Giselle Romero  1st place regional competitionGiselle Romero participated in the local competition of the NBA FIT/WNBA FIT CHALLENGE hosted by the Calexico Recreation Dept. in late Sept.  She was the local champion in the 13 & 14 year old girls division showcasing her skills in five stations: jump rope, wall pass, defensive slide, speed revolution and line sprints.

This gave her the opportunity to advance to the 2009-2010 Los Angeles Clippers NBA/WNBA FIT regional’s competition on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009 at the Veteran’s Sports Complex in Carson, Ca.

2010 Imperial Valley Census

2010 Imperial Valley Census Count To Begin This Spring

By Luke Phillips
Starting in the spring of 2010 Imperial Valley residents will be receiving forms in the mail, or knocks on their door, to be counted in the 2010 nation-wide census.
Residents of the United States have been counted every ten years since 1790, as stipulated in the Constitution, for the purpose of distributing federal funding and determining each state’s number of seats in the House of Representatives.
The only major change this time around is that the head of each household will be asked to complete and return a 10-question survey. Those who don’t return the form will receive a visit from a census taker who will ask the questions in person.
The questionnaire takes about 10 minutes to complete and asks for demographic information including whether a home is rented or owned and the names, gender, ages and race of others living in the home. The information collected is not shared with anyone and is protected by federal law. The penalty for divulging census information includes a $250,000 fine or 5 years in prison, or both.
Census recruiters will also be in the area during the first three months of 2010 to hire hundreds of temporary workers to collect census information. Census jobs have flexible hours and can pay up to $18.50 an hour.
The Census Bureau requires each applicant to pass a background check and a multiple-choice exam that tests reading, following written instructions, basic math and map reading.
Those hired are required to complete four days of paid training, which can be scheduled for weekend or evening hours, and will be assigned to work in the community where they reside. Bilingual speakers and U.S. residents are given preference.
January through March 2010, census recruiters will be holding workshops and testing in Calexico on Mondays, Ocotillo on Tuesdays, Holtville on Wednesdays and El Centro on Fridays. Call your local EDD or One Stop employment center for more information or to reserve a seat. You can also visit the census Web site at

AP Spanish Language and College readiness

By Mario Conde

YolandaCotaThe Calexico High School Bulldogs will be recognized as number #1 in the nation in AP Spanish Language and College readiness for 2009.

In a press release made by Calexico High School principal Gilbert Barraza, he said that Calexico High School The College Board AP Report to The Nation, Will Be Announcing and Featuring Calexico High School in their 2010 February Issue. The announcement will highlight Calexico’s high proficiency in the Spanish AP test for this year and putting the Bulldogs as number one in the United States.

Turning Point Gives to the Community

By Betty Predmore

DSC_0066Turning Point Ministries held their annual Food Basket Give-Away on Saturday, December 19th. Church members along with resents of the Men’s and Woman’s Homes were on hand to hand out food baskets that included lasagna, canned goods, candy, beans, rice, sugar, flour, tortillas, and produce. The baskets were topped off with warm scarves and small toys. In addition to the baskets, household items and clothing were also given out throughout the afternoon. There was delicious hot cocoa and hot apple cider to enjoy along with a true spirit of giving that was a blessing to all who participated.