From the daily archives: Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Chris Furguson
A 21 year-old Brawley woman was arrested and placed into custody after a hit-and-run incident on Saturday, January 30, 2010, according to a release from Brawley Police Department Commander Brett Houser.
The incident took place at the corner of Eastern Avenue and Jones Street.  At around 10:50 pm, a Brawley police officer was flagged down at the scene
Witnesses identified a blue 2005 Suzuki sedan as the fleeing vehicle and provided the last known direction of travel.
Officers located the vehicle a few blocks away in the northern part of Cosgrove street.  The owner, Krystal Thompson, 21, was found and identified as the driver.
During the course of the investigation, Thompson was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested on DUI and Hit & Run charges.
The condition of the impacted driver or vehicle were not known at press time.


The Holtville Chamber of Commerce Carrot Festival Carnival Starts this Thursday at 3:00pm and runs till Sunday. Come and be part of the excitement in the city of Holtville as they celebrate their 63 annual Carrot Festival.

Presale tickets can be purchased at: Del Sol Market, Sun Community Credit Union,  APG Kandel Shop, George’s Pizza, Nana’s Café, Modern Market, Imperial Stores, Polar Bear,

Mexico Lindo, Taco Shop, Union Food Market and Robobank.


El Centro Realtor Chuck Storey has announced he will seek the position of Imperial County Recorder in the June 2010 elections.
Storey, 56, has already received the endorsement of the Imperial County Association of Realtors.  He has been a licensed Realtor since 1979 and is owner/broker of Neil Horne Real Estate in El Centro.
Storey said he will work to restore timely recording of documents in the office as well as establish an electronic database of building records and statistics as well as other information.
“I will make it a high priority to establish a friendly, courteous relationship with the public and seek input for more cooperative delivery of county records to the public and to other county departments,” Story said.
The Recorder’s Office is responsible for the recording of deeds, mortgages, decrees of court, and leases affecting title to real property in the county.  It also maintains Uniform Commercial Code filings, subdivision maps, and vital statistics, including births, deaths, and marriages within the county.
Storey, a life-long resident of El Centro, has been active in the community for many years, and was named Realtor of the Year in 2000.  He has been active in the Imperial County Association of Realtors (formerly the Imperial Valley Board of Realtors) and served as the group’s president in 1990.  He also has been a member of the board of directors of the California Association of Realtors and was its regional chairman in 1993 and again in 2000.
Storey also served on the El Centro Planning Commission from 2000 to 2006 and was chairman in 2002-2003.
He has held memberships in other organizations including the American Heart Association, Early Risers and the El Centro Kiwanis Clubs and is a member of Christ Community Church.
Storey was married to the late Sheree A. Storey for 31 years.  They have a grown son and grown daughter Matthew and Candice as well as a daughter Cherise who is a student at Southwest High School.


By Mario Conde

The County Board approved a letter to the United States Secretary of Agriculture requesting approval in support of the Sunrise Powerlink project.

The project that is proposed by San Diego Gas & Electric has obtained approval for the California Public Utilities Commission and the U.S. Bureau of reclamation for construction of the Sunrise Powerlink, and construction is scheduled to begin this year. Before that can occur, the U.S. Forest Service, part of the Department of Agriculture, must approve a Record of Decision and Plan Amendment. Because of the delay of the USDA’s approval, SDG&E has requested the County send a letter to the Secretary of Agriculture requesting him to move forward with the recordation.

With the implementation of this project the County believes that the Imperial County can provide the nation with thousands of Mega Watts of clean, green renewable energy. The Board of Supervisors believes that Imperial County is rich in geothermal resources and our potential for solar generated electricity is endless.

The board believes that the Sunrise Powerlink will provide the adequate transmission to export this clean renewable energy and this project is the first step in providing the necessary electric infrastructure to replace fossil fuel generation with renewable energy that has no harmful greenhouse emissions.

“Imperial County is experiencing record high unemployment currently exceeding 27%” Chairman Louis Fuentes said. Fuentes said that County is counting on the expansion of the renewable energy industry in our region to provide new jobs, higher wages, economic development opportunities and a large tax base to fund the vital needs of the residents of Imperial Valley.

“Failure to approve and construct the Sunrise Powerlink would put several viable and needed proposed projects in jeopardy. These projects would have a tremendous positive impact on the Imperial County by expanding an industry in the Imperial County that will be second only to agriculture.” Fuentes said.


By Mario Conde

The County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to close down the County library in Niland due to budget problems.

In a report given by County Librarian Connie Barrington to the board of Supervisors she said that the main reasons to close the Niland branch because it’s the most expansive with regard to non-start expenditures running over $12,000 per year in rent, utilities, and maintenance. Also, the low turnout of kids using the library was a key factor for its closure. It is expected to close by March 31st of this year.

Barrington added that the Calipatria branch is ten miles away and its open to the public five days a week. Safety was another reason why the Niland Branch will be closed since, according to the Librarian, there is no public safety venue near the area to guarantee the safety of the one person working there.

Supervisor Jack Terrazas asked if there was going to be a merger between the County Library System and Imperial Valley College since there was been some interest by both parties to work together.

Barrington said that there was some negotiations to merge with IVC but the dean of learning services cannot recommend the merger at this time since Imperial Valley College has also had a reduction in its budget and it is impossible right now to go on with the merger at this moment.

Supervisor Gary Wyatt said that this is painful move by the County to close down the Niland library branch. He suggested to look for future revenues projections in next the new budget in order to fund the County Library system and programs for seniors citizens because it’s the most important programs for County residents.

“This is not only happening here in the Imperial Valley, libraries are closing all over California.” Wyatt said.

Other than the Niland branch, all other County libraries are expected to remain open and work their normal schedule. Supervisor Wally Leimgruber said the Holtville library will remain open and said that residents were happy to hear about it. He said a lot of snowbirds use the library when the come to the Imperial Valley.

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