From the daily archives: Thursday, November 19, 2009

honey[1] Westmorland Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 5th Annual Honey Festival on Saturday, November 21, 2009 from 7:00 am to 2:30 pm at Westmorland City Park and Youth Center.
Contact the Westmorland Chamber of Commerce for more details.

 

By Bob Hurst

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A little adversity didn’t hurt Jimmie Johnson at Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday. A week after crashing his car into the wall at Texas and finishing 38th, Johnson dominated the Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 to build on his points lead with one race left in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

Johnson led 238 of 312 laps and gained 35 points on Mark Martin in the standings in winning his series-leading seventh race of the season. His 108-point margin all but seals a record fourth consecutive title.

“We knew we had to come out today and run well,” Johnson said. “We knew this was going to be a great track for the 5 and also for the 24. The only way to get any points on ’em would be to lead the most laps and win the race.

“It wasn’t easy. I’m very, very proud of how we delivered and rose to the occasion.”

Martin finished fourth behind runner-up Jeff Burton and Denny Hamlin. Pole-sitter Martin Truex Jr. was fifth.

“It would have been easy for us to come in here with our tails between our legs, really bow out,” Johnson’s crew chief Chad Knaus said. “We didn’t do that. We wanted to come in here confident and go after it and attack.”

Johnson will eliminate Jeff Gordon just by starting the last race at Homestead-Miami this weekend, and can claim another championship if he finishes 25th or better.
Busch aims for first title: Kyle Busch won’t win the Sprint Cup this year, but he will win his first NASCAR national series title when he starts the Nationwide Series race at Homestead-Miami on Saturday. Busch is so far out in front that he needs only to start the race to win the championship.
Busch has led the series standings for the last 28 weeks. He has a series-high eight wins and has led a record 2,625 laps. Overall, Busch has won 19 races the three national series this season. His 29 career Nationwide victories are fourth all-time.
CHASE FOR THE CUP DRIVER STANDINGS

RANK DRIVER POINTS WINS
1. Jimmie Johnson 6492 7
2. Mark Martin 6384 5
3. Jeff Gordon 6323 1
4. Kurt Busch 6281 2
5. Tony Stewart 6207 4
6. Juan Montoya 6203 0
7. Greg Biffle 6171 0
8. Denny Hamlin 6140 3
9. Ryan Newman 6081 0
10. Kasey Kahne 6016 2
11. Carl Edwards 5972 0
12. Brian Vickers 5826 1

Others: 13. Kyle Busch, 14. Matt Kenseth, 15. Clint Bowyer

56644688CHASE FOR THE CUP DRIVER PROFILE: Jimmie Johnson

Season at a Glance: Jimmie Johnson entered the season contending for a record fourth Cup title. He took over first place after the fourth Chase race at Fontana and leads all drivers with seven wins. Four of those victories have come in the Chase, the third time he has accomplished that.

Noteworthy: Johnson is one of only two drivers (Matt Kenseth) to qualify for all five Chase’s.

Car: No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet
Car Owner/Team: Jeff Gordon/Hendrick Motorsports
Crew Chief: Chad Knaus
Years in the Chase: 6th year
Career Cup Wins: 47
Best Points Finish: 1st in 2006, 2007 and 2008

SPRINT CUP
RACE PREVIEW:

RACE 36: Ford 400, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, Fla.
DATE, TIME: Sunday Nov. 22, 11:30 a.m. Pacific.
TV/RADIO: ABC/MRN
RACE LENGTH: 400.5 miles, 267 laps
TRACK: 1.5-mile, oval
GRANDSTAND SEATS: 65,000
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Carl Edwards
TRACK FACTS: The track was built after Hurricane Andrew left a trail of destruction south of Miami in 1992. The first Cup race at Homestead-Miami was held on Nov. 14, 1999, won by Tony Stewart…Greg Biffle has the most wins at Homestead-Miami with three straight from 2004-06…Mark Martin, who trails Jimmie Johnson by 108 points, gained 132 points on Johnson at the track in 2005, and has gained 111 or more points on Johnson in a single race four times since.

NASCAR FUN FACT: Ron Hornaday Jr. became the Camping World Truck Series first, four-time champion with his fourth-place finish at Phoenix last weekend.
NASCAR NOTES: There will be changes next season with teams and drivers, including Kurt Busch’s crew chief Pat Tryson leaving for Michael Waltrip Racing, where he’ll have the same position on Martin Truex Jr.’s team. Truex is leaving Earnhardt/Ganassi Racing. Jamie McMurray will leave Roush Fenway Racing and could replace Truex at Earnhardt/Ganassi. And Michael Waltrip is ending full-time Cup racing and going with a limited schedule next season…Will Danica Patrick race in the Nationwide Series next year? The IndyCar star driver might fit in with the JR Motorsports team co-owned by Rick Hendrick and Dale Earnhardt Jr., but Hendrick isn’t saying for certain. “I think everything is an option,” Hendrick said about Patrick possibly joining his team. “It’s just too early to really comment on it. Nothing is ever imminent until it’s signed.”

