Rock Out Cancer

An event called Rock Out Cancer took to the field at Imperial High School Saturday, Oct. 16, and provided plenty of entertainment and fun.
The event, which included a camp-out from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m., was a fundraiser for the Cancer Resource Center of the Desert.
Cancer survivors enjoyed a special roped-off section where they enjoyed a meal with their guests, and those who have succumbed to the disease were remembered with a memorial wall and hundreds of luminaries.
Entertainment was provided by a Zumba dance group, a foclorico dance group and several costumed characters.

City To Vote On New Trash Contract

(Could Lower Your Bill!)

By Luke Phillips
After months of work the city of Holtville will soon have a new trash-hauling contract according to city manager Laura Fischer.
An ad hoc committee comprised of council members Bianca Padilla and Jerry Brittsan was formed last summer to hash out the details of the contract and Fischer says she expects them to make their recommendation to the city council at their meeting Monday. Padilla was replaced on the committee by Mayor Colleen Ludwig when she resigned from the council last month.
Representatives from the city’s current provider Allied Waste made a last-minute presentation to the council at a special meeting Monday along with their competitor for the contract, CR&R Waste Services, after the ad hoc committee members decided that the whole council should hear from both sides before making a decision.
Fischer says that the decision has been made and will be announced Monday, but she wasn’t able to reveal who won the contract because the details are still being negotiated. However, Fischer did reveal that CR&R was the lowest bidder.
“CR&R’s proposition is the lowest rate for residents hands down in all categories,” Fischer said. “They had lower rates for residents, for businesses, for industrial, everything. It was pretty much an easy decision to make.”
Fischer says that if CR&R wins the contract, residents will see an approximate $9 drop in their monthly trash bills. Holtville currently has the highest trash bills of any city in the Imperial Valley and Fischer says the new contract will bring that amount down to levels comparable with the other cities.
Fischer says that services under a contract with CR&R would remain the same as they are currently, but residents would receive all new trash bins.
“Everything would be the same as it is now,” Fischer said. “Same service, same pickup. There would be no change to the customer at all.”

Peace and Pumpkin Festival

El Centro’s first ever Peace and Pumpkin Festival took place at the El Centro Town Square Saturday.
The event included a pumpkin obstacle course, demonstrations from martial arts teams and Chinese dragon dancers and well as food and information booths.
The event was hosted by the city of El Centro as a family-friendly alternative to the adults-only Oktoberfest party that was held two blocks away.