Daily Archives: August 31, 2011

Barbara Worth Golf Resort Clears Escrow, Sold to New Owners

By Luke Phillips
   A team of developers that has been in negotiations to buy the Barbara Worth Resort for the past year announced this week that the deal has been finalized.
Imperial Palms, Inc., a company run by developers Daryl Readshaw and Kevin Smith, had filed a lawsuit against the owner of the property in July, but have apparently dropped the suit. The resort was owned by NWK2 Inc., a subsidiary of Rabobank.
Details of the purchase are being kept secret as part of the deal.
Now that the purchase of the resort is a done deal, Readshaw and Smith will be able to move forward with their plans for the property which include extensive renovations and many possible upgrades.
The partners are set to begin remodeling rooms at the resorts hotel immediately and are hoping to re-open the hotel by the end of the year.
The property’s golf course, which has been in operation since the 1930s, will be getting a new fleet of golf carts by the end of next month and will be open to tournaments as well as regular golfers. The course has remained open through the reost’s difficulties and sale.
In an interview earlier this year Smith told the Holtville Tribune that plans for the resort include full renovations of the hotel, bar, restaurant and lobby over the course of two to three years.
Other possibilities mentioned for the property include a spa, a water park and an RV park.
According to Smith, after the first wave of renovations are complete, a second,  more-extensive renovation will begin.
A third developer, Atul Kumar, had also been attached to the project, but dropped out after the company experienced difficulties with the escrow agreement and expressed doubt that Imperial Palms had the capitol to successfully complete the project.
Readshaw and Smith introduced themselves to the Holtville city council late last year to  fill them in on the specifics of the project and ask about the possibility of the city annexing the resort.
“Hopefully it will increase your tax base and make lots of new, fun things here in the city,” Smith told the council. “We’re really looking forward to it.”

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Southwest Hosts Volleyball Carnival

By Jim Predmore

High School Volleyball swung into action on Tuesday at Southwest High School with their annual Volleyball Carnival. High Schools from all around the valley including, Brawley, Caliapatria, Calexico, Central, Holtville, Imperial, Palo Verde and Southwest were there to participate.

The Carnival gives the Girls a chance to see their opponents as they played 15 minute games and then rotated. Looks likes it will be an interesting season as there were impressive plays made by all teams. Stay tuned for more coverage of the volleyball season as Schools are back in action.

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Ready Lane at the Calexico East Port of Entry

By Mario Conde

Border crossers will now have a new way to enter faster into the United States thanks to the Ready Lane.

As of this Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will open a new Ready Lane at the Calexico East port of entry for travelers who have a travel document enabled with Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, technology.

Travelers would be able to cross to the U.S. in less than two minutes.

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Downtown Calexico is Still Rebuilding After the 7.2 Earthquake

By Mario Conde

After more than a year after the 7.2 earthquake, downtown Calexico is still in the process of rebuilding itself from the damages from last year.

The earthquake caused a lot of damages in Downtown Calexico forcing buildings to be demolished and some were later on reconstructed such as the building on Second Street that had the Oasis Hot Dog stand. Most recently a building on the corner of Second and Heffernan was fixed thanks to a storefront rebate program form the Redevelopment Agency.

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The Imperial Valley Youth Singers, Seeking Youth that Enjoy Singing


The Imperial Valley Youth Singers (Junior Master Chorale, JMC, the youth branch of the Imperal Valley Choral Society) is inviting ALL youth aged 8 – 18 years old, to join this very talented ensemble.  Youth who enjoy singing, acting and dancing (choreography) will truly LOVE this group.  We learn and perform a wide variety of choral repertoire; perform musicals, and do choreography (dances). 


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