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Juanita Salas: Imperial Valley’s Sweetheart

It’s the familiar sound she grew up with, the sound of the evening train rumbling on the tracks on the east side of El Centro, bringing with it the feelings of being home.

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    Chris and Trish Petree: Through Thick and Thin… and Retirement

    In this day and age, cynicism is often associated with love and marriage, but not so in the Petree household. In 1971, when the former Trish Miller was a mere 19 years old, her father was transferred to the Imperial Valley as a senior border patrol agent. Her first night in town, Trish and her sister walked to a local burger joint called “Baker’s Burgers.” Chris Petree, also 19, was there with friends. He immediately noticed Trish and knew she wasn’t from around here. They started talking, and at the end of the night, Chris walked the girls home.

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    Lee Davis: Recipe for Life Skills

    Inside the conference room at the Imperial County Office of Education sits a small plate of cookies, some with powdered sugar and others with yellow sprinkles. The cookies and a jug of ice water with cups are placed in the center of a table. Little napkins are stacked neatly beside the plate.

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    Chrissy Woodward & Nancy Reeves: Count on them and Call them Courageous

    Chrissy Woodward and Nancy Reeves have been at their best when we needed them the most. For over a decade the two women served as medical technicians driving ambulances and assisting the paramedics that have made a difference in our community. Last October, both women lost their jobs due to the strike at Gold Cross Ambulance.   

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    Mitch Selking : Farm-Raised Banker Got Game

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    Brianna Rangel: Almost Famous

    In September, El Centro resident Brianna Lusk Rangel was on the high of finishing her graduate school thesis when she sat down with actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Not only did the two discuss her her education, but also the transformation Brianna has undergone over the last two years.

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    Traci Lyon Ramirez: Woman DJ Rocks

    Since 1927, pioneer station KXO Radio has accompanied Imperial Valley residents throughout some of their most intimate and memorable moments. Longtime KXO deejay Traci Lyon Ramirez has survived vinyl, eight-track cartridges, cassette tapes, compact disks to Internet streaming via radio airwaves to bring those moments to her public. “When I first started in radio, we had turn tables and were spinning 45s,” Ramirez laughs.

Jennifer Alvarez: Success as a People Person
Posted: January 03, 2014

As Senior Director of Human Resources for Imper...

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Betsy Enders: Beating Cancer. Game On.
Posted: October 29, 2013

It all started with one of those memorable and ...

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Jeannie West and Josie Godinez: Fighting for Answers
Updated: November 05, 2013 - 11:18 am

As she sat on the edge of the hospital bed, the...

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Marisela Cardoza and Yolanda Benito: Caring Colleagues
Updated: November 05, 2013 - 11:19 am

Yolanda Benito and Marisela Cardoza have both w...

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Tough Love: Skating for the Tumbleweeds
Updated: November 05, 2013 - 11:19 am

The sun sets late over Nosotros Park in Calexic...

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Monica Ketchum: Living Outside the Lines
Updated: November 05, 2013 - 11:35 am

Monica Ketchum’s life is not unlike her artwork...

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IV Art Movement
Posted: September 05, 2013

I came to the Imperial Valley in 2011 to serve as Director of the Imperial Valley Desert Museum. Immediately, I was struck by the intense, grassroots movement within the local arts community. Seemi...

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The Art of Home : The Perfect Blend of Past and Present
Posted: September 05, 2013

It’s the door — the red door — that draws you in. The charm of a red front door is undeniable, and you smile, but you have no idea what lies beyond that door.  And so you drive on — never imagining...

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Kristi Kussman: Taking Care of Business in the Courts System
Posted: September 04, 2013

When life goes wrong in America there is somewhere to turn — a place where the United States Constitution guarantees each person’s case brought before it will be heard fully and fairly with a decis...

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Rosemarie Wood and Megan Strahm Brawley duo leads the Northend’s Performing Arts
Updated: September 05, 2013 - 3:16 pm

For as long as Brawley resident Rosemarie Wood can remember promoting the arts has always been a large part of her life. Having had the opportunity to use her talented acting skills in both profess...

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Stephanie Niebla: The Fogball Family
Updated: August 14, 2013 - 3:54 pm

On a searing early June afternoon, a woman arrives at the Southwest High School gymnasium in El Centro pulling along a wagon loaded with softball equipment with her two young children scampering about as she makes her way through the door. It’s the Monday after the end of classes for the summer, and while many teachers and coaches have headed off for a summer of relaxation, Stephanie Niebla isn’t slowing down.

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