From the daily archives: Tuesday, December 6, 2011
CALEXICO, Calif. —  U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico ports of entry seized more than a half million dollars worth of hard narcotics yesterday in three separate and unrelated incidents.
The first seizure occurred on Tuesday morning at about 9:50 a.m. when CBP officers arrested a 48-year-old male Mexican citizen after discovering 46 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the vehicle he was driving when he entered the U.S. at the Calexico East port of entry.
A CBP officer conducting inspections of vehicles and travelers referred the blue 2001 Ford Escape to the secondary inspection area for further examination.
During the intensive inspection, utilization of a canine team and an x-ray imaging system led officers to the discovery of 40 wrapped packages of methamphetamine concealed within all four doors of the vehicle.  The estimated street value of the narcotic is approximately $506,000.
CBP officers turned custody of the driver, a resident of Desert Hot Springs, Calif., over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for further investigation.
The second seizure occurred four and a half hours later at the Calexico downtown port of entry when a canine alerted to an 18-year-old male Mexican citizen driving a silver 2012 Chevrolet Aveo as he waited in line for inspection.  CBP officers then escorted the driver to the secondary inspection area for further examination.
A closer inspection of the driver led officers to the discovery of six wrapped packages of methamphetamine strapped to the driver’s body.  The weight of the narcotic was 10 pounds with a street value of approximately $110,000.
CBP officers arrested the driver, a resident of Mexicali, Baja California, and turned him over to the custody of ICE agents for further investigation.
The third seizure also occurred on Tuesday at the downtown port at about 6:30 p.m. when an officer conducting inspections of travelers at the pedestrian inspection area referred a 19-year-old male U.S. citizen for further examination.
A closer inspection of the traveler resulted in the discovery of two wrapped packages of cocaine strapped to the traveler’s body.  The weight of the narcotic was three pounds with a street value of approximately $27,000.
CBP officers arrested the traveler, a resident of Mexicali, Baja California, and turned him over to the custody of ICE agents for further processing.
In all three incidents, the violators were transported to the Imperial County Jail where they await arraignment.
CBP seized the vehicle and narcotics.

 

 

Open Enrollment Ends Tomorrow People with Medicare See Significant Savings in 2011

As Time to Select 2012 Plans Draws to a Close

Nearly three million people with Medicare receiving discounts on prescription drugs,
24.2 million receiving free preventive care

Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that as of the end of October, more seniors and people with disabilities on Medicare have seen significantly lower costs for important health care – through both discounts on brand-name drugs in the Medicare Part D “donut hole” coverage gap and free preventive care.

“Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans are receiving free preventive services and getting cheaper prescription drugs,” said Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.  “The open enrollment period ends tomorrow.  People with Medicare should review their current plans before midnight December 7, so they can make sure that the plan they will have in 2012 is the best one for their health care needs.”

Data show that 2.65 million people with Medicare have saved more than $1.5 billion on their prescriptions – averaging about $569 per person.

 

And, as of the end of November, more than 24.2 million people with Medicare have taken advantage of at least one free preventive benefit – including the new Annual Wellness Visit – made possible by the Affordable Care Act.

 

Building on savings in 2011, Medicare also recently announced that the Part B deductible will be $22 lower in 2012 and average Medicare Advantage premiums are projected to drop four percent in 2012.  Part B premiums, which cover outpatient services including doctor visits, are estimated to increase by only $3.50 per month for most beneficiaries in 2012, and some will see a decrease.  These changes will be more than offset by the average Social Security cost of living increase ($43 per month for retired workers).

 

People with Medicare can now review their drug and health plan coverage options for 2012 as part of the annual Medicare Open Enrollment Period.  CMS is highlighting plans that have achieved an overall quality rating of five stars with a high performer or “gold star” icon on Medicare’s Plan Finder – www.medicare.gov/find-a-plan.

 

For more information about how the Affordable Care Act closes the donut hole over time, go to: http://www.medicare.gov/Publications/Pubs/pdf/11493.pdf

 

For State-by-State information on the number of people who are benefiting from discounts in the donut hole in 2011, go to https://www.cms.gov/Plan-Payment/

 

For State-by-State information on utilization of free preventive services and the Annual Wellness Visit, go to http://www.cms.gov/NewMedia/02_preventive.asp

 

For more information on Medicare’s prevention benefits, go to the Share the News. Share the Health! website: http://www.medicare.gov/share-the-health/or contact 1-800-MEDICARE.

 

A COLD AIRMASS WILL CONTINUE TO COVER THE REGION THROUGH WEDNESDAY. MINIMUM TEMPERATURES OVER THE PHOENIX AREA AND LOWER DESERTS OF SOUTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND COLORADO RIVER WILL FALL INTO THE LOW TO MID 30S WEDNESDAY MORNING. SOME SPOTS WITHIN THOSE AREAS COULD DIP BELOW FREEZING.

REMOTE DESERTS BETWEEN PHOENIX AND THE LOWER COLORADO RIVER WILL LIKELY BE COLDER… AND FREEZE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR MINIMUM TEMPERATURES RANGING FROM 25-29 DEGREES.

STAY UP-TO-DATE ON THE LATEST FORECASTS BY LISTENING TO WEATHER RADIO ON THE PUBLIC SERVICE BAND. MORE DETAILED INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PHOENIX ON THE INTERNET AT

 

With weather forecasts calling for nighttime temperatures to drop near freezing in parts of California, Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and state public health officer, today urged Californians to protect themselves and their families from the hazards of extreme cold.

 

“Cold temperatures threaten individuals, their pets and their homes,” Chapman said. “Exposure to severe cold temperatures can cause hypothermia and other serious health problems. Those at greatest risk are people who work outside, seniors, infants and people with chronic conditions.”

 

The warning signs of hypothermia are shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness. For infants, the warning signs are bright red, cold skin and very low energy. If you notice any of these signs, take the person’s temperature. If it is below 95 degrees, seek medical attention immediately and get the individual to a warm room or shelter.

 

Chapman recommends dressing warmly, eating well-balanced meals, and avoiding alcoholic or caffeinated beverages, as they cause the body to lose heat rapidly. Because cold weather puts an extra strain on the heart, he cautioned people with heart disease or high blood pressure to avoid overexerting themselves outside.

 

Chapman said it is important to plan ahead for possible power outages by keeping several days’ supply of food, water and medicine at home. Bring pets indoors or provide adequate shelter to keep them warm. Use space heaters and fireplaces appropriately to avoid household fires and the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

 

Visit CDPH’s Be Prepared California website for additional safety tips and information.

 

Do you want to learn how to prepare your own taxes or how to launch an E-Bay business? Imperial Valley College, through a grant from the Housing and Urban Development department, is offering two great business workshops. The Taxes for the Small Business will be offered on Tuesday, December 6, from 6pm – 8pm at the IVC campus. The Start your E-Bay Business workshop will be offered at the Niland Chamber of Commerce, 8031 Highway 111, December 8, from 6pm – 8pm. These workshops are free to the general public. The training is part of a series of services provided through the grant to the Imperial Valley, such as Customer Service training, Business Resource Centers, Mystery Shopper services, Business Plan writing training, among other business development assistance. For more information on the IVC/HUD Grant training, please contact Melisa M. Vasquez, Special Projects Coordinator, 760-355-6156, melisa.vasquez@imperial.edu .

 
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