From the monthly archives: January 2011

Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), today announced that Sabor Farms was recalling fresh cilantro that was packed under four different brand names, because the cilantro may be contaminated with Salmonella. To date, no illnesses have been reported.
The recall by Sabor Farms includes cilantro that was available at retail locations in California from January 14 through 28. The cilantro was sold in bunches containing twist-ties under the brand names, Tanimura & Antle, Ocean Mist, Nature’s Reward and Queen Victoria.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection include fever, abdominal cramps, and diarrhea which may be bloody. Most infected people recover within a week. Some may develop complications that require hospitalization. Infants, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems are at highest risk for more severe illness. People who develop symptoms of Salmonella infection after consuming cilantro should consult their health care provider.

While the contaminated cilantro may no longer be available in retail stores, CDPH is concerned that consumers may still have some in their homes. Consumers in possession of this contaminated cilantro should not eat it.

Consumers that observe the product being offered for sale are encouraged to report the activity to the CDPH toll-free, complaint line at (800) 495-3232.

Natures Reward

Ocean Mist

Queen Victoria

Tanimura & Antle


Grandstands musical entertainment will come in all forms and styles during the 2011 California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta March 4 to 13.

For Metal fans, there will be Damage, Inc.-a Tribute to Metallica that will take the grandstand stage on the opening night, March 4. Right behind them on March 5 will be Skynnyn Lynnyyrd-a Tribute to Lynyrd Skynrd.

Music will mellow out the following weekend when Swift Country-a Salute to Taylor Swift will take the stage on Friday March 11. Then for “Chicago” fans, Chicago Tribute Authority-a Salute to Chicago will perform on Saturday March 12.

Damage, Inc. has been performing the music of Metallica in venues throughout Southern California for more than two years. Its members all contribute certain styles that capture a mix of classic Metallica, with the energy and intensity similar to one of their live performances.

Skynnyn Lynnyrd takes on the honest and often edgy music of Lynyrd Skinner by re-assembling the music of the legendary 1970s era rock group that disbanded after a tragic plane crash in 1977 that ended the lives of Ronnie VanZant, Steve and Cassie Gains, as well as Dean Kilpatrick.

And Kaylee Starr, a young powerhouse country singer in her own right, brings Swift Country–Salute to Taylor Swift to the Grandstand Stage. Starr has built a resume of lead theatrical performances and live venue appearances at numerous fairs throughout the country.

Chicago Tribute Authority is an upbeat tribute to Chicago and will transport audiences on a non-stop journey that includes many of that band’s greatest hits. Chicago is the only American rock band to chart in the Top 40 throughout five consecutive decades and boasts a fan base that spans all ages.

The 2011 California Mid-Winter Fair and Fiesta will celebrate Imperial County’s burgeoning alternative energy industry with a theme of “”It’s a Green Thing, Celebrating Our Renewable Future.”

The fair will open at noon March 4 with a special Military Appreciation Day where military personnel plus one guest will have free admission all day.

Here are some of the hit songs made famous by the groups that are being recognized at this year’s fair.

Damage, Inc-A Tribute to Metallica. Friday, March 4

A sampling of Metallica hits includes: “Fuel” “Frantic” “The Struggle Within” “Battery” “One” “Hero of the Day” “Dyer’s Eve” “Until It Sleeps” “Fixxxer” “Bleeding Me”

Skynnyn Lynnyyrd-A Tribute to Lynyrd Skynrd. Saturday, March 5

A sampling of Lynyrd Skynrd hits includes: “Sweet Home Alabama” “Gimme Three Steps” “Simple Man” “Saturday Night Special” “Swamp Music” “The Ballad Of Curtis Loew” “Call Me The Breeze” “Comin’ Home” “Gimme Back My Bullets”

Kaylee Starr Brings a Salute to Taylor Swift, Friday March 11

A sampling of Taylor Swift hits includes: “Mine” “Sparks Fly” “Back To December” “Speak Now” “Dear John” “Mean” “The Story Of Us” “Never Grow Up” “Enchanted” “Better Than Revenge”

Chicago Tribute Authority-A Salute to Chicago. Saturday, March 12

A sampling of Chicago hits includes: “You’re the Inspiration” “Once in a Lifetime” “I don’t wanna live without your love” “If you leave me now” “Hard to say I’m sorry” “Baby what a big surprise” “Look Away” “Color My World” “Wishing you were here”


By Mario Conde

Calexico Mayor John Moreno gave his State of the City address last Thursday highlighting the challenges and the upcoming development projects in Calexico.

