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News | By Becky Hanks | April 11, 2012
Faced with making a life-changing decision for their unborn twin girls, former Brawley resident Bryanne McCown and husband Adam found their faith challenged but discovered that the support of this close-knit Valley community and prayer helped carry them through the most difficult test of their lives. Their victory was never more apparent than this past January when they stood before their church and christened their miraculously healthy daughters, giving thanks for them. A native of Brawley and daughter of Carl and Evelyn Stills, Bryanne graduated in 2000 as valedictorian from Brawley Union High.
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BY KARINA LOPEZ | Staff Writer | July 26, 2012
IMPERIAL - For Oscar Escalante, the decision to enroll his daughters in beginning guitar was an easy one. “We're always playing music at home,” said Escalante, an Imperial resident. “Hopefully they'll continue on from here and stick with it. We may have given them a little push to join, but I think they liked it.” On Wednesday, Escalante's daughters, 9-year-old Jillian and 7-year-old Elle, got a chance to show off their newly acquired guitar skills at their end-of-summer performance.
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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 ERIC GALVAN | Special to this Newspaper | July 13, 2011
There’s little Ruben Niebla hasn’t seen on a baseball field. There are few levels that he hasn’t coached or managed and he’s seen his share of players come and go. Right now, he’s serving as the pitching coach for the Columbus Clippers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. And, for a former player who has made a living as a teacher of the game of baseball, this level may be where he’s able to pass along all that he’s seen. “This is just a great level,” said Niebla, a 1990 graduate from Calexico High School.
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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 ELIZABETH VARIN | Staff Writer | April 28, 2012
In Imperial Valley two in every five people are obese, nearly 13,000 people have been diagnosed with diabetes and 163 children were hospitalized in 2010 due to asthma. The Valley leads the state with these factors, having the highest rates of diabetes, asthma hospitalizations and obesity. Because of these and other factors, Imperial County has an uncertain future, ranking as one of the worst counties in California for its health habits, though currently the area is not too far off with how healthy it is. About one in three people reported having bad or only fair health, according to a report released earlier this month by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.
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By JULIO MORALES | Staff Writer, Copy Editor | September 4, 2012
BRAWLEY - City officials expressed mixed feelings about a halfway house for federal prison inmates scheduled to open within the next few months. The residential re-entry center has been contracted to provide housing for about two dozen inmates as they seek to transition back into society. The federal Bureau of Prisons decided on establishing an RRC in the Valley some three years ago, said an official with the company contracted to run the facility, Anaheim-based Working Alternatives Inc. Bureaucratic delays kept the facility at 718 and 720 E St. from opening sooner.
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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 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.
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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.
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February 26, 2010
I went to Subway the other day to buy two footlongs. I wanted one toasted and was told by the employee that Subway now charges to have a footlong toasted. My question is, why? I asked the employee and she didn’t have an answer. Are they going to charge for baking your bread, too? Is the oven contracted by some other company? What gives? Money is not the issue, just curiosity. I think it sounds ridiculous? — Soft and Doughy, El Centro We chose to answer this question as an example of the public’s blatant abuse of PROBE.
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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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Rogelio Gómez Mejía | November 4, 2011
Al parecer la dudosa reputación de la antes admirada Isabel Miranda de Wallace está en serio predicamento por culpa aparente del controvertido enjuiciamiento de una víctima circunstancial o presunto culpable a la vez, que al ser estigmatizado como probable responsable del  doble horrendo fratricidio de su hermana y acuchillamiento de su cuñado, lleva 20 años encarcelado ante la angustia de sus atormentados padres que juran su inocencia en desigual...
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By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Staff Writer | December 31, 2011
Drive east of Niland, past an upcoming solar project, an Imperial Irrigation District substation and a man-made mountain, and you'll enter Slab City, a settlement in the middle of the desert dubbed by some as the “last free place in America.” In 1,500 A.D., between 10,000 and 30,000 American Indians lived here, according to a University of California, Riverside, thesis written by Dorothy Ann Phelps. Now, there are about 200 permanent residents, born mainly elsewhere, and between 1,000 and 2,000 mostly retired snowbirds during the winter.
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