He­ber breaks ground for new school gym­na­sium

Imperial Valley Press - - OPINION -

HE­BER — This small com­mu­nity swelled with pride a week ago as it broke ground for a new school gym­na­sium for He­ber El­e­men­tary School, thanks to Mea­sure J.

Mea­sure J was ap­proved by vot­ers in 2015 and in­cludes $6 mil­lion in gen­eral obli­ga­tion bonds to raise the $13.2 mil­lion needed for con­struc­tion. Dis­trict of­fi­cials es­ti­mate the high­est tax rate to re­pay the bonds will be $59 per $100,000 of as­sessed prop­erty value. Mea­sure J pro­vides fund­ing for: class­rooms to sup­port phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion cur­ricu­lum, mak­ing health, safety and hand­i­capped ac­ces­si­bil­ity im­prove­ments and build­ing a new gym for school and com­mu­nity use.

West­ern her­itage re­stored to glory

BRAW­LEY — The clas­sic statue of Casey Tibbs was re­turned to its pedestal after the original, worn from decades of bear­ing up un­der harsh cli­mate, was dis­man­tled re­cently.

The fiber­glass statue of the renowned bronco rider was do­nated by Tibbs him­self in 1966. It was re­turned to its base at the Cat­tle Call Arena on Fri­day. The Cat­tle Call Rodeo Com­mit­tee spear­headed the restora­tion after it was deemed nec­es­sary to re­move the original at the arena as well as its twin at the downtown Plaza noted Mark Hu­ber, a com­mit­tee mem­ber. The statue is mod­eled after Tibbs com­pet­ing in a rodeo at the Cow Palace in San Fran­cisco dur­ing the 1950s, Hu­ber be­lieved.

Be­hav­ioral Health fo­cuses on men­tal health op­tions

IM­PE­RIAL — Ad­vo­cat­ing for more scru­tiny of men­tal health is­sues with part­ner agen­cies, Im­pe­rial County Be­hav­ioral Health Ser­vices con­vened a sum­mit here Fri­day.

Aim­ing to alert nu­mer­ous agen­cies en­coun­ter­ing men­tal dis­tress, ICBHS in­vited law en­force­ment, schools, health clin­ics and other care providers to Im­pe­rial Val­ley Col­lege to high­light the need to sup­port men­tal health aware­ness. The in­ten­tion is to pro­mote the road to re­cov­ery noted An­drea Kuhlen, ICBHS direc­tor as men­tal health prob­lems af­fect all races, ages and gen­ders, she noted.

Val­ley na­tive nom­i­nated for pres­ti­gious fed­eral work­force award

El CEN­TRO — A na­tive of the city who grew up watch­ing movies with a techno, sci­ence-fic­tion el­e­ment was nom­i­nated for a no­table gov­ern­ment ser­vice award.

Mark Skoog, an aerospace en­gi­neer at NASA’s Arm­strong Flight Re­search Cen­ter, with head­quar­ters at Ed­wards Air Force Base, is in the run­ning for the Samuel J. Hey­man Ser­vice to Amer­ica Medals also known as the Sam­mies. Skoog was cho­sen as a fi­nal­ist for lead­ing the devel­op­ment of a ground­break­ing flight con­trol sys­tem the Air Force uses to pre­vent ground col­li­sions when pi­lots be­come dis­ori­ented or lose con­scious­ness, which could save the lives of pi­lots and de­struc­tion of air­crafts, noted the Part­ner­ship for Pub­lic Ser­vice.

The Au­to­matic Ground-Col­li­sion Avoid­ance Sys­tem (Auto-GCAS) may greatly cur­tail the oc­cur­rence of air­craft ac­ci­dents and is now be­ing in­cor­po­rated into the flight con­trol sys­tems of the U.S. Air Force’s fleet of F-16 fighter jets. Wide­spread test­ing at NASA Arm­strong has shown ad­vanced com­put­ing tech­nol­ogy could lessen the num­ber of ac­ci­dents at­trib­uted to, con­trol flight into ter­rain (CFIT). This is a lead­ing cause of deaths in mil­i­tary and civil avi­a­tion and causes 100 fa­tal­i­ties ev­ery year in the U.S.

Lo­cal win­ery en­joys ex­po­sure through NBC hit show

EL CEN­TRO — Since Pear­son Brothers Win­ery opened up shop in 2014 in the Im­pe­rial Val­ley, they have steadily grown to make pre­miere honey-based wine.

Cur­rently, the win­ery is re­ceiv­ing the boost that is hav­ing A-list celebri­ties pop­ping its bot­tles of wine.

Pro­duc­ers from the NBC hit show “This Is Us” re­cently reached out to the brothers to see if they could pro­vide cases of wine to cast mem­bers after win­ning two Prime­time Emmy Awards along with 10 nom­i­na­tions.

They reached out to the lo­cal win­ery specif­i­cally be­cause the win­ery own­ers and show’s main char­ac­ters have the same last name — Pear­son.

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