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News | By WILLIAM ROLLER and Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | April 12, 2011
IMPERIAL - It is not often industrial development dovetails with agriculture, but a planned wastewater plant here can benefit all stakeholders. The plant could provide thousands of jobs and is slated in an urban corridor that will not infringe on crop fields or residential backyards, said Marlene Best, Imperial city manager. They considered three options of rebuilding the old plant, rebuilding in a new location here or building a plant north of the city that encourages economic development.
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November 19, 2007
090 LEGAL ADS SOUTH| NOTICE OF TRUSTEE?S SALE TSG No.: 3418486 TS No.: 20079019203309 FHA/VA/PMI NO.: YOU ARE IN DEFAULT UNDER A DEED OF TRUST, DATED 05/26/2006 UNLESS YOU TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT YOUR PROPERTY, IT MAY BE SOLD AT A PUBLIC SALE. IF YOU NEED AN EXPLANATION OF THE NATURE OF THE PROCEEDING AGAINST YOU, YOU SHOULD CONTACT A LAWYER. On 12/03/2007 at 2:00 PM, FIRST AMERICAN LOANSTAR TRUSTEE SERVICES, as duly appointed Trustee under and pursuant to Deed of Trust recorded 06/05/2006, as Instrument No. 2006-027244, in book, page, of Official Records in the Office of the County Recorder of Imperial County, State of California.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | March 26, 2010
In what is being touted as a “fatal blow” to one of most of violent drug trafficking and extortion operations in Imperial County history, all 31 members of a Mexican Mafia cell have been successfully prosecuted, the state attorney general’s office announced Thursday. The convictions included that of 44-year-old cell leader Patrick Ralph Ponce, of El Centro, who pleaded guilty earlier this week to drug, extortion, weapon and kidnapping charges. Ponce was the last of the cell members to enter his plea on charges brought by Attorney General Jerry Brown’s office.
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By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Staff Writer | July 2, 2012
Allegations of sexual harassment and gender discrimination loom over the El Centro Police Department amid a recent lawsuit filed by a former female police officer. The lawsuit was filed June 20 in San Diego federal court, said attorney Andrew Ryan, who represents the plaintiff, Rebeca Fajardo. “We are not in state court (because) we are alleging violation of federal rights,” Ryan said. Fajardo, who was a police officer in El Centro from January 2010 through December 2011, is suing not only the city but also city employees such as the city's Human Resource Director Teri Brownlee, El Centro Police Chief Jim McGinley and other police personnel like Mario Sanabria, Mike Crankshaw, Jeff Mason and Robert Sawyer, according to court documentation.
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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.
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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.
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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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February 4, 2009
I?ve been hearing rumors about some batting cages getting ready to open on Fourth Street. That would be so cool. I used to love going to batting cages at the old Cindy?s Fun Center off Dogwood Road near the interstate, but they?ve been closed for many years. When are these new batting cages going to open? ? Going Batty, El Centro Much to our surprise, El Centro Batting Cages has been open since November. With next to no advertising and little word of mouth, the four cages (two for softball and two for baseball)
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By CELESTE ALVAREZ | Staff Writer | January 29, 2013
BOMBAY BEACH - The eerie pre-dawn haze over the deserted Salton Sea shoreline created the perfect haunting apocalyptic atmosphere for the filming of a promo for Animal Planet's series “River Monsters.” Known for coming face-to-face with mysterious flesh-eating river predators, Jeremy Wade, biologist and extreme angler, spent Tuesday in Bombay Beach among a crew of 40, creating their season five promotional video to entice anxious fans....
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By JULIO MORALES | Staff Writer, Copy Editor | July 22, 2013
As the proposed El Centro skate park's projected groundbreaking and completion dates kept getting pushed back, Anastasia Miki learned to stop complaining. In her more than six-year effort to get a local skate park built, the Desert Skate Coalition president has encountered her share of challenges, bureaucratic red tape being one of the latest. “I just had to stop worrying about how long it takes,” Miki said. “It's just the nature of government work.” Yet Miki can also count some major successes in her effort, most notably the fact that skate park will, eventually, be built.
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By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer | February 17, 2002
The U.S. Marines whose military helicopter crashed in the Chocolate Mountains in eastern Imperial County Thursday were part of a unit assigned to Camp Pendleton in San Diego, military officials reported late Friday. Officials also identified those Marines killed and wounded in the crash. Killed were Capt. Theodore S. Treadwell, 29, of Phoenix, who was the aircraft's pilot; and Staff Sgt. Roderick D. Nesmith, 30, of Cortez, Colo., who was a crew chief. Two others aboard the UH-1N Huey helicopter were injured.
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By David Steffen | IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | November 12, 2010
BRAWLEY — Crowds gathered at Plaza Park here on Veterans Day to see the park’s new centerpiece — the granite Brawley Veterans Memorial Wall of Honor — and to thank local veterans.   “It’s hard to express after seeing some names that I knew and hung out with,” said Army and Korean War veteran Melchor O’Campo, whose name is also etched into the wall. “It’s an honor. We came all the way from Sacramento to be here.” The wall is composed of five black granite pillars with the names of some 700 Brawley veterans from all military branches.
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Imperial Valley Press Staff | January 17, 2011
Shortly after relocating to the area I had to visit a smog station in order to renew my vehicle registration. The mechanic said my out-of-county vehicle prevented him from performing a smog check. He also said if I went to the Department of Motors Vehicles and told them I relocated to Mexicali, they would waive any smog requirements. Is this true? Are there legal ramifications for such a fib? — Smogging in El Centro Sorry Smogging, it doesn’t seem like you’d be able to get out of testing your vehicle.
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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 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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