From the daily archives: Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Women of Virtue Empowerment Network (W.O.V.E.N.) will be kicking off it’s grand opening with an Open House event on Monday, March 22nd from 6-8 p.m.  WOVEN is a non-profit organization created as a support center for women of the Imperial Valley.
Founding directors are Betty Predmore and Sara Hilfiker of Holtville, and Stacie Chandler and Debbie Cameron of Brawley.
WOVEN will be offering support groups led by trained facilitators on such topics as marriage/relationships, parenting, grief, menopause, health and nutrition, conflict resolution, and self-empowerment.
There will also be support groups for women’s AA, cancer, and single mothers.  In addition to the scheduled group sessions, the WOVEN office will be open for walk-in assistance Monday through Friday from 10:00-noon along with Monday and Thursday afternoons from 1-3 p.m.
WOVEN services are open to all women free of charge.  For more information on how you can be a part of WOVEN or if you would like to find out more about WOVEN services or scheduled classes, call 760-344-0411, visit the WOVEN website at, or stop by the WOVEN open house at 235-A Main Street in Brawley on March 22nd from 6-8 p.m.


By Mario Conde
Months after being appointed to the County Board of Supervisors, Louis Fuentes gave the State of the County Address last Wednesday.
Fuentes faced the County in his first address to the people of the Imperial Valley at SDSU’s Rodney Auditorium. In a short twenty minute speech, Fuentes highlighted the County’s economic development and projects that are being on the works.
The Chairman of the County Board said that the past years was very interesting and challenging for the County but said that it has stayed strong beyond the difficulties. “Our state and local tax revenues have decline considerably and there is a lot of unemployment. However, the County of Imperial has moved forward without and budget cuts or furloughs.” Fuentes said.
“In a weak economy, we need to be vigilant and find creative ways to generate funds and new incentives.” The Chairman said.
Fuentes highlighted the railroad construction in Glamis that will have a $2.6 million investment and will hire 400 construction workers. The Cargo airport project in Holtville that could make the County the hub for exports around the state and from Baja California, Fuentes said that the county will begin an RFQ to keep this project moving.
The Chairman spoke about the recent groundbreaking ceremony of the Imperial Center that will create 2,000 jobs to the valley and its being constructed right now.  He announced the Wind Zero project that is close to finalizing its Environmental Impact Report and will be presented to the County very soon. Wind Zero is a project for law enforcement training and it’s endorsed by all of the police departments in the valley.
In terms of infrastructure, Fuentes said that because voters passed Measure D funding for Highways will be available for the next forty years. He also said that grants for sidewalks and parks will be looked for Heber. The McCabe Road improvements are being finished with the addition of new stop lights and the new access from Highway 111 to Imperial Valley Mall.
On public health, Fuentes praised how the County and local school united to prevent the AHIN1 virus and all of the information given. The County approved a new medical discount card that can be used by all citizens and will give them a 22% discount on all medical prescription drugs. Fuentes ended by speaking on the partnership with the IID and its work to have more energy efficiency for homes and rate payers and for protecting the quality of life in the valley.


H.O.P.E. for Haiti Speaker at Turning Point Lifecenter

Turning Point Lifecenter in Holtville will be hosting guest speaker Ryan Rothfleisch on Tuesday, March 9th at 7:00 p.m.  Ryan will be speaking on behalf of H.O.P.E. for Haiti, and will recount his visit to Haiti following the devastating earthquake.  He will also be providing information on how residents of the Imperial Valley can partner with H.O.P.E. for Haiti to be a part of rebuilding and bringing new hope to many who were left desolate by the earthquake.  This presentation will take place at Turning Point Lifecenter, 450 Cedar Avenue in Holtville.


By Luke Phillips
El Centro residents may have noticed some aerial acrobatics over their city in recent weeks as the Blue Angels practice for the upcoming El Centro Air Show, set for Saturday, March 13.
The Blue Angels spend the winter practicing at Naval Air Facility El Centro before kicking off their country-wide tour with the El Centro Air Show.
This year’s air show will feature aerial performances by several different pilots in a variety of aircraft.
Pilots Bill Cornick and Spencer Suderman will face off in an aerial race with an innovative new format featuring high-performance planes and a vertical course. The two pilots will  race through an aerobatic sequence in a side-by-side dual that challenges each pilot to fly the maneuvers as quickly as possible.
Two parachute jump teams will perform including the Silver Wings, an army team from Fort Benning, Georgia, and the Black Daggers, the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team. According to information on their Web site, the Black Daggers are comprised of volunteers from throughout Army Special Operations and have diverse backgrounds and are skilled in various military specialties including Special Forces, Rangers, civil affairs, psychological operations and signal and support.
Other planned aerial demonstrations include a performance by Warbird Aerobatics, a tactical demonstration featuring an F/A-18 Hornet, a C-17 Globemaster and an F-16 Viper, and the Heritage Flight featuring an F-16 and a P-51. The Fallon Longhorns Search and Rescue team will also be on hand with a helicopter performance.
Also, a group out of NAS Fallon will use a B-25 bomber, along with a P-51 escort, to create a giant wall of fire.
There will also be lots more action on the ground. Static displays will include AV-8B Harrier, T-6 Texan II, CH-47 Chinook, SH-60F Seahawk, EA-6B Prowler and C-17 Globemaster military planes along with dozens more civilian displays.
There will also be a performance by ‘Rock Star’ motocross team Metal Mulisha. Teams from Metal Mulisha will perform high jumps and stunts to a hard-rock soundtrack.
The El Centro Air Show will take place Saturday, March 13 at NAF El Centro, located just off Interstate 8 at the Forrester Rd. exit. Admission is free and gates open at 8 a.m.
Prohibited items at the air show include all kinds of weapons (regardless of permit) including pocket knives, alcoholic beverages (unless purchased from approved vendors), outside food and drinks, ice chests or coolers, pets other than service animals, glass containers, bicycles, roller skates, roller blades, heelys, scooters, skateboards, Segways, backpacks/bags larger than 8 1/2×11 inches and fireworks.
Attendees are encouraged to bring plenty of water and sun protection, comfortable footwear, cameras and chairs or blankets to sit on.
For more information on the El Centro Air Show, contact NAF El Centro at (760) 339-2519.


Chris Furguson
An early morning pursuit on February 27 with an allegedstolen vehicle ended in a rollover for the suspect.
Laura Valenzuela, 27 of Brawley, was found in the alleged stolen vehicle after police responded.
When approached by officers, Valenzuela sped south on old Highway 111 at over 100 miles per hour.
Upon attempting a left turn on Harris Road, Valenzuela’s vehicle, a brown 2002 Chevrolet Silverado, rolled over, ending the pursuit.
Miss Valenzuela suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Pioneers Memorial Hospital for treatment before being booked into the Imperial County Jail on charges of evading police and possession of a stolen vehicle.
The vehicle was believed to have been stolen at the Main Street’s 7-11 on the day before, according to police records.

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