Copyright © 2009 Bob Hurst. All Rights Reserved. Distributed by Hurst Sports Media.

 

A Look At Holtville’s Past

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TWENTY-FIVE  YEARS AGO
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A nine-member ad hoc committee was formed to tackle the job of cleaning up downtown “eyesores.”  The meeting agreed that anything like a redevelopment agency would be a long and costly process, but that a plan to clean up “just one building a year” would be better than doing nothing at all.
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Mrs. Fidela Irigoyen competed at the Make-It-Yourself-With-Wool Contest in Fresno having earned a berth at the State event by winning the San Diego Regional Division of the contest.  Mrs. Irigoyen joined other regional winners for the top award.  She modeled her woolen coat, skirt and vest ensemble with black velvet trim for the judges

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THIRTY- FIVE YEARS AGO
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A Holtville dog has been nominated as a contender for 1969 National Dog Hero Award for his part in awakening a family in the middle of the night when their house caught on fire.  The dog, Baron, is a one-year old German Shepard/Collie mix belonging to the Munger family on 810 Walnut.
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FORTY-FIVE YEARS AGO
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Another meeting to discuss the proposed freeway across Imperial Valley has been scheduled for the Civic Center in Holtville.  It will be chaired by District Engineer Jacob Dekema
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By Betty Predmore

November 19, 2009
Thanksgiving DinnerHoltville California-Preparations are underway for the Community Thanksgiving at Holt Park.  Sponsored by Turning Point Ministries, along with donations from various churches and individuals throughout Imperial Valley, this is an annual event that seems to get bigger each year.  Several hundred people are expected to attend this year’s event which will be held on Thanksgiving Day from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.  The event was started some years back with the intent of reaching out to the homeless and hungry in the community and providing them with a warm, delicious Thanksgiving meal.  It has grown over the years to become a time of gathering with families and enjoying a delicious meal without the fuss of cooking at home.  It is also a favorite among the local Snowbirds.  There is no cost to enjoy a delicious meal of turkey, dressing, and all the sides.  Turning Point invites the community to share an afternoon of good food, family fun, and fellowship as we let the true meaning of the holiday shine through.

 

policesiren21City of Holtville

Friday,

November 13

FREAKY VISUALS:

It was reported that the caller heard a suspicious noise outside, when the caller looked outside he saw a subject running outside away from the residence, the caller did not recognize the subject nor was anything stolen, the caller was advised of his options

TIME FOR SOME INTERVENTION:

It was reported that the caller  noticed a husband and wife couple having an intense argument, the caller did not state what the argument was about, the subjects were contacted, the situation was handled.

Saturday,

November 14

IT’S HARD TO LET GO:

It was reported that the caller’s 34 year old ex husband keeps harassing her and keeps coming back every other day, the caller stated that he refuses to leave and is often under the influence, the caller was advised to obtain a restraining order against him.

AT LEAST THEY CLEANED UP:

It was reported that a group of subject are throwing beer bottles at the caller’s front door, this  started to be an on-going problem but the subjects did clean up the mess and were counseled.

Sunday,

November 15

MAKING A MESS:

It was reported that a subject is throwing trashcans from around the back onto the streets, though no description of him was made available, the subject was not found around the place, the neighborhood the caller will keep an eye out for him, should he return.

Monday,

November 16

TRESPASSING:

It was reported that a drunk subject was  yelling and cussing at the caller, the man  refused to leave and started to become  violent, he was escorted off the property  and advised that he is trespassing, the  subject left without incident.

BACKYARD SHOPPING:

It was reported that there is a male and female pair walking thru the alley, the caller thought they were acting suspicious and looking for identity theft information, when contacted it turned out that they were just trash digging, the subjects were ask to leave the area.

Tuesday,

November 17

TAKE TIME OUT:

It was reported that the caller’s son was throwing things around the residence, the young man who was out of  control for an unknown reason  was counseled and calmed down, he was advised to listen to his mother and father.

SENT HOME:

It was reported that a female subject is refusing to leave the caller’s home, it was unclear as to whether this female was an ex-girlfriend or any other relation, the female subject did in fact refuse to leave several times, she was finally sent on her way by an officer.

Wednesday,

November 18

TAKING OUT THE LIGHTS:

It was reported that the caller found two of his lights in the backyard broken, the ground was pilled with shards, the caller did not notice anything missing from his backyard, the caller was advised of his options.

