From the daily archives: Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Valley’s Youth will have an opportunity to meet and to learn valuable tips from some of the best Professional Soccer Players in the sport in Calexico this weekend. The Calexico Parent’s Athletic League youth will be hosting a Soccer Clinic for its youth this Saturday and Sunday.
Carmen Estrada Athletic Director and Soccer Clinic Coordinator commented “We are expecting between 150-200 children participating in the Soccer Clinic. There will be 3 Professional Soccer players including Juan Hernandez with Club America, that will be in Calexico giving back to these kids. It’s a great opportunity for our youth to interact with Professionals players that they only see on T.V.”
The community is invited to watch these Professional Players teach young soccer players from more than 36 teams involved with over 720 kids. There is expected to be Scouts from some of the Mexican National League teams as well. The entrance cost is a $5 donation to the CPAL-Soccer program for Parent’s or adults. No entrance fee for children or youth under 18.
Time: Saturday Feb. 26 & Sunday Feb. 27, 2011
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: Calexico High School Football Field
Entrance Fee: $5 donation per Adult
Students 18 and under NO cost
After the Soccer Clinic there will be 30 minute games between different teams ages 10-18 to allow the Professional Scouts to view the local talent and perhaps recruit for future or minor teams. The community is invited to attend and spend a good time and support a great cause.
The Police Activities League has traditionally relied on parents, donations and the support of the community to run its programs. Typically Recreational Programs run by cities have a fee to enroll and participate, this fee is higher than what most families can afford given the Valley’s demographics. CPAL provides a venue for those that can’t pay the fee because they have the ability to fund raise to offset the costs.
Former Calexico Mayor Louis Fuentes and CPAL Board member said, “This is the first Soccer Clinic in a series of events that we hope to have for our city’s youth. We are extremely grateful for the Professional Players that are taking the time to inspire and coach our kids. It’s going to be a great time.”
Calexico Parents Athletic League is a non-profit 501(c) 6 organization whose sole purpose is to keep children active in recreational sports. Your donation may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor.


Weather Matters; And Trivia!

IF YOU THINK YOU’ GOT IT BAD, JUST LOOK AT THE WEATHER REPORTS BACK EAST.  If I were a Snowbird, I’d be making arrangements to stay here for at least another month past the usual April 1st departure date.
But, some people are just gluttons for punishment. I have two friends who reside in Colorado, one of the snow capitals of the universe. And where did they go for a winter vacation? Antarctica!
Apparently it’s summer down there, this time of year. You could tell by the 400 foot high piles of snow and icebergs as big as mountain tops.
They even sent me some pictures of some penguins lying on the beach. I guess they were working on their tans.
Looking at the weather reports from most of the country I don’t see why they had to go so far to see snow. Perhaps there windows were too frosted over to see out of them.
But to each his own. I had some other friends visit who thought it was strange that I had a sweater on in February. They’re from cold country too – Minnesota.
But they spend their winters in Arizona and San Diego. A wise move on their parts.
So if you want to stay warm and comfortable, then stay right here. You can visit New Orleans in spirit this year too.. All you have to do is go to Calexico.
THE CALEXICO MARDI GRAS and Beer Xperience will take place Friday, Feb. 25th at the Calexico Cultural Arts Center in the De Anza Hotel. This beautiful facility has been remodeled and certifies safe, finally, after the earthquake of last Spring.
Come out, taste some poor man’s bubbly and get some beads and some culture. It will be a great way to catch up with some old friends and good times. If you’re from back east, it will help you forget all about cold weather too. After all, there are only a few more weeks of wintertime fun left.
You can even watch the crowning of the Mardi Gras King and Queen, register for door prizes and, hopefully, see who wins the best Mardi Gras costume award.
It’s a night of dazzling fun! All for only $30.00. A bargain if there ever was one.
In the 400’s a law was set forth in   England that a man was allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb.
Hence we have ‘the rule of thumb’

Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled
Only…Ladies Forbidden’.. and thus, the word GOLF entered into the
English language.
The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV was Fred and Wilma Flintstone.
Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the  U.S. Treasury.
Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.
Coca-Cola was originally green.
It is impossible to lick your elbow.
The State with the highest percentage of people who walk to work:
The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28% (now get this…)
The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%
The cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven: $ 16,400

The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour:

Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair..

