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Stories of the past: Thursday, February 14, 2001

February 14, 2001

50 years ago — With a goal of a countywide corps of 400 auxiliary policemen, county officers met in Calexico as the Calexico Police Department became the first department to get its program started. County Sheriff Robert W. Ware and El Centro Police Chief Guy Woodward met at the City Hall with a group of 23 Calexico men.

40 years ago — The largest bee transaction between two beekeepers in the history of California took place when Ashurst, Son and Associates of Westmorland bought the Calexico firm of Sheppard. About 6,000 bee colonies in 150 locations were purchased by Ashurst.

30 years ago — Several hundred young people — the great majority from the Valley — attended an all-night rock festival at Painted Gorge from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning. The listeners heard performances by three local groups — Leviticus, Groovy and the Thunderbirds and Smoke.

20 years ago — Approval of a $479,000 contact for the drilling of a geothermal will be on the El Centro City Council agenda. The well, if it yields hot enough liquids, will be used to heat the Community Center on First Street. If the well proves successful, pipelines will be built to the center. The total cost of the project is $2.9 million.

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