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News | 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.
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 CHELCEY ADAMI, Staff Writer | July 31, 2013
The El Centro community will have many more opportunities for sports and recreation next year upon completion of the Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Sports Pavilion at Park Avenue and North Eighth Street that broke ground Tuesday morning. The project has been five years in the works and is the first of three parts of the Dr. Martin Luther King Park, formerly known as Adams Park, Revitalization Plan. The second part is a skate park that hopes to go to council for construction approvals in September and the third part is an aquatics center that hopes to start design in February.
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By MARIO RENTERÍA | August 4, 2002
Staff Writer It's easy to forget what those who enforce the law risk while providing for the public's safety and protection. Most are proud to serve their communities and consider it their duty to put their lives on the line every day. California Highway Patrol Officer Jose Navarrete is one of those officers who loves his job and helping his community. Born in Mexicali, Navarrete did what many told him he couldn't do. He joined the Highway Patrol and has been a sworn officer for three years.
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By GREG HOLT, Staff Writer | February 19, 2007
Dr. Cesar Chavez can?t legally refer a patient to an eye surgeon in Mexico, but he knows that is the best option for some of his patients. An ophthalmologist at El Centro Regional Medical Center, Chavez has performed LASIK and cataract surgery on patients in the Imperial Valley since he finished medical school at University of California, Los Angeles. Chavez recalled one patient who at age 39 had the cataracts of an elderly man and his vision had deteriorated to the point where he was nearly blind.
NEWS
December 29, 2004
Several psychiatrists have said that Scott Peterson is a psychopath. A psychopath is NOT a psycho. He is not insane. He is conscienceless. At one time the psychopath was called a "moral degenerate. " Later he was renamed a "psychopath" and "sociopath. " Sociopath is the term I prefer to use. One noted psychologist, Hervey Cleckley, wrote what I believe to be the definitive (early) study of social pathology. He titled that book "The Mask of Sanity. " A more modern psychiatrist calls sociopaths "Human Chameleons.
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Imperial Valley Press Staff | January 13, 2011
To follow up on the recent Probe questions regarding the closed rest areas between El Centro and San Diego along Interstate 8, is it illegal to stop on the side of the freeway to urinate? Would I get a ticket from the California Highway Patrol? I drive frequently to San Diego, and with no rest areas when you have to go ... you go on the side of the freeway. — Can’t Hold It, El Centro This question is great, possibly destined to be a classic. Anyway, we called the local office of the California Highway Patrol and spoke with Sgt. Terry Brollini, who was really helpful and patient with our question.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press Staff | May 17, 2011
Two nights before 17-year-old Jennifer Emily Fierro went to celebrate a birthday party Saturday on Hamilton Avenue she had a nightmare about monsters coming to take her, her mother said. The monsters did just that early Sunday. Jennifer died  after  being deliberately hit by a motorist  as a fight broke out on the street during the party. Jennifer's mother said she felt an uneasiness about her youngest daughter's absence that was so strong she slept on the family sofa waiting for Jennifer to come back home.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | August 23, 2011
How many times do I have to go around Bucklin Park to complete a mile? - Exerciser, El Centro As a general rule, we've always heard and been told by friends and associates that Bucklin Park is a half-mile loop if you walk the outside-edge path one time. So, make that outside loop twice, and you've got one mile. When we started jogging, we found some Web sites that allowed us to map our routes so we knew how far we were traveling. We did that with Bucklin Park, and the word-of-mouth was true.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | February 28, 2012
I had a layaway plan at Kmart. I couldn't pay it so Kmart was supposed to cancel it and only charge me $10. By the time it was canceled, the cashier was handing me a receipt - which I refused to even touch - in my hand totaling $6 and some cents. I had paid around $38 to put a TV on layaway. I was charged $30 in penalties for the cancellation. I lost my job last September, and have had to make some changes in my lifestyle. I was counting on at least a $25 refund. This isn't right.
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By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Staff Writer | July 28, 2012
When Ed McGrew is asked about agriculture in the Valley, he's quick to say the overall agricultural economy here is “the best it's been crop by crop by crop.”  But the same can't be said about the local dairy industry or the country's dairy industry in general, said McGrew, a retired farmer and former board member of the Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association. In the last few years, he said, “many dairies, I couldn't say how many - maybe a dozen dairies throughout California - have gone out of business for economic reasons.” McGrew, also a former member of a committee in charge of attracting dairies to Imperial County, said he's pessimistic about the dairy industry, especially now that a local dairy shut down its operations in June.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | January 22, 2013
CALEXICO - The Calexico police union has issued a vote of no confidence against its police chief, alleging he has shown inefficiency to lead, and requests new leadership. A letter detailing the reasoning behind the vote by the Calexico Police Officers' Association against Police Chief Jim Neujahr is dated Jan. 2 and was distributed to City Manager Oscar Rodriquez as well as the City Council earlier this month. “Chief Neujahr's lack of leadership and poor decision-making skills has created a Police Department where morale is low and there is a perception of never-ending favoritism and no future even though there is unyielding work and dedication,” the letter writes.
SPORTS
By JONATHAN DALE | Special to this Newspaper | January 21, 2013
Getting into the Ultimate Fighting Championship ring of contenders is no easy task. The logic in mixed martial arts circles is to first black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu; next is to join an MMA circuit, find a trainer, and finally make a name for oneself. It's this last step that Imperial native Marcos Andrew Navarro found himself in all last year, with thousands of miles in airfare spent chasing after the UFC dream. “Within the last year, I competed in several places here in the U.S., including Texas and Las Vegas,” Navarro said.
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By MARIO RENTERIA | Sports Editor | February 12, 2013
“Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” This saying came to light Saturday night at the Queens of Fury all-female boxing event that organizers deemed a big success. “We literally sold out,” event coordinator and Sparta Boxing Gym owner Fernando Lara said. Lara coordinated the event in conjunction with the El Centro Police Activities League, where the event was held. “This is the first event since that break-up that we had and it was a goldmine, it was a hit,” Lara said.
NEWS
March 27, 2013
Why does the Pope wear red shoes? I saw Pope Benedict wearing them, but can't remember seeing Pope John Paul II wearing them. What about the new pope? - Papal Watcher, Imperial County The short answer is, the red papal shoes are meant “to honor the martyrs of the Church, people who have given their life for the faith,” said Michael Lovette-Coyler, assistant vice president of mission and ministry of University of San Diego. The color red, of course, would represent the blood of the martyrs.
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