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Stories of the Past: Thursday, February 8, 2001

February 08, 2001

50 years ago — The Imperial Valley is rolling again on Southern Pacific lines after a five-day standstill. But the United Press reported a switchmen's "sick call" strike and a shortage of empty freight cars threatened continued loss of perishable shipments.

40 years ago — Union organizers unsatisfied with a federal ruling that pulled 583 Mexican nationals from six Valley lettuce farms Wednesday stepped up efforts to force removal of all braceros from 15 struck ranches. Circulars were passed out to braceros Wednesday morning, urging them to refuse to leave their camps, according to organizer Clive Knowles.

30 years ago — Launching of the county's proposed $100,000 tourist and recreation promotion program with a study by a promotional group loomed as a likelihood Wednesday as the California League of Cities met in Calexico.

20 years ago — The rains that have dampened the Valley since Sunday afternoon are expected to leave before today is over, causing little damage and inconvenience to most residents. The Imperial Irrigation District reports scattered rain-related customer outages, mainly in the rural Calexico and Holtville areas.

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