From the daily archives: Friday, September 17, 2010

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 luminaries (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 luminaries 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 luminaries 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 luminaries 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 luminaries, 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.”


U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers Monday stopped an illegal immigration attempt at the San Ysidro port of entry, finding a Mexican woman concealed under the back seat of a car, with an infant seat and sleeping children on top of the hidden seat compartment.

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Hidden under the rear seat, covered with blankets and a child’s carseat, is a compartment with an illegal immigrant inside.
Hidden under the rear seat, covered with blankets and a child’s carseat, is a compartment with an illegal immigrant inside.

At about 6 a.m. a 26-year-old female U.S. citizen, and resident of Tijuana, drove a red 1996 Ford Thunderbird to the border crossing with her two sons in the car with her, apparently asleep.

The CBP officer referred the car and occupants for further inspection, where officers discovered a woman hidden in a hollowed-out area under the vehicle’s back seat.

The woman, a Mexican citizen with no legal ability to enter the U.S., will be a material witness.

CBP officers seized the vehicle and arrested the driver; she is currently being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center and will face federal charges. Her two sons were turned over to a relative.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

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