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March 13, 2001
The California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta is over for this year. After 10 days of fun, from rides and games to displays and animal judging, the fair will become a good memory as we look forward to next year's event. As we look back on the fair, which at times seemed cursed by bad weather, we must credit all those who made it work. As we said in an earlier editorial, a great deal of work goes into making the fair come to fruition, from the labors of the maintenance workers to the work of volunteers to the hours of dedication of FFA and 4-H community leaders to the parents of kids in such clubs.
NEWS
By JASON ROGERS, Staff Writer | August 28, 2003
SALTON CITY ? The storms that swept through Imperial County last weekend caused big problems for some residents at the Salton Sea. Areas in Salton City near the water flooded, making it difficult for residents to get around-or stay dry. Irene Merchant, who lives near the beach in Salton City, said that the flooding started late last week and floodwaters were right up to her house for a couple of days. "The water came right up to the foundation," said Merchant. "It's a brand-new house.
NEWS
By JOSE MARÍA GUIJARRO, Staff Writer | March 14, 2007
Attendance at this year?s California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta reached 96,692, just shy of projected numbers, according to Joe Montenegro, president of the fair board. Montenegro was hoping attendance would reach the 100,000 mark like he said it did on average for the past 10 years, but came up a little more than 3,000 short of reaching his goal. This year?s attendance is an 11 percent increase over last year, when bad weather kept fairgoers away. ?I was hoping we hit the 100,000 mark, but 11 percent is still a pretty good number,?
NEWS
April 10, 2005
> > 50 years ago ? Imperial County supervisors were to consider alternatives to the use of the Niland-Blythe Road, including the construction of the proposed Glamis Road as a replacement. The Niland-Blythe Road has been closed Monday through Friday since 1949 because a portion of the road lies within the Navy's aerial gunnery range. > > 40 years ago ? Six men, including a Del Mar father and his two sons, were killed in a fiery head-on collision involving a pickup and a station wagon on Center Street, two miles south of Westmorland.
NEWS
By JONATHAN DALE, Special Sections Coordinator | January 9, 2009
Movie-philes throughout the Imperial Valley were excited at the news that actor George Clooney was in town this week for a re-shoot on the upcoming movie ?Men Who Stare at Goats.? The quick re-shoot ? necessitated because of bad weather at the original filming location in New Mexico ? pushed executive director of the Imperial County Film Commission Charla Teeters into action. Teeters took time Thursday after visiting the film set to talk about her position and the ways Imperial County is attractive to Hollywood.
SPORTS
By MARIO RENTERIA | Sports Editor | April 18, 2012
The annual Biggest and Baddest Battle of the Badges charity boxing event held Saturday in Imperial didn't have the large turnout event coordinators hoped it would have. While advance ticket sales were higher than last year a couple of weeks before Saturday's event, the attendance was somewhat low. “Due to the bad weather, I think definitely it was one of the slowest,” Sparta Boxing Club owner Fernando Lara said. Sparta co-coordinated the event with the Imperial County Sheriff's Activities League and the Imperial Valley College Public Safety Training Academy.
NEWS
By JONATHAN DALE, Staff Writer | March 6, 2008
IMPERIAL ? Wednesday night was Jessica Sanchez?s first attempt to tame the Kamikaze ride at the 100th Annual California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta. What an attempt it was. Watch video ?I was screaming for my life,? Jessica, a 15-year-old from Brawley, said. ?I thought I was going to die. ?But I would definitely do it again,? she said. ?The rides are the biggest things for me at the fair.? Jessica was one of thousands of folks so far who have enjoyed what many consider to be the fair?
NEWS
By ELIZABETH VARIN, Staff Writer | March 10, 2010
IMPERIAL — Fair attendance was on track to beat out its own record, but bad weather caused lower numbers, fair officials said Tuesday. California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta attendance was down 5 percent from last year, with 90,500 people, Bill Gay, public relations representative for the fair, said. It was a very successful fair, except for the rain. “The weather impacted it more than anything,” he said. Though the economy is tough, people go out for entertainment closer to home, he said.
NEWS
By MARIO RENTERÍA, Staff Writer | March 11, 2001
Bad weather may have hurt the turnout at the La Gente Invitational Car Hop Contest at the California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta Friday, but cheers form the crowed showed they still enjoyed the hydraulics show. Only four automobiles competed, three owned by the same car club, Red Hydraulics of Long Beach. The other car club represented was Rostros of Imperial. Despite the turnout, the crowd still cheered loud as the front ends of the automobiles jumped off the ground. The first automobile, a 1995 Toyota Tacoma extended cab, jumped 32 inches on a single pump.
NEWS
March 17, 2006
QUESTION: Can you tell me why the carnival rides at the fair have not been taken down. Usually by now the rides are gone and the fairgrounds are quiet. What?s going on? Are they going to open the rides again? If so, why? If it?s going to open again, I?d like to know. I love the fair rides and I?d love to go back. Can you find out for me? ? Rides Fan, El Centro You?re in luck. The carnival is going to hang around for the weekend. We had a story on it in Thursday?s paper, so maybe you already know this by now. Just in case, consider this a second notice.
