From the daily archives: Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Holtville Chamber of Commerce  said this week that the dates for this year’s Carrot Festival have been revised.
The Carrot Festival will start Friday, Jan. 29th instead of  Feb. 6th with the Carrot Festival Queen Coronation, Citizen of the Year award and State of the City speech. It will be held at the I.V. Swiss Club on Worthington Road.
Saturday, Jan. 30th the Holtville Athletic Club will rejoin the Carrot Festival lineup with its 19th Annual Rib Cook-Off at Samaha Field.
There will be a music festival Saturday evening in downtown Holtville.
Sunday is open at this time and the Soroptimists Club cooking Contests will begin Monday, Feb. 1st, at the Civic Center. There are several different categories for all ages. A full list of the contests will be published in the  Holtville Tribune  the Friday before the events start. You can also check with the Chamber of Commerce for information on them.
Saturday, Feb. 6th is the Big Day with several attractions planned throughout the day.
The Carrot Festival Midway Carnival will begin Thursday and be featured each day through Sunday, Feb. 7th.
The Carrot Festival Mile and 5K Race will start things off Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. It will bring runners from all over the Valley as well as Snowbirds from all over the country and Canada to participate. ribbons and prizes will be awarded the winners of a half dozen one mile races and the 5K.
The Big Parade will begin at 10 a.m. along Fifth Street from Maple Avenue  to Cedar Avenue.
Holt Park will be the scene of the largest Arts and Crafts Fair in Southeastern California.
You can also find plenty of good, local food to eat too throughout the day. There will be an antique tractor and car show on Holt Avenue.
There will be entertainment in the gazebo from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. during  the afternoon.
Sunday will conclude the festivities with the No  Bones About it Barbecue in Holt Park sponsored by the Holtville Rotary Club. Barbecue will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the drive thru just before the start of the Super Bowl at 3 p.m.
The Chamber promises something for everyone and invites everybody to come out and have a good time in Holt Park for the day.


Chris Furguson
Three young men were arrested in Brawley for possession of stolen property and resisting a peace officer after a vehicle check in the city on Tuesday, January 12, 2010.
The suspects, Brian Perez, 19, Jorge Ibarra, 18, and Jose Saldana, 18, all of El Centro, were caught after a vehicle check  in an alley north of the 1000 block of Main Street, said Cmdr. Brett Houser
The vehicle, a Kia Spectra, had been reported stolen from El Centro earlier that day.
A vehicle check at around 8 pm discovered the vehicle was stolen and the three suspects ran on foot in different directions.
When additional units were brought in for the search, all three were captured at different locations and brought to ICJ.
Also on January 12th, Brawley officers responded to a possible burglary in-progress on the 1300 block of I Street, said Houser.
When officers arrived, they found the suspect, Johnny Rubio, 39 of Brawley, inside a storage structure on the facility.
Rubio was taken into custody without incident and sent to ICJ on charges of burglary, said Houser in a statement to the press.

Three suspects were arrested in Brawley on charges of resisting a peace officer and possession of stolen property.  They are Brian Perez, Jorge Ibarra and Jose Saldana, all of El Centro. Photos courtesy of the Brawley Police Department


Only 34 of the Birds Found Alive

SAN DIEGO — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers performing outbound operations Monday at the San Ysidro port of entry stopped a pickup truck heading south on Interstate 5 with 50 birds restrained and hidden in the bed of the truck.
When authorities were able to remove the 46 roosters and 4 hens from their tightly packed compartment, 16 of the birds from the bottom of the compartment were dead.
At about 10:15 a.m., CBP officers pulled aside an older, white pickup truck, with Baja California, Mexico plates, driven by a 32 year old male Mexican citizen, and resident of Tijuana, heading south towards Mexico.
Upon inspecting the vehicle, CBP officers found a hidden compartment in the truck bed.
Inside, officers discovered the birds, each stuffed in a nylon stocking with its legs restrained by a Velcro tie to prevent the birds from moving. The birds were stacked on top of one another, two or three deep, in a specially built compartment that hung from the underside of the pickup truck.
Authorities believe the birds were likely sedated for their trip and likely would have been sold in Mexico for confrontational rooster fights and related breeding purposes.
Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture transported the birds to a facility for their safekeeping. The birds that lived through the smuggling attempt appear to be in good health. CBP turned custody of the driver over to USDA, Office of Inspector General. The driver is facing criminal charges, and is currently being held at the San Diego Metropolitan Correctional Center.


Accepting Monetary Donations for Relief Efforts

SAN DIEGO, January 13, 2010 — On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused widespread damage on the island of Haiti, especially in the capital city of Port au Prince.  Aftershocks continue to shake the island.  As with most earthquakes, we expect to see an immediate need for food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support.

The American Red Cross has pledged an initial $1,000,000 to assist affected communities and is prepared to take further action as local responders assess the situation.  The American Red Cross has sent an initial shipment of relief supplies from its warehouse in Panama, which includes kitchen supplies, mosquito nets, tarps and other materials to help those who have been made homeless.  A disaster management specialist has also been deployed to support Haitian Red Cross relief efforts.

At this time, the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross has not been asked to provide any personnel or equipment in response to the disaster.  It will continue to monitor the situation and respond to any and all requests for assistance from National Headquarters.

