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Two construction projects worth $87 million continue on I-8
Construction is underway on a $417.7 million project divided into five segments along I-8 in Imperial County that will extend the life expectancy of the pavement from Highway 111 to the Arizona border, and provide motorists with a smoother ride, according to Caltrans. The overall project was initiat
New Deputy Chief Executive Officer appointed in Imperial County
During her thirteen-years with Sun Community, Mrs. Widmann worked on projects related to budget management, internal and external audits, Core System Conversion and General Ledger software implementation.
Murder-suicide leaves Seeley family in shock
SEELEY — The apparent murder-suicide on Wednesday night involving a young, married couple has left the extended family of the alleged victim in complete shock.The young couple were widely described by the alleged victim’s surviving family members as always being highly affectionate toward one anothe
One injured after tractor-trailer collides with two vehicles
EL CENTRO, Calif. -A driver was transported to the hospital after a tractor-trailer collided with two vehicles on State Route 111 just north of McCabe Road Wednesday morning, authorities said.
Friendly plants (and not) when circumstances turn extreme
+3The Yuha Desert. Courtesy of the Imperial Valley Desert MuseumThe Imperial Valley is one of the harshest environments in America. While we enjoy exploring and playing in our desert, getting lost in it could be a death sentence if you are not prepared. One of the biggest keys to desert survival is
Nine-year-old takes off in golf cart and crashes into vehicle
EL CENTRO, Calif. -A nine-year-old boy took off in a golf cart and later crashed into a vehicle in the El Centro area on Wednesday, according to the Department of California Highway Patrol.
El Centro cab companies ask city to reconsider proposed rate increase
EL CENTRO, Calif. -For almost a decade, taxicab rates in the city of El Centro have been at a flat rate of $5.50 within city limits.
Eagles fall in season opener
“We’re senior heavy, just inexperienced,” said Southwest head coach John Mitosinka. “We have work to do. Coaches, we have to go back to the drawing board and get them (players) going.”
Mother alleges abuse on daughter with autism
“It’s sad that you have these people looking over children and when you come to them with a serious concern, not treated as it should be, as should be treated, as important as anything else. This type of abuse shouldn’t be happening,”
Stories from the Past - Aug. 17: New Post Office building announced for El Centro
50 years ago— El Centro will be getting a new Post Office building in the near future. This was announced yesterday by Congressman John V. Tunney when he said that Postmaster General Marvin Watkins had approved plans for the new facility.The present postal facility has interior space of 10,361 squar
Two dead in Seeley murder-suicide
SEELEY -- A 27-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman reportedly died in an apparent murder-suicide at about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, the Imperial County Sheriff's Office reported.The names of the deceased have not been released pending notification of next of kin, said Lt. Jimmy Duran.
The Mex Factor: Taxicab fare increase might be a bad idea
Life is expensive. I have no idea if in past years earning a living was as hard as it is today, but I am sure in our days, it is extremely difficult, especially for folks with little or no education.Just Tuesday, several county employees expressed frustration with the 2.2 percent increase our local
State commission recommends Imagine Schools’ charter renewal
EL CENTRO — A state Department of Education advisory commission on Tuesday narrowly voted to recommend the state Board of Education approve Imagine Schools at Imperial Valley’s petition for charter renewal.The 5-4 vote by the department’s Advisory Commission on Charter Schools was welcome news for c
Salvation Army helps low-income kids get ready for school
Although the corps has been conducting the event for the past several years, this was the first year it was held at Walmart and the first that it was split between two days, said Lt. John Acosta, who with his wife and fellow lieutenant, Jennifer Acosta, heads the El Centro Corps.
Local animal lovers upset over delays on puppy death case
Man arrested for allegedly killing puppy after it peed on carpetIMPERIAL, Calif. -An Imperial man accused of shooting a puppy to death had a scheduled hearing in court Wednesday morning.A local animal rights group said they’re frustrated at the apparent series of delays in the Clarke case.31-year-ol
Counsel: plea deal possible for Valenzuela
EL CENTRO — Counsel indicated in court on Wednesday that ongoing negotiations could possibly result in a plea agreement for accused child molester Ray Valenzuela Jr.Although no particular details about the possible plea agreement were disclosed during Valenzuela’s brief court appearance, San Diego-b
Martha Garcia: Overcoming poverty, single-motherhood and the glass ceiling
When she was a young adult, Martha Garcia found herself a single-mother with not much in the way of opportunity. But that didn’t stop this self-made woman from rising to the helm of Imperial Valley College, something she hopes inspires young Latinas everywhere to strive for greatness.“That is my mes
Imperial shows appreciation for its teachers
IMPERIAL — As Joshua Lopez, keynote speaker for this year’s Welcome Back Teachers Luncheon event, stood on stage, he asked each of the 115 Imperial Unified School District teachers in attendance to think about why they had chosen to become a teacher.Their reasons, Lopez explained during the event he
Two felons arrested by Border Patrol over the weekend
EL CENTRO, Calif. -A previously deported aggravated felon and a man with a felony conviction for attempted murder were arrested over the weekend, according to El Centro Sector Border Patrol.
Brawley murder defendant to face trial, additional charges
BRAWLEY – A county Superior Court Judge on Monday held over for trial the 28-year-old Brawley man accused of fatally shooting a man and injuring another on May 30 at a Brawley gas station.The ruling was preceded by the defendant, Eduardo Tolentino Jr., waiving his rights to have a preliminary examin