Cattle Call Mini-Rodeo

By Jim Predmore
The Cattle Call Arena was a buzz on Tuesday morning as young exceptional students from all around the Valley were able to get a free preview of the 2011 Cattle Call Rodeo. This year’s mini-rodeo featured many of the events that were seen at the rodeo over the weekend, giving the youngsters an up close look at the Cowboys, Cowgirls and the Livestock as they raced around barrels, poles, gunnysacks, and on rawhide.
The clowns were also their to raise the excitement for the children, they came out with On-Strike signs boycotting country music and unveiled a banner saying “We Love Rock-N-Roll” to the music of Elvis Presley.
The mini-rodeo also gives the young Cowboys and Cowgirls a chance to compete in real rodeo computation and compete they do. Erin Wilson won the pole bending event with a time of 20.42 seconds. The barrel race was won by Mariana Ruiz with an outstanding time of 17.03 seconds. Victoria Washakie gave every one a scare as she flew off her horse rounding one of the barrels which brought in the Gold Cross Ambulance and crew to attend to her, but after a few minutes she was able to stand up and walk out of the arena with a little help.. Victoria came back and competed in the next computation.
The mini-rodeo was a great time for all and a great event for the youngsters.

Holtville Vikings Keep the Axe For Another Year

By Jim Predmore

What happens when you have two teams face off with the same record and going into the most anticipated game of the year? You get a real nail biter. That’s what happened last Friday night as the Calipatria Hornets hosted the Holtville Vikings in the Axe Game. Two teams faced each other with a 7-2 record on the year and both teams 3-1 in the Manzanita League.

Another Controversy in Calexico

By Mario Conde

After a long discussion at last Tuesday’s meeting, Calexico City Council decided to remove the Mayor’s Message and instituted and internet policy for the City.

The issue came before the Council after the Mayor Luis Castro’s message was posted on the City’s website describing the problems that City has faced and currently faces. Castro mentions on his message that Calexico is in a severe “financial & fiscal crisis” and that the City is carrying a tremendous amount of debt. “This crisis is mainly driven by past administrations incurring debt in hopes of rapid growth, as well as other wasteful spending, which I do not support. Prior years’ budget shortfalls have contributed to our problem.” Castro said.