Getting out of the Summer Heat of the Valley

By Jim Predmore

This past week, my wife and I had the opportunity to get out of the Valley heat and went on a one week camping trip to central California. We loaded up the SUV with every thing we could think of, including 5 kids, and headed off to Chilkoot Campground about 4 miles north of Bass Lake and 23 miles from the entrance of Yosemite National Park.

Imperial Valley College Awarded $435,532.00 For Low-Income, First-Generation or Disabled College Students

Congressman Bob Filner announced today that Imperial Valley College has been awarded $435,532.00.  The funding comes under the Student Support Services Program for low-income, first-generation or disabled college students.
“We have to make sure there is a support system for our students who come into college at comparative disadvantage,” said Congressman Filner.  “This funding will go to support these students so they are able to graduate from college and go on to start promising careers.”
The purpose of the Student Support Services Program is to provide academic and other support services to low-income, first-generation or disabled college students to increase students’ retention and graduation rates, facilitate their transfer from two-year to four-year colleges and foster an institutional climate supportive of the success of these students.

Free NxLevel Entrepreneurial Training class at IVC

Imperial Valley College will be offering free of charge a NxLevel Entrepreneurial Training class that will focus on the creation of a business plan, business marketing, and how to launch a new business. This is a great opportunity for any business owner who needs to write a business plan, or for those wishing to know how to start a business. The five-week class starts August 17, will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6pm to 9pm, at IVC in room 516, and will run through September 16. For more information call (760) 355-6156.

Novembers Election Taking Shape

By Mario Conde

Election time is back again in the Imperial Valley and Calexico voters will have decide who will represent them at the Calexico Unified School District and Heffernan Memorial Hospital Board.

Citizens that have already registered for Calexico School Board are Norma Aguilar, Joo Kim, Antonio Valenzuela, Ruth Duarte, incumbent Sal Pacheco, Rashid Rashid, and Isabel “Pinky” Perrone. Three seats are up for grabs in this race for the Calexico Unified School District that has been gone through a lot of issues after the Easter Sunday Earthquake.

U.S. Border Patrol El Centro Sector Week-in Review

NILAND, Calif. – On August 5, Indio Station agents interdicted a cocaine smuggling attempt with an estimated value of nearly $1 million.

At approximately 4 p.m., a blue Dodge Dakota pick-up truck driven by a male U.S. citizen with a male U.S. citizen as the passenger approached the primary inspection area of the Highway 111 checkpoint.  A canine team performed a non-intrusive inspection and alerted to the vehicle.  The vehicle was then referred to the secondary inspection area.  During a subsequent search, agents discovered several packages containing cocaine wrapped in cellophane hidden within the center console.