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Stories of the Past: Friday, January 26, 2001

January 26, 2001

50 years ago — Valley citizens, principally from the Northend, will be given an opportunity tomorrow to testify before a Navy board of inquiry about damages done to the Niland-Blythe road and the inconveniences caused by the Navy's use of the Chocolate Mountains gunnery range.

40 years ago — While California farmers planned a caravan to Sacramento "to sit on the governor's doorstep if necessary," union organizers struck again, picketing Bud Antle Ranch southeast of El Centro.

30 years ago — Valley auto wreckers, threatened with an air pollution control ordinance that would prohibit burning of junked autos, have predicted a pileup of abandoned autos on Valley streets and highways. The county Board of Supervisors was conducting a hearing on the proposed rules for the Imperial County Air Pollution Control District.

20 years ago — Although some El Centro residents this morning complained of a heavy ammonia odor in the air, county Agriculture Commissioner Claude Finnell said there "seems to be no problem with the air quality." Finnell sent his air-quality engineers around the El Centro area to take samples and to try to detect the odor and they came up with everything "smelling like roses."

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