Daily Archives: June 2, 2010

USDA Forest Service Announces Fee Waiver Dates

Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell announced today that the Forest Service will offer two fee waiver weekends during the summer of 2010, in addition to other annual fee waiver events at standard amenity fee sites. The first fee waiver weekend will be June 5-6. These fee waivers will be offered in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act (REA).
“The Forest Service is working to ensure as many visitors as possible have the opportunity to experience the great outdoors and take advantage of the many recreational activities national forests have to offer,” said Tidwell.  “By waiving fees, everyone will have the opportunity to enjoy the wonder and rejuvenation of recreation on national forests.”

The Fee Waiver dates for 2010 are as follows:
National Trails Day – June 5-6, – fees will be waived for Saturday and Sunday.

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Norma Saikhon Seeks Re-election

By Mario Conde

After twelve years as public administrator, Norma Saikhon wants to continue in this position to continue providing services for the most needed in the Imperial Valley.

This year Saikhon was challenged by Attorney at Law Christian Legaspi and it’s the first time the County Public Administrator has been challenged since being elected three terms ago. Saikhon says that her experience and accomplishments during these years are what motivate her to continue in her position.

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Graduation Week Is Almost Here

If you think the year is going by too fast, you’re probably right.

Graduation week is next week. It hardly seems like we got through celebrating Memorial Day and the end of the school year is here.
Beginning Tuesday, June 8th there will be graduation exercises throughout the Imperial Valley for the next four days.
Two private schools have already had their graduation exercises. Calexico’s Vincent Memorial High School graduated its class of 2010 May 29th and Calexico Mission School will have graduation exercises this evening, June 3rd.
But the remainder will be in caps and gowns beginning June 8th. That’s when the 500 members of the class of 2010 in Calexico will receive their diploma’s on the football field beginning at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 9th  will see two schools take to the graduation platform. Calipatria High School will hold commencement exercises beginning at 8 p.m.  Holtville High  School will don its caps and gowns for the big night at 7 p.m. On Thursday June 10th  Brawley Union High School’s  will begin at 7:30 p.m.

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Mexican Soccer Stars Return To Calexico

By Mario Conde

CLAUDIO SUAREZ addresses the crowd at Gutierrez Field last week. A star player of the Mexican National team, he played several World Cup tournaments. He and Ramon Ramirez were in town to promote soccer and talk to members of the PAL. Mario Conde photo.

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Vigilance to Duty Results in Narcotic Seizures over Holiday Weekend

U.S. Border Patrol agents stationed throughout Yuma, Ariz., Sector arrested 14 suspected drug smugglers in three separate incidents over Memorial Day weekend and seized more than $1,000,000 worth of drugs. On Friday evening, Border Patrol agents working at the Highway 78 checkpoint south of Blythe, Calif. referred a 2003 Nissan 350Z for secondary inspection after a Border Patrol canine team alerted to the vehicle. Agents inspected the vehicle and found six plastic bags of methamphetamines hidden throughout the passenger compartment. The methamphetamines weighed nearly three pounds and are valued at approximately $55,000. The driver and contraband were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration. On Saturday, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Yuma Station detected the illegal entry of a vehicle about 20 miles east of San Luis, Ariz. As agents responded to the area, the driver of the vehicle turned around and drove back toward the border to avoid arrest. The driver stopped just north of the border and he and three other occupants fled back into Mexico.

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