Daily Archives: December 22, 2009

All League Team Players Announced

Holtville Sports

Selected by league coaches under the auspices of the San Diego Hall of Champions. Selection committees can recognize athletes in excess of the authorized number, but only those whose names will appear on the Hall of Champions certificates are listed below.

Holtville Football

Julian Martinez – Benji Angulo – Ethan Ming


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Police Briefs

policesiren21City of Holtville


December 18


It was reported that a teenager was jumping on the hood of a vehicle. It is unknown if he owns this vehicle or not. An officer did go to the locale, but was unable to make contact with the young man. The caller was advised to call back should he turn up again.


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Hundreds Get H1N1 Vaccines

During Saturday Drive At Expo

Chris Furguson
flu-shotHundreds of cars were lined up in the Imperial Valley Expo’s parking lot during  the first vaccination drive for the H1N1 Swine Flu virus on Saturday, December 19, 2009.
The Imperial County Department of Health decided to open access to the vaccine to the general public after targeting other groups, like people under 24 years of age and pregnant women.
In addition to the shot, which contained inactive flu virus cells., the nasal spray was also available for those who did not want an injection.  The spray contained activated, but mutated H1N1 that could not reproduce and would not move from the nasal cavity.
The vaccine’s availability to the general public was announced on the same day that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recalled 800,000 doses of vaccine due to the lack of potency.
The process for Saturday’s drive thru day consisted of signing a release form, then waiting in the car to drive up to the nurse’s stations, where the vaccine would be delivered.  A precautionary waiting period was required for those who took the nasal spray vaccine.
According to the county, 8000 children have been vaccinated for H1N1 at school & community clinics and over 25,000 have been vaccinated by the county and private physicians.
The current strain of “swine flu” that the World Health Organization is believed to have originated in Veracruz, Mexico.
Currently, over 1.3 million confirmed cases of swine flu have been discovered around the world.  Of those cases, over twelve thousand people around the world have died due to the virus.
In the United States, over 103,000 people have been diagnosed with the swine flu, with over 9000 cases in California.  There have been over 2000 deaths since the outbreak of the disease.

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Film Classics to Rev Up Holiday Spirit

XmasvacFamilies often have their own unique traditions when it comes to the holidays. Lately, families have begun to include films in many of those traditions. That’s thanks largely to the array of classic holiday films that have consistently put people in the holiday mood. Families reuniting for the holidays this year have a host of films from which to choose to enjoy a night in and a bucket of popcorn. When heading to visit family and friends, consider bringing one of the following as a gift to make a memorable night with loved ones.
* “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989) — Led by an all-star cast including Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, the Griswold family Christmas should be merry, but naturally turns into a hilarious disaster. Look for appearances by “Seinfeld” veteran Julia Louis-Dreyfus and legendary comedienne Doris Roberts in supporting roles.
* “A Christmas Story” (1983) –Growing up in 1940s America, young Ralphie has his heart set on a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas, but it seems like Mom, teacher and even Santa are certain he’ll “shoot his eye out” with such a gift. Will Ralphie find his heart’s desire under the tree? Watch to find out.
* “It’s a Wonderful Life” (1946) — When distraught George Baily (Jimmy Stewart) meets a compassionate angel, he learns what life would have been like if he’d never existed. Holiday magic wins out in the end.
* “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947) — Another classic that can’t be missed! When a man claiming to be Santa Claus is deemed insane, a young lawyer and a headstrong young girl come to his rescue.
* “A Christmas Carol” (1951) — Yet another movie that has spawned a series of more recent remakes. This one stars Alastair Sim as Mr. Scrooge, a bitter, miserly man who doesn’t give a bah humbug about the holiday season. But will a haunting by three ghosts change his mind and ill will?
* “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965) — Charlie Brown is depressed and can’t find the Christmas spirit. When he is put in charge of the school’s holiday pageant and comes in with a meager Christmas tree, the schoolkids ultimately learn about the true meaning of Christmas.

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United States Transfers 12 Guantanamo Bay Detainees

United States Transfers 12 Guantanamo Bay Detainees to Afghanistan, Yemen and the Somaliland Region

Twelve detainees have been transferred from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to Afghanistan, Yemen and the Somaliland region.

As directed by the President’s Jan. 22, 2009 Executive Order, the interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted a comprehensive review of each of these cases. As a result of that review, which examined a number of factors, including potential threat, mitigation measures and the likelihood of success in habeas litigation, the detainees were approved for transfer. In accordance with Congressionally-mandated reporting requirements, the Administration informed Congress of its intent to transfer the detainees at least 15 days before their transfer.

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