From the monthly archives: March 2013

By Jim Predmore

Holtville Soroptimist President, Betty Predmore presents the Women's Opportunity Award to Linda Anderson.

Holtville Soroptimist President, Betty Predmore presents the Women’s Opportunity Award to Linda Anderson.

Each year, Soroptimist International clubs throughout the country recognize deserving women.  SI Holtville has been participating annually in this recognition thru the Women’s Opportunity Award, which is given to a woman who is furthering her education and making great strides towards improving the lives of herself and her family.
SI Holtville was happy to present this award, along with a check for $1000 to Linda Anderson at the annual Awards Luncheon held this past Tuesday, March 26th, at the Woman’s Club.
Linda, a single mother of two, wrote a moving and inspiring essay about her life journey, and what she has done to overcome some obstacles that she has faced.  She stated that she found counseling and education to be great tools to help her overcome her obstacles, and she had a desire to make those things available to others who are facing issues.  To do so, Linda has returned to school and complete her Bachelors degree.  She is currently working on her Masters in Counseling Psychology and is set to graduate in May of 2014.
She says  that it is her desire to use her life lessons and education “to help others find hope and healing in their lives and relationships and to discover personal strengths as they choose a life of wholeness; a life they are proud to own.”
Linda was chosen to receive this award based on the application she submitted to the club.

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By Jim Predmore

In preperation for the Holtville Easter Egg Hunt the city of Holtville let’s the grass grow long to better hide the eggs. Making it a little more chalenging for the egg hunt.

In preperation for the Holtville Easter Egg Hunt the city of Holtville let’s the grass grow long to better hide the eggs. Making it a little more challenging for the egg hunt.

The Holtville Chamber of Commerce will be holding their Easter in the Park this Saturday at 9:00 am. This annual event is one of the favorites for the Kids of Holtville, as hundreds will line the perimeter of Holt Park in anticipating of the Ready Set Go.
The Chamber will be placing plastic eggs in the tall grass all around the park , filled with goodies and some with special prizes.
The Holtville City Manager stated that he gets a lot of phone calls with concerns of the long grass in the park, when he explains that grass is let to grow for the easter egg hunt, the people understand.
This is just another annual event that is held in the City of Holt that makes Holtville such a special place to live.
So get the kids up early and make it down to Holt Park before 9;00 am on Saturday for a wonderful time for the kids and a lot of photo opportunities as the eggs are found and the goodies and prizes are found inside.
There will also be a raffle held giving out some really nice items that have been donated by the local Merchants.

 

By Jim Predmore

The Emergency Response Team consisted of Holtville's Finance Manager, Nick Well, Public Works Manager, Alex Chaves, Fire Chief Alex Silva, Police Chief, Manuel De Leon, Fire Fighter Oscar Garza, The City Manager Alex Mererhoff and Water Works Supervisor, Frank Cornejo.

The Emergency Response Team consisted of Holtville’s Finance Manager, Nick Well, Public Works Manager, Alex Chaves, Fire Chief Alex Silva, Police Chief, Manuel De Leon, Fire Fighter Oscar Garza, The City Manager Alex Mererhoff and Water Works Supervisor, Frank Cornejo.

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The City of Holtville has a in-depth Emergency Operations Response Manuel along with these drills the City of Holtville will be prepared for the emergency. Jim Predmore photos.

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Imperial County Sheriff and Holtville’s Police Chief Manuel De Leon and Holtville Fire Fighter Oscar Garza monitor and log radio messages during the earthquake drill.

On Wednesday morning, the City of Holtville Emergency ResponseTeam performed a tabletop earthquake drill. Participating in the drill were the Holtville Fire Department, Imperial County Sheriff’s Department, Holtville Public Works and Water/Waste Treatment Managers.
The Holtville Civic Center was set up as the Emergency Operations Center. The City public works employees were all called to check in at the EOC and received instructions of city facilities that were to be checked, including all of the schools and power and water supplies.
The scenario went as follows:  at 9:05 am there is a 7.3 Earthquake that strikes Imperial Valley with the epicenter 5 miles NE of Holtville, California.  9:06 am earthquake stops shaking. 9:08am crew at fire department makes quick assessment, damage to fire station 549 Fern Ave., damage to trailer, power and water shut off. All apparatus have been removed from bays. 9:08 am on duty deputy checks damage to office at 585 Fern Ave. There is light damage, mostly electrical light down.
The scenario continued throughout the morning with city employees calling in to report injuries and injury response, missing persons and structural damage. The drill went very well. These drills are important and help keep the emergency response team prepared and ready to jump into action for when the real emergency occurs.

 

Holtville Tribune – I.V. Weekly – Calexico Chronicle 03-28-13

 

Border Patrol agents assigned to the El Centro station rescued an undocumented alien from the dangerous currents of the All American Canal.

The incident occurred at approximately 5:10 a.m., when a Border Patrol agent operating a remote video surveillance system spotted two men swimming across the canal. The agent observed one of the men struggling to stay afloat from the rapid current. Nearby agents were immediately notified to respond to the crisis. Agents located the man, and successfully deployed rescue throw bags for him to hold onto. The agents pulled the man out of the All American Canal to safety.

The men were determined to be Mexican citizens illegally present in the United States. The undocumented aliens were transported to the El Centro Border Patrol station for processing and further evaluation.

This incident highlights the dangers of attempting to enter the United States illegally. It serves as a reminder that a moving body of water, such as the All American Canal, while appearing calm on the surface can be extremely dangerous. This further exemplifies the efforts Border Patrol agents undertake to preserve human life in the course of their duties.

 
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