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Ballot Measure: Lithium Extraction Tax, Salton Sea

The realization of Lithium Valley would put Imperial County on the map as a leader in green energy production — once the companies extracting the highly valuable metal from deep under the Salton Sea are up and running. But the dream of local communities reaping any benefits f... — Updated 3/20/2024

 

Salton Sea: Gold Rush?

The Salton Sea, once a resort destination and now largely overlooked, could be the site of California‘s next gold rush – this time involving lithium. A new study from the U.S. Department of Energy shows the dying lake, which sits between the Coachella and Imperial valleys in Cal... — Updated 2/15/2024

 

Salton Sea Celebrates Mission

The Salton Sea Authority committee celebrated 30 years of its ongoing mission to restore the Salton Sea. During the celebration, former board members spoke about the committee’s ongoing history with the Salton Sea and the issues they’re still facing. “I am just so pleased that... — Updated 11/21/2023

 

Stolen Property Recovered

Imperial County Sheriff’s Office officials reported that on October 27 at about 12:08 p.m., ICSO Dispatch received a call regarding stolen property in front of a house in the 2200 block of Azure Avenue in Salton City. The stolen property was from a burglary incident reported t... — Updated 11/21/2023

 

Cocaine Seized at Border

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a driver attempting to smuggle cocaine through a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on the evening of October 25. The incident occurred at approximately 7:25 p.m., when a silver sedan approached the Highway 86 Border Patrol checkpoint in S... — Updated 11/21/2023

 

Man Arrested for Salton City Crime

After evading arrest for more than a year, a National City man was arrested on a warrant for charges that included attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon not involving a firearm and cruelty to an animal with intent to kill, according to arrest records. Fidencio Acuña,... — Updated 11/9/2023

 

Five Dead in Salton City Crash

Five people, including two young children, were killed on Jan. 14 when their car crashed into a semi near the Salton Sea. The crash occurred at around 5:15 p.m. at the intersection of 81st Avenue and State Route 86 in Oasis, according to a California Highway Patrol press release.... — Updated 1/17/2023

 

Agents Seize Narcotics

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a woman accused of smuggling narcotics that included methamphetamine, fentanyl, and heroin on Sept. 14. The incident occurred when a white 2014 Toyota Corolla, driven by a 42-year-old woman, approached the immigration checkpoint at... — Updated 9/20/2022

 

Drugs, Firearm Intercepted

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a man in possession of firearms, magazines, ammunition and drugs on Sept. 4. At around 1:40 p.m., a black 2007 GMC Yukon approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. The agent inspecting in the primary lanes referred the vehicle to... — Updated 9/20/2022

 

Salton Sea Project, Conservation Mandate Troubles

A new mandate on water conservation could pose a major impact on the Salton Sea. State officials have been busy this year to create a wetland habitat at the southern end of the lake. Vivien Maisonneuve, who works on the Salton Sea Program within the California Department of Water... — Updated 9/2/2022

 

Agents Seize $29K in Cash

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested an individual with a valid Border Crossing Card and over $29,000 of U.S. currency, on the afternoon of July 6. At approximately 5:40 p.m., a grey 2014 Toyota Corolla approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. The agent inspecting vehicles... — Updated 8/1/2022

 

$190K Drugs Seized

El Centro Border Patrol arrested two people attempting to smuggle drugs through the Highway 86 checkpoint on June 20. At about 5:45 a.m., a Nissan Frontier approached the checkpoint, where agents referred the vehicle to secondary inspection. During the secondary inspection, a K-9... — Updated 7/5/2022

 

Man Arrested at Border

Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Highway 86 checkpoint arrested a man attempting to get over the border. At around 1:45 p.m. on June 10, a man driving a yellow van approached the checkpoint. The driver of the van handed agents a fake ID card and was later found to not have... — Updated 6/21/2022

 

Duo Arrested for Drugs

El Centro Border Patrol arrested two people smuggling illegal drugs through the Highway 86 checkpoint in Salton City. The incident had occurred when two individuals in a Volkswagen Tiguan approached the checkpoint. Agens then referred them to secondary inspection with a K-9... — Updated 6/21/2022

 

Woman Arrested, Meth Smuggling

A woman suspected of smuggling narcotics at the Highway 86 checkpoint was arrested on June 4, according to Border Patrol officials. The incident occurred around 1:15 p.m. when a woman driving a black Nissan Sentra approached the checkpoint. Agents at the El Centro Sector Border... — Updated 6/21/2022

 

$355K Meth, Heroin Seized

A 19-year-old was arrested by Border Patrol agents after being attempting to smuggle nearly $355,000 worth of narcotics. The incident occurred when the suspect arrived at the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint at around 7:10 p.m. on April 26. According to the agency, the agent... — Updated 5/10/2022

 

Man Arrested, Attempted Narcotics Smuggling

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a man attempting to smuggle narcotics through an immigration checkpoint on April 23. At approximately 8:40 a.m., a blue 2007 Chevrolet Silverado approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. The agent inspecting vehicles in the primary lanes... — Updated 5/10/2022

 

Drugs: $1M Worth Seized

Border Patrol agents at an immigration checkpoint in Salton City, thwarted a smuggling attempt April 2, intercepting more than $815,000 in illegal narcotics. According to a news release, a man driving a blue 2007 Chevrolet Silverado approached the checkpoint, where he was... — Updated 4/6/2022

 

Man Attempts to Smuggle Narcotics

U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that agents from its El Centro station intercepted a drug haul near the Salton Sea, including a package of fentanyl. At approximately 9:10 a.m. on March 18, agents stopped a black... — Updated 4/1/2022

 

$300K Worth of Drugs Seized

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested one person attempting to smuggle nearly $300,000 worth of illegal drugs on March 11. At about 3:45 a.m., a Hyundai Santa Fe approached the Highway 86 checkpoint., where agents referred the vehicle to secondary inspection. During... — Updated 4/1/2022

 

Meth Seized at Checkpoint

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested two United States citizens attempting to smuggle 33.4 pounds of methamphetamine through an immigration checkpoint on Jan. 31. The incident occurred when a black 2006 Mercedes E-Class approached the Highway 86 Checkpoint at... — Updated 2/25/2022

 

Cocaine Seized at Checkpoint

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a Legal Permanent Resident citizens attempting to smuggle cocaine through an immigration checkpoint on Jan. 24. At approximately 5:32 p.m., a 1987 Ford F-150 approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. The agent inspecting vehicles in the... — Updated 2/2/2022

 

Fentanyl, Meth Seized

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested two United States citizens attempting to smuggle close to $175,693 worth of narcotics through an immigration checkpoint, Jan. 10. At approximately 9:20 p.m., a 2017 white Kia Forte 5 approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. The agent... — Updated 1/24/2022

 

Firearm, Ammo, Meth Seized

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested two individuals in possession of a non-registered firearm, ammo, and methamphetamine, Jan. 6. The incident occurred at approximately 8:20 p.m. when a gray 2018 Nissan Altima approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. During the... — Updated 1/14/2022

 

Two Men Arrested

El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested two individuals for attempting to smuggle illegal narcotics through an immigration checkpoint on Dec. 18. At approximately 7:30 p.m., a black 2006 Mazda 6 station wagon approached the Highway 86 checkpoint. The agent inspecting... — Updated 1/6/2022

 

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