GO HOME KID’O:

It was reported that the caller’s grandson has trespassed into the caller’s residence, the caller does not want him there, the subject has been removed and warned before, the subject was gone on arrival.

City of Brawley

Friday,

November 13

POOR CHEVY:

It was reported that the caller’s Chevy Malibu was vandalized  sometime last night, the vehicles back rear lights were broken and acid was on the paint,  a report was made, the caller was advised.

MAKE SURE IT’S WELL LIT:

It was reported that the caller and his family have spotted three to four prowlers in the caller’s backyard, the caller stated that they all fled seconds before an officer could arrive on scene, none of the prowlers were seen or caught.

STRAIGHT OUT OF PARANORMAL ACTIVITY:

It was reported that the caller is hearing voices from out of her residence, the caller did notice a tall bald headed man looking into her residence thru the rear window, the caller was advised of her options, a perimeter check was made, no one was found in the area.

Saturday,

November 14

BEER RUN:

It was reported that a tall male subject ran off with two 20 packs of Bud Light, the subject left in a blue Chevy suburban, the value of the packs was about $32 dollars in total, the caller was advised to call back should he return.

YOU LOST KID?:

It was reported that a male with long blond hair was found in the caller’s backyard, the male was said to be 18 years old and fled the scene rather quickly after being discovered, nothing was stolen from the back yard.

HARASSING:

It was reported that a male subject is harassing people as they pass by, the subject refused to leave the area, but complied when an officer sent him on his way, the caller was advised to call back should this happen again, the male subject was advised to not return.

Sunday,

November 15

DOOR TO DOOR SERVICE:

It was reported that a male subject is going door to door begging in the neighborhood, the male subject was last seen on his bike riding about the neighborhood, the officer was unable to make contact, the caller was advised to call back should he return.

PARTY SHUT DOWN:

It was reported that the caller is having complaints of loud music in a residence down the block, the caller also noticed under aged teens drinking alcohol, the party was shut down, everyone was sent on their ways.

Monday,

November 16

RUDE AWAKENING:

It was reported that the caller woke up to find three Rottweilers in her back yard, though this isn’t the first time it happens, it is an ongoing problem, the caller was advised of her options.

STOLEN BIKE:

It was reported that someone has stolen the caller’s bike from its garage, the gray and black bike with red racing stripes was said to be there last night, the bike was worth a total of $150 dollars, a report was taken.

BREAK IN:

It was reported that two male subjects sporting shaved heads are believed to have broken into the caller’s vehicle, though nothing was stolen, nor was the vehicle itself damaged, a report was taken.

Tuesday,

November 17

REFUSING TO LEAVE:

It was reported that the caller’s girlfriend is in his residence and is refusing to leave, after a brief argument the girlfriend was sent on her way, the caller was advised to attain a restraining order.

RECKLESS DRIVER:

It was reported that a driver in a lifted Ford F-150 was driving around the neighborhood recklessly; the caller is concerned he may either hurt himself or someone else, the caller does remember seeing the truck having a Raider’s sticker as it drove down 5th street, that caller was asked to call back.

City of Calexico

Friday,

November 13

DOWN STAIRS RUCKUS:

It was reported that the caller is being kept awake by  loud music and other ruckus, though he had asked if they  could keep it down , they refused, an officer was able to  contact the host downstairs, he complied to keeping it  down.

HE SAID, NO HE SAID!:

It was reported that the caller is having an argument  with his neighbor and that it is an on-going problem,  though he did not specify what troubles were had, they  were both contacted and advised to take their problems to  a civil court, both complied.

SCARY STUFF:

It was reported that two subjects were seen pushing on  the door during the night, the caller stated that the  front door very secure, but he is afraid they may try a  window next, the caller stated was advised on his options

Saturday,

November 14

OH, THAT’S BAD:

It was reported that a group of unknown subjects have  egged the caller’s vehicle, though he did not get a  good  glimpse as to who has made a mess or what type of vehicle  it was, he stated that he would call back should they  return, the paint on the vehicle was not damaged

SITUATION HANDLED:

It was reported that the caller’s ex-boyfriend is in  front of her residence, the caller stated that the only  problem is that she has a restraining order against him,  the situation was handled, the caller was advised to call  back should he try this again.

Sunday,

November 15

HIDING, BUT SEEN:

It was reported that a subject in a gray hoodie was  inside the caller’s backyard, the caller stated that he is  hiding behind a few trash cans in his backyard, an officer  arrived and checked the area, the subject was not found in  the area, the caller was advised to call back should he  return.

