From the daily archives: Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Pine Valley, Calif. — Yesterday, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the I-8 checkpoint near Pine Valley arrested a 25-year-old male, naturalized United States citizen, for attempting to smuggle more than 116 pounds of marijuana hidden inside various compartments of a pickup truck.

At approximately 10:30 a.m., agents encountered the man as he arrived at the I-8 checkpoint driving a 1983 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck. During inspection, agents became suspicious of the man’s nervous demeanor and referred him for a secondary inspection.

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Border Patrol agents seized cellophane wrapped bundles of marijuana concealed in the seat of a pickup truck near Pine Valley, Calif.
Border Patrol agents seized cellophane wrapped bundles of marijuana concealed in the seat of a pickup truck near Pine Valley, Calif.

A Border Patrol K-9 team performed a cursory inspection of the vehicle resulting in a positive alert to the bed liner and passenger compartment.

Agents then utilized non-intrusive inspection technology to detect anomalies between the bed liner along the side panels of the truck’s bed and in the gas tank.

Agents disassembled the gas tank and the truck’s bed liner uncovering numerous bundles of marijuana hidden inside. Agents also discovered bundles hidden behind the seat of the cab and inside the vehicle’s spare tire. In total, agents located 42 cellophane wrapped bundles weighing over 116 lbs with an estimated street value of over $70,000.

The suspected smuggler and marijuana were taken into custody and subsequently turned over to a multi-agency drug task force. The vehicle was seized by the U.S. Border Patrol.

To prevent illicit smuggling of humans, drugs and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high level of vigilance on major corridors of egress away from our nation’s borders.




— Six Boys and Six Girls to Take the Court for the National Finals in Los Angeles

During 2011 NBA All-Star Weekend —

NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2011— The NBA today announced the 12 national finalists from the 2010-11 “NBA FIT/ WNBA FIT Dribble, Dish & Swish presented by Pepperidge Farm® Flavor Blasted® Goldfish® crackers” competition.   The national finalists include the top two participants from each age/gender division who received the best scores in the time-based obstacle course out of more than 40,000 participants, ages 7 to 12.  More than 375 competitions took place in nine cities across the country, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.

Finalists will head to Los Angeles, Calif. for an unforgettable experience at NBA All-Star, which will include competing in the national finals, being honored at an awards luncheon hosted by NBA Legend Bob Lanier, and in-arena recognition during NBA All-Star Saturday Night.

National Finalists

Girls 7-8

Boys 7-8
Jaedyn O’Reilly Fountain Hills, Ariz. Cameron Ward Lake Jackson, Texas
Brittany Goldsby North Pekin, Ill. Tyreik Boyd Lithonia, Ga.

Girls 9-10

Boys 9-10

Tenley Dowell Morton, Ill. Jonah Franco Roll, Ariz.
Da’Mya Preston Hobe Sound, Fla. Hector Balderrama Houston, Texas
Girls 11-12

Boys 11-12
Nichel Tampa Jonesboro, Ga. Jacob Wotruba New Franken, Wis.
Liz Maria Vizcarra Calexico, Calif. John Henry Walsh Scottsdale, Ariz.

About Pepperidge Farm

Pepperidge Farm, Incorporated, based in Norwalk, Connecticut, is a leading provider of premium quality fresh bakery products, cookies, crackers, and frozen foods. Among the company’s most popular products are Chocolate Chunk and Milano® cookies, Goldfish® crackers, and more than 50 varieties of fresh baked breads including Swirl, Pepperidge Farm FarmhouseÔ, 100% Natural and Whole Grain. The company recently added Ecce Panis® gourmet artisan breads to its portfolio.

Pepperidge Farm was founded in Connecticut in 1937 by Margaret Rudkin, an entrepreneurial homemaker who began baking fresh, all-natural bread for her allergy-afflicted son. The company is now a nationwide business with 8 manufacturing facilities, almost 5,000 employees, almost 4,000 independent distributorships, and over $1 billion in sales. Pepperidge Farm has been a part of Campbell Soup Company since 1961.