The first novel ever written on a typewriter,  Tom Sawyer.

The  San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.


United States Border Patrol agents of San Diego Sector have demonstrated significant law enforcement achievements along the 60 linear miles of border shared with Mexico and the 114 miles of coastal border during fiscal year 2010.
San Diego Sector now employs over 2,500 uniformed agents assigned to six line-watch stations in Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, Brown Field, El Cajon, Campo, and Boulevard, and two northern egress stations in San Clemente and Murrieta.  This is a significant deployment of personnel when compared to the staffing levels of 1993, when San Diego Sector had approximately 1,000 agents.
In fiscal year 2010, San Diego Sector Border Patrol launched a comprehensive enforcement strategy known as “Campaign Stronghold,” with focused goals of targeting transnational criminal organizations while raising the level of effective border control.  Effective control is achieved when there is a high probability that agents will detect all illegal entries in between official ports of entry, and bring them to a law enforcement resolution.
At the conclusion of fiscal year 2010, San Diego Sector reached its goal to establish effective operational control in 51 of the 60 land border miles within its area of responsibility. This was done by targeting 22 additional border miles under Campaign Stronghold.
Paul Beeson, Chief Patrol Agent of San Diego Sector said, “I am very pleased with our progress which indicates 85 percent of the land border with Mexico within San Diego Sector’s area of responsibility is under a high level of effective control.  The level of border security achieved over the years has resulted in an increase in the quality of life along the border as noted by the development of housing, shopping malls, small businesses and community infrastructure.”
From Oct. 1, 2009 through Sept. 30, 2010, San Diego Sector Border Patrol accomplishments included the apprehension of 68,565 persons for illegal entry into the country.  This is a 42 percent decrease from the previous fiscal year apprehension number of 118,721, and an 89 percent decrease from fiscal year 1986 when there were 628,370 apprehensions, a record number for San Diego.
Nationwide, the United States Border Patrol apprehended 463,382 persons; San Diego Sector apprehensions accounted for 14.8 percent of this total.  Overall apprehensions for fiscal year 2010 along the southwest border with Mexico were 447,731.  San Diego Sector accounted for 15.3 percent of those apprehensions.
San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents seized 21,576pounds of marijuana, a 19.4 percent decrease over fiscal year 2009.  Cocaine seizures decreased 24.2 percent to almost 1,343 pounds; heroin seizures decreased 15.7 percent to over 501 pounds; and methamphetamine seizures increased 28.5 percent to nearly 394 pounds.
There were a total of 2,417,170 pounds of marijuana, over 10,182 pounds of cocaine, 4,576 pounds of heroin, and 933 pounds of methamphetamine seized along the southwest border by the United States Border Patrol.
The focused enforcement efforts of San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents accounted for 12.8 percent of the cocaine, 10.8 percent of the heroin, and 32.6 percent of the methamphetamine seized by the U.S. Border Patrol nationwide.
These results did not come without significant challenges and enormous dangers.  There were a total of 130 assaults on agents while in the performance of their duties.  Fortunately, this was a decrease of 48 percent from the prior fiscal year.  In 2003, there were 377 incidents, a highpoint for recorded assaults on agents.
As effective control along the land border was achieved through effective use of personnel, technology and infrastructure, there was a doubling in recorded maritime smuggling attempts along the San Diego coastline.  During Fiscal Year 2009, there were 49 seizures with 400 arrests.  This fiscal year there were 110 seizures with 867 arrests.
These maritime results are due to the collaborative law enforcement efforts of the San Diego Maritime Unified Command which is comprised of the Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Coast Guard and other local, state and federal agencies operating in the San Diego maritime domain.
“These impressive achievements are the direct results of the brave men and women in uniform honorably serving and courageously protecting our communities,” said Paul Beeson, Chief Patrol Agent.  “San Diego Sector will continue to target transnational threats and criminal organizations that seek to profit from illicit activities.  We will work tirelessly to disrupt, dismantle, and ultimately defeat these threats in order to protect America.”

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