From the monthly archives: February 2012

Chris Furguson
Former Brawley resident Arthur Miramontes will be discussing and autographing copies of his newest children’s book “The Young Knight and the Golden Sword” next weekend at the Hacienda Burger Bar next Wednesday, March 7.
The signing and discussion will be from 11 am until 4 pm.
“I’m really exicted to be coming back to Brawley,” said Miramontes.  “To be able to come back to the Valley and maybe inspire others is important.”
The book concerns a fantasy adventure between a young knight, a princess and a dragon.
“This book is geared towards first through sixth graders,” said Miramontes.  “It’s a story of good vs evil and about friendship, trust and loyalty.”
Arthur Miramontes, along with his wife Wilma and son Arturo, write and illustrate their books.
Arturo Miramontes is a graduate student at San Jose University majoring in animation while minoring in music.
The Miramontes clan also has two other books available for sale on their website.  One book is called “There’s An Elephant In The Bathtub” while the other, a collection of Spanish language short stories, is entitled “Carrousel de Fantasia.”
The main goal of the signing is to enourage local businesses and organizations to purchase books to donate to area schools.  “We’re expecting quite a few people,” added Miramontes.
A similar event last year, also held at Hacienda Burger Bar, brought more than 100 people able to purchase and donate books for area schools.
For Miramontes, it’s also a return to the neighborhood he grew up in.
“I lived down the street from Hidalgo [Elementary],” explained Miramontes.
Miramontes also praised Hacienda Catering for hosting the event.
“My family goes a long way with Hacienda,” added Miramontes.  “They [Hacienda] raise money for local scholarships, which we support.”
Miramontes is the brother of  Imperial County Undersheriff Fred Miramontes.  Both Fred and Sheriff Ray Loera will be making a presentation of books to be donated to area school libraries.
“Our family is big on giving back,” said Miramontes.  “We believe we owe something to the community.”
Additionally, Miramontes will be signing books during the 2012 California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta at the Crime Prevention Booth.  That signing will be from 1 pm to 7 pm on Sunday, March 4
Hacienda Catering is located at 941 K Street in Brawley.


By Mario Conde

Police Intervene At Raucous Meeting

The Calexico School Board approved cuts for the next year by eliminating the Pre-School Program and reducing the Adult Education Program.
In a very intense meeting, the School Board approved the reduction of 89 teachers by the end of the present school year. The vote was 3-2 with Trustees Joong Kim and Gloria Romo casting the nay vote.
The meeting was scheduled to take place at the Calexico City Hall where teachers protested outside the building against the proposed cuts. The meeting was moved to the City Chambers due to issues regarding setup of PA systems, overtime of staff as well as affecting Cesar Chavez cafeteria service. The district site limits seating to 85 persons; the Calexico chambers allows for 135 persons. The move to the city chambers was an attempt to accommodate overflow and eliminate the issues with Cesar Chavez, officials said.
Teachers present at the meeting demanded the meeting to be moved to Cesar Chavez but the board voted 4-1 to keep the meeting at Council Chambers. Trustee Kim was the only one that supported the idea to move the meeting.
The meeting continued by recognizing the students of the month until public safety officials arrived and asked those standing to leave the chambers because it violated fire codes. Teachers refused to leave the Chambers since they said it was their right to be there and asked for the meeting to be moved once again. After some tense moments where there was a lot of screaming and shouting by teachers, the Board voted to move the meeting location to Cesar Chavez.
The Board of Education reconvened thirty-minutes later and allowed 40 minutes for public comments where teachers spoke about the ramifications to students by making these cuts.
The Board approved the reduction of the Adult Education Program in Calexico and will reduce the number of teacher from four to one. The annual cost to the District to serve adults is $420,000 and will reduce the number of Adult Education classes from four to two classes. Reducing this program will save the District $375,594 for the 2012-2013 school years.
The District also took action and voted to eliminate the Pre-School program where three instructors will be laid off  by May 31st of this year. Eliminating the Preschool Program will save the District $329,400 for the 2012-2013 school year, Superintendent Richard Fragale said.



By Chris Furguson
Starting on March 2, 2012, the 104th edition of the California Mid-Winter Fair & Fiesta will fill the Imperial skies to the theme of “Tropical Nights and Carnival Lights.”
Nearly 100,000 people are expected to enter the gates at the I.V. Expo over the next ten days.
As theme will reflect the sometimes tropical-like weather of the Valley, an exotic animal exhibit will take place in the Preble building, along with a “Tropical Animal Adventure Show” and a “Tropical Treasures” exhibit for kids.
Throughout the fairgrounds, for the entire , “Sadie the Balloon Lady” will be around making and handing out balloons for children and adults alike.
Also performing for the entier Fair & Fiesta will be Imagination Circus, a circus act out of Boulder, Colorado.  The group will be performing mostly at the Calico Stage near the north entrance to the fairgrounds.
For those interested in cooking contests, there will be a daily event for adults, like “Favorite Italian Dish” “Favorite Tropical Dessert,” or “Favorite Dish containing SPAM.”  Also, there will be a special Tropical Salsa contest on Tuesday, March 6, with prizes for the top three placers, an award for “Best Booth” and one for “People’s Choice.”
Also, hundreds of kids and teenagers from all over the Imperial Valley will be on hand to showcase their livestock animals.
Students from all high schools, through their Future Farmers of America clubs, along with local 4-H groups will show their rabbits, ducks, chickens, lambs, sheep, swine, steers and other animals during the first weekend.
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Weekly-Chronicle 02-23-12 Vol. 106 No. 8


(El Centro, CA) – California Public Utility Commissioner Catherine J.K. Sandoval heads a list of distinguished renewable energy experts slated to speak at the Imperial Valley Renewable Energy Summit set for March 13-15.

Registration is still open for “The Power to Renew California” Summit that will be held at the Barbara Worth Resort and Country Club in Holtville.

Additional speakers include: luncheon keynote speaker Glenda Humiston, state director of USDA Rural Development; Jan Smutny-Jones, executive director of the Independent Energy Producers Association and former chair of the governing board of the California Independent System Operator; and Mary Ingersoll, president/CEO of TeamCalifornia.

“The number and caliber speakers at the Summit this year is extraordinary,” said Tim Kelley, Imperial Valley Economic Development Corp. president/CEO. “The expertise, insight and vision they represent will provide a great opportunity to explore the progress made by the region’s maturing renewable energy industry as well as a forum to discuss the challenges that still lie ahead.”

Sandoval was appointed to the PUC on Jan. 25, 2011, by Governor Jerry Brown. She had been an associate professor at Santa Clara University School of Law since 2004. Previously, she served as undersecretary and senior policy advisor for housing with the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.

Other confirmed Summit speakers include: Imperial Irrigation District General Manager Kevin Kelley; Robert Ramaekers, vice president for development of Tenaska; IID Board of Directors President John Pierre Menvielle; Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies Executive Director V. John White; and David E. Pearson, dean of San Diego State University – Imperial Valley Campus.





Summit also features an expo of vendors and developers, tours of the array of The renewable projects already generating energy or under construction and abundant networking opportunities.

“This is a dynamic industry and the Summit this year will focus on emerging issues and showcase the region’s importance in fulfilling California’s ambitious renewable energy goals,” said Rosa Maria Gonzales of the Imperial Irrigation District, who is chairing this year’s event.

Registration forms, sponsor information and booth registration are available at the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation website,


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