From the daily archives: Monday, March 21, 2011

U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station disrupted a cocaine smuggling attempt worth an estimated street value of more than $1.7 million.

The incident occurred yesterday evening at approximately 7:00 p.m., when a Border Patrol canine team alerted to a blue tractor-trailer while performing a cursory search at primary inspection of the Highway 86 Checkpoint, near Westmorland, Calif.  The tractor-trailer was being driven by a 63-year-old male, Mexican citizen with a valid visa.  During secondary inspection, agents discovered several hidden packages of cocaine located in a non-factory compartment.

The driver, vehicle, and contraband were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.



ECRMC is pleased to announce that the ECRMC Child Development Center, administrated by Jeannie West has again passed state licensing standards after an unannounced visit and evaluation by state inspectors.

“We pride ourselves on our safety and the education of the children who come to the Child Development Center,” said Jeannie West, director of the ECRMC Child Development Center. “We work hard to make sure the facility is clean, safe, spacious and mentally stimulating for all of our children.”

Inspectors made a surprise visit to Child Development Center two weeks ago. The entire facility underwent a full inspection including the evaluation of all equipment, storage room, classroom accommodations and facilities; review of all documentation, personnel and client records, policies and procedures; evaluation of food storage and availability, as well as menu posting; and review of all play areas and equipment.

“We passed every review and evaluation,” said West, “There were small adjustments required, but those have been rectified and are now in perfect working order.”

The ECRMC Child Development Center can accommodate 35 children at a time, ages 2-10.  With 6 teachers the Center currently provides care and preschool education to a total of 35 preschoolers and 10 school-aged children at various times of the day. Administrators work closely with parents on scheduling to ensure the Center is never beyond capacity.

“The Child Development Center is a wonderful place for my children,” said Hartnoll Popejoy, mother of two children attending the Center. “They learn something new everyday, make friends and I know they are in a healthy, safe environment to nurture their growth.”

Licensing and evaluation occurs randomly once per year. Evaluations are intentionally unannounced to ensure accuracy in the reviews and avoid last minute “fixes” prior to review. The ECRMC Child Development Center has been licensed for 9 years.

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