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Stories of the Past: Thursday, February 22, 2001

February 22, 2001

50 years ago — Gross values of Imperial County crops and livestock jumped 14 percent over last year's total. The crop and livestock values totaled about $100 million, up from last year's $92 million figure.

40 years ago — The Mexican government closed the border to all U.S. commercial trucking traffic. According to chief of Mexican customs in Mexicali, the government's move was in retaliation for the United States' long refusal to grant Mexicans interstate commerce permits for their trucks.

30 years ago — Coaching football at the college level is something Cal Jones has "wanted to do for a long time" and now the Central Union High School head coach will get his chance. After five years that produced five championships, the 27-year-old Jones will leave Central to coach at Western Illinois University in Macomb.

20 years ago — A fire of suspicious origin destroyed the stockroom of Koby's Shoes Store in El Centro on Saturday and forced the closing of Imperial Avenue for more than two hours. Charles Beard, assistant El Centro fire chief, said the cause of the blaze, which is being called suspicious, is under investigation today.

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