SeaPort Airlines, Sovereign Air and SkyWest Airlines will battle it out to provide essential air services to El Centro/Imperial, in California.

The carriers have all applied to the US Department of Transportation to operate the route.

SkyWest, which currently operates the route, said passengers would continue to benefit from access to the United Airlines network.

The airline, which is asking for a $2.35 million annual subsidy, said it would continue to offer 13 round trip flights a week from Los Angeles, using a 30-seat EMB 120 turboprop.

Statement of FBI Special Agent in Charge James L. Turgal, Jr. Regarding the Status of the Investigation into the October 2, 2012 Shooting of Two U.S. Border Patrol Agents Near Naco

While it is important to emphasize that the FBI’s investigation is actively continuing, there are strong preliminary indications that the death of United States Border Patrol Agent Nicholas J. Ivie and the injury to a second agent were the result of an accidental shooting incident involving only the agents.

Another Brawley Building Goes Up In Flames.

By Chris Furguson

The abandoned building hosting Brawley’s Top Hat Cocktail Bar was set ablaze during the late evening hours of Thursday, October 4, 2012. The fire was reported at around 10:30 pm and was contained by 2:00 am the following morning, according to city officials. Four other crews, including Imperial County, El Centro, Calipatria and Westmorland, answered the mutual aid call. The building was once a group home for farm laborers in the 1950s. It was also the former location for Mona’s Restaurant. The building had been abandoned and boarded up a few months ago and no one was believed to have been occupying the location. More to come in next week’s Weekly-Chronicle.