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News | By ELIZABETH VARIN and Imperial Valley Press Staff | April 24, 2011
Vicky Cook remembers, while visiting the Barbara Worth Country Club as a child, looking out the window to see the big adobe-style dwelling that used to house a Valley legend. “It was just a fascinating-looking house,” she said. She never went inside Harold Bell Wright’s old home, but she liked to imagine what it would have been like living back then. It always looked so glamorous, though by the time she saw it the house had been run down. Years later she now lives across the street from where Imperial Valley’s most famous author used to live, and though she hasn’t read his Valley-based book, she understands the importance of Barbara Worth.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By CHELCEY ADAMI and LAURA GONZALEZ | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | July 10, 2011
MEXICALI — With details that echo Jack the Ripper, Mexicali officials are investigating a possible serial killer or killers targeting area prostitutes for years. About 44 murders of women here since 2008 appear to have enough similarities to potentially be the result of a serial killer or killers, said Alfredo Arenas Moreno, Baja California Estate Police chief officer in charge of the international liaison unit. While the Baja California Attorney General’s Office here is officially in charge of the investigation, updates on the investigation are regularly provided to police.
NEWS
By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | July 18, 2012
Thousands of dollars worth of methamphetamine and cocaine were seized while two females and four males were arrested in the early hours of Wednesday after two narcotics search warrants were executed by El Centro Police Department's SWAT team. As a result, Faustino Ramirez Caro Jr., Christian Castillo, Alfredo Castillo, Crystal Obeso and Cassandra Gloria were arrested on suspicion of various drug-related charges. The first warrant was served in the 100 block of West State Street, at the apartment of Ramirez Caro Jr., while the second warrant was served in the 100 block of West Orange Avenue, at the apartment of Christian Castillo, according to a press release.
OPINION
Dora DePaoli | From the Desk of Dora DePaoli | February 19, 2013
Recently, while visiting a Wednesday evening service at Calvary Chapel in El Centro, Pastor Pete Mallinger told this story about Lewis Lawes, a former warden at Sing Sing Prison in New York. Lawes became warden there in 1921. It was the toughest prison in the nation at that time. When he retired twenty years later, the prison had become a humanitarian institution because of reforms he instituted. People credited Lawes for the changes. When he was asked about the transformation, here's what he said: “I owe it all to my wonderful wife, Kathryn, who is buried outside the prison walls.” Kathryn Lawes was a young mother with three small children when her husband became the warden.
OPINION
Dora DePaoli | October 6, 2010
I recently discovered the best thrift shop in San Diego. It is The Rock Thrift Store, located at 3191-B Sports Arena Blvd. The shop is light and airy, and staffed by courteous volunteers who seem to be having a great time. Everything is clean. Nothing is stained or torn, and a lot of name brand merchandise is sold. The shop is an outreach of the Rock Church in Liberty Station off Rosecrans. Today’s finds included sweatpants and a polo shirt for one of my sons, a wonderful new chopping block and a set of placemats.
OPINION
By DANIEL SANTILLAN | April 18, 2011
Don’t think that I forgot my promise to write more on the Arab and Jewish influence on Mexican/Hispanic culture, language, foods and so much more.   I will begin in the 15th century Spain/Iberia Peninsula, when Columbus sailed the ocean blue to the New World. An 800-year occupation/rule by the Moors/Arabs had just ended. Sephardic Jews settle the peninsula before the birth of Christ. Add the Roman 1,000-year presence and we have the Spanish language. Examples: jamas (never again)
NEWS
By ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN | Staff Writer | November 21, 2012
Albert Salgado is arguably a lucky man. At 71 years of age, the Calexico resident has been cancer-free for 17 years, and credits something far more elemental than modern medicine for his cure: faith. The retired U.S. Customs agent started losing his voice in late 1994. What he initially thought was simply a sore throat was, in reality, a tumor in his left vocal chord. If there was one thing that was positive, it is that doctors identified the cancer in an early stage. They moved quickly and removed the tumor surgically.
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
By RICHARD BROWN MONTENEGRO | Local Content Editor | March 23, 2013
A $600,000 out-of-court settlement has been reached in the federal wrongful death lawsuit between the family of Edmund “Bubba” Gutierrez and the city of Imperial. The case could be officially dismissed within days, but for all intents and purposes the suit was settled Tuesday in an official record of action in U.S. District Court. The family was seeking in excess of $1 million in damages for the alleged wrongful death, personal injury and rights violations of Gutierrez at the hands of Imperial police Officer Eric Granado and now-retired Officer Joe Garibaldi and the city of Imperial.
SPORTS
BY TOM RONCO | Special to this Newspaper | June 9, 2013
Last month when the Brawley Union High baseball season ended in the CIF-San Diego CIF Division playoffs, it marked the end of a 12-year era for the Mohamed siblings. Marty Jr., Kyle, Dylan and Jared all have shared a similar path as Wildcats. Outstanding football players and co-captains of their football teams, all were recognized as San Diego Union Tribune Scholar-Athletes and enshrined in the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame's San Diego Chapter and all were named to All-Imperial Valley League teams on both offense and defense.
NEWS
By MARIO RENTERÍA, Sports Editor | January 24, 2010
Sparta in ancient Greece was no doubt a fascinating city in world history. Its dominant military power ensured the Spartans a spot in the B.C. timeline. The ancient Greeks were also the first to have established boxing. That, plus its mentality of discipline and training is why longtime boxer and new boxing gymnasium owner Fernando Lara decided to name his new gym, Sparta Boxing. “When I was in college, I did a report on the city of Sparta and I was very fascinated with it to the point where I named my youngest son, Maximus,” Lara said.
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.
OPINION
Bret Kofford | April 6, 2011
Teachers have become pariahs to a certain segment of America. Not only are their unions breaking the backs of state and local governments with their outrageous salary and benefit demands, most teachers are liberal and are poisoning our young people’s minds with their twisted ideas about politics, poverty and social justice, according to the Becks, Hannitys and Levins of the world. My colleague Rogelio Reyes, longtime professor of linguistics and Spanish at San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus, exemplified much of what the cultural right hates about many teachers and academicians in America.
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