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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.