From the daily archives: Monday, November 29, 2010

U.S. Border Patrol agents from Yuma Sector seized approximately 47 pounds of cocaine and arrested one suspected smuggler on Sunday.

Roof compartment exposed
Roof compartment exposed

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Blythe Station checkpoint on Highway 95 referred a red Chevrolet Blazer to secondary inspection following a canine team alert. While in secondary, the driver, a female Mexican national, consented to a search of the vehicle. Agents searched the vehicle and found cocaine concealed in the interior ceiling of the SUV.

The cocaine, with an estimated street value of $1,504,000, and the subject, were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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


NORTHFIELD, MINN. — Johanna Hilfiker of Holtville will participate in the 2010 St. Olaf College Christmas Festival, one of the nation’s longest-running celebrations of the season. Hilfiker , a member of the St. Olaf Choir , will appear in four performances December 2–5. More than 12,000 people attend the annual performances.

The festival, which first took place in 1912, is a two-hour program of hymns, carols, choral works, and orchestral selections that celebrate the birth of Christ. This year’s concert, A Child, a Son, the Prince of Peace, includes more than 500 student musicians in five choirs and the St. Olaf Orchestra under the leadership of Artistic Director Anton Armstrong ’78.

Minnesota Public Radio will present a live broadcast of the 2010 St. Olaf Christmas Festival on Sunday, December 5, at 3:30 p.m. The broadcast can be heard on most regional classical music stations and will be streamed live online at (where previous festival streams also are archived). You can also hear an encore broadcast of the concert on December 23 at 7 p.m.

PBS will air Christmas at St. Olaf: Where Peace and Love and Hope Abide, a one-hour presentation of the 2007 St. Olaf Christmas Festival produced by Twin Cities Public Television, as part of its national holiday programming. Check your local PBS listings for telecast dates and times.

Student name: Johanna Hilfiker
Student year: 2013
Major(s): ,
Instrument/voice: Alto I
Parent name(s): Richard and Deann Hilfiker
Hometown: Holtville
High school attended: Holtville High School
Newspaper: Holtville Tribune

St. Olaf College
Recognized as one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, St. Olaf College offers an academically rigorous education with a vibrant faith tradition as a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. St. Olaf prepares students to become responsible citizens of the world by fostering the development of mind, body, and spirit. Widely known for its programs in mathematics, the natural sciences, and music, St. Olaf also provides dynamic opportunities for interdisciplinary study. Committed to global education, more than three-quarters of St. Olaf students participate in off-campus study programs. Over the years, St. Olaf College has been a national leader among liberal arts colleges in producing Rhodes Scholars, Fulbright Fellows, and Peace Corps volunteers.


12 Days of Christmas Offers Shoppers a Chance to Win

[EL CENTRO, CA] – Imperial Valley Mall wants to treat shoppers to a little more jingle this Holiday Season with 12 Days of Christmas at Imperial Valley Mall. Twelve lucky shoppers will be rewarded with a $50 CBL select gift card for just texting the mall.
Here’s what a shopper has to do:
1. Between Now and Dec 24.  Simply text IMPERIALMALL then a space, and then your email address to 12345. (Helpful Hint: IMPERIALMALL is all one word!)
Here’s how it might look: “ImperialMall
2. On the following days, we will email/text one lucky winner and hook them up with a $50 CBL select gift card! The days are:
Dec 8, 9, 10, 11
Dec 15,16,17,18
Dec 21, 22, 23, 24
Pretty simple….12 days and 12 chances to win! Remember, the sooner a shopper texts us, the more days they are be eligible to win!
Official Rules:
Must be at least 16 years of age to participate. Limit one text for the entire contest. Multiple entries cannot be accepted and will not increase your chances of winning. Winners will be chosen at random on the specified days from all eligible entries received for the entire contest period. Standard texting and messaging rates may apply. Winners will be notified by email and or text and will have 14 days to claim their prize. Prizes not claimed will be forfeited. Text entries for this promotion will not be accepted after 12:00pm Central Time on 12/24/2010. CBL and Associates reserves the right to cancel or modify this promotion at any time and for any reason. Employees of CBL and Associates and their subsidiaries are not eligible to participate.
About Imperial Valley Mall:
Imperial Valley Mall is managed by CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. of Chattanooga, Tennessee, (NYSE:CBL). Imperial Valley Mall is a 762,637 square-foot regional mall with an outstanding anchor line-up including Dillard’s, JCPenney, Macy’s, Sears and Cinemark, plus over 100 specialty shops, one-of-a-kind food court, restaurants and entertainment. Imperial Valley Mall is conveniently located just off I-8 at Dogwood. More information can be found at
Imperial Valley Mall • 3451 South Dogwood Avenue, El Centro, California 92243


By Mario Conde

After three years of challenges and victories, Mexicali Mayor Rodolfo Valdez gave his last State of the City address.

Last week, Mexicali Mayor Rodolfo Valdez Gutierrez gave his third and final State of the City Address in front of former Mayors of Mexicali from the last 20 years. Valdez ends his three year term as Mayor at the end of the month and he will pass the torch to the newly elected Mexicali Mayor, Francisco Perez-Tejada Padilla. This past July the Political Action Party, or, PAN had a tremendous loss in the election losing all of the five municipalities including the capital of the State, Mexicali.

Regardless of the defeat, Valdez stated in this address that he will turn over the City better than before.

“During the last three years, the Government of Mexicali invested in public infrastructure and be the base for development, therefore and regardless of economic crisis, financially, we have tripled the investment on public infrastructure in comparison of the last administration.” Valdez said on his speech.

Valdez said that his administration has respected human rights and has respected freedom of expression. He mentioned that in his three years as mayor, he didn’t  attack any groups or use public force against them. The outgoing Mayor said he never bought anyone or attacked any journalist for expressing their freedom of the press.

“We have a municipality which its police force has been certified internationally that shows its quality and making this City one of the safeties in Mexico. We are gave our constituents basic services and extraordinary actions in volumes never seen before. We gave our city a modernization project in transportation ready for its execution.” He said.

“We now live in a city that is urbanized, cleaner, healthy, competitive, and with the spirit of its people made stronger by the obstacles that have been overcome that will prepare us for the challenges of the future.”

De Anza Hotel in Calexico being renovated at this moment and its expect to be open again in April

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