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CBP U.S. Border Patrol Agents Apprehend Sex Offender

(Monday, November 15, 2010) Blythe, Calif. – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Yuma sector apprehended an illegal alien with a criminal history on Sunday. His criminal background includes a sex offender conviction involving a minor.

The man, Francisco Aviles Gallegos, was arrested during a traffic stop by Border Patrol agents assigned to the Blythe station. During processing, agents learned of Aviles’ criminal history. He was previously deported from the U.S.

Aviles is being presented for prosecution.

To report suspicious activity, contact the Yuma Sector Border Patrol’s toll free telephone number at (1-866) 999-8727.


Adult male and female arrestees testing positive for methamphetamine increased slightly in 2009 after several years of steady declines, according to two recent SANDAG reports.

“Overall, arrestee drug use remained fairly stable over the last year – and was relatively low compared with years passed,” SANDAG Director of Criminal Justice Research Dr. Cynthia Burke said. “However, data collected in 2009 do raise some concerns when it comes to methamphetamine use and availability.”

Positive methamphetimine tests among adult arrestees hit a peak in 2005, when 51 percent of females and 44 percent of males participating in the annual SANDAG study had the drug in their systems after they were taken into custody. Those numbers dropped dramatically over three years, down to 31 percent of females and 20 percent of males in 2008. But they increased in 2009, with 38 percent of females testing postive and 22 percent of males.

Overall, the report showed a slight drop in adult male arrestee drug use, with 56 percent testing positive for at least one drug when arrested, down from 57 percent in 2008. Sixty-five percent of female arrestees tested positive for at least one drug, up from 58 percent the previous year.

The SANDAG Criminal Justice Research Division detailed the findings in its 2009 Adult Arrestee Drug Use in the San Diego Region report released in September. As part of the study, 766 women and men were interviewed at the Central, Vista, and Las Colinas jails and were tested for marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and PCP.

On Tuesday, SANDAG released a follow-up study – Methamphetamine Use by Adult and Juvenile Arrestees in 2009. The data were gathered by asking follow-up questions to arrestees who participated in the intial study (and a similar study on juveniles also done earlier this year). Those who reported using methamphetamine in the previous 30 days were asked additional questions. In 2009, 172 adult and six juvenile arrestees responded to the methamphetamine adendum.

Several indicators in the study raised concerns regarding methamphetamine. Only 50 percent said that the quality of meth was dropping – down from 56 percent in 2008 and 69 percent in 2007. Sixty-seven percent reported that the price of the drug was rising – down from 76 percent last year. And 33 percent said methamphetamine was harder to get than last year, down from 35 percent in 2008 and 45 percent in 2007.

In addition, 34 percent of individuals admitted to local substance abuse treatment facilities reported meth as their primary drug of choice in 2009, making it more common than alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, or heroin, according to statistics from the County of San Diego.

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The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is the San Diego region’s primary public planning, transportation, and research agency, providing the public forum for regional policy decisions about growth, transportation planning and construction, environmental management, housing, open space, energy, public safety, and binational topics. SANDAG is governed by a Board of Directors composed of mayors, council members, and supervisors from each of the region’s 18 cities and the county government.


The March of Dimes along with El Centro Regional Medical Center and Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District have teamed up to highlight Prematurity Awareness Day – November 17th in Imperial County. A Press Conference will be held in Brawley on Wednesday, November 17th to raise attention to the problem of premature birth.
WHEN: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
WHERE: Pioneers Memorial Hospital
(in front of the Phyllis Dillard Family Medical Center)
207 W. Legion Road
Brawley, CA 92227
TIME: 9:00am – 10:00 a.m.
WHO: Richard Mendoza, CEO
Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District
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— Media Advisory – Media Advisory – Media Advisory –
November is Prematur i ty Awareness Month
Dr. David F. Hagen
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Pioneers Memorial Hospital
Maria Peinado, Chairwoman
Imperial Valley Preemie Family Council
Adriana Ponce
Imperial Valley Ambassador Family Mother
WHY: Preterm birth is a serious and costly problem that affects more than 545,000 babies (1 in 8) each year. In California, more than 61,000 babies are born too soon.
In Imperial County, 3221 babies are born each year and 335 babies are born prematurely.
Preterm birth is the leading cause of newborn death and a major cause of disability.
It costs the nation $26 billion annually to care for babies born prematurely according to the Institute of Medicine.
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health and works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit or Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
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Brawley Cattle Call Rodeo Results.

All-around cowboy: Blake Hirdes, $1,368, team roping and tie-down roping.

Bareback riding: 1. Orin Larsen, 82 points on Rosser Rodeo Company’s Flood Zone, $1,298; 2. (tie) Clint Lear and Wyatt Hancock, 79, $846 each; 4. (tie) Tyson Thompson, George Gillespie IV and Zachary Hutchison, 78, $315 each.

