From the daily archives: Tuesday, August 30, 2011

OCOTILLO, Calif. – Last Friday, Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol and Air Interdiction Agents assisted Mexican officials in the rescue of two distressed men south of the U.S.-Mexico Border.


The incident occurred around 8:25 a.m., after California Highway Patrol dispatchers received a 911 distress call regarding two individuals that were lost in the desert near the border in Ocotillo.  Border Patrol agents operating a remote video surveillance system spotted one of the individuals near the border.


Agents made contact with the man and gave him bottled water by passing it through the border fence.  After drinking water he began to walk back into the Mexican desert in an attempt to guide CBP air units to his partner’s location.


At approximately 8:52 a.m., Air Interdiction agents hovering over the border located the man and his severely dehydrated partner.  Mexican officials searching for the two men were directed to their location by using the air unit as a reference point.  Once on scene, emergency medical care was provided.


Teacher’s Luncheon, Monday Aug. 29, 2011, Swiss Club Holtville, CA

Welcome and Good Afternoon. It is an honor and privilege to be here this afternoon.

I love this time of year. There is excitement in the air. (When the west winds blow even more excitement!)

Don’t our schools look great?  Quote: “Teaching is the highest form of understanding.”  Aristotle

As we begin the new school year, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you back to Holtville.

Holtville’s teachers are a dedicated group of professionals who provide a world-class education to the children of our community. Our district has a rich history of ensuring that each child is given every opportunity to experience academic, social and emotional growth that will help them to become productive, positive contributors to society. My daughter graduated last year now going to college and have a son in high school and proud to be a Holtville School Parent!

As a community we are fortunate to have such dedicated teaching professionals.

The City and School District have a long history of working together for the benefit of the community. The City of Holtville actively supported the school districts last bond initiative. Through our partnership the City provides and maintains park facilities used by the High School’s Football, Baseball, and Softball teams.

But there is more we can do…

I don’t need to tell you that the City of Holtville is 100% committed to teaching and education.

The City’s General Plan, which was adopted in 2003, states that the City is committed: “to work with Holtville Unified School District to ensure that a level of education is provided that meets community education needs.”

Therefore, on behalf of the Holtville City Council, I would like to personally extend an offer to the Holtville Unified School District, to work directly with the City of Holtville, for the betterment of the community.

I suggest we conduct a series of joint City Council School Board meetings starting this fall in order to discover new areas of mutual interest which are ripe for cooperation and collaboration.

Thank you for the opportunity to speak at this great Holtville Chamber event!

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