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News | By ALEXIS RANGEL and Staff Writer | April 7, 2013
CALIPATRIA - After nearly 20 years Jane Mata is still amazed by family and friends coming out to honor and support her late son Nathan “Nate” Mata. Families spent a day at the park for the 20th annual Nate Mata Memorial Scholarship Fund fundraiser. Jane Mata estimated roughly 500 to 600 people attended the tri-tip barbecue fundraiser Saturday at Rademacher Park. The event had 30 sponsors, who have been regular supporters for the past 20 years. All the proceeds from the fundraiser go to the scholarship fund, which benefits all graduating athletes from Calipatria High School.
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BY ALEXIS RANGEL | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | April 21, 2013
CALEXICO - Rather than rush home straight after school on a Wednesday, six students made their way to the garden they help grow with Calexico High's Eco-Garden Club. For the past year and a half, students have been learning how to build and raise a garden from the bottom up. Jessica Yocupicio, with Calexico's Neighborhood House and the academic adviser for the Eco-Garden Club, said the garden that students grow teaches them to recycle and reduce their waste output. “The idea to bring a garden club to Calexico High School began because I really wanted to do something outside at one of the schools,” Yocupicio said.
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By ELIZABETH VARIN | Digital Media News Editor | May 23, 2013
A haystack fire is expected to continue to burn for the next couple of days after catching fire on Thursday morning. Fire crews from Imperial County and El Centro were on scene east of the Interstate 8 off ramps at Dogwood Road. The fire took place at a smaller road north of the interstate called Dealwood Rood. Haystacks stretching about 200 feet were on fire Thursday morning, said Imperial County Fire Capt. Luis Andrade. Firefighters were at the site keeping the fire from spreading to a nearby haystack and some of the brush in the area.
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By JASON ROGERS | April 6, 2003
Staff Writer Arthur Aguilar has been a wrestler for several years. Recent events have sent him into a completely different battle, however. Aguilar, 21, is in the Navy and serves as a fireman aboard the USS Rushmore, an amphibious assault ship. The Rushmore left San Diego on Jan. 6 and is now in the Persian Gulf. Leaving wasn't easy for the 2000 graduate of Central Union High School in El Centro. "This is his first extended leave," said Sylvia Aguilar, his mother.
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By SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | February 3, 2011
Louis Evans was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on the charge of first-degree murder in connection with the fatal stabbing of an El Centro resident last month. Saying nothing as Imperial County Superior Court Judge Matias Contreras determined there was enough evidence to try him, Evans was ordered back in court Feb. 17 for an expected round of pre-trial appearances. Evans, 19, has pleaded not guilty in the case and remains in custody. Prosecuting attorney Jill Cristich was expected to call on the expert testimony of Imperial County gang task force member James Maiga, who is also a supervisory U.S. Border Patrol agent, to help bolster the special allegation filed against Evans.
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By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer | June 9, 2004
Dateline: San Diego For 24 years John Fernandes has been engaged in the war on drugs, from the shores of Miami to the jungles of Lima, Peru, as an agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. His latest assignment has placed him in a new setting ? the stretch of land that covers the U.S./Mexico border across Southern California. As the special agent in charge for the San Diego and Imperial counties for the DEA, the 51-year-old Fernandes has oversight over the border region.
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By LEO MIRAMON, Staff Writer | January 5, 2006
The Imperial County Sheriff?s Office investigations unit is asking for the public?s help in finding the owners of several jewelry items found during the execution of a search warrant at a residence in the Niland area. Sheriff?s investigation Sgt. Mike Leon said deputies served a search warrant Dec. 8 at a home in Niland for drug charges. That is when deputies found the jewelry. Some jewelry found in the home had a Calipatria resident?s name engraved in it and the owner was contacted.
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By GREG HOLT, Staff Writer | October 13, 2006
CALEXICO ? Mexicali students attending school in Calexico started crossing the U.S.-Mexico border via a specially designated student pedestrian lane at the downtown Port of Entry on Tuesday. U.S. Customs and Border Protection set up the student lane because students and their parents have had to endure waits of an hour or more nearly every day before starting school since the school year began in August. CBP San Diego Field Operations Office spokesman Vincent Bond said CBP understands that the excessive waiting could pose a threat to a child?
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By CHRIS GRANT, Sports Editor | February 16, 2001
CALIPATRIA ? The Brawley Union High School boys basketball team wrapped up its perfect Imperial Valley League season with a 65-49 win over Southwest here Thursday. The Wildcats were forced to play on Calipatria's home court because of construction at Brawley Union High. The change of venue did not seem to affect the Wildcats much as they took the lead midway through the first quarter and never gave it up. "We didn't play our best but we pulled through in the end," said Wildcat senior Wheeler Morgan who finished with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists.
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By CHRIS GRANT, Sports Editor | February 25, 2001
CARLSBAD ? The Brawley Union High School wrestling team added another star to its already stellar season as five Wildcat wrestlers qualified for the state meet at the San Diego Section Masters Meet here Saturday. "We wrestled real well," said Brawley coach Keith Smith. "The competition's tough here. We would have liked to have somebody in third. " What the Wildcats did get was one first-place finish from Jose Reyes at 121 pounds and second-place finishes from David Villagran (103)
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By RUDY YNIGUEZ, Staff Writer | June 21, 2001
In a conciliatory gesture Wednesday, the El Centro City Council chose to drop the issue of one of its members conceding to passing himself off as mayor. Councilman David Dhillon apologized for any instances in which he claimed to be mayor when he wasn't and apologized for others who on his behalf claimed he was mayor. Dhillon last served as mayor during 1999 and since then rumors had surfaced by other council members that he was still claiming to be the mayor. The recent issue surfaced when Mayor Cheryl Walker and City Manager Abdel Salem visited Sacramento to speak with the governor's legislative assistant.
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By ERIC GALVAN, Staff Writer | July 30, 2005
Dateline: Seeley Milton Howard is serving a life sentence in Centinela State Prison. The 48-year-old is originally from Pomona, but life has seen him end up in Centinela, where he's been since 1996. He wasn't raised in the 100-plus degree temperatures that hit the Imperial Valley, but being a resident for close to 10 years, he's gotten used to it. "It gets very warm out there. The heat I can deal with. It's just the humidity that gets you," said Howard. "Me, I'm in a yard crew and you're out there all day long, but you get used to it. " Howard is one of the nearly 5,000 inmates at Centinela who have to deal with the summer heat on a regular basis.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | September 30, 2012
Court case wrap-up: People vs. Neil Green Pretrial hearing: El Centro resident Neil Green appeared in the Imperial County jail court Monday morning on a charge of one count of murder with malice and forethought in connection with the death of his father, Melvin Green, 62, early this year. Green's attorney, Ryan Childers, did not appear in court Monday. In his place, attorney Raj P. Singh sat in on the hearing, according to Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Brooker. According to initial conversations with Childers, Green's defense maintained his client was acting in self-defense from years of abuse inflicted upon him by his father.
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