Steer wrestling: 1. Ethen Thouvenell, 4.9 seconds, $1,157; 2. Pepe Arballo, 5.1, $958; 3. Matt Deskovick, 5.9, $758; 4. Rhett Kennedy, 6.6, $559; 5. Stan Branco, 6.9, $359; 6. Jeff Richardson, 7.9, $200.

Team roping: 1. Clay White/John Chaves, 5.8 seconds, $1,653 each; 2. Blake Hirdes/Gary Ford, 6.2, $1,368; 3. Marcus Battaglia/Wade Hooker, 6.3, $1,083; 4. Travis Xavier/Mike Monighetti, 6.6, $798; 5. Jake Barnes/Anthony Calmelat, 6.7, $513; 6. Blaine Linaweaver/Monty Crist, 7.4, $285.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Rusty Allen, 82 points on Flying U Rodeo Company’s Nest Egg, $1,392; 2. Elliot French, 81, $1,055; 3. Levi Berry, 78, $759; 4. (tie) Mert Bradshaw and Scott Miller, 77, $401 each; 6. Roy Johnson, 71, $211.

Tie-down roping: 1. Jack Vanderlans, 8.6 seconds, $1,178; 2. Anthony Estep, 9.5, $975; 3. Rick Kieckhefer, 9.9, $772; 4. Wes Lockard, 10.5, $569; 5. Brock Andrus, 11.6, $366; 6. Jared Ferguson, 12.9, $203.

Barrel racing: 1. Aimee Kay Olson, 17.24 seconds, $1,381; 2. Lacy Wilson-White, 17.33, $1,183; 3. Sherry Cervi, 17.37, $986; 4. (tie) Bailey Tuck and Jennifer Dyer, 17.55, $756 each; 6. Karlie Boles, 17.58, $526; 7. Christina Richman, 17.60, $394; 8. (tie) Linda Vick and Katie LaMaster, 17.61, $230 each; 10. (tie) Cambria Fetherston and Jolee Lautaret, 17.66, $66 each.

Bull riding: 1. Travis Atkinson, 88 points on Flying U Rodeo Company’s Curveball, $1,787; 2. Cody Ibrahimi, 85, $1,354; 3. (tie) Johnny Allen and Tres Sherman III, 84, $812 each; 5. Josh Daries, 83, $379; 6. Sean Peterson, 82, $271.

Total payoff: $42,261.

Photos By James Predmore


Imperial Valley College has received a $3 million federal grant that over the next five years will revamp access to cutting edge technology for students and staff on the Aten Road main campus as well as the Calexico Extended Campus.
The grant, from the U.S. Department of Education, has been named ATLAS for “Access to Technology Leads to Advancement and Success.”
It will expand IVC’s technology infrastructure for students by allowing a wide degree of online services including improved interaction between faculty and students, improved efficiency in registration processes and improved access to online faculty lectures.

“The goal of a Title V grant is to transform our campus and a community by providing the resources needed for innovation,” said IVC President Ed Gould. “This will greatly enhance our faculty’s technology teaching abilities as well as allow our students’ to make maximum use of new technologies in their educational career at IVC,” he said.

The grant has three main goals:

* Increasing student success by developing a comprehensive and college-wide effort to provide appropriate training and technical skills, providing more access to computers in labs, adding server storage space and email accounts for students, and extending the wireless network to all areas of the college

* Providing excellence in education by helping faculty develop new and richer courses by pairing basic skills with career and technical courses, by training faculty in the use of social learning and collaborative learning, by providing training in culturally-relevant instruction, and offering training on the use of technology in the classroom and encouraging students to develop and use their technological skills.

* Develop resources to increase the college’s effectiveness by improving the technology infrastructure and training faculty, administrators, counselors, and staff to make the most effective use of this infrastructure.

In addition to the training aspects of this grant, students will benefit from installation of a campus wide wireless system as well as installation of wireless capabilities at the Calexico Extended Campus.

All 9,000 students will be receiving IVC email accounts as well as expanded access to software used in the classroom. The grant will also provide for a student debit card system as well as computer charging stations and student printing stations.

On the instructional side, smart podiums will be installed in high-use classrooms and the grant will fund faculty training regarding use of technology in the classroom. There also will be campus-wide “Futures forums” held to increase awareness of cutting edge technology.
A team of faculty and staff put the grant application together last May. The team included Valerie Rodgers, Business Department Chair and Professor; Taylor Ruhl, Dean of Learning Services and Instructional Technology; Wayne Wright, Microcomputer technician; Ralph Marquez, Counselor; Dawn Chun, Director of Research, Planning and Grant Administration; Jeff Cantwell, Director of Application Services; Gordon Bailey, Director of Technical Services; Michael Heumann, English Department Chair/Assistant Professor; Omar Ramos, Webmaster and Andres Martinez, Instructional Media Designer.
Additional information is available on the program’s website at\atlas.

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