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By DRESDEN CASTON, Staff Writer | August 2, 2009
With one film camera and a small group of actors, Imperial Valley native Sky Ainsworth plans to expose real-life circumstances of those who live in a border town and share it on the Internet. The group collaborating on the project met in Calexico on Saturday afternoon to begin brainstorming scene ideas. To provide an example about people struggling to cross the border, participant Jose Castro gave his input. ?There is an ?American Dream? that gets shattered once people from Mexico make it past the border,?
By RYAN LEON, Sports Writer | August 13, 2009
The Calexico and Imperial high football teams are set to represent the Imperial Valley at the seventh annual CIF-San Diego Section Kick-Off Classic later this month. ?Our kids have been working hard all summer and so we threw our names in the hat and we were able to have the opportunity to represent the Imperial Valley in the kick-off to the season,? Calexico head coach Alfie Silva said. ?This is going to be a good challenge for our team and I greatly appreciate the San Diego section for giving us, a border town, this great opportunity.
The team from the mostly poor, mostly Mexican-American border town takes on squads from mostly richer, mostly bigger areas, and the little team that could wins time after time. It sounds like it would be a really wonderful movie script, but it is real life, right here in the Imperial Valley, where the Heber Chess Club, against all odds, excels year after year. The Heber team won a scholastic chess championship for Southern California recently and will be heading to Minneapolis soon to try to reach its top goal, which is to win the national junior high chess championship.
By NICOLAS TABOREK, Staff Writer | May 3, 2009
MEXICALI ? Mexico City may be on lockdown, but a nationwide order to close many businesses and government offices to combat swine flu is having little effect in this border town. Mexicali merchants big and small ? from Wal-Mart to taco carts ? were open for business Saturday, and shoppers appeared largely unconcerned about swine flu, which many view as a threat only in the country?s distant capital city. Though Baja California health officials confirmed the first four cases of swine flu in Mexicali this week, anxiety over the virus appears to be on the wane.
By JENNIFER RALTON-SMITH | December 1, 2001
Staff Writer MEXICALI ? Bringing art to the people took an interesting turn Saturday in this large, cosmopolitan border town. Local and not-so-local artists used a section of the international border fence on which to hang their artwork for the day. By 10 a.m. Galeria Fronteriza was officially declared open with some 25 large canvasses on display on the fence along a section of Avenida Cristobal Colon in downtown Mexicali. Professor Victor Larios, who teaches painting at the University of Baja California in Mexicalli and is one of the organizers of the exhibition, said the main purpose for holding this and two previous exhibitions earlier in the year, was to "bring art to the people.
By ROMAN FLORES, Staff Writer | April 9, 2010
CALEXICO — From one border town to another David E. Pearson wears his love for academics on his sleeve. From Pearson’s early years as a teaching assistant to earning his Ph.D. in sociology at Yale University (just seven years after earning his master’s, also at Yale), his 29 years in academe have led him to great accomplishments as vice president for Partnership Affairs at the University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College in Brownsville. Most notably he helped the small Texas campus grow in population and campus structures.
STAFF REPORTS | October 31, 2006
All past Cattle Call queens are being sought for a special 50th anniversary Cattle Call celebration. Past queens are being invited to participate in the parade and rodeo for introductions. Brawley Chamber of Commerce officials are still waiting to hear about the whereabouts of several queens. If you know of any queens who have not been contacted, call Liz Baran Mamer, the 1978 Cattle Call queen, with the contact information at 344-1096 or e-mail her at , or call the chamber of commerce at 344-3160.
By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | May 16, 2013
IMPERIAL - The critical nature of the Valley's economy and future took center stage Thursday as a top representative from the United States Department of Agriculture met with local stakeholders in a roundtable discussion. USDA Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Judith A. Canales is a native of the border town of Uvalde, Texas, and has received two presidential appointments as the Administrator for USDA Rural Development rural business cooperative programs in Washington, D.C. The Imperial Valley Economic Outlook Roundtable targeted a variety of topics including maquiladoras, bio-fuels, renewable energy, algae, agricultural exports and the Calexico ports of entry.
By LAURA GONZALEZ | Multimedia Producer | May 18, 2012
CALEXICO - It is common for students who graduate to thank their parents, but in Abraham's Salcido's case it is especially true because his mom helped him make history. His mom, Martha Salcido convinced him to apply for the San Diego State University presidential scholarship, which is a merit-based scholarship and people from all the SDSU campuses compete to get it. Abraham was the first student from the Imperial Valley campus to receive it and to graduate with the honor of having that scholarship.
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.
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