From the daily archives: Friday, August 19, 2011

Pioneers Memorial Hospitalhas just become the first hospital in your area to use an innovative app that allows doctors to monitor their labor and delivery patients more closely than ever before – and it’s all done on the doctor’s smartphone or iPad.

AirStrip OB gives doctors virtual real-time, anywhere/anytime access to vital signs of the baby and mother. That includes the baby’s heartbeat, mom’s contraction patterns, and other stats – this way, the doctor can monitor patients 24/7 even when he or she cannot be at the patient’s bedside. There is no other app like it available in the US or elsewhere. AirStrip OB is cleared by the FDA and complies with federal patient privacy requirements, and physicians say this app can play a role in saving lives.


The Imperial Valley Artist Collective is hosting its first art exhibit at the Imperial Valley College Art Gallery.
The show, titled Borderline Disorder, opens to the public Thursday, Aug. 25th and there will be a grand opening reception from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The exhibition, which comes down on September 1st, showcases artists from Mexicali, Imperial Valley, Yuma, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Reno, New York, tokyo and everywhere in between.
Some of the artists featured in the exhibit are Holly Tempo, professor at Otis College of Art & Design,; tom Gilbertson, Art professor at Imperial Valley College; Carol Hagerty, Art Professor at imperial Valley College; Daniel Marquez, a Chicano artist, and Eduardo Kintero, head of the fine arts department at State Center for the Arts in Mexicali, Mex.
Imperial Valley Artist Collective was started by Elizabeth M. Lopez, El Centro, Minerva Torres-Guzman, Holtville, Ca., and Alfredo Guzman, Holtville, with hope of helping to bring more art from far and wide into the imperial Valley. For more information visit their website.


By Luke Phillips
A reckless driver caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage over the weekend when she drove into the parking lot of the El Centro Police Department Saturday and struck several police vehicles according to a press release issued Tuesday.
Lorita Rabb, 38, of El Centro, drove her 1997 Dodge van eastbound into the police parking lot at approximately 7 a.m. Saturday, initially striking a 2006 police cruiser, causing it to be pushed into two other vehicles. Rabb then continued  to drive east, striking two more 2008 police vehicles and disabling her van.
Officers rushed to the scene and found Rabb behind the wheel yelling that someone was trying to harm her family. Rabb ignored officers and refused to obey their commands to exit the vehicle.
Two officers removed Rabb who then began to resist their efforts to remove her from the scene of the accident. Rabb continued to yell, but was removed from the scene and taken into custody without further incident.
El Centro Police Commander Jeff Mason says that the incident will not affect the department’s ability to maintain service.
“Our patrol fleet has been impacted in a significant way,” Mason said. “We expect the damage to be in the tens of thousands of dollars, and two if not three vehicles are a total loss, yet we will maintain our standard levels of service.”
Rabb escaped from the incident without injuries and was booked into Imperial County Jail on felony vandalism charges. She’s being held on $10,000 bail.


Chris Furguson
It was one year ago that an exciting Imperial Valley League football season finished with co-champions, a new Bell Game winner and four coaches retiring or leaving over off-season.  Despite all the changes among coaching staffs this off-season, there are several known factors to consider with the new schedule.

Brawley Wildcats
The Brawley Wildcats, the 2010 Imperial Valley League Football Co-Champions start off the season with both the most changes and the fewest.  New head coach John Self Jr. takes over the helm after 17 years of John Bishop.  However, as Self had been Bishop’s assistant for 20 football seasons, he knows and understands the winning Wildcat strategy of the past two decades.  Additionally, most of the coaching staff that assisted Bishop is staying to assist Self in his new role.
What is not known is what the loss of sixteen standout seniors, like Tyler Constable, Donald Wharton -and A.B. Oceguera, will do to the team for the upcoming season.  Still, the Wildcats have a decades-long tradition of being well prepared and this year appears to be no exception.
The first Brawley Wildcats home game will be on September 9, 2011 at Warne Field against the Indio Rajahs.  The game will be preceded by a BBQ fundraiser at the nearby Lions Center.

