Daily Archives: May 3, 2010

State Office of Traffic Safety and Taxi Magic Team Up to Promote Sober Designated Drivers

Smartphone Application Makes Getting Home After Celebrating Easier

Today the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and Taxi Magic announced a promotional partnership to encourage those who have had too much to drink to designate a sober driver. Taxi Magic is a new, highly popular, free application for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Palm Smartphones that provides one-button ease to contacting, tracking, and even paying for a taxi ride.

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URGENT NEED FOR POLL WORKERS

The Registrar of Voters is recruiting poll workers to fill vacancies at the polls.  A minimum of 29 volunteers are needed to serve at the polls on Election Day June 8, 2010 in the communities listed below.

CALEXICO 16
EL CENTRO 8
HEBER 1
BRAWLEY 2
IMPERIAL 1
SALTON SEA 1
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U.S. Border Patrol Seize more than $1.3 Million in Cocaine at Highway 86 Checkpoint

INDIO, Calif. – United States Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station seized a cocaine shipment on Friday with an estimated street value of approximately $1.3 million.   A red Ford Mustang driven by a male 43-year-old U.S. citizen approached the primary inspection area of the Highway 86 Checkpoint where a canine team alerted to the vehicle during a cursory inspection.  When agents investigated further they found several packages containing cocaine wrapped in black electrical tape in a compartment built below the rear seat.   The driver, vehicle and cocaine were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.   So far this fiscal year, the El Centro Sector Border Patrol has seized approximately 850 pounds of cocaine as compared to 170 pounds of cocaine seized during fiscal year 2009.   U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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Calexico Schools to Reopen May 10th

By Mario Conde

Tony Gonzales and Carmen Estrada receive donations from John Renison and Bill Hodge

Contractors are working hard to repair the damage caused by earthquake in order to reach the target day for school opening on May 10th, 2010.

The Calexico Unified School District announced last Wednesday that three major contractors have been employed and began repairs on Wednesday evening, April 28, 2010. They are currently alternating between two ten-hour shifts, diligently working to meet the May 10 school opening.

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Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue Rescues Injured Man in Mountains

EL CENTRO, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro Sector, deputies from Imperial County Sheriff’s Office and personnel from Reach Air coordinated a multi-agency rescue of a man stranded in the mountains west of El Centro.   On Thursday at approximately 6:10 a.m., El Centro Sector received a call from the Imperial Country Sheriff’s Offices in regards to a person claiming to be in distress and in need of medical attention.  Agents were advised that Reach Air was in the location and had a visual of the person.   Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) Agents proceeded to the location and provided first response treatment for an injured knee and prolonged exposure to inclement weather.   After the individual declined further medical attention, it was determined he was  a Mexican citizen illegally present in the United States and was arrested and transported to the El Centro Station for processing.   BORSTAR is one facet of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Border Safety Initiative (BSI), which was implemented as a proactive, bi-national strategy to reduce injuries, prevent fatalities, and ultimately make the border region safer for the communities they serve.   U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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