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News | By CHELCEY ADAMI and Staff Writer | May 1, 2013
Federal authorities are searching for potential young victims following an indictment of an El Centro man for sexual exploitation of a minor.  U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations arrested El Centro resident Damian C. Mora, 30, on April 9, and he was indicted by a federal grand jury April 10.  Special agents executed a search warrant at his El Centro home where Mora lived since January. Agents seized multiple videos of minors in sex acts with adults, and his computer had a collection of child pornography including images showing sexual exploitation of children as young as 2-years-old.
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By DARREN SIMON | March 24, 2002
Staff Writer The time is 10 p.m. The day, Friday. It's cold; the wind gusty. A lone woman walks along Adams Avenue near 12th Street in El Centro. She is pacing in front of a liquor store ? waiting, watching. A pickup pulls up beside her; the driver looking for a little company. "Looking for a date?" the woman asks. For several hours Friday night and Saturday morning that scenario played out over and over again. The woman was one of three undercover officers taking part in an operation meant to strike at those soliciting the services of prostitutes and ultimately get some drugs and drug pushers off the streets.
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By THOMAS TURINI, Cooperative Extension plant pathology adviser | February 9, 2004
One of the most common citrus questions regards the best citrus varieties to plant in the low desert. Although our extreme heat, wind and occasional frosts limit our choices, there are many varieties that perform well under our conditions. Commercially, high quality early-season grapefruit, lemons, mandarins and Valencia oranges come from desert areas in California and Arizona and it is possible to successfully grow these trees in your home garden as well. > > Grapefruit For the red-fleshed grapefruit, there are several options.
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By Brianna Lusk | October 29, 2006
Staff Writer It?s the feeling you get when you walk into a dark room. Something in the corner catches your eye, or a shadow moves behind the drapes unexpectedly. The hairs on the back of your neck instantly stand on end and goose bumps run down your arms. Whether you?ve experienced something like the following stories or you dismiss tales of floating orbs and see-through Caspers as nothing more than figments of one?s imagination, the Imperial Valley has a number of haunting stories passed down through the years.
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By LEO MIRAMON, Staff Writer | May 14, 2005
Dateline: Calexico The Calexico downtown shoppers fill the sidewalks, some with their minds set only on shopping and others with the thought of stopping by to enjoy a cold drink and what seems to be a local favorite, Oasis hot dogs with all the fixings. A crowd gathers around the hot dog shop as the smell of weiners, chopped onions and chili beans tempts shoppers walking down Second Street as they stop by Oasis Root Beer in the 200 block of East Second Street. Eva Castro and Maria Luisa Chavarria, both from Calexico, are the two women at the helm making the hot dogs that people flock to buy. The unique thing about this hole-in-the-wall storefront is that there are no seats, and patrons take turns standing at a counter while they chow down.
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By JONATHAN DALE, Staff Writer | February 24, 2008
Ariel Jutras is typical of most Imperial Valley teens in that she thinks there isn?t a whole lot to do locally. ?Here in the Valley, there are a couple things to do,? Ariel, a 17-year-old Central Union High School senior, said. ?There are activities for students such as PAL and school activities. ?We also have places like the mall that are fun to hang out with friends,? she said. ?There?s also Glamis, but other than that there?s not really anything to do.? Watch video here It?
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By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | May 9, 2008
Maria Tarazon, who runs a small insurance brokerage, said she knew little about the Silver Oriental Massage on Fourth Street but did recall seeing cars coming and going from the rear of the location. ?I saw cars coming in and out all the time when I was at the front desk,? Tarazon said Thursday. Watch video Tarazon, who estimated the massage parlor was opened for about six months, wasn?t the only one who noticed the activity at the location. El Centro police conducted a sting operation Wednesday night that resulted in the arrest of a woman suspected of prostitution.
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By ELIZABETH VARIN | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | August 24, 2010
Before 6 a.m. Sept. 1 the resounding reports of shotguns will fill the air near fields as dove-hunting season opens. The season will start on a Wednesday, though the local Fish and Game Commission has discussed alternative starting dates. The county Fish and Game Commission had discussions about moving the hunting season opening to Labor Day weekend, but it was only discussion, said Warden Greg Verbrugge. The change is not a decision that can be made by a local jurisdiction, as the season’s opening day is set by the federal Fish and Wildlife Service and adopted by the state.
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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.
NEWS
June 27, 2011
I heard that Imperial Valley College has a waiting list to get in for the fall semester. How much of this is true and, if it is, how is IVC going to determine who is going to get in first? Are people from the United States that pay taxes going to get the top choice or are people from Mexicali that are taking our financial aid going to get in first? — Waiting to Know, Brawley Ahh, the prejudicial beast rears its ugly head again in terms of Imperial Valley College enrolling kids from Mexicali.
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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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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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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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