From the daily archives: Wednesday, September 1, 2010

By Chris Furguson

The Crown That will belong to the 2010 Cattle Call Queen when she is coronated on Saturday, October 16, 2010. The Crowns were on display at a special orientation meeting that took place at the Stockman’s Club in Brawley on August 27. The earlier than usual date was used to accomodate a series of practices and training exercises that began the following afternoon and will run until a few days before the horsemanship competition. More photos on page 12. Chris Furguson Photo.

This year’s Cattle Call Queen’s Competition began with an orientation meeting for the six Queen candidates and the two Junior Queen candidates last Friday, August 27 at the Stockman’s Club.
While Orientation usually takes place during the middle of September, a special schedule of training and practice days have been maintained in order to better prepare the candidates for competition and in being Queen or the first or second princess.
These practices will consist of several runs through the horse riding patterns for the Horsemanship competition, make-up lessons, modeling practice and working with cattle and on rodeo skills.
Kelly Hannon, the chairman of the Cattle Call Queen’s Committee, told the girls that they needed experience with rodeo in order ensure their participation in the Rodeo.
“You need to be invited to participate in the Rodeo,” Hannon told the contestants. “Don’t think that just because you’re Queen, you own that arena.”
Hannon also said that she didn’t want to hear about any infighting between the contestants or between the parents or trainers.  Hannon also advised the contestants and parents to watch what they say about each other on social networking sites like Myspace, Twitter and Facebook
Questions also arose about various topics, including attire, being “in character” at all times, and more.
One sensitive subject brought up by Hannon concerned the horses used by the contestants during the competition.
“I don’t care if you have a beautiful horse,” said Hannon.  “If the horse can’t do the routine or it doesn’t like being saddled, have a back up horse.”
Also this year, in a new twist to the event, Coronation banquet ticket sales will not contribute to the competition score.
Hannon also emphasized that the contestants had to maintain their grades and that the practice days would not take the place of actual training.
The scheduled practice days run throughout the month of September and the first of half of October.  The horsemanship portion would take place on October 15 at 6:30 pm at the Cattle Call Arena while the remainder of the competition, including evening gown and speeches, would occur on Saturday, October 16 at the Lions Center. The Queen’s Coronation will take place later  that evening along with the Junior Queen and the First and Second Princesses.


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The Imperial Valley League Football Season begins in earnest this Friday, September 3 for most of the schools with a series of non-league preseason games.
Last year’s IVL champion Central Spartans (8-2 regular season, 5-0 in IVL) won the championship outright at last year’s Bell Game against the Brawley Wildcats.  For their first game of the football season, the Spartans, coached by Kevin Bird, will take on Lucky Arvizo’s Cibola Raiders in Yuma on Friday.  Game time is 7 pm.
The Brawley Wildcats (8-2 regular season, 5-0 IVL) lost the overall IVL title at the Bell Game against the Spartans at Cal Jones Field.  This is also the final season for Brawley head coach John Bishop, who has been the Brawley Coach since 1996.  Brawley’s first game will be an away game against the Cathedral City Lions.  The Lions (1-9) hope to bring a fresh start to their football program in 2010 with new coach Rich McClure.  Game starts in Cathedral City at 7 pm.
The Palo Verde Valley Yellowjackets (6-4 regular season, 3-2 IVL), which went home with third place overall in the IVL last year by a single point last year looks to try to match up to either Central or Brawley this season.  Their first opponent in the 2010 season will be the Parker Broncs in Parker.  Gametime is 7 pm.
The Southwest Eagles (6-4 regular season, 1-4 IVL) nearly ended up in the cellar of the IVL in 2009 despite a 5-0 record in pre-IVL games, hopes that with a new season comes a better record in the league.  Dave Drury and the Eagles head towards the Yuma Catholic Shamrocks, who come off a 50-7 win over the Kofa Kings.  Gametime is 7 pm.
Last year’s “dogs” of the IVL standings, the Calexico Bulldogs (1-8 overall, 0-5 IVL), have already had a coaching controversy prior to the school year starting.  Cal Armstrong will lead his Bulldog team against the San Diego Cavers in San Diego on Friday.  Gametime is 7 pm.
The Imperial Tigers (3-7 regular season, 2-3 IVL), which missed out on third place by a single point in their first run in the Imperial Valley League in many years last season, hopes to improve on their record this year.  Their season begins with a home win against the Horizon Panthers next week, on September 10, at Shimamito-Simpson Stadium.  Game starts at 7 pm.
The three non-IVL teams will also see football action this week in pre-Pacific League play.
The Holtville Vikings (1-9 regular season, 1-6 Pacific League) look to improve on last season’s record with returning coach Keith Smith Jr. at the helm and ten returning offensive starters and six returning on defense.  Holtville’s first game in 2010 will be against the Calvary Murrieta Warriors in Murrieta, CA.  Gametime is 7 pm.
The Calipatria Hornets (6-4 regular season, 3-4 Pacific League) look to make an even better showing than last year.  The team, led by David Shaw, will have a home game against the Julian Eagles.  Gametime is 7 pm.
Vincent Memorial’s Scots (0-9 regular season, 0-7 Pacific League) will also look to improve their record from last year, starting off this Friday at home against the Rock Academy Warriors.  Gametime is 7 pm.