Mayor Moreno said in his speech that even when the city is in a big fiscal crisis, City staff has work diligently to continue with its services. Moreno said the Calexico is a resilient and will overcome these challenge. Moreno highlighted the accomplishments of each department during this fiscal year.

Moreno said that economic development is coming to the City but first they must overcome the possible elimination of the Redevelopment Agency since its might be eliminated in July.

“We are going to work closely with our State representatives Juan Vargas and Manuel Perez to ensure that RDA is not eliminated and continue so we can continue to support groups like Neighborhood House and Catholic Charities.”

Moreno announced projects like the Grand Plaza, Towncenter and the Casino. In regards of the Grand Plaza, the Mayor said that the Council approved an agreement with consultants to issue a bond to the Charles Company for infrastructure improvements for the development of the outlet center to locate on Second Street. The project is part of the re-alignment of Second Street that will be done thanks to the support of FAA grants.

The Towncenter Plaza is near construction since back in October the Planning Commission approved a neurological medical center that will support veterans. This medical center will be the first of two projects that will develop soon in that area.

Moreno said the Casino project is still waiting for the approval of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and said that its moving forward now that a there was a resolution of a lawsuit over the property the Casino is proposed to be.


The aroma of BBQ filled the City of Holtville again as the Holtville Athletic conducted their 20th Annual Rib Cook-Off Extravaganza on Saturday January 29th. This year the club brought in bands for entertainment that played through the day, they also added a competition area for the youngsters, letting them test their skills with sling shots. They had the old fashioned Ice Cream machine going all day long as well as the Kettle Corn and 12,000 pounds of ribs that were consumed in a matter of hours. It was another great turn out to support the young athletes of Holtville.

This Years Teams Included:

  • Alford Distributing
  • All the King’s Men
  • AM Desert Storm
  • Baja Runners
  • Big Al’s Paradise Café
  • Calvin’s Restaurant
  • Castillo Construction
  • California Highway Patrol
  • City of Holtville
  • Cornerstone Church
  • Dune Company
  • Grimmway Farms
  • Hay Compadres
  • Imperial County District Attorney’s Office
  • Imperial County Planning Department
  • Imperial County Sheriff’s Department
  • Just Wanna BBQ
  • Moose Lodge
  • Oink Cluck-n-Moo
  • Red Neck Ribs
  • The Wild Bunch
  • Torrence’s Farm Implements
  • Triple I Press

This year winners were:

For the Ribs                            4th Place                     A.M Desert Storm.

3rd Place                     Oink Cluck -n- Moo

2nd Place                    Legally Sauced

1st Place                      Just Want To BBQ

Best Side                     3rd Place                     Dune Co.

2nd Place                    A.M. Desert Storm

1st Place                      Imperial County Planning

Best Hospitability       3rd Place                     City of Holtville

2nd Place                    Big Als Cafe

1st Place                      Imperial County Sherriff Department.

Best Booth                  3rd Place         Cornerstone Church

2nd Place        All the Kings Men

1sp Place         Imperial County Planning

Performance Award                            Wild Bunch

Pinnacle Award                                  Max Castillo                Castillo Construction

Hall of Flame Award                          Darrel Gardner            Kettle Corn


Congressman Bob Filner has introduced the Homebuyer Tax Credit Renewal Act of 2011 (H.R. 330), which will reinstate both the $8000 first-time homebuyer credit and the $6500 long-time homebuyer credit for a period of 1 year.

According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), 479,622 homebuyers claimed the credit in 2009.  While the numbers for 2010 are not yet available, there is no doubt that the tax credit was instrumental in helping many first-time buyers achieve the American dream of homeownership by increasing down-payments and lowering monthly mortgage payments.

“Homeownership is one of the best ways for working Americans to accumulate assets for retirement and to ensure neighborhoods are stable and well-maintained,” said Congressman Filner.  “Homeowners are also able to benefit from tax deductions like the mortgage interest and property tax deductions.”

Homeownership also benefits children in numerous ways. Children of homeowners score better on academic tests, graduate at a higher rate, have fewer behavioral problems, and enjoy a better social environment.  Living in an owned home is also a predictor of future success, as homeowners’ children earn more than renters’ children, are less likely to be on welfare, and are more likely to become homeowners themselves.

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