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Imperial Valley Press | April 1, 2011
That there is a partisan budget deadlock in Congress is no surprise. It is Washington, after all. Some are blaming the tea party forces, who believe compromise is a dirty word, for the present budget gridlock. But there were times before the tea party existed when things were just as bad, including 1995, when battling between Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and the Clinton administration resulted in a brief shutdown of the federal government. The House of Representatives, which controls federal purse strings, has been unable to pass a budget for this fiscal year, which ends Sept.
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By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | May 16, 2012
Days after the U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced the approval of a 112 wind-turbine energy project, the Quechan Indian Tribe filed suit against the federal government, a Quechan official announced in a press conference Tuesday. Please read our e-edition or print edition of the Imperial Valley Press for the complete story. For the news rack or sales location nearest to you, please click here . To join this discussion and add comments to this story, please click here to be directed to Facebook.
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By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Staff Writer | April 19, 2012
Nearly $1 million in Community Development Block Grant funding previously awarded to El Centro was disencumbered by the federal government, halting a storm drain development project at El Dorado Colonia. “This is the first time that they (federal government) actually do this,” said Economic Development Director Marcela Piedra. Please read either the e-edition or print edition of the Imperial Valley Press for the complete story. For the news rack nearest you, click here . To comment on this story click here to be directed to Facebook.
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By ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN | Staff Writer | September 26, 2012
With the odor of the Salton Sea still fresh in many people's minds, U.S. Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Riverside, sent a letter last week to two federal government agencies in an attempt to focus the federal government's attention on the troubled body of water. The Salton Sea this month made news outside its immediate area when its odor drifted as far north as Los Angeles County, triggering numerous panicked phone calls to area authorities. “Southern California is witnessing first-hand the impact of a dying ecosystem,” the letter begins.
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By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | April 1, 2013
After facing a bumpy start, SeaPort Airlines could finally be on the city's good side as the City Council will discuss a letter of support to the airline's destination tonight. SeaPort faced opposition from some community members and the El Centro City Council shortly after being selected by the federal government to service the county's subsidized airport. This opposition came as SeaPort had initially offered flights to Burbank and San Diego commuter terminal; but the federal government went with the cheaper option, which discarded Burbank.
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By NEIL GERBER | El Centro | May 24, 2013
At a time when the American people are learning that a powerful agency of the federal government has been actively attacking the First Amendment by enforcing the nation's tax laws in a discriminatory fashion dependent on the taxpayer's political views; at a time when it is being revealed that the federal government has seized telephone records revealing the telephone history of numerous reporters and editors working for the Associated Press; and at...
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January 7, 2013
Can someone find out how, amid all the budget constraints and looming fiscal cliff, that certain federal employees are receiving bonuses? From $500 up to $5,000 each. Namely Border Patrol agents, ICE and DEA across the country. Not everyone, but only the “special” ones who their supervisors deem worthy. Where does this funding come from, what is the criteria for receiving it and who decides how much? - Belt Tightener, Imperial Valley Federal employees are indeed eligible for end-of-the-year bonuses by law. The money is allocated at the beginning of the year by the federal government and is reserved for workers and managers.
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By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Staff Writer | December 18, 2012
The public-private partnership that could fund the expansion of the Calexico West Port of Entry continues taking shape, now in the form of a memorandum of understanding between the county and the California Power Corp. which the county Board of Supervisors could approve today. Under this MOU, the county agrees to negotiate for one year exclusively with the California Power Corp., a developing consultant from Carlsbad, that Deputy County Counsel Kyle Sand said is connected with the investment firm Kinsell, Newcomb & de Dios Inc. “This is clearly Kinsell's corporation,” said Sand while referring to the California Power Corp.
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ELIZABETH VARIN | Staff Writer | August 1, 2012
The El Centro Metropolitan area had the highest unemployment rate in the nation, according to data released today by the federal government. The El Centro Metropolitan area had an unemployment rate in June of 28.2 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It was higher than nearby Yuma, which had 27.9 percent unemployment. Nationally unemployment rates were lower in June than a year earlier, with 328 out of 372 metropolitan areas showing improvements. Eight areas recorded jobless rates of at least 15.0 percent, while 17 areas registered rates of less than 5.0 percent.
