. Ever since she was a sophomore, she has heard rumors of the school being haunted by Calexico High cheerleaders that died in a car crash in the '60s. People say that they see the figure of a girl walking around the school, particularly the gym, and on the field at night. “Once you hear that story, you start to get scared.
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By RICHARD BROWN MONTENEGRO | Local Content Editor | March 23, 2013
A $600,000 out-of-court settlement has been reached in the federal wrongful death lawsuit between the family of Edmund “Bubba” Gutierrez and the city of Imperial. The case could be officially dismissed within days, but for all intents and purposes the suit was settled Tuesday in an official record of action in U.S. District Court. The family was seeking in excess of $1 million in damages for the alleged wrongful death, personal injury and rights violations of Gutierrez at the hands of Imperial police Officer Eric Granado and now-retired Officer Joe Garibaldi and the city of Imperial.
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By JIM McVICAR, Special to this newspaper | November 1, 2001
In rodeo, the "big production number" comes at the start of the show. The idea is to build excitement and put the crowd in a festive mood for the rest of the performance. The "grand entry" or opening ceremony ? in contrast to the "grand finale" of theater and movie musicals ? includes a cast of hundreds of men and women performing choreographed routines on horseback, with a stirring musical accompaniment and dramatic narration by the rodeo announcer. This year, the Cattle Call Rodeo Committee is planning a special opening ceremony for the performances at 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 10 and 1 p.m. Nov. 11. "We will adapt our traditional Western patriotic theme to current and recent events," explained Curt Rutherford, committee member.
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By JULIO MORALES | Staff Writer | December 5, 2012
HEBER - A one-time Heber resident is being sought in connection with a weekend murder in Blythe. Authorities believe Jorge Cazares, 24, may have crossed into Mexico sometime after the shooting death of Terrence Hughes, 24, of Blythe. The shooting occurred Saturday afternoon at an apartment complex. The victim was transported to Palo Verde Hospital, where he later died, according to a press release from the Blythe Police Department. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information regarding this case, or any other crime, is urged to contact the Blythe Police Department at 760-922-6111 or they can give their information anonymously by calling Crime Stop at 760-921-CARE (2273)
SPORTS
By Imperial Valley Press Staff | March 27, 2013
COACHELLA - The Imperial Valley Warriors boys' basketball team won the 43rd annual Desert Spectacular Basketball Tournament here this past weekend. The Warriors are made up of students in seventh and eighth grades from Brawley, Calipatria and Imperial. The tournament was hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley. The Warriors won the eighth-grade division of the tournament. In the quarterfinals, the Warriors beat La Quinta, 53-46. In the semifinals, the Warriors beat Santa Monica, 61-40, and beat the Desert Storm, 69-62, in the championship.
SPORTS
By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer | April 10, 2005
Reuben Partin 1900s In 1917, his sophomore year at Calexico High School, Reuben Partin played in a football game pitting freshmen and sophomore Bulldogs versus the juniors and seniors. Partin was named the captain of that young team, which was quite an honor at the time, according to Calexico historian Mike Charles of San Diego. When Charles played for the Bulldogs in the mid-1950s, the team picked a captain before each game. Being named captain in Partin's era meant something more.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | June 5, 2008
BRAWLEY ? A piece of local history died Wednesday when a wind-whipped fire tore through the two-story home known popularly to many residents as the ?Smurf House.? Flames charred the wood-shingled roof of the mushroom-shaped structure and blackened portions of its curved sides as firefighters used a water cannon to fight the blaze. Heavy winds complicated efforts to keep smoldering embers from reaching nearby homes but firefighters contained the fire within the parameters of the property at 955 H St. The Smurf House, which took homeowner Rudy Lopez 25 years to construct and was inspired by the small blue TV cartoon characters, was destroyed.
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