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News | By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | September 16, 2011
What's up with the long wait for IHSS service? There are disabled and elderly people awaiting services for in-home care, and Social Services do not respond to a person's needs. They take months to process an application and several months to pay a caregiver. Aren't there state-mandated time frames to process an application? I don't think that it is right. Would you like to work for free? - Concerned citizen, Heber The short answer is yes, there is a state-mandated timeline for the application process, but there are a variety of issues that go into how the applications are handled.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | December 10, 2011
Arab: A member of a Semitic people inhabiting much of the Middle East and North Africa. That doesn't sound a lot like Imperial Valley College. With all the political correctness going on, has Imperial Valley College ever thought of changing their name from Arabs? - Concerned Citizen, El Centro This version of a similar question received Friday was at least printable. The other one was a bit saltier. We were wondering why we received two questions in one day about something that hasn't been brought up in a number of years.
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April 9, 2013
How often does a person who is on probation get tested for drugs? I see a person that I know is on probation and he seems to always be under the influence of drugs. Also, what happens if he violates his probation? - Curious, Imperial County This is an excellent question with a not very excellent answer. But that's no fault of who we went to for our info. Truth be told, there are so many variables involved in this question, from who gets testing as part of their probation terms, to how often they are subject to testing, to what exactly happens if someone violates probation.
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By ALEXIS RANGEL | Staff Writer | April 13, 2013
IMPERIAL - Families in Imperial Valley have flocked to the Motor-Vu Drive-in here during the summer months for generations, but that will no longer be possible as the theater will be closed indefinitely. The closure was decided about four weeks ago, said Bobby Gran, in charge of operations for Cal-Gran Theaters LLC. “It was partially because of the digital situation and getting the 35 millimeter prints,” said Gran. “And based on the books, it wasn't producing enough money.
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July 19, 2008
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By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer | September 15, 2002
CALEXICO ? California's Department of Social Services has slapped CHARLEE Family Care Inc. with an accusation for revocation, a hefty lawsuit-like document that has to be filed with the state's Office of Administrative Hearings before state officials can shut down the "Birch Home," a group home for wayward girls. The home is managed by CHARLEE, a Yucaipa-based non-profit corporation. According to the DSS, CHARLEE administrators have employed a convicted felon at the Birch Home, exposed the girls to an unsafe and sometimes hostile environment, ignored citations for the aforementioned violations and attempted to intimidate girls who complained to state investigators, among other alleged administrative misdeeds.
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January 15, 2008
QUESTION: With the recent news that it snowed in Baghdad for the first time ever, is there, on record, a time when it snowed in the Valley? My father-in-law told me once that he did remember at least one time snowing in the Mexicali Valley when he was a kid; he was born in 1923. With the crazy weather around the world, I bet it will be just a matter of time when we do get snow here in the Valley. ? Let It Snow, El Centro. With global-warming a reality, we expect the Imperial Valley to be the next Big Bear in a couple hundred years.
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December 29, 2004
Several psychiatrists have said that Scott Peterson is a psychopath. A psychopath is NOT a psycho. He is not insane. He is conscienceless. At one time the psychopath was called a "moral degenerate. " Later he was renamed a "psychopath" and "sociopath. " Sociopath is the term I prefer to use. One noted psychologist, Hervey Cleckley, wrote what I believe to be the definitive (early) study of social pathology. He titled that book "The Mask of Sanity. " A more modern psychiatrist calls sociopaths "Human Chameleons.
SPORTS
By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer | April 10, 2005
Reuben Partin 1900s In 1917, his sophomore year at Calexico High School, Reuben Partin played in a football game pitting freshmen and sophomore Bulldogs versus the juniors and seniors. Partin was named the captain of that young team, which was quite an honor at the time, according to Calexico historian Mike Charles of San Diego. When Charles played for the Bulldogs in the mid-1950s, the team picked a captain before each game. Being named captain in Partin's era meant something more.
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By ELIZABETH VARIN, Staff Writer | January 24, 2010
A man was arrested after allegedly breaking into seven water-dispensing machines and stealing money, said Officer Aaron Messick of the El Centro Police Department. Abel Arguilez, 29, of Imperial allegedly broke into Glacier water machines around town and took out the cash holders, Messick said. “It’s a lot of effort, but they’re able to get enough money to survive,” he said. “Thieves always find a way to make money.” The arresting officer, William Gonzalez, was given the two-weeks worth of cases late in the week, and through investigation nabbed the suspect Saturday morning, Messick said.
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By Keith S. Mayberry, University of California-Cooperative Extension adviser | June 22, 2002
Question: My neighbors have Bermuda grass just like I do, but theirs is green and lush and mine is pale-colored and has seed heads. Why? Answer: Green Bermuda grass lawns result from the regular 4-6 week application of nitrogen fertilizer at 0.5 pounds actual nitrogen per 1000 square feet and irrigating at least twice a week. If the lawn is stressed due to lack of water or lack of fertilizer, the turf goes into a reproductive mode and produces abundant seed heads. You need to go back to the basics and care for your lawn in the same manner you would the household pet. Feed and water it at regular intervals as required by the kind of turf you have.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press Staff | May 17, 2011
Two nights before 17-year-old Jennifer Emily Fierro went to celebrate a birthday party Saturday on Hamilton Avenue she had a nightmare about monsters coming to take her, her mother said. The monsters did just that early Sunday. Jennifer died  after  being deliberately hit by a motorist  as a fight broke out on the street during the party. Jennifer's mother said she felt an uneasiness about her youngest daughter's absence that was so strong she slept on the family sofa waiting for Jennifer to come back home.
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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.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | November 9, 2007
A federal judge in El Centro ordered an El Monte man on Thursday to face cocaine trafficking charges in Los Angeles federal court. Noting his criminal record that dates back to 1996, U.S. Magistrate Peter Lewis also denied bail for 37-year-old Epifanio Mercado, who alle-gedly kidnapped a 17-year-old Chino girl during the weekend and led police on a high-speed chase that ended in an El Centro neighborhood. Mercado faces a possible 10-year prison sentence in connection with drug trafficking charges stemming from a federal warrant.
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By ERIC GALVAN, Staff Writer | August 31, 2007
The arrest of 25 people in Imperial and San Diego counties Thursday morning will ?place a significant dent? in the Mexican Mafia?s local operations, Imperial County District Attorney Gilbert Otero said. In what the DA?s Office is calling ?Operation Gangland,? 25 members of the Mexican Mafia ? including Imperial County head Patrick Ralph Ponce of El Centro and San Diego County head Richard Charles Buchanan ? were arrested as part of a 46-count indictment handed down through the San Diego Federal Grand Jury.
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