Baseball Report

By Bob Hurst

If the Los Angeles Dodgers plan was to win every series this season, they couldn’t have gotten off to a better start than to take three of four against the San Francisco Giants in the opening series at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers beat the Giants 2-1 on Opening Day followed by a 4-3 win, 10-0 loss and 7-5 victory in the series finale on Sunday. It was the first time that the Dodgers won three of four over the Giants since 2001.

Brawley Breaks New Ground On Second Substation

By Chris Furguson
On Tuesday, April 5, the City of Brawley held a groundbreaking ceremony for the upcoming Fire Department substation at its location on the corners of Eastern and Jones Avenues near the Brawley Airport.
City department heads, as well as much of the Brawley Fire Department and other local groups, were on hand to watch the first ceremonial shovels put to into the ground.
The incoming $2.2 million, 24-hour full service facility will feature room for two trucks, sleeping quarters for up to twelve people, an exercise bay and a patio area.  It will also have room for administration and similar services.
Plenty of thanks were going around, especially to Building Official Francisco Soto, who worked through the CDBG department to find funds, and to former mayor Ryan Kelley, who spent much of his term focusing city staff on the project.
Thanks also went to Duggins Construction, who won the bid to build the station, the architect, Tony Finaldi of STK Architecture, and City Manager Gary Burroughs.
Speeches were also given by City Mayor Don Campbell and all Brawley council members along with Mike Mordah, who represented Duggins Construction.
Tuesday’s groundbreaking was the latest step in a process that has taken more than 60 years to complete, when back in 1948 then Chief Leroy Jones said that Brawley needed a second substation.
“Chief Jones was chief for 24 years and he was fighting for one back then,” explained current Brawley Fire Chief Frank Contreras.  “I’ve been chief for 19 years and I’ve trying to get done and it’s finally coming.”
The current phase of the project began in 2006, when the then council heard chose the location for an eventual station, beating locations on the southwest portion of town near Pioneers Hospital and a location on the west side of the city.
The airport location also beat a site just south of Main Street on Eastern Avenue.
The location on the east side of the city of Brawley was also chosen because the current station could not meet state recommended response times.  Additionally, a stopped train could force firefighters to drive as much as 10 minutes around the city to reach citizens.
Council member Ryan Kelley then made the substation a main focus of his term as mayor in 2009-2010.  Delays in the project came when the state raided community RDA funds in May of last year and took around $660,000 in city funds that could have gone to the project.
Had the RDA not been raided by the state, construction could have began as early as May of 2010.
Funds found by Soto included a program income waiver received in September 2010.  A grant that state officials claimed Brawley was a shoo-in for was rejected at around the same time.

CBP Officers Seize Dozens of AK-47 Magazines and Thousands of Rounds of Ammo

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at the Stanton Street international crossing at the El Paso port of entry made an ammunition and weapons magazine seizure Tuesday, March 29.

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CBP officers working at the Stanton international crossing seized 148 AK-47 magazines, one M4 magazine and 6,000 rounds of ammunition concealed in the upper front roof compartment of 1999 Chevrolet Express conversion van on Tuesday, March 29, 2011.
CBP officers working at the Stanton international crossing seized 148 AK-47 magazines, one M4 magazine and 6,000 rounds of ammunition concealed in the upper front roof compartment of 1999 Chevrolet Express conversion van on Tuesday, March 29, 2011.