Daily Archives: April 30, 2010

This Week in Baseball

By Bob Hurst

Tampa Bay’s start to this season is even better than its start in 2008, when the Rays went to their first World Series. Although it doesn’t guarantee another trip to the Fall Classic, the Rays have served notice that they’ll be in contention.

Going into this week, Tampa Bay was 14-3, with just one series loss, in the first week to the New York Yankees. The Rays went 9-1 on their first road trip, winning seven straight to tie a franchise-record, including a four-game sweep at Boston.

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Murderer of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas Sentenced

San Diego — A courtroom full of Border Patrol agents was present on Thursday morning at U.S. District Court for the sentencing of a teenager who was involved in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas.

Christian Daniel Castro-Alvarez, 17, pled guilty on November 20, 2009 and was sentenced to 40 years in prison for his role in the murder. The arrest and conviction of Castro-Alvarez was made possible through the efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California and the FBI San Diego Field Office.

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Police Briefs

City of Holtville

Monday,

April 26

PICKING UP DIRT:

Someone called police to report a subject on a dirt bike speeding around roads on the outskirts of town and driving recklessly. The caller was advised of his options.

FAMILY PET:

A female subject called police to report that the family dog was missing after she had left the gate open during the night. She was advised to contact animal control.

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Holtville Middle School Gets Much-Needed Repairs Following Quake

By Betty Predmore
During the past few weeks, Holtville Middle School has experienced  a lot of damage brought on by the Easter quake and the recurring aftershocks.
The initial damage was to the underground electrical wiring.  One of the aftershocks that followed that initial quake caused the conduit containing the wires that fed to 12 of the classrooms to collapse. That left those classrooms without electricity.  The wire damage repair cost approximately $79,587.
Electrical work performed by D.W. Hibbert totalled $55,002 and there was a cost of $25,585 for concrete work done by AM Desert Storm.
These repairs were approved at an emergency school board meeting on April 12th.  Once this repair project got underway, it became clear that much of the asphalt around the concrete areas was damaged by the quakes and by the process of some of the repairs.
Last week the School Board held their regular meeting, at which time they approved an additional $46,400 to replace the remainder of the quad area with concrete.
The school is requesting disaster relief funding, and $38,800 of that additional money has been included in that request.
The remainder of the $46,400 will come from the capital improvement funds, which has been designated for maintenance and replacement of school facilities.
Although there is no guarantee that the disaster relief funds will be provided, the School Board found the repairs necessary to provide a safe environment for students and staff.
Students and staff alike at HMS are anxiously awaiting the completion of this project.  It will provide an excellent lunch and assembly area.
There are six tree cutout areas with sprinklers placed in the concrete that will allow some greenery to be added to the area.
In addition to providing a great space for students and staff, replacing the asphalt with concrete also made the area compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was a concern expressed by one of the state’s structural engineers who inspected the school after the initial rounds of earthquakes.

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