U.S Border Patrol Foils Maritime Smuggling Attempt

Coronado, Calif. — On Saturday evening, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested nine Mexican nationals after they illegally entered the country aboard a small, open-bow boat along the San Diego County coastline.

At about 6:20 p.m., agents on patrol spotted a suspicious boat traveling with no visible running lights and approaching the shoreline near Dog Beach in Coronado. Agents observed the vessel come ashore and all of its occupants quickly disembark.

CBP Stops Boat with Marijuana off Oceanside, Calif.

Oceanside, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection Marine Interdiction Agents stopped a boat Saturday off the coast of Oceanside, Calif. with almost 100 packages of marijuana hidden onboard.

Marijuana found on boat

At about 2:30 p.m., CBP Marine Interdiction Agents on routine patrol stopped a 24-foot 1995 Wellcraft private fishing boat about 3 miles from Oceanside Harbor with two U.S. citizens on board.

Cities Gear Up For A Merry Christmas!

By
Steve Larson
&
Chris Furguson
Merry Christmas.
It’s time for the cities of the Imperial Valley to show off their Holiday cheer and most of them are going to be doing just that over the next few weeks.
Beginning this weekend you can attend parties, go to parades, buy goodies at gigantic sales and see Santa Claus all over the place.
El Centro will start things off with its annual Christmas Parade Saturday, Dec. 4th. It will begin at 10 a.m., proceed from Imperial Avenue down Main Street to 8th Street, turn south and end up at Bucklin Park .
At Bucklin Park you can take part in a show of Christmas gifts and food that will have you wanting more.
That’s good, because all the other cities in the Valley will be busy the following weekend too.
Calexico will host its annual Christmas Parade Saturday, Dec. 11th and will follow a different parade route for the first time.
The parade will go from the Chamber office at Birch Street and Highway 111 along Imperial Ave. to Fifth Street, then turn left along Fifth Street to Rockwood, then south to Second Street, then east to Heber Ave. and then north on Heber to Rockwood Plaza.
The reviewing stand will be located on Second Street between Rockwood and Heber Avenues. The big show is expected to start at 10 a.m. Over 100 entries from both sides of the border are expected to participate.
There will be food and gift stands set up in Rockwood Park following the parade.
Calexico will also light its City Christmas tree this evening at City Hall with a program that begins at 5 p.m.
Holtville will hosts its annual Christmas in the Park Dec. 16th, featuring prize drawings, the high school band and chorus and a visit from Santa Claus too.
The City of Imperial will hold several Christmas themed events this month to celebrate the season.
The annual nighttime Christmas Light Parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 10, and will feature Christmas themed floats decorated with lights while traveling up Imperial Avenue.
“Christmas In a Small Town,” their annual street fair and festival, will begin on Saturday, December 11 at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m.  The street festival will feature local vendors and music.
On Thursday, December 16th, the monthly Imperial Market Days will have their Christmas themed edition, with a similar nighttime atmosphere to the Christmas In A Small Town event.
Additionally, for the two weeks of winter vacation, the