Southwest Eagles
Last year’s other Co-Champions, the Southwest Eagles, lost 2010 Football Coach of the Year Dave Drury and hired Darren Spence, the former Offensive Line coach from San Jose College and one time coach of the Mount Carmel Sundevils in San Diego.
It is not known what gameplan Spence will bring to the Eagles, nor what the team plans on doing with the loss of more than half their previous roster due to Graduation.  Still, coming off their best season in history, the Southwest Eagles appear to be eager to match that success as much as possible.
The first home game for the Southwest Eagles will be against the Morse Tigers on September 2, 2011 at 7 pm.

Central Spartans
The third school to lose their coach, Kevin Bird was replaced earlier this year by Michael Hobbes, an assistant coach for the Santana High Sultans in Santee, CA.  Hobbes, a former graduate of El Capitan High School, was the Sultans defensive coach the previous five years.
Hobbes previously said that he plans on running a very chaotic defensive setup combined with an aggressive offense.  Whether or not this gameplan works in the Imperial Valley League remains to be seen, however.
The Spartans’ first home game will be against the McNally High Tigers of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  Game takes place on September 9 at 7 pm.

Calexico Bulldogs
If there’s one team that’s been consistent in the Imperial Valley League, that would be the Calexico Bulldogs.
New coach Allen Heck, formerly of the Platte County High Pirates in Missouri, will attempt to bring the fight to the Bulldogs this year.
The first home game for the Bulldogs will be against the San Diego Cavers on September 2, at 7 pm.

Imperial Tigers
The Imperial Tigers, with Kerry Legarra at the helm, will need to find their winning ways without last year’s senior standouts Freddie Helton and Preston Blincoe.  Still, as one coach said, that’s why they play the game.
The Tigers’ first home game will be against the Valley Center Jaguars at Shinosuke-Sampson Stadium on September 9 at 7 pm.

Holtville Vikings
Vikings Head Coach Kevin Smith is looking to continue last year’s playoff success with his upcoming squad.  Last year, the Vikings made it to the second round of the CIF playoffs after a 6-4 regular season record.
The first home game for the Holtville Vikings will take place on September 2 at Ed Birger Field against the Cavalry Murietta Warriors.

Calipatria Hornets
Of all the teams in the Imperial Valley, the biggest loss was taken by the Hornets, who lost their top player, Cedric Thompson, due to graduation.
Coach David Shaw will also be looking to move in the playoffs, having been ousted in the first round last year.
The Hornets’ first home game will be against the Borrego Springs Rams on September 16, 2011 at 7 pm.


It’s time once again to buy new school supplies, clothes and other necessities your kids need for the school year. This can be a big financial undertaking for many families, making back-to-school shopping a great opportunity to talk to your kids about important money management topics like budgeting and saving.
“This year our annual back-to-school survey found that only 15 percent of parents have created a back-to-school shopping budget with their child,” says Shelley Solheim, Director of Financial Education at Capital One. “Back-to-school shopping season is often overlooked as a financial education opportunity, but it’s an optimal time for parents to teach teens about budgets and smart spending in a real-world situation.”
Here are some tips to help you and your teen budget for back-to-school supplies:
• Make it a family affair: Sit down and compile a list of supplies your child needs. Then see if you have any leftover supplies from last year, such as binders that can be re-used or glue sticks and crayons.
• Do reconnaissance: In addition to contacting the school and visiting their website to find out what supplies your kids will need, consider talking to teachers and parents of older kids to find out what students actually need for each grade level.
• Create a budget: Ask your teens how much they think is reasonable to spend on supplies. Then draft a list and price each item using the Internet or a mobile app. If you or your teen exceeds the projected estimate, work to divide the list into needs and wants, explaining why it’s important to prioritize.
• Be flexible: If your teens really want those big-ticket items, work with them to find the money. They can find ways to cut costs by clipping coupons, looking for sales or buying used books.

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