BB’S AND PAINT BALLS:

It was reported that a group of teenagers were playing  with a BB rifle and a paintball gun, the caller is  concerned that they may shoot each other and get badly  injured, the group was contacted, they were asked to put  the guns away, they complied

VANDALISM:

It was reported that the park has been vandalized, the  caller stated that the benches and a wall in the park has  been spray painted, the caller did not see who was  responsible, or exactly when it happened, the area was  surveyed, the situation was handled.

Monday,

November 16

TARGET PRACTICE?:

It was reported that five kids were throwing rocks at the  caller’s home’s windows, the young kids were caught in the  act and counseled, luckily no damage were made to the  windows, or any part of the home, the kids parents were  also notified.

FIGHT TIME:

It was reported that the caller is witnessing a physical  brawl between two subjects at the locale, the two subjects  weren’t brandishing weapons, nor did anyone get seriously  hurt, they both left soon after the fight started, the  caller was advised to call should they return.

Tuesday,

November 17

RUDE CUSTOMERS:

It was reported that two customers were arguing amongst  themselves and causing some ruckus, when asked to keep it  down, they simply ignored the waiter, when asked to leave  they both started to yell at the manager, the two were  gone before an officer arrived.

REAR WINDOW TROUBLE:

It was reported that an unknown subject had broken the  rear window to the caller’s vehicle, the caller stated  that  the damages were estimated to be $350 dollars, a  full report was written, the caller was advised on how to  handle the situation.

EX-BOYFRIEND TROUBLES:

It was reported that the caller has witnessed another  fight between her friend and her ex-boyfriend, the caller  stated that they are both very loud and she is afraid that  they might fight, before the ex-boyfriend left, he did  break a window to the residence, the caller was advised of  her options.

City of El Centro

Friday,

November 13

KEEPING WARM:

It was reported that the caller noticed a dumpster fire between the apartment complex and the trailer park, a local  teenager was able to put  the fire out, a couple who is believed to have started the fire left soon after, a report was taken.

MOVE IT ON OUT:

It was reported that  an old pick up truck  has been parked in the area for a month now, the vehicle appears to be vacant and the caller would like for it to be removed, the caller was advised of his options.

HIT AND RUN:

It was reported that an unknown subject  hit the caller’s vehicle damaging the left rear bumper, the damage was only moderate, no witnesses were available to describe the subject, the caller was advised on his options.

Saturday,

November 14

PAN HANDLING:

It was reported that a female subject is going around the business panhandling, she refuses to leave the area  and will not stop bothering the customers, she was however gone before an officer arrived, the caller was advised to call back should she return.

VANDALIZED:

It was reported that the caller’s fence which is in the back of his home facing the alley was vandalized with graffiti using spray paint, the caller believes it happened sometime late in the evening, a report was taken.

EVIDENCE OF DRUG ABUSE:

It was reported that two male subjects are suspected to have been doing drugs  in the boys bathroom on the park, though the subjects were not there when an officer arrived, evidence of drug use was found in the area.

Sunday,

November 15

REFUSING TO LEAVE:

It was reported that the caller is having an argument with a 40 year old subject whom refuses to leave the area, the subject has been drinking and is drunk in public,  after a few minutes the subject did leave the area before an officer could arrive, the caller was advised to call back.

SON PROBLEMS:

It was reported that the caller is having problems controlling her son,  they were both counseled, the caller was advised on how to handle the situation should it happen again.

CALLING LATE:

It was reported that a teenager is calling late after hours, the teenager was identified and counseled, he complied to not call too late.

Monday,

November 16

WHO ARE YOU?:

It was reported that an unknown male has appeared in the neighborhood and is throwing things at the caller’s home, the caller states that he does not know who this man is,  the caller’s home was not damaged, the man did leave the area soon, the caller was advised to call should he return

SETTING IT OFF:

It was reported that a teenager is setting off homemade fireworks, the caller’s concern is that he may get hurt or might set something off on fire, the young man was counseled, he will turn in for the night.

THROWING A FIT:

It was reported that a female subject is throwing a large fit, the female subject whom is the upstairs neighbor is now yelling at the fellow residents at the apartment complex, the situation was handled.

Tuesday,

November 17

DRUNK DRIVING:

It was reported that a drunk driver was heading straight towards  Holtville in a Toyota Corola, the caller was concerned for the obvious that he may get hurt or hurt someone else as he drove around recklessly, the drunk driver was not found in.

RELAX?:

It was reported that the caller’s brother is causing a disturbance in the home, though it is believed that he is under the influence of alcohol, he is becoming irate, the young man left to stay at a friend’s home for the night.

OUT OF MY PURSE:

It was reported that someone has stolen a few items right out of her purse, the thief ran off with a green card and a few other documents, this incident happened while she shopped downtown, the caller was advised of her options.

 
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