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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | April 10, 2012
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.
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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.
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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 izzoh@aol.com , or call the chamber of commerce at 344-3160.
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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.
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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.
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By VICTOR MORALES, Staff Writer | June 3, 2008
CALEXICO ? Two street gangs vying for control of a human-smuggling operation here has resulted in two shootings in a dense neighborhood near the border fence, police said. A man is recovering from a bullet wound after being shot by masked gunmen. Two other men are in Imperial County jail for their suspected involvement of an attempt to murder a rival. ?We be-lieve it involves illegal alien smuggling and their attempts to cut into each other?s area and operations,? Calexico police Sgt. Gonzalo Gerardo said.
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By ROMAN FLORES | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | November 13, 2011
SEELEY - With eyes closed and voice exalted, Mexicali-born mariachi singer Gilberto Medina sang his heart out to the small crowd gathered here Saturday at John Bates Memorial Park. The singer/pastor came by from his home in Las Vegas to give a free concert and testimony to the congregation of Seeley Community Church by the invitation of the Rev. Patrick Harris and his wife Aloma Gomez-Harris. “We met him in Tijuana through a friend while we were doing a ministry there and we got to spend some time with him, then he said he'd like to do a concert for us,” Harris said.
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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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By VICTOR MORALES, Staff Writer | November 3, 2007
CALEXICO ? Calexico is asking its voters to approve a one-quarter-of-a-cent sales tax that if approved will help pay for a myriad projects for up to 15 years. Among the seven projects listed as the purposes for Measure Y on the official ballot statement is an environmental study for the New River, fire and police facilities, the revitalization of downtown and developing the old armory into a recreation facility and pool, projects most desired by the community. No one disagrees the projects are needed in the border town.
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