Pastor Mike Johnson Laid to Rest

By Jim Predmore

It was a Celebration of Life for the late Michael Eugene Johnson with nearly 800 in attendance at Faith Assembly in Imperial on December 29, 2010. The celebration was attended by County Supervisors, City Council Members, Judges, The District Attorney, Defense Attorneys, the Sheriff, Police Officers, Fire Fighters, his loving family and hundreds of friends that Mike had touched in his ministry. Several pastors throughout the Imperial Valley spoke of Mike and his love of the Lord and how true his commitment was to helping those in need.  The Turning Point Praise Band shared some of Pastor Mike’s favorite songs with the audience. 

Some Taxpayers Will Need to Wait to File 2010 Tax Return

Following last week’s tax law changes, the Internal Revenue Service announced today the upcoming tax season will start on time for most people, but taxpayers affected by three recently reinstated deductions need to wait until mid- to late February to file their individual tax returns. In addition, taxpayers who itemize deductions on Form 1040 Schedule A will need to wait until mid- to late February to file as well.

Obituary Michael Eugene Johnson


Sept. 9, 1957 – Dec. 18, 2010

Services for Pastor Johnson will be held on Tuesday, December 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Faith Assembly Church in Imperial and Wednesday, December 29 at 10 a.m., also at Faith Assembly. He will be laid to rest at Terrace Park Cemetery in Holtville. A Celebration of life will be held at Turning Point Life Center in Holtville following the funeral.

CBP in Calexico Finds Narcotics Hidden in Cans of Food

Calexico, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico West Port of Entry thwarted a smuggling attempt with an unusual concealment: narcotics hidden inside cans of hominy, jalapeños, and peach halves.

At about 10:30 a.m. on Friday, a 24-year-old male U.S. citizen and resident of Pomona, drove a red 2010 Volkswagen Jetta to the downtown border crossing.

American Red Cross of San Diego/Imperial Counties Opens Shelter To Aid Those Affected by Torrential Rains

The American Red Cross – San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter is on the scene in San Diego to help those affected by the torrential rainfall. An emergency shelter will open at 4:00 p.m. today at Magdaleno Recreation Center in Shelltown to help residents impacted by floodwaters.  The Red Cross offers a safe, warm, dry place to stay, a hot meal for shelter residents, minor first aid, and most importantly, a shoulder to lean on. The Red Cross has been operating a Temporary Evacuation Point all day and is now opening an overnight shelter as a precautionary measure in anticipation of heavier rainfall this evening.