January 7, 2004
This past December the students at Kennedy Gardens Elementary School in Calexico had two very wonderful experiences. The first experience was the school's participation in the Calexico Christmas Parade. The school has not had a float in the parade for several years and would like to thank all the teachers, parents and students who helped decorate and get the float ready for the parade. A special thank you to Mr. Agustin Ramirez at maintenance and operations for allowing us to use the trailer for our float and to our sixth-grade teacher, Mr. Victor Piña, for dressing up as the Cat in the Hat. For the second experience the students in pre-school and kinder through third grade would like to give a big thank you to Santa Claus (Mr. Carl Monninger and Mr. Charlie Zamarripa)
April 24, 2004
JESSIE "JAPP" GARCIA Dec. 6, 1981 ? April 10, 2004 Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in Frye Chapel & Mortuary in El Centro for Jessie "Japp" Garcia, 22, of El Centro, who died April 10 in University of California San Diego Medical Center from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in El Centro. The Rev. Gil Espuelas will officiate. Mr. Garcia was born Dec. 6, 1981, in El Centro, where he was raised and attended schools.
March 23, 2004
Open letter to the Calexico Unified School District Board of Education: The Calexico High School history/social science department unanimously voted to publicly voice our strong disapproval of the manner in which the process for eliminating the business department and the nursing program at Calexico High School was handled. The most damaging aspect of the situation is that the process was undemocratic in an institution charged with promoting the democratic process. The affected teachers were notified the very same day of the vote deciding their fate at the Board of Education level.
July 10, 2002
LEON RAYMOND BRANDT Graveside services will be at 8 a.m. Saturday in Riverview Cemetery in Brawley for Leon Raymond Brandt, 94, of Brawley, a pioneering Imperial Valley businessman and cattleman who died Monday in his home. Mr. Brandt was born Jan. 2, 1908, in Hampton, Iowa, where he spent his early years on the family farm. He attended business classes at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, until his father called him home to work on the farm. According to his family, Mr. Brandt decided to try his fortune in California and moved to Brawley in the late 1920s, where his brother, Harold Brandt Sr., already lived.
November 19, 2003
VIRGINIA WALKER ASHTON May 11,1925 ? Nov. 12, 2003 Memorial services were Saturday in St. Mark's Cathedral in Salt Lake City for Virginia Walker Ashton, 78, a former Westmorland resident who died Wednesday in Salt Lake City. A celebration of her life followed the services at The Town Club. Mrs. Ashton was born May 11, 1925, in Brawley. After spending her youth in Southern California she graduated with a bachelor's degree from Stanford University in 1947. While at Stanford, she was a member of Delta Gamma sorority and managing editor of the Stanford yearbook and was crowned campus queen, according to family.