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News | By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | November 8, 2011
On two occasions in the past few months, I have witnessed customers paying for beer at a local market. The first occasion was a gentleman in his early 20s who paid for a couple of miscellaneous food items and a 12-pack with an EBT card meant for food assistance. The second occasion was last Sunday when a young woman paid for miscellaneous food items and a three-pack of 16-ounce cans of beer. This means, we, the taxpayers who get up every morning to go to work, are paying for beer for these individuals who receive food assistance.
NEWS
By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | May 5, 2012
MEXICALI - Those heading south of the border for medical resources don't have to worry about waiting as long to cross back into the U.S. with the debut this past week of a medical tourism lane at the Calexico West Port of Entry. The lane is part of a larger plan by the city's tourism department, Comite de Turismo y Convenciones de Mexicali, to harness the lucrative medical tourism market. More than 155,000 people visited Mexicali Municipal, which includes Algodones, and spent about $16 million in medical tourism in 2010, COTUCO Director Omar Dipp said.
SPORTS
By MURRAY ANDERSON | Special to this Newspaper | September 23, 2012
Andy Ruiz was born to be a boxer. His grandfather ran a boxing gym in Mexicali and his father, while never a fighter, trained and promoted boxers and fight cards in both Mexicali and the Imperial Valley. The 23-year-old Ruiz, nicknamed Destroyer, is off to a great start in his boxing career and has received high praise from some of the most experienced trainers in the fight game. After a first-round knockout Sept. 13 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Ruiz improved his record to 16-0 with 10 KOs. “I started boxing when I was 6 years old and I had my first amateur fight at age 7 in San Diego,” Ruiz said.
NEWS
By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | January 1, 2013
Valley residents who regularly travel to Mexico say they simply exercise caution and common sense down here, undeterred by a U.S. Department of State's November travel warning to some parts of Mexico. In a state by state assessment, extra precaution particularly at night was advised for northern Baja California including Mexicali and Tijuana, but no advisory is in effect for southern Baja California. For the one-year period ending in July 2012, the number of murders in Mexicali increased by 43 percent, from 127 in the preceding year to 181, according to the report with Tijuana showing 351 murders for the same year.
SPORTS
By Murray Anderson | Special to this Newspaper | June 11, 2013
LAS VEGAS - Heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz, an Imperial native, is nicknamed “The Destroyer” and when he decides to get in that mindset, opponents beware. Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino here, the 23-year-old Ruiz (19-0, 13 KOs) got into that mindset and scored a first-round knockout victory over Carl Davis (16-6, 12 KOs). After putting Davis on the canvas 20 seconds into the fight with a four-punch combination, Ruiz immediately pounced on his opponent when the bout resumed and delivered a left hook that ended it all. The blow left him wobbly several minutes after the referee had called off the fight.
NEWS
By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | July 27, 2013
CALEXICO - An incident involving an off-duty Calexico police officer at a local bar and restaurant last weekend is being further investigated following additional witness statements. Calexico Police Officer Ruben Lopez was at La Resaca on July 19 when a confrontation occurred involving his wife and another party. The incident was brought to the attention of the Calexico City Council, city manager and Imperial Valley Press staff earlier this week via a citizen's email. In the email, it's alleged that the officer's wife antagonized another party before words were exchanged and the officer allegedly threw a woman across a table before getting in a physical altercation with a man. A Calexico police sergeant then arrived and cited the man who was in the altercation with the off-duty officer.
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 SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | February 9, 2011
Imperial County is among 19 counties whose three-year average teen birth rate was significantly higher than the statewide average, according to statistics released by the California Department of Public Health. The county’s teen birth rate average was 55.5 births per 1,000 girls between the ages of 15 to 19 from 2007 to 2009, said Ken August, a spokesman with the state’s Department of Public Health. Imperial County was fifth among the 19 counties in California whose teen birth rate averages are high, even though it was reported that a statewide decline in teen births occurred in 2009.
OPINION
April 30, 2004
We wish to alert the community to what we view as a grievous error committed by the administration of Central Union High School district administration, and by the members of the Central Union High School board. We are co-chairs of the social science department at Central, and both of us have been on staff for over 35 years. We and the members of our department are dumbfounded by the decision of this district not to rehire Mr. Lou Russo, thereby denying him tenure status. We have investigated this decision, appealed to the principal and the school superintendent for an explanation and have been given no explanation, no defense for this inexplicable action.
NEWS
By ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN | Staff Writer | May 4, 2013
Relatively high pesticide use, asthma rates and contaminated bodies of water give Brawley the dubious distinction of being one of the most polluted areas in California, according to a recent report by a state environmental health agency. Pesticide use in Brawley, for instance, places it in the 91st percentile in the state. Asthma rates are higher than nearly 97 percent of the rest of California. And with a percentile of 99.66, Brawley's rivers and streams are more contaminated than other waterways in California, according to the first draft of the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool, compiled by the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment.
NEWS
By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer | February 9, 2001
Sex, love, relationships, abortion, drugs, alcohol, HIV, AIDS, tobacco, homosexuality and suicide are some of the issues youths are facing. For many youths, talking about any of those issues to parents or adults is difficult. How do you tell your parents you are pregnant? How will people treat you when they find out you are HIV-positive? Those are difficult questions that only a person experiencing the situation can truly answer. A radio talk show in El Centro is dedicating itself to talking about these issues.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
By MARIO RENTERÍA, Sports Editor | January 11, 2005
CALEXICO ? It's more than just a race. The third annual city of Calexico Runathon on Saturday, featuring a 2-mile walk and 6-mile race, is not only aimed at attracting more participants than last year but bringing families together for an afternoon of raffles, music and camaraderie. With about 240 runners and walkers combined participating last year, race director Manuel Ramos is expecting to top that total. "This year we're expecting more because this race will be supported by IMDECUF in Mexicali," said Ramos, who also is a police commissioner in Calexico.
NEWS
By RUDY YNIGUEZ,Staff Writer | October 22, 2005
Official records from the Albuquerque, N.M.-based Sandia National Laboratory confirm the so-called Salton Sea Test Base was used by the laboratory during its nuclear weapons program but that no fissionable material was ever present. Will Keener, a Sandia spokesman, said nuclear cores were removed and replaced with ?joint test assemblies.? ?Sandia did not do any testing at the Salton Sea involving fissionable materials,? he said by phone Friday. ?We did test weapons from the stockpile by dropping them into the sea.?
NEWS
By CHELCEY ADAMI | Imperial Valley Press | March 26, 2011
LOS ALGODONES — Snowbirds flock to Los Algodones, Baja California, Mexico, every year to safely save, at times, thousands of dollars on medical services. Snowbirds Jerry and Kathy Martin of Utah have been coming to the town for 28 years, and both have had dental work done there. “Medical and dental work is done better here,” Kathy said. “It’s more efficient. I’ll never go back to a U.S. dentist.” Charles and Doris Gillespie of Bandera, Texas, bought $500 worth of medication Friday that they said would have cost them $4,000 in the United States.
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