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News | By ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN and Staff Writer | November 12, 2012
The Imperial Irrigation District's rank-and-file employees have spoken: The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union 465 will continue to be their sole representative in negotiations with the district. IBEW 465 was the target of a decertification campaign by IID employees who claimed the union did not represent them fairly nor was transparent in how it allocated its funds. Some said they wanted a choice in who represents them. A vote of 50 percent plus one was needed to unseat IBEW 465. By the time polls closed Thursday, 677 employees had cast a vote, with 421 voting to keep IBEW 465 as sole representative and 256 voting against, said Sally Butler, IID work order scheduler and organizer of the campaign against IBEW 465. IBEW 465 business representative George Moses said he was happy with the outcome, and hoped the union can go back to negotiating a three-year contract with the district on behalf of rank-and-file employees.
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By DONNA HAMPTON, Contributing Writer | January 26, 2001
Her doors opened on May 8, 1915. The five-story hotel, named after the gracious heroine in the Harold Bell Wright novel "The Winning of Barbara Worth" was a "Spanish Renaissance" beauty with classic, fine features. Tall and stately, she graced the northwest corner of Seventh and Main streets in El Centro with a grandeur that turned heads and commanded respect. She was well-dressed. Four murals, depicting events in Imperial Valley's history as well as scenic locations, decorated her walls, murals painted in oil by two artists from Chicago.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By KEITH S. MAYBERRY, Imperial County Cooperative Extension adviser | March 30, 2003
One day a neighbor mentioned that his St. Augustine grass was being taken over by weeds. When I took a look at his lawn, I could see the rabbitsfoot grass patches and the sowthistle plants scattered here and there. I suggested part of the problem might be that the St. Augustine grass was growing under the mulberry trees and located in deep shade. I asked if any fertilizer had been applied to the lawn recently and the reply was Ironite was used a couple of weeks ago. I suggested that the neighbor use a "turfbuilder" type fertilizer to strengthen the growth of the lawn.
NEWS
By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | January 5, 2012
With the retirement of Luis Hernandez last month, the position of city attorney was vacant but only briefly because former associate attorney Kris Becker was selected by the City Council to be his successor Wednesday.    The unanimous decision was made in the closed-session portion of a special meeting. “We are first, delighted to have Ms. Becker leading the City Attorney's Office,” said Councilwoman Cheryl Viegas-Walker, and great things to come are expected.   Luis Hernandez was an excellent mentor, said Becker.
COMMUNITY
By JULIO MORALES | Staff Writer, Copy Editor | March 24, 2012
Having hiked in far-flung places such as South Africa, Peru and Ecuador, Christine Strahm said the three-hour trek up nearby Mount Signal was notable in comparison for its lack of a defined trail. Also, the climb, and more so the descent, is made all the more physically and mentally challenging when having to scramble up and down rocky outcroppings on one's hands and knees. Among some of the more memorable encounters on the mountain that day were seeing a dog in a backpack, an 80-year-old man, large lizards and scaling the section of the ascent known as Devil's Pass.
NEWS
By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | November 13, 2009
BRAWLEY ? The husband of an El Cajon City Council member is expected to appear Dec. 10 in court for a pretrial hearing tied to a watercraft incident in the Palo Verde area that left one man dead. Robert Joseph Cox, 48, is charged with a single count of the misdemeanor reckless and negligent operation of a Sea Doo watercraft that he was operating July 5 when a friend of his was killed on the Colorado River. Court records show that Cox, who is married to El Cajon City Council member Jillian Hanson-Cox, waived arraignment Oct. 26 and is being represented by attorney Edward Sada of El Centro.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
November 9, 2009
It is my understanding that dogs have to be vaccinated for rabies and licensed annually in Imperial County. Are there low-cost clinics available? Have they set a time for these clinic days? Where is that information available? ? Wanting to Comply, Imperial The county stages low-cost clinics as well as some veterinarians. We?re not sure of all vets? office, but we do know Dr. James Thompson at El Centro Animal Clinic occasionally does a Saturday clinic where the prices are reduced.
NEWS
By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | May 9, 2008
Maria Tarazon, who runs a small insurance brokerage, said she knew little about the Silver Oriental Massage on Fourth Street but did recall seeing cars coming and going from the rear of the location. ?I saw cars coming in and out all the time when I was at the front desk,? Tarazon said Thursday. Watch video Tarazon, who estimated the massage parlor was opened for about six months, wasn?t the only one who noticed the activity at the location. El Centro police conducted a sting operation Wednesday night that resulted in the arrest of a woman suspected of prostitution.
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.
SPORTS
By TOM RONCO, Special to this newspaper | January 26, 2004
CALEXICO ? There are two things Calexico High School wrestlers can't escape ? history and commitment. One can find both in Godfrey Gymnasium, the "old" gym at Calexico High. The old gym has history. It's where Calexico started wrestling in the 1940s. It's where coach Ron DeSilva practiced his great teams. It's where in the 1970s Louie Montano and Rudy Huerta and their teammates practiced. It's where state champion Robert Tabarez, now an assistant coach, and his brothers practiced in the 1980s.
OPINION
By DANIEL SANTILLAN | April 18, 2011
Don’t think that I forgot my promise to write more on the Arab and Jewish influence on Mexican/Hispanic culture, language, foods and so much more.   I will begin in the 15th century Spain/Iberia Peninsula, when Columbus sailed the ocean blue to the New World. An 800-year occupation/rule by the Moors/Arabs had just ended. Sephardic Jews settle the peninsula before the birth of Christ. Add the Roman 1,000-year presence and we have the Spanish language. Examples: jamas (never again)
NEWS
By ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN | Staff Writer | October 21, 2012
Vegetable farmer and packer Steve Scaroni has two words for people who cling to the idea that American produce is the best. “Wake up.” Between vegetable production and trucking, Scaroni has been in business for 25 years. Increasingly frustrated with a regulatory environment that he described as hostile, immigration policies that are out of touch with reality and the desire to diversify his operation, Scaroni ventured into international business. He expanded his business into Guanajuato in central Mexico.
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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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