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March 25, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
EL CENTRO The Imperial County district attorney will not file charges against a former NFL linebacker accused of getting into a dispute with a county fire official. The El Centro Police Department had recommended misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, challenging to fight and resisting arrest be filed against Glenn Cadrez after a February dispute with El Centro fire Capt. Scott Casillas. Police also had recommended that a charge of making criminal threats be filed against Cadrez.
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March 6, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Imperial County reported the lowest voter turnout in the state in Tuesday's election, despite a presidential primary, several contested local seats and major state and local bond initiatives. Less than 30% of registered voters cast ballots, according to an unofficial report from the Imperial County Elections Department. That percentage could increase as absentee and provisional ballots are tallied.
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November 12, 2003 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Less than a month after it was signed amid hoopla about bringing "peace" to the Colorado River, a landmark deal for Imperial Valley farmers to sell water to San Diego County has been hit with two lawsuits alleging that the dealmakers failed to adequately evaluate damage to the valley's environment and economy. Although such lawsuits were anticipated, the source of them was not: the Imperial County Board of Supervisors, and a dissident faction of farmers known as the Imperial Group.
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October 10, 2003 | Gary Polakovic, Times Staff Writer
A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had erred in blaming Mexico for unhealthful air quality in the Imperial Valley and that the agency must impose more stringent control measures on the U.S. side of the border. The decision by the 9th U.S.
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September 15, 2003 | From Associated Press
Authorities in Mexico arrested four men after the discovery of an underground tunnel that led from an auto repair shop in Mexicali, Mexico, beneath the U.S. border. The tunnel, discovered Friday by city crews digging trenches in Calexico, was more than 4 feet high and zigzagged more 250 yards beneath the border. It was equipped with lighting and ventilation and reinforced with wood, said Ricardo Sandoval of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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August 20, 2003 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
In a finding that further complicates negotiations over a proposed Southern California water deal, a Caltech scientist has concluded that the Colorado River is entering a dry period and may not be as bountiful in coming decades.
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August 8, 2003 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
Public health officials on Thursday warned of a sharp increase in viral meningitis this summer, mostly afflicting children, in three of Southern California's inland counties. More than 400 cases have been reported in San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial counties so far this year, compared with 114 over the same period last year. Health experts so far have not pinpointed a cause of the outbreak.
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August 7, 2003 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
Federal wildlife officials have proposed designating about 53,000 acres in Imperial County as critical habitat for the threatened Peirson's milk vetch plant, a move that cheered environmentalists but concerned off-road vehicle enthusiasts. Such a designation would not automatically close the rugged area to off-road vehicles, but it would prohibit the federal government from funding, authorizing or carrying out activities that could harm the milk vetch, a purple-blooming member of the pea family.
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June 11, 2003 | Li Fellers, Times Staff Writer
Five men died and two were critically injured Tuesday when they were ejected from a car speeding down a stretch of Interstate 8 in Imperial County, authorities said. The compact sports coupe was loaded with eight people and traveling more than 100 mph when it rolled over, according to authorities. The driver, Brigido Cruz, a 35-year-old Mexican national, was arrested on suspicion of homicide because investigators believe he was driving the car in a reckless manner.
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