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Stories of the Past: Thursday, January 4, 2001

January 03, 2001

50 years ago — A government committee met at the El Centro Naval Auxiliary Air Station today and surveyed the parachute experimental facilities of the station. Cmdr. Claude Wilkinson is the commanding officer of the station.

40 years ago — A "stop work demonstration," apparently designed to test union strength in the Valley, will start at 6 a.m. Friday in Calexico. Domestic field workers will assemble, then travel throughout the Valley to demonstrate.

30 years ago — Thirteen people were treated for minor injuries sustained in dune buggy and motorcycle mishaps over the New Year's weekend in the Northend, according to Pioneers Memorial Hospital officials.

20 years ago — The desert holiday crowd was considerably less than expected this year. "It was the quietest weekend I've ever seen," said Barry Ashworth, visitors services chief at the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. There were an estimated 13,300 desert visitors overall during the New Year's holiday period, with 9,000 to 10,000 in the sand dunes.

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