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Valley Women

Cover Story

At Bornt and Sons, everybody has job descriptions, but it's the last sentence that is perhaps the most revealing about how Mary Bornt lives her life.

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    Forward Thinker: Andy Horne

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    Talking Dates with Evelyn Berryman

    There’s nothing quite like a Medjool date — just ask Evelyn Berryman. The date is thought to be the oldest tree crop cultivated by humans. With its tantalizing hints of honey, cinnamon and caramel, long shelf life, as well as the fruit's ability to be manipulated to bear larger fruit, dates have been grown in the Bard Valley region since the latter end of the 1930s after a few plants were transferred from Morocco to the United States in the 1920s. 

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    Cory Peeks - The Peeks of Farming

    Growing up in the Imperial Valley, Cory Peeks knew the kind of agricultural environment that surrounded her, but little did she know that one day she would be an integral part of that community. After spending a few years away from the Valley with her military husband and two daughters, Peeks and her family relocated back home for a better place to raise their kids and to have them grow up in the same tight-knit community that she treasured as a child. Shortly after getting settled, when the time came for Peeks to find a job, she reached out to family friends and community members that were looking to hire. To her surprise, and despite having no prior agricultural experience, she landed a job at Vessey & Company Inc. in the office and doing part-time food safety. However, things changed for Peeks shortly thereafter: “After our first informational audit, we figured out real quick that it was a full-time job, and right after the 2007 spinach outbreak I was hired on full-time, and have been here ever since.”

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    Maria Lopez: Migrant Family Aspires for Education

    As a young child, Maria Lopez's summers were often spent visiting a number of scenic spots in California, Oregon and Washington state with her family. Even though the summer road trips always ended with the family settling down for a few months in Washington to harvest seasonal crops, Lopez says she enjoyed the experience and thought of it as a vacation.

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    Stephanie Leimgruber: On the leading edge in an industry bounteous with opportunity

    Whoever said farming was a man’s job, never met Stephanie Leimgruber. Leimgruber’s small frame is quite deceiving, as she can keep up almost entirely with every other man out in the hay bale fields.

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    Cover Story: Gloria Juarez - Go For the Fight and Win

    Hours before the first bell rings and even before the sun rises, Gloria Juarez is at Imperial High School preparing for the day. Much of her work is done in the background of the operations of the school. She empties trash cans that will hold discarded graded papers or wrappers from the teenagers’ snacks eaten between classes, cleans white boards ready for lectures and problem-solving, and wipes desktops clean of stray marks.

Janet Burgess - Finish the Race
Updated: October 28, 2014 - 2:37 pm

Janet Burgess’s endurance, dedication and achie...

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Forward Thinkers: Rosa Caro - From Employee to Owner
Updated: October 28, 2014 - 2:40 pm
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Cheryl Anderson - Marching Fiercely
Updated: October 28, 2014 - 2:36 pm

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a ...

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The Art of Home: Anita Slobig - Surviving and Rebuilding
Updated: October 28, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Nestled in the middle of the 500 block of Wensl...

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Cover Story: Chief Petty Officer Brenda Corrao - The Strong Voice of Leadership
Updated: September 05, 2014 - 1:42 pm

The decision to join the Navy was initially spa...

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Teresa Salgado - Building Military Families
Updated: September 05, 2014 - 1:42 pm

Keeping a military family together can be a dau...

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Foward Thinkers
Updated: September 05, 2014 - 3:03 pm
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Heather Morales - Overcoming Her Battle to Help Others in Battle
Updated: September 05, 2014 - 1:42 pm

On a recent summer day in the Valley, Heather Morales sits at her kitchen table with a gathering of military coins in front of her representing the branches of the armed forces — each coin a symbol...

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Priscila Estrada - Military Mom
Updated: September 05, 2014 - 1:42 pm

Luis Jimenez, an immigrant originally from Oaxaca, Mexico, always dreamed of being in the U.S. military. Never being able to achieve this dream, he encouraged his children to fulfill it for him. He...

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Lisa Gudino - "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff"
Updated: September 05, 2014 - 1:42 pm

Lisa Gudino had a classic Imperial Valley childhood growing up in El Centro as the youngest child in a large, boisterous family of eight and definitely had to learn how to stand up for herself. Her...

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Angelica Garcia - On a Mission to Reach Out
Updated: September 05, 2014 - 1:41 pm

After spending even the briefest amount of time talking to Angelica Garcia, it is easy to see how she has been so instrumental as the Unit Director of the Boys and Girls Club in Brawley for nearly ...

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