NBA/WNBA FIT is the league’s comprehensive health and wellness program that encourages physical activity and healthy living for children and families.  Through a nationwide network of more than 880 community-based organizations, NBA/WNBA FIT brings programs and events to children, adults, and families year-round.  NBA/WNBA FIT also collaborates with the Let’s Move! campaign, which first lady Michelle Obama established to provide communities nationwide with resources to help kids eat healthy and get active.  In partnership with the American College of Sports Medicine and Nemours’, NBA/WNBA FIT also provides health and fitness information to children and families through newsletters, social media, and interactive online content at  NBA/WNBA FIT strives to motivate and inspire kids, adults, and families to PLEDGE NBA/WNBA FIT online at

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Madeline Wehle Crandall, NBA Communications, (212) 407-8284 or

Geri Allen, Pepperidge Farm PR, (203) 846-7351 or


By Mario Conde

The Calexico School Board decided this past Monday to put Superintendent Luna on an administrative leave.

The board also approved Monday that Assistant Gina Sanchez will take over as acting superintendent. “The board is committed to balancing the budget, resolving facility issues and improving the education of the district’s more than 9,500 students,” board President Gloria Romo said in a statement Tuesday.

Luna came on board as CUSD Superintendent two years ago after previously serving as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in Temple City Unified School District. Luna announced her resignation three weeks ago stating that her last day with the district was going to be July 31st.

Luna’s administration was loaded with big challenges since she had to deal with the 7.2 magnitude earthquake and the closing of the school for the entire month of April. Luna was later questioned by County Superintendent Ann Mallory as to why the schools in Calexico were closed for such a long period of time. The board said that they will support Sanchez for the benefit students in her interim role as Calexico’s superintendent.

In other news, the Board finally appointed Antonio Valenzuela as the fifth member of the board and will serve the two years left by Ruben De La Rosa.  The board voted 3-1 to appoint him having Trustee Norma Aguilar making the opposing vote. Valenzuela received the fourth place in the last election. Valenzuela has been a community member for the last 18 years and has served as a volunteer for Calexico youth sports programs and was involved in the Calexico Little League for ten years. Valenzuela was also involved in the De Anza Junior High Band program and two years president of the Parent Booster Club.

“I’m here to restore the respect for the community and we need change in the way we are working, that includes administration and board members. I want transparency in budgets, agendas, and no hidden funds. I want the best interest for our students and I’m here as an individual and that is my main goal to tell people that I’m an individual candidate not affiliated to any groups or individuals either.” Valenzuela said last fall during his campaign for Calexico School Board.


After a long closed session meeting, the Calexico City Council announced the resignation of Victor Carrillo and the designation of Oscar Rodriquez as acting City Manager.

Carrillo’s departure was heavily rumored since last week when the Council voted 3-2 to dismiss the City Manager at his evaluation meeting. In light of the events, Carrillo decided to submit his resignation Monday evening and a special closed session item was called upon to appoint a new City Manager. The council convened into closed session after the regular meeting was over. Mayor John Moreno left City Hall at 9:20 p.m. without making any comment while the closed session meeting was still going on. Minutes later, City Attorney Jennifer Lyon called Rodriquez into the meeting. Carrillo was later summoned to the meeting and left City Hall afterwards.

The Council and City Attorney went back to the Council Chambers at 10:15 p.m. to announce the decision. Lyon announced that the Council accepted the resignation of Carrillo effective Feb. 10th and Oscar Rodriquez was going to start as acting City Manager the following Monday. Rodriquez is a former Calexico and Brawley City Manager and has been RDA Director in El Centro. Rodriquez is also a consultant for the Calexico Housing Authority. Rodriquez was hired back to Calexico after a ten year absence in April 2010 as Economic Development Director and Assistant Executive Director for the Calexico Redevelopment Agency.

Carrillo was voted City Manager on July 2009 following the departure of Ralph Velez. Carrillo decided to apply for that position while still serving as County Supervisor. With his departure and the appointment of Rodriquez, Calexico will now have its seventh City Manager in the last five years.

Those that have been City Manager in Calexico since 2005 including interim and permanent managers are: Marlene Best, Kevin Northcraft, Ralph Velez, Louis Fuentes, Judy Hashem, Victor Carrillo, and now Oscar Rodriquez.

City Manager Carrillo was evaluate constantly by the Council since May of last year and became more frequent when the new council took over last July. Carrillo will leave the city running in a $ 5 million dollar deficit. He has three month severance pay.

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