Prince Harry To Train At NAF El Centro For Copter Service

By Luke Phillips
  According to multiple news outlets, Prince Harry of England will be spending several weeks in the Imperial Valley training at Naval Air Facility El Centro.
The third in line for the British Throne will spend eight weeks training as an Apache Helicopter pilot in the Imperial Valley and will also take part in a pilot training exercise called Exercise Crimson Eagle in the Arizona desert.
The exercise will include live fire, environmental training and tactical exercises.
After his training is complete, Harry will rejoin British troops as a helicopter pilot. According to a report in the British newspaper The Telegraph, Harry will likely fly a 40-million pound helicopter in operations against insurgents in Afghanistan in 2012.
Harry is a Captain in the British Army Air Corps and has previously served a tour in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008.
The desert southwest frequently serves as a double for areas in Iraq and Afghanistan and is used to train  troops preparing for deployment.  Most recently, in July the RAF 18 and RAF 27 Squadrons prepared for deployment to Afghanistan by using part of Imperial and Yuma Counties

Brawley Council Hires Rosanna Bayon Moore As New City Manager

Chris Furguson
On Tuesday, April 23, the Brawley City Council unanimously chose Rosanna Bayon Moore, a former Mayor of El Centro, to be their newest City Manager.  Moore becomes the first female City Manager in the over 100 year history of Brawley.
Moore will have a salary of $130,000 per year with a $250 car allowance per month and a 90-day severance package.  Moore will start her new job on September 13 and her contract will run until September 2014.
Moore earned a Masters degree in Public Administration from Columbia University in 2000 and was praised by the council for her intelligence and education in their decision.
“We see a huge potential for growth in the city,” said Brawley council member Ryan Kelley “and we see that in Mrs Moore.”
Currently, Moore heads the governing board for the El Centro Regional Medical Center and is a regional affairs officer with the Southern California Association of Governments.
“She’s been working with some council members for a couple of years as an employee of SCAG,” said Kelley. “We’ve seen how she’s able to motivate and energize people and we wanted the same type of commitment in Brawley.”
In 2003, Moore was elected to a four-year term for the El Centro City Council and served one year as mayor.
Moore replaces Gary Burroughs as City Manager, who was fired from the position in June of this year after three years on the job.  In the interim, the position has been filled by Police Chief Mark Gillmore.
The process to hire Burroughs took the then city council more than five months to complete, something the current council did not want to repeat.
“After we separated from Mr. Burroughs, we wanted to do a local recruitment,” explained Kelley.  “We had some out of town people apply, but we had some good candidates and we were not going to take a long as the council did with Burroughs.”

New Calexico Football Coach Gets Ready For Strong Season Opener

By Max Lemuz
Calexico High School is ready for their first game at Southwest on Friday at 6:30.  New Head Coach Allan Heck has prepared the team both mentally and physically for the season and has plans for athletics at the school in general.
Over 90 students gather at the Calexico High School Football Field every evening at 5:30.  The athletes  separate into freshman, junior varsity, and varsity teams and begin practicing.
Warm-ups start each practice with intense training to follow.  Then players train at their specified position to perfect their technique and learn their role with the team.  Head Coach Heck and his assistant coaches guide the players with constructive criticism so they can perfect their game.
Coach Heck began the pre-season with clear goals in mind.  “We want to build a solid offensive and defensive program that can be put in place from Varsity all the way down to Pop Warner.”  This strategy will create a cohesive program that will create more prepared athletes in high school.
Heck will be working with Calexico’s new athletic director Joe Evangelist.  Evangelist has had a history with Calexico in the past.  His first job out of college was at Calexico and in 1974 he led the Varsity football team to an undefeated season.
Evangelist then moved to Central Union High School for over 30 years and eventually became the Principal at Southwest High School until his retirement in 2007.
“I am excited to get this position and have been working hard to organize all of Calexico’s sports for this school.  One of our big goals for football this year and every year will be to be tough contenders against our neighboring valley schools.”
While winning is a goal for the Calexico High School football team, Coach Heck and Mr. Evangelist have announced their primary goal is enhancing students high school experience with the sports program.  “We want to make sure these athletes not only focus on the game, but focus on academics as well.  We are working together to make sure our prospective athletes do not lose eligibility by having time to focus on their studies,” said Coach Heck.

Baseball Report

By Bob Hurst

As the dog days of August wind down, there are a few races to watch as Major League Baseball heads into the last month of the season.

The two divisions that appear to be going down to the wire are the AL East and NL West.

Excessive Heat Warning for Imperial County, CA

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Excessive Heat Warning for Imperial County, CA

until 8:00 PM PDT, Fri., Aug 26, 2011

Issued by The National Weather Service
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Wed, Aug 24, 2011, 3:39 AM PDT