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SPORTS
By AMANDA BRAHLER | Special to this Newspaper | June 2, 2012
DOVER, Del. - Westmorland native Justin Lofton backed up his race win from Charlotte with another solid run at the “Monster Mile” at Dover  here Friday. Driving the No. 6 College Complete Chevrolet, Lofton moved from his 16th starting spot to the lead in the Lucas Oil 200, before ending the day in 10th when rain cut the race short 53 laps from the finish. “I feel like we let one get away here, but it is good to know that it was nothing I did, nor my crew did. Sometimes things happen that are out of your control,” Lofton said.
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SPORTS
By MARIO RENTERIA | Sports Editor | April 18, 2012
The annual Biggest and Baddest Battle of the Badges charity boxing event held Saturday in Imperial didn't have the large turnout event coordinators hoped it would have. While advance ticket sales were higher than last year a couple of weeks before Saturday's event, the attendance was somewhat low. “Due to the bad weather, I think definitely it was one of the slowest,” Sparta Boxing Club owner Fernando Lara said. Sparta co-coordinated the event with the Imperial County Sheriff's Activities League and the Imperial Valley College Public Safety Training Academy.
NEWS
By ELIZABETH VARIN, Staff Writer | March 10, 2010
IMPERIAL — Fair attendance was on track to beat out its own record, but bad weather caused lower numbers, fair officials said Tuesday. California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta attendance was down 5 percent from last year, with 90,500 people, Bill Gay, public relations representative for the fair, said. It was a very successful fair, except for the rain. “The weather impacted it more than anything,” he said. Though the economy is tough, people go out for entertainment closer to home, he said.
NEWS
By SILVIO J. PANTA, Staff Writer | February 7, 2010
NILAND — Economics, and not the rainy weather, accounted for the lack of rides and modest attendance Saturday at the 70th annual Niland Tomato Festival, organizers said. Unlike past festivals that featured carnival rides and a bevy of vendors, this year’s event was bereft of such big offerings as roughly 100 people crowded the Niland Chamber of Commerce’s building to snack on food sold inside. While the festival still offered such standard fare as the tomato-packing contest and the parade, the 15-acre property owned by the local chamber was deserted as rain continued to pour.
NEWS
By JONATHAN DALE, Special Sections Coordinator | January 9, 2009
Movie-philes throughout the Imperial Valley were excited at the news that actor George Clooney was in town this week for a re-shoot on the upcoming movie ?Men Who Stare at Goats.? The quick re-shoot ? necessitated because of bad weather at the original filming location in New Mexico ? pushed executive director of the Imperial County Film Commission Charla Teeters into action. Teeters took time Thursday after visiting the film set to talk about her position and the ways Imperial County is attractive to Hollywood.
NEWS
By JONATHAN DALE, Staff Writer | March 6, 2008
IMPERIAL ? Wednesday night was Jessica Sanchez?s first attempt to tame the Kamikaze ride at the 100th Annual California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta. What an attempt it was. Watch video ?I was screaming for my life,? Jessica, a 15-year-old from Brawley, said. ?I thought I was going to die. ?But I would definitely do it again,? she said. ?The rides are the biggest things for me at the fair.? Jessica was one of thousands of folks so far who have enjoyed what many consider to be the fair?
NEWS
By JOSE MARÍA GUIJARRO, Staff Writer | March 14, 2007
Attendance at this year?s California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta reached 96,692, just shy of projected numbers, according to Joe Montenegro, president of the fair board. Montenegro was hoping attendance would reach the 100,000 mark like he said it did on average for the past 10 years, but came up a little more than 3,000 short of reaching his goal. This year?s attendance is an 11 percent increase over last year, when bad weather kept fairgoers away. ?I was hoping we hit the 100,000 mark, but 11 percent is still a pretty good number,?
NEWS
March 17, 2006
QUESTION: Can you tell me why the carnival rides at the fair have not been taken down. Usually by now the rides are gone and the fairgrounds are quiet. What?s going on? Are they going to open the rides again? If so, why? If it?s going to open again, I?d like to know. I love the fair rides and I?d love to go back. Can you find out for me? ? Rides Fan, El Centro You?re in luck. The carnival is going to hang around for the weekend. We had a story on it in Thursday?s paper, so maybe you already know this by now. Just in case, consider this a second notice.
NEWS
April 10, 2005
> > 50 years ago ? Imperial County supervisors were to consider alternatives to the use of the Niland-Blythe Road, including the construction of the proposed Glamis Road as a replacement. The Niland-Blythe Road has been closed Monday through Friday since 1949 because a portion of the road lies within the Navy's aerial gunnery range. > > 40 years ago ? Six men, including a Del Mar father and his two sons, were killed in a fiery head-on collision involving a pickup and a station wagon on Center Street, two miles south of Westmorland.
NEWS
By JASON ROGERS, Staff Writer | August 28, 2003
SALTON CITY ? The storms that swept through Imperial County last weekend caused big problems for some residents at the Salton Sea. Areas in Salton City near the water flooded, making it difficult for residents to get around-or stay dry. Irene Merchant, who lives near the beach in Salton City, said that the flooding started late last week and floodwaters were right up to her house for a couple of days. "The water came right up to the foundation," said Merchant. "It's a brand-new house.
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