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News | By ALEJANDRO DAVILA and Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | August 10, 2011
Imperial County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday gave $65,000 in credit to keep Niland Sanitary District from shutting down. “They're (the district) probably never going to make enough money,” Imperial County Auditor-Controller Douglas Newland told the board. “If people don't pay property taxes, they don't pay (sewer) fees,” Newland said. For years the district has been facing serious revenue losses, mainly because residents don't pay their sewer fees, director Hollis Daker said.
NEWS
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | June 12, 2012
Why is the building of the Holiday Inn at the corner of Highway 86 and Neckel Road taking so long? We who live nearby really hope this isn't going to be one of those unfinished buildings that we will have to look at forever. The new building going on in Brawley is almost complete and ready to open. The building in Imperial on the corner previously mentioned has been almost at the same level of being done for almost 1 1/2 years now. What is the complete story and when and if will it ever be opened?
NEWS
May 31, 2013
I'm an inmate at Imperial County jail. We wanted to see if you could look into why a certain tank here at the county jail (D Tank) is being deprived of our freedom. We're the only tank besides Ad-Seg (which is for disciplinary reasons) being subjected to 44 hours of lockdown for reasons unknown to us. We are subject to three hours a day of movement to take care of showers, phone time, and to take care of our personal needs when the rest of the jail is out all day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. We have grievance with this issue and gotten a lame response.
NEWS
By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | June 5, 2008
BRAWLEY ? A piece of local history died Wednesday when a wind-whipped fire tore through the two-story home known popularly to many residents as the ?Smurf House.? Flames charred the wood-shingled roof of the mushroom-shaped structure and blackened portions of its curved sides as firefighters used a water cannon to fight the blaze. Heavy winds complicated efforts to keep smoldering embers from reaching nearby homes but firefighters contained the fire within the parameters of the property at 955 H St. The Smurf House, which took homeowner Rudy Lopez 25 years to construct and was inspired by the small blue TV cartoon characters, was destroyed.
NEWS
By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | May 11, 2010
CALEXICO — Stressing that the killing of her husband was accidental, defendant Kym Cano told the court Monday that her children’s past testimony was mistaken. Cano also told prosecutor Marco Nuñez that her eldest daughter, Ashley Thuener, was wrong about what she saw and overheard regarding alleged threats the defendant made to Francisco Cano. Cano, who has pleaded not guilty to the charge of second-degree murder, was careful to refer to the fatal shooting of Francisco on Dec. 4, 2006, as an accident.
NEWS
By ELIZABETH VARIN | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | October 13, 2010
Sewer water in Niland will continue to run as the sanitary district was given a line of credit to keep going. The county agreed to pay off the district’s outstanding cash demands as it had to be handled, said Supervisor Gary Wyatt. He and other county officials met with the district’s board of directors to find a solution to the funding issues. There was no choice but to get a line of credit or the district would have to shut down, said district board President Betty Raceles.
NEWS
By ELIZABETH VARIN | Staff Writer | January 4, 2012
NAVAL AIR FACILITY EL CENTRO - Climbing out of the cockpits of the 56-foot-long blue and yellow jets, the group of pilots made their way to the crowd that formed along the chain link fence. Dressed in bright blue jumpsuits, the U.S. Navy's flight demonstration team pilots greeted local dignitaries and Blue Angel honorary team members with smiles, handshakes and the occasional hug as the group arrived to start its winter training at the local Navy facility. It was great to be back in the Valley, where the Blue Angels make their winter home, said Lt. C.J. Simonsen, lead solo pilot.
OPINION
Dora DePaoli | From the Desk of Dora DePaoli | September 18, 2012
According to friends and acquaintances there are more positive things to growing older than negative things. One of the first to come to mind is that most seniors are quicker to forgive and forget.  1. A group of women out to lunch isn't embarrassed when changing tables three times before ordering. Valid reasons for this are that the spot is too drafty, the music is too loud, the adjoining table has noisy guests, or the view is bad. 2. Seniors are happy to get home early. They like hearing the words, “in conclusion.” 3. Seniors have no problem wearing clunky shoes with all their outfits.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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 IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | August 4, 2012
When will population sign be updated? When are they going to update the population count on the city limit signs as you enter El Centro from the north and on Interstate 8 east and west? I've lived here all my life and the sign has it at 32,000. That was the count in 1990, 22 years ago. - E.T., El Centro It's always the seemingly easiest questions that are the most difficult to answer. We called El Centro Public Works Director and Engineer Terry Hagen last week, and he had no idea whether this was the city's responsibility or the state Department of Transportation's responsibility considering the signs are on Caltrans rights of way on Interstate 8 or Highway 86. After getting in contact with Caltrans, a spokesman there also had to do some research and get back to us. It turns out, Caltrans and cities work as a team to update these signs.
NEWS
By CELESTE ALVAREZ | Staff Writer | January 29, 2013
BOMBAY BEACH - The eerie pre-dawn haze over the deserted Salton Sea shoreline created the perfect haunting apocalyptic atmosphere for the filming of a promo for Animal Planet's series “River Monsters.” Known for coming face-to-face with mysterious flesh-eating river predators, Jeremy Wade, biologist and extreme angler, spent Tuesday in Bombay Beach among a crew of 40, creating their season five promotional video to entice anxious fans....
NEWS
By MICHAEL A. SALORIO | October 25, 2002
and DARREN SIMON Staff Writers BRAWLEY ¾ A two-month investigation by the Imperial County Narcotic Task Force led authorities to break up a suspected drug distribution ring in this city Wednesday and resulted in the arrests of 13 Brawley residents. NTF Cmdr. David Forester said a search warrant was issued following an investigation led by Special Agent John Seaman of suspicious activities at a house in the 200 block of C Street. The search warrant was served at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday by agents from NTF, the California Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
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