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Meth Hidden in Spare Tire

El Centro Border Patrol agents at the Highway 86 checkpoint arrested a man suspected of smuggling methamphetamine Jan. 21. The incident occurred when a 35-year-old man approached the checkpoint in a Volvo V-50. A Border Patrol canine alerted agents to the vehicle, and it was sent... — Updated 2/11/2020


$220M For Salton Sea

On Jan. 10, Governor Gavin Newsom has unveiled California's $222 billion spending plan for fiscal year 2020 – 21. Included in the plan is the proposal for investment in the Salton Sea and New River. In the budget, there is $220... — Updated 1/28/2020


Teen Busted: Fentanyl, Firearm

Border Patrol agents at the Highway 86 checkpoint in Salton City arrested a teenager who was in possession of fentanyl and a loaded firearm in their vehicle. The incident occurred at around 7:58 p.m. Jan. 3, when an 18-year-old male driving a white Volkswagen approached the... — Updated 1/23/2020


Student Stabbed

West Shores High School went under a brief lockdown Thursday Nov. 7, following a stabbing of a student. The incident occurred when two students were involved in an altercation for reasons still unknown, when one student used a knife to assault the other student, which resulted in... — Updated 1/23/2020


Agents Seize Drugs

El Centro Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint seized more than 50-pounds of illegal drugs. At around 8 p.m. Friday Nov. 29 at the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint, a canine alerted agents to a black Infinity. During secondary inspection, they discovered 23... — Updated 1/23/2020


K-9 Sniffs Out Meth

A hidden stash of methamphetamine was sniffed out by Border Patrol canines at the Highway 86 checkpoint Tuesday Nov. 26. Agents say the dog alerted them to a Jeep Cherokee, which was waived to secondary inspection. During the inspection, agents found 89 packages of... — Updated 1/23/2020


West Nile Virus Confirmed in Riverside County

The first two human cases of the West Nile virus have been confirmed by health officials on Aug. 29 in Riverside County. The 65-year-old Mecca woman and 71-year-old Coachella man are expected to recover, according to Riverside University Health System. It is, however, not rare... — Updated 10/3/2019


Low Bid Exceeds Budgeted Funds for New River Parkway Project

It’s called the most polluted river in North America, and it seemed all was set for Calexico officials to award a Phase-1 construction contract as part of a long-term effort to clean up along the New River corridor in Imperial County between Brawley and the border with Mexico.... — Updated 10/3/2019


Foul Smell

An odor advisory for the Coachella Valley was extended three times, due to the continuous elevated levels of hydrogen sulfide which smells like rotten eggs wafting up from the Salton Sea. The South Coast Air Quality Management District first issued the odor advisory on Aug. 18,... — Updated 9/4/2019


$2.6M Seized at Checkpoint

Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint in Salton City confiscated over $2.6 million worth of narcotics in separate incidents. The first incident occurred in the early morning of Aug. 4 at around 1:50 a.m. A 54-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman... — Updated 8/19/2019


Fourty-Two Pounds of Meth

Border Patrol agents seized more than 42 pounds of meth worth nearly $97,000 that had been hidden inside a car’s fuel tank, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. The arrest took place at about 8:30 a.m. Monday Aug. 5 at the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint... — Updated 8/19/2019


Back-to-School Giveaways, Sea View Elementary School

Wednesday Aug. 14 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (before FIND food distribution). All students receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a bike or a backpack filled with school supplies. Additionally, there are free shoes and socks for all children if their size is available. Sea... — Updated 8/7/2019


Seventy-Eight Pounds Seized

Within two days, El Centro Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint arrested two people attempting to smuggle drugs. The first incident happened Tuesday July 9 at approximately 9:33 a.m., where a 29-year-old woman driving a blue Nissan Sentra... — Updated 7/30/2019


CVUSD To Increase Class Time, Professional Development

After two consecutive years of layoffs and the recent resignation of its superintendent, Coachella Valley Unified School District’s plan for the 2019 – 20 school year was put to a board vote June 26. The CVUSD’s Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), seeks to increase... — Updated 7/30/2019


Independence Day Celebration at the West Shores VFW

The West Shores Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3251 celebrated the United States of America's 243 years of independence and freedom from British rule Saturday July 6. Veterans representing all branches of our military attended this... — Updated 7/14/2019


Stop Illegal Dumping

To help stop the amount of illegal dumping on vacant lots and throughout our desert, it is important to clear up the misinformation about what the Burrtek Landfill will take for FREE. The Burrtek landfill will take all furniture items – couches, chairs, mattresses, televisions,... — Updated 7/14/2019


$30M Salton Sea Bill Passes

The United States House of Representative has passed H.R. 2740, an appropriations bill in support of a federal agreement to allocate $30 million for projects, addressing the environmental and health crisis at the Salton Sea. The bill passed by a vote of 226 to 203. “This bill re... — Updated 7/1/2019


Highway 111 Border Patrol Seizes Meth

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents assigned at the Highway 111 immigration checkpoint arrested a man suspected of smuggling methamphetamine June 14. The incident occurred at around 7:23 a.m., when a 55-year-old man driving a gold 1992 Jaguar Sovereign approached the... — Updated 6/26/2019


IID Meeting, Updates and Concerns

The Board of Directors at the June 4 Imperial Irrigation District meeting were briefed on the 2019 Salton Sea Air Quality Mitigation Program. However, many Imperial Valley residents shared their concers, citing that not enough is being done and time is running out, even with over... — Updated 6/21/2019


Meth Found In Spare Tire

El Centro Border Patrol agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint arrested a man for smuggling methamphetamine June 1. The incident occurred at 11:55 a.m., when the 27-year-old man, approached the immigration checkpoint in a 2012 black Jeep Wrangler. A Border Patrol canine... — Updated 6/21/2019


Bees Kill Man

An elderly man was found dead Friday May 31, after multiple bee stings in Salton City. At around 2 p.m., on the corner of Morro and Alpine Avenue’s, the man stepped on a beehive and was stung by the bees, according to the county Sheriff’s Office. First responders found the... — Updated 6/18/2019


Alleged Kidnapping in Salton City, Man Arrested

A Salton City man was arrested after an alleged kidnapping May 1. Salvador Grimaldo Torres, 29, was taken into custody, on suspicion of kidnapping, attempted kidnapping, child endangerment and criminal threats at a residence in the 2000 block of Argus Avenue. Torres was booked... — Updated 5/6/2019


IID Sues to Halt Colorado River Drought Plan

The Imperial Irrigation District has filed a lawsuit in attempts to halt the Colorado River Drought Plan, signed by President Donald Trump April 16, where officials say the Salton Sea was wrongly left out. The IID holds senior rights to the single-biggest allocation of water from... — Updated 5/1/2019


West Shores Junior Chamber of Commerce

Students of the newly placed Junior West Shores Chamber of Commerce program held elections to vote for their board of directors April 10. This program was sponsored by the West Shores Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the Springs Charter School’s Internship Program.... — Updated 5/1/2019


2019 Bombay Beach Biennale: Bringing Art to A Toxic Wasteland

The fourth annual Bombay Beach Biennale, a somewhat secret three-day Spring time celebration of art, music, and philosophy, transformed part of Bombay Beach into a fully immersed art experience, March 22 – 24. The annual event,... — Updated 4/3/2019


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