Holtville Mack Park To Get A Facelift

Luke Phillips
Holtville residents will soon be seeing long-needed improvements to Nolan E. McDougal (Mack) Park.
The Holtville City Council approved bids submitted for three improvement projects at the park at their last regular meeting on Monday, March 22.
A contract to replace a crumbling retention wall on the park’s south side was awarded to Valencia Brothers Concrete Construction in the amount of $43,125. Installation of new restrooms for the park, including a concrete pad and ADA compliant sidewalk, will be performed by Tim Gaddis Construction at a cost of $18,625, and electrical improvements, including the installation of a new light pole, will be completed by Supreme Electric for $6,595.
The improvements will be paid for with funds from the 2002 Resource Bond Act Per Capita Program of Proposition 40 funds, the same grant that funded improvements at Holt Park. The funds were frozen due to the states economic hardships, but in November of last year the city received word that the funds were again available for project implementation. Funds from the grant will cover $81,665 out of the $119,935 needed for the projects. The other $38,270 will come from the Redevelopment Agency’s Capitol Improvement Projects fund.
Changes to the planned improvements could still be coming though. Council member Jerry Brittsan indicated that he would like to see a second entrance to the park at the southeast corner installed as part of the retention wall project.

Calexico Historical Museum Committee Met on Tuesday

Left to right Ana Rosa Renison, Rosie Raya, Mary Medina, Carlos Herrera, Carlos Herrera Jr., and Annie Ybarra

The Calexico Historical Museum committee met on Tuesday, March 30th to finalize details on the upcoming “Inauguration of the Historical Museum” project. The unveiling will take place on Saturday, April 17th, doors opening at 2:00 pm and ceremony beginning at 3:00pm. The event will remain open to the public until 6:00 pm. The event will feature various displays of historic artifacts from Calexico history and a history book written by Carlos Herrera, Sr. The event will also feature historical family pictures and biographies from over 100 local families by Ana Rosa Renison.

U.S. Border Patrol Seizes $2.7 Million in 3 Narcotics Seizures at Highway 86 Checkpoint

Indio, Calif. – Indio Station agents conducting checkpoint operations at the Highway 86 checkpoint seized three narcotics loads this past weekend.

During a vehicle search, a package containing methamphetamine was discovered hidden in the engine compartment of a black sport-utility vehicle.

The first seizure occurred on Friday at approximately 9 p.m. when a black sport-utility vehicle was sent to the secondary inspection area after a U.S. Border Patrol canine team alerted agents to the possible presence of contraband within the vehicle. During a subsequent search, agents discovered a package hidden within the vehicle’s engine compartment. The package contained methamphetamine with an estimated street value of more than $326,000

El Centro Music Festival And Fireworks Show

The  City of El Centro will be holding the 3rd annual “El Centro Music Festival & Fireworks Show” at Stark Field in El Centro.

The Headliner is “The Chicano All Stars,”  a Santana tribute band.  There will also be other live bands, free drawings, high school competitions, food, 100 foot giant fun slide and Paintball, X-Ball Sup-Air field with a clinic and chrono section for continuous action.  This exciting event will conclude with a spectacular fireworks show! Admission is free with a nonperishable food item for IV Food Bank.

Statewide Town Hall Meetings Target Underage Drinking

Underage drinking is taking center stage at over a hundred Town Hall Meetings across California to raise awareness and generate discussion about this health risk during April –National Alcohol Awareness Month. The meetings bring together youth, parents, teachers, politicians, law enforcement, business owners, community leaders, and substance abuse service providers.