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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 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 IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | December 26, 2012
So this business has been on Main Street for the past 30 years and suddenly  the city has decided that they no longer want that type of business there (adult store). Can the city do that? Why are they so worried suddenly? Is there someone interested in that venue that has some sort of influence? I mean Main Street is full of bars and night clubs all over already. They don't mind those. - Anonymous, Calexico UPDATE: We answered this Probe question somewhat in Wednesday's edition, going into some of the history of how zoning was changed in downtown El Centro that would eventually require the bookstore to be moved out of the area.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | April 25, 2013
There weren't drugs inside the bags but something just as illegal and lucrative: 27 dried swim bladders of the endangered Totoaba macdonaldi fish found only in Baja California's Gulf of California. The species is federally protected in both the U.S. and Mexico and it's illegal to take, possess, transport or sell Totoaba, pronounced toe-TWAH-bah. However, it's estimated that the fish bladders can be worth between $10,000 and $20,000 each on some foreign markets, said John Reed, a group supervisor for Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations unit.
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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 DORA DePAOLI | March 11, 2009
Being of Swiss heritage, and having been brought up with a strong appreciation of all things Swiss, it is always a pleasure to run into others of Swiss extraction. So it was very nice to visit with Eric Hofer, the great-grandson of some of Imperial Valley?s early Swiss immigrants, Julius and Rosely Hofer. The Hofers were among the charter members of St. Paul?s Lutheran Church in Holtville. The family owned a dairy south of Holtville before moving to San Diego County. They had three children: Ella, Julius Jr. and Walter.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | May 22, 2009
Maxine Cannon recalled Thursday the first time she saw the man who would one day become the local icon of jazz music in the Imperial Valley. She was at a nightclub in Little Rock, Ark., in January 1958, watching a band perform when the girlfriend of trumpet player Jimmie Cannon quarreled loudly with another woman, Maxine said. Maxine told the women to quiet down because they were distracting her from watching the band play. Do you know Jimmie Cannon, Maxine was asked. ?
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By LOUIS FUENTES, Air Conditioning Expert | December 10, 2009
What is the best way to save energy ia a two story house A/C units. What is the best setting on your thermostat for the 1st and 2nd floor. Dear Joe, Thank you for submitting your question via the Imperial Valley Press Online Ask the Expert web site.  For a two story home, the thermostat setting depends on your daily family activities.  For example?I?ll give you a scenario that has all bedrooms upstairs.  - Upstairs thermostat can be set at a temperature that is comfortable at night 77-78 degrees.
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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 MICHAEL A. SALORIO, Staff Writer | August 25, 2004
After having initially denied charges of committing lewd and lascivious sexual acts over a three-year period with a now 18-year-old male and his trial on the verge of beginning, Imperial police Sgt. Ray Valenzuela pleaded guilty to a single count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor for sexual gratification. Valenzuela entered his plea during a hearing Tuesday afternoon in the county jail court, thus avoiding a potential three-year state prison sentence if he had been convicted.
SPORTS
By AL KALIN,Staff Columnist | August 3, 2006
There?s nothing more frustrating than losing a big fish because your line breaks. I should know ? lately I?ve become a master at it. While fishing with friend Butch for smallmouth in Colorado last week, I had a really bad day losing big fish because my line broke ? often. If you?ve fished much you know that when your line breaks you can tell if the knot failed by looking at the tag end of the broken line. If the knot failed, your line will have a little pig tail curly-Q at the end of the line.
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By ROMAN FLORES | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | June 27, 2010
After a long day at work, Imperial resident Ruben Villa enjoyed watching his 8-year-old son, Omar Villa, splash and kick in the community pool with a big smile on his face. Omar is just starting to learn how to swim with the help of a city lifeguard at the Imperial High School swimming pool. Omar is just one of many children participating in summer recreational activities provided by various cities’ parks and recreation departments Valleywide. “It’s great,” Ruben Villa said.
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BY SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | November 19, 2010
CALEXICO — Shorter wait times are expected after an additional SENTRI lane opened this week at the east Port of Entry, a port official said. The new lane will be open seven days a week, including holidays, from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. The lane will accommodate already-existing lanes at the port to allow travelers who are pre-approved for entry into the U.S. to be processed faster at the port. “The addition of a SENTRI vehicle lane at the Calexico East port along with expanding SENTRI hours of operation at the downtown port will provide shorter wait times for trusted travelers at California’s fourth-busiest port,” Port Director Billy Whitford said in the statement.
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By ARTURO BOJORQUEZ | Adelante Valle Editor | September 7, 2011
CALEXICO - Money-exchange and check-cashing businesses here are at risk of going under, or operating beneath the law, after some banks closed their accounts without good reason, some business owners say. Lupita Ochoa, owner of Omega check-cashing store, said that about a month ago Wells Fargo informed her it was closing her business' account effective Aug. 17. As of late last week, Wells Fargo has not returned calls seeking comment. Ochoa said a problem at a check-cashing businesses that involved someone fraudulently changing some tax refund checks has had a negative effect on all of the other local check-cashing businesses.
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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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