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News | By ELIZABETH VARIN and Staff Writer | July 8, 2012
Hazy skies throughout Imperial Valley typically signify one thing this time of year: Farmers are finishing their crops of wheat and burning off the stubble from their fields. Those plumes of smoke that fill the air throughout Imperial County on certain days will take a reprieve soon as the wheat-burning season comes to an end. However the agriculture burning that some say has become much hated and misunderstood by residents will pick up again in winter as the necessary-but-not-preferred option continues.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | October 30, 2011
Whether you believe in ghosts or not, people all around the Valley have their own tales of spooky experiences. Calexico resident Chuy Iniguez used to work the graveyard shift with Imperial Irrigation District on the All-American Canal. One night he looked down the bank and saw several people walking. “I got scared, blinked twice and started walking to where the people were supposed to be, but they weren't there,” he said. “I used to get scared, but after the first five years working there, I got used to it. You see all this stuff and aren't sure if it's your mind playing tricks.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | June 11, 2013
Some cool off by heading to the beaches of Ensenada or San Diego or maybe the river in Yuma, but others have been splashing around the lesser-known Rio Hardy for decades. The water sport oasis is about 35 to 45 minutes south of Mexicali on the way to San Felipe and boasts a secluded and peaceful area to enjoy activities such as water skiing, boating, wakeboarding and more. Land along Rio Hardy is privately owned by about four or five people, and more than 95 percent of the shoreline properties are rented out by U.S. citizens primarily from California and Arizona, said Omar Dipp Nuñez, general director of Comité de Turismo y Convenciones de Mexicali.
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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.
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BY SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | November 19, 2010
CALEXICO — Shorter wait times are expected after an additional SENTRI lane opened this week at the east Port of Entry, a port official said. The new lane will be open seven days a week, including holidays, from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. The lane will accommodate already-existing lanes at the port to allow travelers who are pre-approved for entry into the U.S. to be processed faster at the port. “The addition of a SENTRI vehicle lane at the Calexico East port along with expanding SENTRI hours of operation at the downtown port will provide shorter wait times for trusted travelers at California’s fourth-busiest port,” Port Director Billy Whitford said in the statement.
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)
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By ELIZABETH VARIN | Staff Writer | July 28, 2012
More than 450 jobs are going away as a food processing facility is closing its doors and heading off to Yuma. River Ranch Fresh Foods, based in Salinas with a food processing and cooling and shipping facility in El Centro, will be permanently closing the two local facilities in November, the date they were scheduled to reopen again for the winter season. “River Ranch has been fortunate to operate a processing facility in El Centro, CA for more than 10 years,” wrote Marketing Manager Jennifer Oliveri in a statement.
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By ALEJANDRO DÁVILA | Staff Writer | January 15, 2013
A new housing project is coming to the Salton Sea area, promising to help Salton Sea restoration efforts while offering environmental stewardship to residents.  Travertine Point, a housing project covering Imperial and Riverside counties as well as Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indian territory, was approved by the Imperial County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. This is a unique project, said county Planning Director Armando Villa. Travertine Point is the first massive planned community approved in the county in modern times, he said.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI, Staff Writer | July 24, 2013
CAMPO - A soft breeze touched those gathered high atop a hill by the international border fence where Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas was tragically killed in 2009 while on patrol. Family, friends and supporters came to begin the fourth annual Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas Memorial Relay Run that began in Campo early Tuesday evening and was set to end this morning at Evergreen Cemetery where the El Centro native is buried. More than 60 people including agents from the San Diego and El Centro sectors participated in the all-night 68-mile run, in which a group does a memorial mile at the beginning and end before splitting off for the smaller 2.55-mile segments in honor of Rosas' call sign.
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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.
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November 1, 2004
Story by HEATHER BREMNER, Photos by KEVIN MARTY, Staff A woman in white standing in the window of an abandoned building. A little girl waiting near the doorway of an old El Centro home. A cache of bones churned up while digging a canal. Every town has its ghost stories: stories of restless souls, children who died tragically, people murdered by the hand of a loved one. Their spirits must be searching for something, some say. They cannot rest in peace until they settle some score.
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July 17, 2012
Hunting season is coming up on us fast. I haven't seen anything about hunting classes. Do you know when the hunting classes are? My son wants to get his license this year before dove season. - Dad, Brawley We usually get e-mails sent to us asking us to let the community know about hunter safety course class schedules. We haven't seen any this year, or for the past few years. When we do get them, we noticed there seem to be fewer every year. We imagine that is the cost of operating in California.
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By ARTURO BOJORQUEZ, Staff Writer | July 14, 2001
MEXICALI ? James Williams Stone was seen as a "keystone" to Mexicali's past and future. On Friday night, Stone was posthumously given the Mexicalense Distinguido award, presented by the Mexicali City Council as part of festivities honoring this city's anniversary. Stone died Jan. 25, 1979, in Mexico City. His daughter, Gloria Stone Rojo of Tijuana, accepted the award on her father's behalf. "It feels good that after he died 22 years ago, the ?jaboneros' remember him and always try to recognize him, and that speaks very well about my father ?
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By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Staff Writer | November 19, 2011
The upcoming El Centro Skate Park will be certified and eligible to be part of the Street League tournament as revealed in a Web video made by professional skateboarder and Street League founder Rob Dyrdek, the park designer said. Early this month, Kinley-Horn and Associate Inc. and their subcontractor Site Design were hired by the city to do the consulting and the design of the $2.5 million project. Street League is a touring tournament that rallies the top professional skateboarders who compete for prize money.
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