Imperial County, CA

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Imperial ‘Mega-stack’ to Smolder for Days

IMPERIAL — Haystacks and drummers in Spinal Tap are a lot alike — sometimes they just spontaneously combust. That’s what seasoned fire investigator and Imperial County fire Battalion Chief Juan Rodelo suspects might have happened when a 2,500-ton “mega-stack” caught fire overnight Saturday, June 12 on the southwest corner of Old Highway 111 and Worthington Road east of Imperial.
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Magnitude 4.6 earthquake strikes near Niland, Calif.

A magnitude 4.6 earthquake rattled Southern California on Friday night, but no damage or injuries were reported. The quake struck at 9:39 p.m. a few miles from the town of Niland in Imperial County near the Salton Sea, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was...
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Up in smoke

Imperial County Fire Department and the Office of Emergency services responded early Saturday morning to a reported haystack fire at 393 Worthington Road in Imperial. The address is home to hay exporter Haykingdom. The massive blaze was ultimately upgraded to a third alarm until it was isolated by removing other stacks around it from exposure, ICFD said on its Facebook page. The fire is expected to burn through the week, and units remain on scene to monitor the situation. Thus far, there is no reported suspicion that the fire was deliberate. COURTESY PHOTO IMPERIAL COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT.
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Vegetable Growers announce scholarship winners

IMPERIAL — Imperial Valley Vegetable Growers Association has announced the 15 recipients of its Imperial Valley Produce Scholarships. IVVGA said the scholarships are intended for Imperial Valley students who wish to launch or continue their studies in agricultural related majors. Eligible students must attend or plan to attend a four-year college or university. High school applicants must have maintained a grade point average of 3.3 or above, while current college students must carry a GPA of 3.0 or better.
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Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting

IMPERIAL COUNTY — The old saying has proven true as water is still being fought over in the West. The Abatti v. IID case was once thought dead on arrival at the United States Supreme Court. Michael Abatti appealed to the highest court in the land to take another look at the Fourth Court of Appeals ruling against him. The Appellate Court had sided with the Imperial Irrigation District’s argument that it has exclusive water rights, except for one clause, judging the water flowing to the Imperial Valley belonged to the District and not to the landowner. The court did confirm the landowner had a right of water service.
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Imperial County Speller Stung by ‘Affixion’ in National Bee

BRAWLEY — The word “affixion,” meaning the act of affixing or attaching something, unaffixed 12-year-old Jaedillene Laurino from further competition in the 2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Competing remotely from her Brawley home, Jaedillene was speller No. 192 of 209 and Imperial County’s representative in the national bee. The preliminary...
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I.C. Child Support Services

(Child Support to return to full service)...It happens June 21st. The Imperial County Department of Child Support Services will restore full services to the residents of Imperial County. On June 21 they will resume regular business hours Monday through Friday, from 7:30 am to 4:30 pm. While COVID 19 restricted their ability to conduct in-person interviews, customers will once again have access to the public reception windows for assistance. Customers visiting the office in-person will be able to check in for assistance at the lobby, or online prior to entering the building by scanning a QR code placed on their main entrance door or at the website
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County opts out of State mental health program

EL CENTRO — The Imperial County Board of Supervisors opted-out of the requirement to implement Assembly Bill 1976, Tuesday, June 8. The bill passed in the legislature in August 2020 as an amendment to AB 1421 (passed in 2002) also known as Laura’s Law, in memory of Laura Wilcox. Wilcox was killed by an individual with mental health issues who refused treatment. Laura’s Law provides court-ordered outpatient treatment for adults with serious mental illnesses who are experiencing repeated crises and not engaging in treatment on a voluntary basis, according to Behavioral Health Services Director Leticia Plancarte-Garcia. Laura’s Law is also known as AOT (Assisted Outpatient Treatment).
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Map: Another earthquake cluster in Southern California

A cluster of earthquakes rattled the Salton Sea on Friday night, the continuation of a weeklong seismic series. Eighteen quakes of magnitude 2.6 to 4.3 were recorded between 9:22 p.m. and 10:01 p.m., the U.S. Geological Survey said. The epicenters were tightly clustered at the Salton Sea’s southern tip, in a sparsely populated agricultural area of Imperial County.

Father discusses frightening incident at Imperial Park

IMPERIAL, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - 38-year-old Pedro Meza who was accused of trying to lure a 10-year-old girl to go into a public restroom on Monday, has been formally charged with attempted lewd acts with a minor. Imperial police say the incident happened Monday afternoon at Eager Park when Meza...
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Imperial County Sheriff’s Office Briefs: June 1-7

IMPERIAL COUNTY — The following reports were collected from the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office call logs from June 1 through June 7. 5:54 a.m.: A female subject called deputies from Rio Vista Street in Seeley to report that she believes she was drugged and raped the previous night. She told deputies that there were men in her house the previous night and she woke up with physical injuries.
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June is Scleroderma Awareness Month, Reminds Local Group

A rare autoimmune disease that presently has no cure, about 300,000 Americans currently live with scleroderma, a condition that can kill in extreme cases. El Centro resident Melissa Macon is one of about five to six people that she knows of in Imperial County who live with the disorder, and Macon is actively trying to spread the word that June is national Scleroderma Awareness Month and June 29 is observed as World Scleroderma Day.
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Lake Mead Water Levels

(Colorado River).... Lake Mead water levels are getting lower every month. This is due to the continued drought conditions. America's largest reservoir is on the brink of its first ever water shortage. Officials say Lake Mead is now at around 36% full, the lowest water level since the reservoir opened in the 1930's. Experts predict it will only get worse over the dry summer months. The result could be water shortages by the end of the year. The shortages will initially effect Nevada and Arizona, and continue through the priority list. Imperial County holds the highest priority.