The Imperial Valley College Foundation will be sponsoring a Golf Tournament Sept. 25 at Del Rio Country Club in Brawley to raise funds for IVC student book scholarships,
“This is our inaugural event,” said IVC Foundation Executive Director Todd Evangelist who added that the foundation intends this to become an annual event.
“With the ever-increasing cost of academic textbooks, scholarships to purchase them is a focus of our foundation for this school year,” he said. The competitive book scholarships are available to all IVC students who do not qualify for financial aid.
The tournament will be a “Foursome Scramble.” There will be a $100 cost per player or $400 per team. The fee will include golf, a gift bag, golf cart rental as well as breakfast and lunch.
There will be 18 separate hole competitions as well as drawing for additional prizes. Prizes also will be given for top net teams and team gross scores.
Sponsorships are available. For additional information, contact the IVC Foundation office at 355-6113.


California Recovery Task Force Director Rick Rice today issued the following statement after over $3.6 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) funds were awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture to recipients across California:

“The funds awarded today will aid in reigniting California’s economy by creating jobs and improving infrastructure in rural communities. I congratulate today’s recipients and applaud their dedication to improving our schools, medical centers and fire stations.”

The $242.3 million in Recovery Act projects announced today are funded through the USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Program and will be matched with $58.4 million from other sources. Funding of individual recipients is contingent upon their meeting the terms of the loan or grant agreement.  Below is a complete list of the selected recipients from California:

Boys and Girls Clubs of The Sequoias: $63,630 grant.  The funding will be used to renovate a commercial kitchen.

City of San Joaquin: $162,690 grant.  The funding will be used to renovate and expand a public works building.

Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District: $63,750 grant.  The funding will be used to replace an obsolete cold food storage unit with a larger and more efficient unit.

Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District: $130,350 grant.  The funding will be used to replace an obsolete cold food storage unit with a larger and more efficient unit.

Marshall Medical Center: $3,000,000 loan.  The funding will be used to purchase medical equipment.

Orange Cove Fire Protection District: $41,900 grant.  The funding will be used to retrofit a fire station.

Palacios Community Center: $90,000 grant.  The funding will be used to renovate a community center to meet accessibility standards.

San Jose Community & Bea Main Learning Center: $27,000 grant.  The funding will be used to purchase a fire sprinkler system for a community center.

Southern Humboldt Community Health Care District: $61,875 grant.  The funding will be used to purchase health record management equipment for a critical access hospital.

Strathmore Union Elementary School District: $48,750 grant.  The funding will be used to renovate an elementary school cafeteria.

Governor Schwarzenegger created the California Recovery Task Force to track the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding coming into the state; work with President Barack Obama’s administration; help cities, counties, non-profits, and others access the available funding; ensure that the funding funneled through the state is spent efficiently and effectively; and maintain a Web site ( that is frequently and thoroughly updated for Californians to be able to track the stimulus dollars.


The Women of Virtue Empowerment Network (WOVEN) has been accepted as a finalist in the Pepsi Refresh Project.  Each month Pepsi gives $1,000,000 to fund community projects in communities across the country.  WOVEN is in the running for a $25,000.00 grant to fund their women’s free support center.  This is a great opportunity to bring some of Pepsi’s grant money to the Imperial Valley to support a wonderful cause.  The directors of WOVEN are encouraging everyone to log on to , type WOVEN in the search box, and cast their vote for WOVEN.  Another way to vote is through Facebook.  Search Pepsi Refresh Project and hit the “Like” button.  Once you “like” Pepsi, you will be able to hit the Pepsi Refresh tab, search WOVEN, and vote.  You will also be able to his the “share” button, which will allow you to share with all your Facebook friends and encourage them to vote as well.  WOVEN is hoping for an outpouring of community support for their project, and remember…you can vote every day until Oct. 1st.

The Women of Virtue Empowerment Network was established this year to provide FREE faith-based small group support for women facing many of today’s issues, including grief, menopause, weight management, parenting, marriage, AA, single parenting, positive conflict resolution, and building confidence  The center provides a safe and confidential  atmosphere where small groups are conducted by trained facilitators.  Women are able to share concerns and ideas, and build their self-esteem, while supporting other women in their struggles.  The center is located at 235-A Main Street in Brawley and there are classes scheduled Monday – Thursday.  Private sessions are also available upon request.

WOVEN will be hosting a Women’s Conference on October 8& 9, 2010 in Walker Auditorium at Pioneers Memorial Hospital.  The conference will include guest speakers on various subjects based around the Book of Ruth.  There will be small group break-out sessions, along with wonderful music and delicious food.  This conference is being provided FREE to all women.  Registration can be done via the website at or by calling the WOVEN office at 760-344-0411.

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