Amber Alert Expands

Amber Alert expands for girl whose mother’s body was found Sunday

GERONIMO — Authorities issued an Amber Alert for the daughter of a woman whose body was found Sunday in, and police are looking for the woman’s estranged husband who could be with the girl.

Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation Celebrates a Decade of Growth

By Betty Predmore

Andy Horne reports on the progress of the Energy Committee

“A Decade of Growth….A Plan for Prosperity” was the theme of the annual Dinner and Meeting of the IVEDC which was held at the Barcelona Event Center on Friday, January 22, 2010.  Guests enjoyed a reception complete with live music, and a delicious dinner followed by the program/meeting.   President Timothy Kelley gave a warm welcome to all and a brief report on current projects in development.  A special welcome was given to visitors from Shanghai, China, who were in the Imperial Valley looking at prospective business and investment opportunities.

Migrant Program Speech Tournament a Win-Win For All

By:  Kudratdeep Kaur Dhaliwal

All were winners in the ICOE Migrant Program Speech Tournament held Saturday at Southwest High School.

Students throughout the Imperial Valley were awarded for spending their entire Saturday honing their rhetoric and public speaking skills with trophies, plaques and medals.

The event kicked off with a message from the Keynote Speaker ICOE Board Member Alicia Armenta who motivated the students to fulfill their dreams.

19th Annual Holtville Athletic Club Rib Cook-Off

19th Annual Holtville Athletic Club Rib Cook-Off, Saturday January 30, 2010

Holtville, California – The nineteenth Annual Rib Cook-Off Extravaganza hosted by the Holtville Athletic Club will take place in Holtville, California. This year’s event is scheduled one weekend prior to the Super Bowl. This Rib Cook-Off promises be the biggest in History. Organizers are preparing for a crowd that will approach 16,000 by reserving 16,000 pounds of fresh pork ribs, and making preparations to serve 250 gallons of Old Fashion homemade ice cream for the single day event.
This year’s marquee event will have prizes and awards that will top $ 10,000.00. The top prize of $ 1,000.00 will go to the judge’s choice for best BBQ Ribs. Additional categories include best side dish, ice cream making, homemade pie, and best booth contest.
With all net proceeds of the event earmarked to benefit area youth activity education and athletic groups, the majority of the 600 event volunteers are comprised of area athletic, youth organization, and educational groups and their leaders.
Three bands will be performing live at the Rib Cook-Off: Charly & Calico Ridge, BigJoyWow and Tercer Elemento on the main stage during the event.
The non-profit organization The Holtville Athletic Club has become a major benefactor to Imperial County organizations and causes. The 28 member group is primarily known by the Rib Cook-Off and it’s ambassador Old Fashion Ice Cream machine capable of turning out in excess of 40 Gallons an hour of delicious old fashioned ice cream. Since inception the Holtville Athletic Club’s mission has been to financially assist regional youth groups and athletic activities through non-profit fund raising efforts. The efforts include member’s personal commitments to the organization as well as seeking corporate assistance. The Holtville Athletic Club’s future will be guaranteed by the continued dedication of volunteers and the future presence of deserving sports associations, students, and local children. Today’s beneficiaries will become tomorrow’s volunteers just as today’s volunteers were yesterday’s beneficiaries. Evidenced by the hundreds of thousands of dollars and in like kind work put into the local communities by the organization.
Major event sponsors include:

KXO Radio, Fairfield Inn & Suites, Fox 9, LaBrucherie Irrigation Supply, ABC 5, TownePlace Suites, KYMA News Channel 11, ClearTalk,  KGBA Radio, All Mighty Sound and Telemundo.

Brown Joins U.S. DOJ and 16 States to Revise Ticketmaster/LiveNation Merger

Oakland -Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today joined sixteen state attorneys general and the United States Department of Justice in approving the Ticketmaster and LiveNation merger after requiring the two companies to agree to several changes that would create “a more competitive market” for concert tickets by allowing two new primary ticketing competitors.

In the settlement, concert-promoter AEG will be able to “self-ticket”and offer ticketing services at other venues, and Ticketmaster will divest its Paciolan ticketing system unit, a proprietary computer system used for ticketing events and contracts.