Harmonic Tonsillectomy added to Pioneers Memorial

Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District is pleased to announce the successful addition of Harmonic Tonsillectomy to its growing roster of minimally invasive and noninvasive procedures. Mohammad K. Arab, M.D., F.A.C.S, is the only otolaryngologist in the Imperial Valley who removes tonsils using this technique.

Blythe Woman apprehended at Andrade Port allegedly attempting to smuggle $200,000 of Methamphetamines into U. S.

U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Andrade Port of Entry prevented almost 18 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of almost $200,000 from entering the United States on Oct. 14.   At approximately 7:30 p.m., a blue 1999 Honda Odyssey, driven by a 32-year-old woman who is a U. S. citizen and resident of Blythe, Calif., applied for admission to the United States. The vehicle was referred for a secondary inspection after the woman displayed suspicious behavior. During the secondary inspection, a narcotic detector dog gave a positive alert to the outside of the van near the driver’s door and the third row seat inside the van.   During a more intensive inspection and search of the vehicle, a non-factory compartment was discovered under the third row seat concealing nine cellophane wrapped packages containing 17.86 pounds of methamphetamine.   “Just because Andrade is considered a small port of entry, it will not be an easy target for smugglers to use,” said Andrade Port Director Ray Nagy. “Our CBP officers remain vigilant and committed to stopping attempts such as this with unwavering dedication.”   The driver was placed under arrest and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for prosecution and the drugs and van were seized by CBP.

Brawley’s Cattle Call Queen and Court

2010 Queen McKenna Lee Caughey takes a moment to hold back tears of joy as she gives her speech. Photos by Chris Furguson.

From left: 2010 Junior Queen Alexandra Baran, 2010 2nd Princess Carli Ann Rose, 2010 Cattle Call Queen McKenna Caughey and 2010 1st Princess Faye Garber.

By Chris Furguson

The 2010 Cattle Call Queen’s coronation took place on October 16 at the Lions Center in Brawley.