From the daily archives: Monday, October 18, 2010

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.

In the past, a tonsillectomy, especially for an adult, resulted in a long and, on occasion, painful recovery. A tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils, large lymph nodes in the throat.  Reasons to have a tonsillectomy include the failure of medical therapy (antibiotics) to resolve chronic tonsillar infections and when enlarged tonsils cause loud snoring, upper airway obstruction, and other sleep disorders.

The new procedure uses ultrasonic energy to vibrate a blade at 55,000 cycles per second. Invisible to the naked eye, the vibration transfers energy to the tissue, providing simultaneous cutting and coagulation. The temperature of the surrounding tissue reaches 80 degrees Celsius (176 degrees Fahrenheit).

The benefit of using the device is a quicker recovery time for the patient.

“I am pleased with the result from this surgery,” stated Dr. Arab. “Our goal for all surgical procedures is an improvement to the recovery time; this is certainly the case here,” he said.

“This is another example of the commitment of Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District to improve healthcare in the valley,” said Leo Haggarty, president of PMHD board of directors. “With our quality physicians and the right new technological equipment, we have precluded the need to travel outside the valley for a tonsillectomy,” continued Haggarty.

Dr. Arab completed his medical degree at the University of Tehran in 1974. He completed his residency in 1982 at the University of Illinois–Chicago, with a specialty in otolaryngology, head and neck and facial plastic surgery. He is board certified in otolaryngology – head & neck surgery and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. He is in private practice in Imperial County.


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.


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.

McKenna Lee Caughey, a resident of El Centro, took home the coveted Queen’s title as she swept all relevant categories en route to winning the crown.

The 2010 First Princess was Faye Garber, who was the runner-up in the Horsemanship portion of the competition.  Carli Ann Rose was runner-up in the other categories as well as Miss Congeniality.

2006 Junior Queen Alexandra Baran was crowned the 2010 Junior Queen.

More details about the contest and the queens will be in the next edition of the Imperial Valley Weekly – Calexico Chronicle newspaper.

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