From the monthly archives: March 2013

Salton City, Calif. – On Friday, El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned to the Indio station apprehended a suspected narcotic smuggler and seized over $1.2 million worth of illegal narcotics concealed within a truck.

At approximately 2 p.m., Border Patrol agents encountered a 32-year-old male driving a red Ford Ranger as he approached the Highway 86 checkpoint located between Westmorland and Salton City. A Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle and referred the driver to secondary for further inspection. During the inspection agents discovered 13 wrapped packages of cocaine concealed within the vehicle’s seats and walls of the truck bed. The cocaine had a combined weight of approximately 38 pounds with an estimated value of more than $1.2 million.

The man, a citizen of Mexico and Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident card holder, was arrested. The suspect, vehicle, and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration for further investigation.

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DSC_1128The City of Holtville will continue to host the Holtville Farmers Market and Street Fair on Thursday, April 18 and May 16, 2013.

The Holtville Farmers Market and Street Fair will be held in Holt Park from 4pm to 8pm. The City will host these community events on the Third Thursdays in April and May.

These family friendly events are is open to the public and will feature fresh produce and a number of food items. The event will feature live entertainment in the Holt Park Gazebo. Be sure to arrive early to get a good seat!

Natural product vendors will include the Holtville High School FFA, Neighborhood House, Vince’s Backyard Market Garden, Patty’s Roadside Produce, Quihuis Fresh Produce, Eco-Garden Club, Simple Blessings, Tuttle Bee Company/ Sweet Honey Cosmetics, Seasonal Gourmet.

Delicious bites vendors will include First Assembly of God, Cornerstone Community Church, United Methodist Church, WOVEN, Cookies by Chris, Gano Life Coffee, Luvio’s Kettle Corn, Laborio’s Taco Cart, Brittsan’s Beverages.

Art and gift vendors will include Moon Bunny Syndicate, Luke Phillips Photography, Cutie Bowtooties, Elle Vintage Style, Fun Foamas, Organic Candles by Gina, Jandy and Isreal’s Creations, Mardalay Handbags and Accessories, I Heart Kids, and Hands-On Reiki Healing, Avon and Community Cats.

The Holtville Fire Department and Imperial County Sherriff Office will also participate.

Please call Glyn Snyder, City Clerk at 760-356-4170 for more information.

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The Holtville’s Farmers Market is coming together with lots of activity, vendors setting up, BBQ’s getting fired up. The aroma in the air smells like a party. From the fresh smell of candles, to the sweet smell of the jam and jellies and that wonderful aroma of the BBQ. The Farmers Market and Street Fair are tonight. Come on down for a fun filled evening. Hope to see you there.

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I.V. Weekly – Chronicle – Tribune 03-21-13


The United States Navy will be holding a open house public meeting on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Homebasing of the F-35. NAF El Centro is one of two air bases being considered.

There will be a meeting on Thursday at Southwest High School in the multipurpose room from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

The Navy urges public comments to help arrive at the best possible informed decision about the proposal. Comments may be submitted during the 60-day public comment period between February 15 and April 22, 2013.


The U.S. Navy has released to the public a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and a Draft General Air Conformity Determination to evaluate the potential environmental effects that may result from home basing the Navy F-35C (Joint Strike Fighter) at either Naval Air Facility (NAF) El Centro, Calif., or Naval Air Station (NAS) Lemoore, California


The Navy’s fleet of aging FA-18C Hornet aircraft is approaching the end of its operational service life and must be progressively replaced in an efficient, economical and orderly manner consistent with national security needs. The F-35C has been developed as the Navy’s next strike-fighter aircraft as a replacement to FA-18C Hornet.

Beginning in 2016, seven Navy Pacific Fleet FA-18 squadrons (70 total aircraft) currently based at NAS Lemoore would progressively transition to the new F-

35C aircraft, with the transition to be complete by 2028. In the 2017 timeframe, the west coast F-35C training squadron (also known as Fleet Replacement Squadron or FRS), consisting of approximately 30 aircraft, will be established to meet the requirements for training Navy pilots. Many locations were considered for home basing, but after an initial screening of geographic location, airfield characteristics and compatibility of the Navy F-35C with existing missions, the Navy chose two potential West Coast basing alternatives, basing seven Navy F-

35C squadrons plus the training squadron

(100 total aircraft) at either NAS Lemoore or NAF El Centro. Although both alternatives are considered viable the Navy has identified NAS Lemoore as the preferred alternative in this DEIS.

No basing decisions have yet been made. Following public comment on the DEIS and the publication of the Final EIS, the Secretary of the Navy or his designee will publish a Record of Decision outlining the basing decision.

The DEIS evaluates consequences of the proposed action including associated construction and local training range usage, and analyzes potential effects to air quality, noise environment, land use, socioeconomics, infrastructure and community services, natural resources, biological resources, cultural and historic resources, safety and environmental hazards.

The DEIS and Draft General Air Conformity Determination have been made available for review and comment for 60 days. Anyone who requests a copy of the EIS will receive a CD copy in the mail. Electronic copies of these documents can be accessed on the project website (

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