From the daily archives: Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Get  hands-on experience of Curating local artifacts for the Imperial Valley Desert Museum’s collection.

We are pushing to finish the collections inventory by May.

If you’ve ever been interested in behind the scenes look at museums and would like to help us curate, you can join us Wednesday thru Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM.

No experience necessary. Ages 12 yrs and up.

The Imperial Valley Desert Museum is located at:  11 W. Frontage Rd, Ocotillo, CA 92259

To schedule your Curation session(s) please contact:

Jessica Brody (760) 358-7016 or


Thank you for you for your consideration.

Greg A. Curran – Volunteer Coordinator

Member – Board of Directors


Greetings IBEW 569 Members and Supporters:

I have exciting news to share. As clean energy projects continue to break ground in our region, IBEW Local 569 and our industry partners at the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) are staying ahead of the curve to make sure local electricians are first-in-line for these green energy jobs.

In fact, IBEW 569 members and the San Diego and Imperial Counties Chapter of NECA have announced we will invest an additional $300,000 in 2013 in the Imperial Electrical Training Center to expand skilled training, hire staff and continue to ensure local people are going to work. This raises IBEW Local 569 and NECA’s overall private capital investment in Imperial County to over $1.3 million.

From day one, our priority has been to make sure renewable projects are putting local residents to work first. Thanks to local hire agreements with renewable project developers, hundreds of state-certified electricians, apprentices and trainees from all parts of the County are employed right now building clean energy projects!

Of course, these successes would not be possible without our members’ vision to invest in the Imperial Electrical Training Center, the only state-certified electrical apprenticeship facility in Imperial County preparing local residents to construct solar, wind and geothermal projects.  We look forward to expanding these investments in 2013 and opening new career doors for local residents to go to work in the green economy.

In Unity,

Johnny Simpson

Business Manager

P.S. To see pictures and video of Local 569 members in action building our region’s clean energy future, visit!


Please join the Holtville Chamber of Commerce at 6pm this evening for the Holtville Carrot Festival Cookery Contest.

 Tonight’s contest features the Adult Salad, Vegetable and Main Dish Divisions.

 The event continues daily at 6pm through Friday evening.

 The event will be held in the Holtville Civic Center which is located at 121 W. Fifth Street, Holtville California 92250.

 Please call Alex Meyerhoff at 760-356-4574 if you have any questions.


By Mario Conde

Juanita Salas became the new Imperial Valley College Board of Trustees member and will fill the term left by Norma Galindo.

Salas, along with other candidates, filed to fill the vacancy left by Norma Sierra-Galindo who was sworn to the Imperial Irrigation District last December. By majority vote, Salas was voted in to finish Galindo’s last two years at the board.

“Honored. Humbled. Grateful. In the words of Sonia Sotomayor: I am an ordinary person who has been blessed with extraordinary opportunities and experiences. Today is one of those experiences. I was told I just became the youngest Trustee in the history of the campus and I do not take that responsibility lightly.” She said.

Salas said she applied for the position because of her ability to continue to be involved and make a difference in my community.

“My experience and involvement with our community has shown me how positions like these can truly make a difference for our community. I am the youngest of 8 and aunt of 43 nieces and nephews and IVC has touched our lives in many ways shapes and forms, and becoming involved in the student success process was my motivation.”

Salas said she is a big believer in student success, equity, and access, and would like to focus her learning and actions around students, faculty, staff, and fellow board members.

“I would like to take part with the rest of the board to ensure the wise and prudent delivery of education, a critical local and state resource, on behalf of the people in our community. Also to take part in having our College make a difference in our Imperial Valley community, region, and state. Finally, to continue assisting our community college to provide educated citizens and well prepared workforce for our community.”

Salas previously served as Senior Community Representative for the Office of Former Congressman Bob Filner. Salas studied Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Political Science at San Diego State University, where she was elected to serve as President and CEO of SDSU Associated Students Inc. She now serves as Community Engagement Manager of Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest.

Her official swearing in ceremony will take place February 20th.


Jorge Villalobos

The United States Border Patrol of El Centro held their first Civilian’s Academy this past Wednesday (January 30th). The event is a six part course in which civilians can get an insight into Border Patrol operations, tasks and the technology they use.

Fabian Morales, Border Patrol Supervisor welcomed the class, a total of 26 civilians, and made sure that the class knew exactly what they were getting into.

The class was taken from one room to another, where they were briefed on the history of Border Patrol as a whole and on a local scale via Power Point.

Though the presentations were brief, the class learned about some of the methods drug smugglers use in modern times to counteract the agency’s tactics, which is ever evolving.

Introductions were given by Daniel Hann, Assistant Chief Patrol Agent and Billy Whitford, U.S. Customs Director.

The course prepped the class on upcoming demonstrations such as visiting the East and West Port of Entries, using some of their non-lethal weapons and Borstar demonstrations.

The evening concluded with a tour of the El Centro facility which included a showing of the camera room and a small briefing on non-lethal, lethal weapons and vehicles currently used by the agents.

The next class is scheduled for February 6th and it promises to be a more “hands on,” experience with less power points.

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