From the daily archives: Tuesday, August 24, 2010

“The Game” College Football Returns to Imperial Valley, Saturday, August 28th

What:              College Football Game: Arizona Western College vs. Monterrey Tech University of Mexico City

Location:         Central Union High School – El Centro, California

Date:               Saturday, August 28, 2010

Time:               Gates Open: 6:00PM Kickoff: 7:00PM

Admission:      $5.00

Hosted by:      Holtville Athletic Club

Beneficiaries:  All net proceeds will benefit Imperial Valley High School Athletic Programs;

El Centro, California – Imperial Valley’s Holtville Athletic Club is bringing college football back to the valley, at least for one hot August evening. The football contest dubbed “The Game” will feature the top ranked Arizona Western College Matadors from Yuma, Arizona vs. Monterrey Tech University of Mexico City.

Monterrey Tech’s spread offense and 4-3 defense should provide a stiff test for the Matador’s inaugural game of the season.

The Holtville Athletic Club, agreed to host, sponsor, and underwrite the cost of the contest on the condition that all net proceeds would be distributed to the Brawley, Calexico, Calipatria, Central, Holtville, Imperial and Southwest High School athletic programs. “This is what the Holtville Athletic Club is all about, benefiting area youth activity education and athletic groups,” stated club member Rudy Schaffner.

This marquee event will include halftime entertainment by “The Great Spartan Band” of Central Union High School, Old Fashioned Ice Cream from the “Famous Old Fashioned Ice Cream Machine, and the culinary samplings from Imperial Valley’s “Just Wanna BBQ” competitive barbecue team.

The non-profit organization The Holtville Athletic Club has become a major benefactor to Imperial County organizations and causes. The 28 member group is primarily known by the Rib Cook-Off and it’s ambassador the Old Fashion Ice Cream machine capable of turning out in excess of 40 Gallons an hour of delicious old fashioned ice cream.  Since inception the Holtville Athletic Club’s mission has been to financially assist regional youth groups and athletic activities through non-profit fund raising efforts. The efforts include member’s personal commitments to the organization as well as seeking corporate assistance. The Holtville Athletic Club’s future will be guaranteed by the continued dedication of volunteers and the future presence of deserving sports associations, students, and local children. Today’s beneficiaries will become tomorrow’s volunteers just as today’s volunteers were yesterday’s beneficiaries. Evidenced by the hundreds of thousands of dollars and in like kind work put into the local communities by the organization.

Event sponsors include:

KXO Radio, Fox 9, ABC 5, KYMA News Channel 11, and Telemundo.

For additional information please visit


WINTERHAVEN, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Interstate 8 checkpoint seized a large quantity of liquid methamphetamine Monday with an estimated street value of more than $500,000.

Agents from the Calexico station were working the I-8 westbound checkpoint when they encountered a suspicious blue sport utility vehicle.  The vehicle was referred to a secondary inspection area where the Border Patrol agents found a suspicious oily substance in the window washer fluid reservoir, located within the engine compartment.  The substance was later determined to be liquid methamphetamine with a value of $505,600.

The Drug Enforcement Administration took custody of the driver, vehicle and narcotics.


El Cajon, CA (August 24, 2010):  The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation’s Department of Public Safety will receive $107,000 in funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The Sycuan tribe, owners of Sycuan Casino and Resort, applied to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to be considered an eligible recipient for a piece of the $10,000,000 set aside for the Tribal Homeland Security Grant Program (THSGP). The funding will be used for the purchase of new communication equipment by the Sycuan Tribal Police Department in an effort to better serve and protect its members and the surrounding community.

”Communication is a fundamental aspect of any effective law enforcement program,” says Bill Denke, Chief of Police for the Sycuan Tribe. Not having the ability to communicate with other jurisdictions puts the lives of the people we serve in jeopardy.’

‘Sycuan has experienced a number of disastrous wild fires around the reservation over the last several years. We found with cell service and land lines down we were completely cut off from communicating with all outside agencies.”

Chief  Denke goes on to say that, “With the grant funding Sycuan will be able to deploy dual-band radios (both handhelds and vehicle), enabling Sycuan’s police officers to communicate within San Diego County’s Regional Communication System and at the same time continue to communicate with all other departments/agencies on the Sycuan Reservation.”

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