Happy New Year … New Fiscal New Year that is!

George William Curtis once said, “The New Year begins in a snow storm of white vows …”   Well, this is Imperial Valley – no snow fall here save the toasty triple digit temperatures that rang in our Fiscal New Year with a high of 113º today   =)

Calexico, Imperial airports to receive federal grants

U.S. Congressman Bob Filner today announced Calexico International and Imperial County airports will receive a combined total of $1,398,463 for upgrades and repairs.

“I’m happy to see so much federal funding heading to the Imperial Valley,” said Filner.  “Not only will these funds help make our airports safer, they will play a part in stimulating the local economy.

Calexico International Airport was allocated $239,551 to install a precision approach path indicator (PAPI), runway end identifier lighting system (REILs), and airfield guidance signs.

Nine Suspects Arrested in Medi-Cal Fraud Scam

Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the arrests of nine people in a San Bernardino County Medi-Cal fraud case in which employees of a skilled nursing facility and their associates falsified documentation and “callously stole” more than $150,000 from patients and their families for their own personal use.

“This scam ripped off both senior citizens and our desperately needed public health funds,” said Brown. “These thieves callously stole thousands of state dollars meant to be spent on seniors in this skilled nursing facility.”

IID Announces Watt-Wise Wednesdays Light Bulb Exchange Events

Imperial Irrigation District announces the launch of the “Watt-Wise Wednesdays Bulb Exchange” campaign to help customers become more energy efficient by trading up to five incandescent bulbs for five energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs.    “Using CFLs is a simple, cost-effective way for customers to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Sabrina Barber, assistant energy manager. “By replacing multiple incandescent bulbs with energy efficient CFLs, customers will see significant savings in their energy bill.”   Compact fluorescent bulbs are a popular energy efficiency measure because they produce the same amount of light, give off less heat and last longer than standard incandescent bulbs. By using 75 percent less electricity, they also produce less greenhouse gas emissions and help reduce energy costs.   Customers who exchange five 100-watt incandescent light bulbs for five 25-watt energy efficient CFLs could potentially save up to $90 a year.  The savings are based on replacing bulbs in areas with a minimum of five hours of usage per day for 365 days a year.   To encourage customers to switch bulbs, Watt-Wise Wednesday Bulb Exchange events are being held in convenient locations throughout IID’s service area.    Imperial Valley Schedule July 14 – 10 am to 2 pm Brawley Chamber of Commerce 204 South Imperial Avenue, Brawley
July 21 – 2 pm to 6 pm Calexico Recreation and Communication Center 707 Dool Avenue, Calexico   July 28 – 10 am to 2 pm IID Bill Condit Auditorium 1285 Broadway, El Centro Coachella Valley Schedule August 4 – 10 am to 2 pm Coachella Senior Center 1540 7th Street, Coachella   August 11 – 10 am to 2 pm Indio Senior Center 78-450 Avenida La Fonda, La Quinta   August 18 – 10 am to 2 pm Indio Senior Center 45-700 Aladdin Street, Indio   Customers interested in participating are asked to provide valid identification along with a copy of their electric bill at the time of the exchange.  Limited to IID customers, the exchange provides up to five CFLs per household while supplies last.   For more information, please visit IID’s website at http://www.iid.com/Energy/CFLLighting or call (760) 482-3505 or 1-800-303-7756.     About IID: As the third largest public power provider in California, IID reliably serves energy to approximately 146,000 customers in Imperial County and parts of Riverside and San Diego counties. Controlling over 1,000 megawatts of energy, IID’s diverse portfolio includes hydro, nuclear, natural gas, coal, solar and biomass resources.