From the daily archives: Wednesday, August 24, 2011

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

 

By
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.”

 

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.

 

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.

Going into Wednesday’s games, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox were tied for first place. Perhaps the difference will be the two big series left between the teams, beginning next week at Fenway Park and near the end of September at Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox hold an 10-2 edge in the season series so far.

One thing going for the Yankees and Red Sox, the division runner-up will make the playoffs as the AL wild-card.

What team will survive in the NL West? Arizona led San Francisco by 1 1/2 games, but neither club has appeared able to take control. The two series remaining between the teams could spell the difference. The Giants who have won eight of 12 over the Diamondbacks, host Arizona next weekend, and travel to Phoenix for a series on the last weekend of the season. Both teams have been trying to put together the pieces to put them over the top.

Here’s a quick glance at the other postseason contenders.

AL Central — Detroit won five straight through Tuesday, including a sweep over the Indians to go six games up. Chicago has struggled each time it reaches .500.

AL West — Texas continues to hold onto a slim lead, but can the Los Angeles Angels finally overtake the Rangers in the final month?

NL East — The Phillies appear to be a lock for the division title, but Atlanta is keeping up the pressure, winning six straight. The Braves are a lock for the NL wild-card.

NL Central — Milwaukee’s 24-4 hot streak put the Brewers way out in front of the Cardinals.

Morse continues to shine: If it wasn’t for a early season-ending shoulder injury to Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche, Michael Morse still might be in a platoon role in left field.

But Morse replaced LaRoche and everything has been coming up roses for the 29-year-old player ever since. Morse leads the Nationals with a .317 batting average, 21 home runs and 71 RBIs.

The 6-foot-5-inch, 230-pound native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. has shown a lot of power, hitting several prodigious home runs, including a 466-foot blast to center field at Wrigley Field.

Morse was drafted in 2000 by the Chicago White Sox, who traded him to Seattle in 2004. He was dealt again in 2009 to Washington, and played right field for the Nationals last year.

Morse has gotten better the more he has played. He hit .289 with 15 homers and 41 RBIs in 2010 while playing in a career-high 98 games. In his first 115 games with the Nationals this season, Morse was tied for 11th-place in the major leagues in batting; 16th in the NL in home runs; 17th in the NL in RBIs, and 10th in the majors in slugging at .550.

D-Backs trade Johnson: The Arizona Diamondbacks traded second baseman Kelly Johnson to the Toronto Blue Jays for second baseman Aaron Hill and infielder John McDonald. After hitting .284 with 26 homers and 71 RBIs last season, Johnson, who is eligible for free agency at the end of this season, was batting just .209 with 18 home runs and 49 RBIs. Hill has struggled at the plate since his All-Star year in 2009, when he hit .286 with 36 homers and 108 runs driven in.

StatsWatch: Here are the top strikeout leaders among major league pitchers this season (through Tuesday) —

Justin Verlander, Tigers, 212

Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers, 207

Felix Hernandez, Mariners, 195

Cliff Lee, Phillies, 191

CC Sabathia, Yankees, 184

Roy Halladay, Phillies, 182

Tim Lincecum, Giants, 182

James Shields, Rays, 180

David Price, Rays, 170

C.J. Wilson, Rangers, 163

Anibal Sanchez, Marlins, 163

 

Diamond Notes: Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jose Contreras is out for the rest of the season with a sore elbow that will require surgery. The Phillies placed shortstop Jimmy Rollins on the DL with a strained right groin on Monday …The Rockies acquired Oakland A’s third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff for a player to be named later. Kouzmanoff hit .221 with four home runs and 17 RBIs in 46 games with the A’s this season…San Francisco activated outfielder Carlos Beltran from the disabled list on Tuesday…Cleveland Indians DH Travis Hafner is on the DL with a strained right foot…For the first time since 1988, a game ended on an 8-2 double play. Detroit Tigers centerfielder Austin Jackson threw out the Indians Kosuke Fukudome at home plate, giving the Tigers an 8-7 win on Sunday…The Chicago Cubs fired general manager Jim Hendry last Friday, and named Randy Bush as the interim GM. Under Hendry, the Cubs won division titles in 2003, 2007 and 2008. The consecutive playoff berths were the first for the franchise since 1907-08.

Copyright © 2011  Bob Hurst. All Rights Reserved. Distributed by Hurst Sports Media.

 

 

Local Weather Alert

Excessive Heat Warning for Imperial County, CA

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


Issued by The National Weather Service
Phoenix, AZ

Wed, Aug 24, 2011, 3:39 AM PDT

… EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM MST /8 PM PDT/ FRIDAY…

THE EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING IS NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM MST /8 PM PDT/ FRIDAY.

* AFFECTED AREA: MARICOPA… LA PAZ… YUMA… AND NORTHWEST PINAL COUNTIES IN ARIZONA. IMPERIAL AND EASTERN RIVERSIDE COUNTIES IN SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA.

* LOCATIONS INCLUDE: GILA BEND… TACNA… WELLTON… FORTUNA FOOTHILLS… YUMA… BUCKEYE… MESA… PHOENIX… NEW RIVER… WICKENBURG… QUARTZSITE… SALOME… EHRENBERG… PARKER… CHIRIACO SUMMIT… DESERT CENTER… APACHE JUNCTION… CASA GRANDE… FLORENCE… BLYTHE… BRAWLEY… CALEXICO… EL CENTRO

* TEMPERATURE: DAYTIME HIGHS IN THE 110 TO 116 RANGE. SOME LOCATIONS MAY SEE RECORD OR NEAR RECORD HIGHS ON ONE OR MORE OF THE DAYS. OVERNIGHT LOW TEMPERATURES WILL REMAIN IN THE 80S… WITH WARMER VALUES IN DENSE URBAN AREAS.

* IMPACTS: HEAT RELATED ILLNESS BECOMES MUCH MORE LIKELY DURING PERIODS OF EXCESSIVE HEAT. THE HOMELESS… THE ELDERLY… AND THOSE WHO WORK OUTDOORS ARE MOST AT RISK.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIME OUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE… RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. IF YOU WEAR A WIDE-BRIMMED HAT… YOUR HEAD AND BODY WILL BE MUCH COOLER.

TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK… THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY… CALL 9 1 1.

 
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