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News | By CHELCEY ADAMI and Staff Writer | July 27, 2013
CALEXICO - More than 17 tons of marijuana valued at nearly $10 million was seized at the Calexico East Port of Entry on Thursday in what is considered the largest narcotic bust ever at the Calexico ports of entry. Around 3 p.m., a 2013 Kenworth tractor-trailer entered the cargo facility at the port with cargo that was supposed to be computer monitors. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer referred it for further examination. CBP officers ran the conveyance through the port's imaging system and anomalies were detected in the cargo.
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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 RICHARD MYERS | February 25, 2002
Sports Editor SEELEY ? Ten-year-old Hayden McNeer of Holtville couldn't contain his enthusiasm. "Look, look," he said Saturday morning as he lifted a string of trout to show people walking by. "That big one is mine. " Hayden was one of more than 320 youngsters who lined the banks of Sunbeam Lake during the annual Imperial Valley Junior fishing Trout Derby, which was held at both Sunbeam and Wiest lakes near Brawley. Hayden was at Sunbeam as the guest of his neighbor Bob Justice.
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April 21, 2005
El Centro Aug. 3, 1928 ? April 17, 2005 No services will be held for Bertie Lou "Susie" Griffith, 76, of El Centro, who died Sunday in Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego. Mrs. Griffith was born Aug. 3, 1928, in San Diego. She married Earl Griffith in El Centro in 1947. Mrs. Griffith was a telephone operator for Pacific Bell Co., when it was at 636 State St. in El Centro. She was a past president, treasurer and a lifetime member of the Moose Lodge in El Centro and worked as bookkeeper for E.B. Farmer Livestock Transportation.
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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.
BUSINESS
By JULIO MORALES | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer/Copy Editor | January 22, 2012
Dr. Steve Bowen, DVM, Valley Veterinary Clinic 485 Broadway, Suite F, El Centro, CA 92243 760-352-1279 Tell us how you ended up in this line of wor k. A job experience in college working with dairy cattle and sheep in a research project gave me my first experience with animal health responsibilities. After finishing veterinary medical school I was assigned to the Yuma Proving Grounds as the Base Veterinarian in 1971. After I was discharged from the US Army I practiced in Yuma, AZ for a couple of years then moved to El Centro to join the Valley Veterinary Clinic (established in 1956)
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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.
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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.
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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.
SPORTS
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | July 25, 2012
El Centro Soccer and IVUSA will have registration for their combined league from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 4 at the water retention basin at the corner of Lotus and Wensley avenues in El Centro. Parents or guardians must provide a birth certificate and $60 registration fee. Registration is open to youths from El Centro, Imperial, Holtville and Heber. Coaches and volunteers are needed. For more information call 760-897-6193 or e-mail the league at ivusasoccer@yahoo.com To comment on this story click here to be directed to Facebook.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | December 26, 2012
So this business has been on Main Street for the past 30 years and suddenly  the city has decided that they no longer want that type of business there (adult store). Can the city do that? Why are they so worried suddenly? Is there someone interested in that venue that has some sort of influence? I mean Main Street is full of bars and night clubs all over already. They don't mind those. - Anonymous, Calexico UPDATE: We answered this Probe question somewhat in Wednesday's edition, going into some of the history of how zoning was changed in downtown El Centro that would eventually require the bookstore to be moved out of the area.
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By ERIC GALVAN, Staff Writer | December 19, 2007
The Imperial County Board of Supervisors was quick to move with its appointment of Ralph Cordova as county executive officer on Tuesday. Only two weeks ago did CEO Robertta Burns announce her retirement after 35 years with the county. ?The board has expressed confidence in Mr. Cordova?s experience as county counsel,? Supervisor Larry Grogan said. ?The fact that he?s been so closely aligned with the county ? the board considered Mr. Cordova well qualified. ?We?re looking forward to working with Mr. Cordova for the long-term future,?
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October 4, 2006
QUESTION: While clicking through my newly-subscribed-to HBO channel on TV, I was shocked to see a pornographic show that was hardcore and left nothing to the imagination. I thought pornography was against the law. I read all the time about people getting arrested for having pornographic materials. What?s going on? ? Disgusted, Imperial County. We?ve been longtime subscribers to HBO and can say with 100 percent certainty that there is no hardcore porn being shown there. Then again, maybe our definition of pornography differs from yours.
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By ERIC GALVAN,Staff Writer | August 5, 2006
Through the 1980s, MTV defined a generation. Through the 1990s, it chartered new ground. And now, 25 years later, MTV is having the kind of effect on a generation that it did when it first aired ? kind of. Launched in 1981, Music Television recently turned 25 years old, but did so not so much with a bang, but rather with an attentionless thud. ?MTV didn?t even celebrate its 25th anniversary,? said Robert J. Thompson, popular culture professor and director of Syracuse University?
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By Keith S. Mayberry, University of California-Imperial County Cooperative Extension | June 30, 2001
When driving up and down the streets of any city in the Valley, one can't help but notice the presence of dark green plants with an abundance of bright yellow-orange flowers. The flowers never seem to fade. For months, every time you drive by one of these magnificent plants, it is always in bloom. This plant is Caesalpinia pulcherrima (red bird of Paradise, dwarf poinciana). This plant is often improperly called the Mexican bird of paradise (C. Mexicana), a different species (described below)
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