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Three month catfish tournament scheduled

Jeanette Hyduke
Palo Verde People

PALO VERDE - The Rod and Gun Club is sponsoring three catfish tournaments during the next three months. The first tournament starts June 1 and ends June 30. The second tournament starts July 1 and ends July 31. The third tournament starts Aug. 1 and ends Aug. 31.

The contests rules are as follows: Sign up to enter at Wheelies store in Palo Verde. The cost $10 for Rod and Gun Club members and $15 for non-members.

During each tournament month, you must show proof of your catch, and this is documented at the store. At the end of the month you tried out for, the person who caught the largest fish in that month will be given first prize.

You can enter one or all of the tournaments. A photo of the largest fish will be printed in the newspaper.

This is just another way for the Rod and Gun Club to inspire interest in fishing in our area and to have people become aware of what the Rod and Gun Club is trying to bring to Palo Verde Valley residents and others .

There have been many fishing tournaments in Palo Verde recently. According to those that have taken part in the recent tournaments, there have been plenty of fish to bring home after the tournaments. Many have walked away with prize catches.

School is out this week. According to Ben Tackett, transportation supervisor for the Palo Verde Valley Unified School District, there are now 17 children who ride the big yellow school bus daily.

Years back the bus picked up children who lived as far away as CoCo Palms and some of the desert areas south of town, however, that is no longer possible and those that live in remote places have to bring their children in to Palo Verde in order to get a ride to school.

In years past the bus also picked up children from Cibola. Now these children have to go to Arizona schools. Most go to Ehrenberg or Quartsite, Ariz.

Now is the time of year that the Neighborhood Watch can help to keep the children safe.

Youth in our town, walk or ride their bikes freely in town during summer hours. It is easy to forget that we live just a short distance from the Mexican border and these children could disappear very quickly.

We also live close to the Arizona border and traffic is heavy continuously through town.

The Imperial County Sheriff's Office has deputies that help keep crime down but they cannot be everywhere all the time.

This is the time for residents and those that are members of the Neighborhood Watch to become more vigilant.

We think it could not happen here, however, we hear of missing children and children being molested daily in other places.

One can go online and get names and addresses of child molesters or other unsavory individuals who would harm our children.

Do not forget June 10. A group of officials and locals will be knocking on your door to find out about what your earnings are each year. This has been done, as an incorrect census was done recently and the report said the average yearly income for those in Palo Verde were $60,000 and this is not true. The average income of residents is less than $15,000.

Because of this wrong census we can no longer get grants if we cannot prove the census was wrong. Grants are the only way this town can grow. Right now we cannot get anything. Be sure to answer your doors and also answer letters that have been sent out to you.

Kathy Frice at the Palo Verde County Water District office reports that the solar system should be in place within the next two weeks.

Officials from Capital Solar have assured residents in town that as soon as the local system is completed, someone will contact you on getting solar for your home.

The First Saturday of the month breakfast was held last week by the Rod and Gun Club and more than 60 people showed up for the $2 breakfast.

It may be possible that the Rod and Gun Club will hold a breakfast on the 4th of July. We will tell you more about as the date draws nearer.

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