Cell Phone Aids Border Patrol in Illegal Alien Rescue

Jamul, Calf. – Adverse weather conditions yesterday disoriented and incapacitated a Mexican man attempting to enter the country illegally, initiating a coordinated search and rescue operation on a mountain in Jamul, Claif.

At approximately 9 p.m., the Border Patrol’s Search Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) team responded to a 911 distress call from a mountainous area within the Otay County Open Space Preserve. Border Patrol requested Customs and Border Protection helicopter assets to assist in the search. At around 3 a.m., the helicopter pilot detected the faint light of the individual’s cell phone and directed BORSTAR to the location.

Border Patrol Arrests 6 with Drugs Strapped to Bodies within 24 Hours

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at San Diego and Imperial County, Calif. ports of entry arrested six teens and young adults with narcotics concealed under their clothing as they entered the U.S. from Mexico, all within a 24-hour period beginning Tuesday morning.

Woman’s Club Donates To Suicide Prevention Program

The Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program began in 1994 after the death of 17 year old Michael Emme. As with many grass roots organizations, it began small and was born of a tragic life changing event. Since its inception, chapters or clubs have sprung up across the country as well as in several foreign nations. Holtville’s Chapter was launched in 2001, after one of its own chose the path of suicide to solve his problems. The impetus is always need; a need for information, for collaboration, for answers. Sadly, the answers often never come, but the stigma that is lifted every day by the dedication of the many that so fervently continue this path of enlightenment, is felt by survivors as well as those in need of help.

63rd Annual Holtville Carrot Festival and Parade Highlights

By Luke Phillips

The 63rd annual Holtville Carrot Festival kicked off this year with the Chamber of Commerce Banquet at the Imperial Valley Swiss Club and continues with tons of festivities throughout the following week.

The Chamber of Commerce banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. with no-host cocktails. Dinner was served from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., and a ceremonies will take place from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Carrot Festival royalty will be crowned, Holtville’s Citizen of the Year will be named, and Mayor Colleen Ludwig will give the State of the City address.

Police Briefs

City of Holtville


February 5


It was reported that the caller’s cousin is in town and is up to trouble again, the caller was advised of his/her options the cousin did leave the area, the caller was advised to call back should he return.