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By NEIL GERBER | El Centro | May 24, 2013
At a time when the American people are learning that a powerful agency of the federal government has been actively attacking the First Amendment by enforcing the nation's tax laws in a discriminatory fashion dependent on the taxpayer's political views; at a time when it is being revealed that the federal government has seized telephone records revealing the telephone history of numerous reporters and editors working for the Associated Press; and at...
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April 23, 2013
> > 50 Years Ago   - HOLTVILLE - Dragsters fans were holding their breath, hoping the weather would break, so the day's drags could get underway. Luck was with the dragsters, when 1 p.m. rolled around. Fans were greeted by a beautiful shiny sun. Such cars competed in the event as Jess Van Deventer's BMR, 283-inch fuel injected Chevrolet roadster. Jess sped himself to victory in the NHRA in points system which won him a new Pontiac last year. This year Jess was middle eliminator.
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By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | April 1, 2013
After facing a bumpy start, SeaPort Airlines could finally be on the city's good side as the City Council will discuss a letter of support to the airline's destination tonight. SeaPort faced opposition from some community members and the El Centro City Council shortly after being selected by the federal government to service the county's subsidized airport. This opposition came as SeaPort had initially offered flights to Burbank and San Diego commuter terminal; but the federal government went with the cheaper option, which discarded Burbank.
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Jon Edney | From the Right | March 19, 2013
Politics is a game, we all know that. But sometimes the game gets worrisomely dirty. The president has been playing politics and he has been playing dirty. And I, for one, am getting worried. In the dirty game people get hurt and in this game it is all of the American people who are being hurt. By now most everyone has heard about the “sequestration.” It's the term being bandied about with respect to the spending cuts at the level of the federal government that went into effect this month.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | February 26, 2013
The $85 billion in automatic federal spending cuts due Friday and the $109 billion in cuts every year after for nine years were meant to be so ridiculous, so shameful to the members of Congress and the president, that there was no way on God's green earth that sequestration would go forward. But federal politicians' capacity for shame is greater than their capacity to do the right thing, to eat a little crow, to compromise for the good of the country. Instead, no one is giving ground, and the paltry $24 billion in cuts earlier this year to stave off the March 1 sequestration deadline did little to avoid the inevitable.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | January 29, 2013
> > 40 Years Ago - The body of a man who had been dead an estimated 10 days was found in the desert 22 miles northwest of Winterhaven early Sunday afternoon. It was identified by the office of the coroner as that of Don Carl Kosck, 43, of Salinas, an agricultural worker who pursued the hobby of rock collecting. He was known epileptic and apparently died after an attack. The body was found, lying face down, by other rock hunters. His car was found about a mile away and contained medication for epilepsy.
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By ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN | Staff Writer | January 24, 2013
COACHELLA - The Salton Sea Authority may convene its next meeting ahead of schedule to hammer out a unified message in anticipation of a meeting with officials from the Department of the Interior. “When we had the visit from Secretary (Ken) Salazar and other state and federal delegations, there was a request, or rather a follow-up meeting to happen in Washington, D.C., with the members of the Salton Sea Authority,” said IID Government Affairs Specialist Antonio Ortega at the Salton Sea Authority's Board of Directors meeting Thursday.
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January 7, 2013
Can someone find out how, amid all the budget constraints and looming fiscal cliff, that certain federal employees are receiving bonuses? From $500 up to $5,000 each. Namely Border Patrol agents, ICE and DEA across the country. Not everyone, but only the “special” ones who their supervisors deem worthy. Where does this funding come from, what is the criteria for receiving it and who decides how much? - Belt Tightener, Imperial Valley Federal employees are indeed eligible for end-of-the-year bonuses by law. The money is allocated at the beginning of the year by the federal government and is reserved for workers and managers.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | December 29, 2012
2012 was a big year for renewable energy, an industry touted by many to be critical in the county's fight against its chronic unemployment.  And although many solar projects were approved, the biggest story in this industry is surely the approval of the controversial Ocotillo Wind Express. This project illustrates what renewable energy in Imperial County can mean to residents. On one side there is the opposition, which in this case voiced concerns during various meetings, including a Board of Supervisors meeting in April that lasted two days.
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