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News | By CHELCEY ADAMI, Staff Writer | July 23, 2013
BLYTHE - One after another, members of the elite U.S. Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue Unit, BORSTAR, jumped from 25 feet high into blue and white, churning and frothing water Monday as part of water rescue training at the Palo Verde Dam. BORSTAR is considered an elite rescue team and a specialty unit and is the only search and rescue law enforcement unit in the country. The El Centro Sector BORSTAR has just 11 agents in it, and Monday's exercises were part of two-day annual training as well as required recertification every three years.
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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 AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer | June 15, 2005
BRAWLEY ? Was Ruben Garcia a gang member, specifically a member of "Brole," an eastside Brawley gang founded by the Pacheco Brothers? During cross examination of Brawley Police Department gang expert Sgt. Harry Monita on Tuesday, Garcia's lawyer, Eric Beaudikofer of El Centro, tried to poke holes in Monita's expert opinion that Garcia has been a member of "Brole" since at least 2003. Monita said Tuesday he has never seen any pictures of Garcia flashing gang signs or pictures that show him hanging out with gang members, called "family photos" by gang members.
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By William Roller | Imperial Valley Press Staff | December 30, 2010
To get a career a young person needs an education, Bill Cole, a driver’s education instructor at Central Union High School in El Centro says. “Parents should be sure their students are in school and doing their best,” Cole said. Starting in January one of several laws takes effect in California. SB1317, sponsored by state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, will charge parents with a misdemeanor if their children miss too much school. Parents could face a $2,000 fine and up to a year in jail if prosecutors prove they failed to reasonably encourage their children to attend school.
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By Keith S. Mayberry, University of California-Cooperative Extension adviser | June 22, 2002
Question: My neighbors have Bermuda grass just like I do, but theirs is green and lush and mine is pale-colored and has seed heads. Why? Answer: Green Bermuda grass lawns result from the regular 4-6 week application of nitrogen fertilizer at 0.5 pounds actual nitrogen per 1000 square feet and irrigating at least twice a week. If the lawn is stressed due to lack of water or lack of fertilizer, the turf goes into a reproductive mode and produces abundant seed heads. You need to go back to the basics and care for your lawn in the same manner you would the household pet. Feed and water it at regular intervals as required by the kind of turf you have.
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By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer | September 15, 2002
CALEXICO ? California's Department of Social Services has slapped CHARLEE Family Care Inc. with an accusation for revocation, a hefty lawsuit-like document that has to be filed with the state's Office of Administrative Hearings before state officials can shut down the "Birch Home," a group home for wayward girls. The home is managed by CHARLEE, a Yucaipa-based non-profit corporation. According to the DSS, CHARLEE administrators have employed a convicted felon at the Birch Home, exposed the girls to an unsafe and sometimes hostile environment, ignored citations for the aforementioned violations and attempted to intimidate girls who complained to state investigators, among other alleged administrative misdeeds.
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July 5, 2002
On June 21, I came across the "E!" entertainment channel while I was searching for something to watch. "The Howard Stern Show" was being aired at this time. What made this episode of "The Howard Stern Show" interesting was the guest Howard Stern had on his show. The 24-year-old female guest was wearing nothing but a skimpy bikini and was sitting next to her 35-year-old unemployed boyfriend. The name of this guest was Lindsey Oswalt, a 1995 graduate of the Central Union High School District.
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By ERIC GALVAN, Staff Writer | April 6, 2008
Even something as simple as a bus ride still stands out to Brawley Union High baseball coach Pedro Carranza. Calexico native Ruben Niebla misses the competitiveness. Watch video here El Centro native and former NFL player Stan Thomas Jr. could probably do without the nagging aches and pains he?s starting to feel more so now than he did when he first retired in 1996. Living the life of a professional athlete may be glamorous and may be the dream for millions of people worldwide.
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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.
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By ROMAN FLORES | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | July 18, 2010
Calexico resident Jose Juan Gutierrez was diagnosed with diabetes almost 20 years ago. His parents had it before him and now he takes insulin and oral medication, and exercises in order to control his disease. Gutierrez is one of the 12,869 adults in Imperial County who suffer from diabetes, according to statistics from the California Diabetes Program’s 2009 diabetes report. At 10.8 percent, Imperial County has the highest number of diabetics in California, according to the state by the state Department of Health Services.
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By ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN | Staff Writer | January 15, 2013
The trial of Juan Ramon Perez, the defendant in the death of Heber resident Jennifer Fierro, began Monday at the Imperial County Courthouse in El Centro. Fierro, 17 at the time, was struck by a moving car outside of a party in the 1500 block of Hamilton Avenue in El Centro in the early hours of May 15, 2011. Authorities identified Perez as the driver of the vehicle that struck Fierro. He is accused of first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon, charges that carry 25 years to life in prison if he is convicted.
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By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | February 7, 2013
Margarita “Peggy” Price is the new director of the county Social Services Department, the County Executive Office announced Wednesday. Price, a county Social Services employee for some 19 years, was picked by the Board of Supervisors and her first day in her new position is Friday. This position is an important one in Imperial County, as the region is known for being socially and economically distressed. As such, there is a substantial number of residents who depend on the county Social Services Department.  It is estimated that some 5,500 county residents benefit from the In-Home Supportive Services.
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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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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.
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STAFF REPORT | April 23, 2004
An El Centro man was shot twice this morning and El Centro police arrested another man in connection with the shooting, police reported. The shooting occurred at 8:05 a.m. at the intersection of Hope and Olive avenues. Arrested was Noe Badena, who police identified as an El Centro resident. His age was unavailable this morning. Police said information from the victim, whose identity was unavailable, led officers to Badena, who was arrested on one count of attempted homicide.
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