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November 28, 2007
I would like to express my appreciation and thanks to Calexico High School students Diana Manzanares, Christina Gonzalez and Sally Gobea for their arduous work in collecting money to help provide Thanksgiving dinners to our brothers and sisters of Niland and Slab City. The funds collected were directed to Mrs. Gaylla Finnell?s SPA organization to show our support and concern for the wellness of everyone in Imperial County. NORMA SIERRA GALINDO, Teacher Calexico High School
By VICTOR MORALES, Staff Writer | July 6, 2008
SLAB CITY ? It holds about 4,000 titles, but nobody?s counting. The National Geographic issues date back to 1960 but they are all novel to Slab City residents who peruse them at the outside library in this community near Niland. The unnamed library started by one of their beloved residents has been a treasure for Slab City neighbors who are looking to expand their collections. ?This place, these books keeps us from going crazy,? said the volunteer curator, a woman who, in Slab City custom, keeps her identity concealed.
Bujwah presents Summer Slam Arts and Music Festival Friday at Broadway Event Center, 201 N. Imperial Ave. in El Centro. Admission is $5 per person. Must be 21 years-old to enter. Door opens at 7:30 p.m. Art by Star27 Antiu Artsenal from Mexicali will be shown. Also art from Bujwah, Noshua Jovinger and many others. Music by Ronni No Good and the Young Bloods, Billy Centro, Los Sweepers, DJ Slumpy Lover, Los Otros, Slab City, Beat Battle Hip Hop performances. Bujwah merchandise will be available.
STAFF REPORT | January 21, 2002
NILAND ? The California Highway Patrol was responding to a traffic accident this morning in this area, and there were reports of injuries in the accident. Few details were available as of presstime this morning. A Highway Patrol dispatcher said the accident occurred on Beal Road heading to Slab City, a campsite where people set up motor homes and other dwellings. There were reports of injuries but there was no information on how many vehicles were involved, how many people were injured or the extent of the injuries.
By ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | December 20, 2011
For more than a week the fate of the most famous folk art piece in the Imperial Valley was uncertain after its creator went into a full-time care facility and his caretaker and second in command died abruptly a few days later, but the situation may be improving. Leonard Knight, 80, went into El Dorado Care facility two weeks ago and Kevin Eubanks, his caretaker, died last week, raising questions about Salvation Mountain's upkeep. “Right now it is chaos out there,” said Daniel Westfall during a phone interview Friday.
By VICTOR MORALES, Staff Writer | July 21, 2008
NILAND ? There aren?t a lot of people living at Slab City these days, the free RV camp near here used during cooler months by thousands of retirees and those seeking freedom from the government and social expectations. The heat has driven most away. But for a few ? around 100 ? die-hard ?slabbers,? as they call themselves, who have remained behind, the triple-digit heat is a harassing element and potentially fatal. With air conditioning scarce and expensive to run because of gas prices, escape comes only at sundown for slabbers and their pets.
By ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | May 20, 2013
Leonard Knight, the man responsible for the iconic sculpture Salvation Mountain, visited his creation briefly Sunday. It was his first visit this year and his third visit since December 2011, when he was placed in a managed-care facility. “This is something I've been promising him as a payoff for his eye surgeries,” said Dan Westfall, Knight's caretaker and president of Salvation Mountain Inc. Leonard, as his admirers call him, had a simple message: love each other. “Everybody love everybody - does that sound OK?
by Gaylla A. Finnell | September 18, 2006
When Liberty Energy was proposing a sludge plant (waste-to-energy) in Imperial County between Imperial and Brawley, I must admit that I didn?t worry about speaking out, since I knew there would be plenty of others voicing my concerns. I found the editorial in Sunday?s paper indicative of the county?s long-standing tradition of abandoning our neighbors to the north. I had the pleasure of living in Calipatria for several years during my husband?s ministry. Anyone who lives in the north end will tell you that it is a special region of our county, full of wonderful people and community pride.
BY ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Staff Writer | December 31, 2011
SLAB CITY - On the outskirts of Slab City there is a group living under the flag of East Jesus, making raw art from trash and carrying on its founder's tradition. Charles Russell, or “Container Charlie,” founded East Jesus, a post-apocalyptic-looking place where junk is good because art can come from it. In 2006 Russell came to Slab City with some cash, said Kat Bastard, the current caretaker of this camp. But exactly what Russell was trying to do by building East Jesus is unknown and there is no way to ask him. Russell died last May from a heart attack at the age of 46.   In the East Jesus blog that Russell kept, he described the camp as a “an experimental, habitable, extensible artwork in progress.” Kat described East Jesus as a place of “responsible anarchism.” Here people have the opportunity to send unwanted art, he said, or take junk and make it into something that is pleasing to the eye. But there is an application process and the art has to fit the motif of the camp, Kat said.
By BROOKE RUTH, Digital Media News Editor | February 14, 2010
Although there is a lack of enforcement of minor offenses in Slab City, patrolling of the area keeps crime down, said Jose Romero, senior deputy investigator for the Imperial County Sheriff’s Department. “The Slabs is a unique area and they definitely have to have our presence out there,” Romero said. In addition to patrolling the area daily the Sheriff’s Department also responds to calls in the area. Common are calls reporting vandalism, theft, fighting and civil issues, Romero said.
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