Brawley Council Confirms Committment For Eastside Fire Substation

By Chris Furguson
The Brawley City Council heard alternatives to the proposed Brawley Fire Substation #2 from Chief Frank Contreras at their meeting on July 6, 2010.
The council also repeated their pledge to build something at the Jones and Eastern location near the Brawley Municipal Airport whether or not a grant filed in June was approved or not.
Contreras’s presentation gave several alternatives and issues surrounding most of those alternatives.
Previous ideas included an ambulance stationed near the Clinicas office on Main street, asking Union Pacific for advanced notice, renting a hangar at the airport and renting and renovating an existing building
Other issues involve recent renovations that Union Pacific made to the railway in town which allow the trains to speed at close to 50 mph instead of the former 10 mph.
Contreras also said that when the Brawley Bypass was completed, the fastest way to reach the east side of Brawley would be to access the bypass and exit onto Best Road.  This would turn a possible 3-4 minute response into one reaching nine minutes or more.
The chief recommended that the council build the proposed building, but that an alternative would be a temporary metal structure.
“We’ve been talking about this for years,” said Contreras.  “This is the closest we’ve ever come to getting something built”
Currently, the city has close to $1.9 million set aside for the project.  The grant application in June would, on September 1, provide an additional $650,000 to the project.
If the grant is not approved, then a $1 million pre-fabricated metal building would be the most likely alternative to the designed project.

Holtville Resident To Sell Luminarias For Cancer Awareness Next Week

By Luke Phillips
Holtville resident Mary Kiser wants to light up Holt Park and the lives of local cancer patients at the same time.
Kiser is on a personal mission to sell enough luminarias (a candle inside a paper bag) to completely surround the park, with all the proceeds going to the Cancer Resource Center of the Desert, a local non-profit that provides resources for cancer patients.
Kiser says she got the idea after seeing luminarias at Calexico’s Relay for Life event.
“There’s something about having a name on a white paper bag with a candle lit that says this is in memory or in honor that does something special to your heart,” Kiser said. “It’s very special.”
If everything goes as planned, the luminarias surrounding Holt Park will be lit on the evening of October 8th to coincide with Holtville High School’s first home football game of the season.
Kiser says she will be out on the town selling luminarias starting this week.
“I’m already out recruiting people,” Kiser said. “I think once we do it, a lot of people from Holtville will come out. I’m really hoping to do the whole park, that’s my main goal.”
Diana Peacher, CEO of the Cancer Resource Center of the Desert, Inc., says that the organization depends upon donations from the public to keep their doors open.
“We’re a unique service,” Peacher said. “We’re not supported by federal funds. Support comes almost entirely from the Imperial Valley community. It’s how we keep our doors open.”
Peacher says that the organization has helped more than 1,000 cancer patients in the Imperial Valley so far, providing resources such as social services, information, and education about diagnosis, treatment and more.
“We look at what other issues or barriers these people might be facing and how we can mitigate that for them,” she said.
Peacher says the organization has also helped patients with their monetary needs by providing gas cards, hotel stays and money to help pay for treatments that insurance doesn’t totally cover.
“Some of these people are paying up to $10,000 a month just for chemo,” she said. “If you can’t afford that, what are you going to do? Our goal is to find the resources for these people.”
The luminarias, which can be a tribute to a loved one with cancer, or just a show of support, can be purchased for a $5 donation by calling Mary Kiser at (760) 356-2959, or (760) 791-5306.
“I want to try to light up Holt Park,” Kiser said. “And all this money is going to stay right here in the Imperial Valley.”

California Gov. Issues Statement in Response to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s Decision on the Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing Program

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today issued the following statement in response to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) decision on the Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing (PACE) program.

CBP officers Discover Drugs Hidden in Washing Machine

CBP officers in El Paso Discover Drugs Hidden in Washing Machine;Overall Holiday Weekend Enforcement Activity Heavy

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at ports of entry in El Paso, West Texas, and New Mexico identified and stopped more than 150 violations during the holiday weekend. CBP officers seized drugs, identified immigration violations, apprehended fugitives, and confiscated prohibited agriculture items between Friday and Monday.