The American Red Cross has an extensive partnership with the Haitian Red Cross and employs several staff members in Haiti who provide ongoing HIV/AIDS prevention and disaster preparedness education.  The Haitian Red Cross was founded in 1931 and specializes in emergency response, community health services, blood transfusions, ambulance services and first aid training.

The American Red Cross is accepting monetary donations to support earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.  Donors may send checks to the local chapter, designating Haiti Relief to: American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties, 3950 Calle Fortunada, San Diego, CA 92123, by visiting the website at, or by calling 858-309-1200.  Donors may also text “HAITI” to 90999 and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts; the charge will appear on the next cell phone bill.

Please consider helping victims of countless cities around the world each year by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross International Response Fund (IRF), which will provide immediate and long-term support to those in need.  Donors can make gifts by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by visiting

At this time, the Red Cross is utilizing trained volunteers and is not accepting spontaneous volunteers to travel to Haiti. If you would like to volunteer for the American Red Cross, please contact the local chapter at 858-309-1200.

For inquiries about relatives living and who have citizenship in Haiti, please be patient and call repeatedly until the lines clear or contact other family members who live nearby. Telephone, Internet and other communication lines are often disrupted in times of disaster. People trying to locate U.S. citizens living or traveling in Haiti should contact the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizens Services, at 1-888-407-4747 or 202-647-5225.

About the American Red Cross, San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter

The San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross is leading the effort to make San Diego and Imperial Valley Counties “America’s Most Prepared Community.” As a charitable organization and not a government agency, the Red Cross depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The local chapter also provides nutritional counseling through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. For more information, please call (858) 309-1200 or visit

The I.V. Center for Exceptional Children or "Dirty Divas," (in no specific order): Arlene Avalos, Susan Avila, Norma Garcia, Monica Buford, Maria Camacho, Beatriz Lopez, Patty McDonald, Brigid McGuire, Enid Medina, Casandra Perez, Rachel Rivas, Monica Romero, Juanita Sandoval, Lenny Traviesa with their mascot Sally Wheeler.

The I.V. Center for Exceptional Children or "Dirty Divas," (in no specific order): Arlene Avalos, Susan Avila, Norma Garcia, Monica Buford, Maria Camacho, Beatriz Lopez, Patty McDonald, Brigid McGuire, Enid Medina, Casandra Perez, Rachel Rivas, Monica Romero, Juanita Sandoval, Lenny Traviesa with their mascot Sally Wheeler.

By Jorge Villalobos

The Pioneer's Memorial Hospital team was composed of (in no specific order): Joy Carmona, Susana Favela, Stephanie Gomez, Maria Jimenez, Linday Lugo, Maria Madrid, Eva Rios, Veronica Rocha, Rainee Vanscoder, and Grace Verduzco. Photos by Jorge Villalobos.

Dj Frank Barrera and Danny Castaneda team up to work the sound system for the event. While Barrera mixes the music, Castaneda makes sure it's all working properly; he also worked the announcement for the drawings in between games.

When it was all said and done the many rivalry that existed dissipated as both teams congratulated each other for a well played game. The Dirty Divas (red) did take the first game and went up to face off against the El Centro Regional Medical Center team.

When it was all said and done the many rivalry that existed dissipated as both teams congratulated each other for a well played game. The Dirty Divas (red) did take the first game and went up to face off against the El Centro Regional Medical Center team.

Flag Football, food and fun was the name of the game at the El Centro Regional Medical’s “Tackling Disabilities,” event.  The event which at first hosted “Tackling Autism,” evolved to take on a wider scope of disabilities, to raise money for the ECRMC Foundation. Which in turn will buy new equipment and prepare a better staff to take on today’s ailments.
“We chose a cause, a cause that was near and dear to some ECRMC employees,” explained Mary Dinely, Executive Director of the ECRMC Foundation. She explained that the ECRMC employees wanted to have a flag football challenge game to which the proceeds went to the special education school and the ECRMC Foundation.  The school will be purchasing new supplies and audio/visual equipment that they are unable to purchase with their current budget.
“The Foundation, we’re purchasing needed medical equipment that’s also not in our budget and to support many, many needed programs like the Imperial Valley Asthma Program,” explained Dinely.  “The whole concept was originally brought to me by Ron Martinez, he’s an ECRMC employee he works for the I.T. Department and he has a daughter that is Autistic, so they wanted to do a football game with proceeds going to charity.”
Dinely explained that one thing lead to another and the event began to what it is today. Last year it was a clear face off between Pioneer’s Memorial Hospital and the ECRMC. This year a new comer has joined the small tourney, along with PMH and ECRMC, the I.V. Center for Exceptional Children (known by their on-field name as Dirty Divas), has thrown its hat into the mix.  For the Men’s events, the Imperial Valley Fire Fighters faced off against the male PMH team.  The winner of each males and females teams would go up to face ECRMC, to challenge them as the event intends.
“Everyone has just been thrilled about it, we sold quite a few tickets, I’m hoping for this to be a profitable event,” added Dinely. “Already, just for the first game alone, we’ve  have had more people than last year, because we got the word out this year, people know that we’re here.” Dinely states that the only requirement for any agency or business that wants to participate in future “Tackling Disability,” events to call her at (760) 482 -5068 or visit them on the web at . “Anyone is welcomed to be a part of the challenge if they would like to,” smiled Dinely.

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