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Stories of the Past: Wednesday, January 10, 2001

January 10, 2001

50 years ago — A Los Angeles newspaperman on assignment to prove how easy it was to smuggle drugs across the border from Mexicali on Monday night found out it wasn't so easy after all. U.S. Customs agents arrested Nelson S. Himmell, a staff reporter for the Herald Express, as he tried to enter this country with amphetamine tablets.

40 years ago — Secretary of Labor James P. Mitchell has been asked to step into the farm labor dispute in Imperial Valley. Federal action was demanded Tuesday in a telegram to the Department of Labor.

30 years ago — Not even the bridges over New and Alamo rivers would be subject to damage if Hoover Dam were fractured by sabotage in a national emergency. This conclusion, enunciated Wednesday by Evan T. Hewes, chairman of the board of the Imperial Irrigation District, went a long way to explode a commonly held myth that the Imperial Valley would suffer great damage by flood in case the big dam 350 miles away were hit by bombs or most any other sabotage.

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20 years ago — After 18 years in business the Q-Inn at 845 Adams Ave. in El Centro, a billiard parlor also noted for its pizza has been closed. Bill Powers, who has owned the establishment for 11 years, cited disturbances and problems that have plagued the inn for three years as the main reason behind the closure.

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