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Stories of the Past: Friday, February 23, 2001

February 23, 2001

50 years ago — A few drops of rain sprinkled on the Imperial Valley but they were only the indication of the winter's biggest storm that lashed part of Southern California with rain, high winds, lightning and snow. Weather forecasters saw the possibility of showers in the Valley the next two days.

40 years ago — Thirteen Valley lettuce growers have been hit by a government ruling ordering braceros off any picketed field. According to a Labor Department spokesman, the order is designed to protect Mexican nationals.

30 years ago — An expenditure not to exceed $25,000 for the construction of a temporary border gate in Calexico was approved Monday by the City Council during a special meeting requested by City Manager Prince Pierson. According to Pierson, the new facility will provide a 60 by 24 foot canopy to be used for primary inspection, not less than two lanes and perhaps three.

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20 years ago — After a trip to Washington, D.C., Louis Lerma, Brawley, Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo official, said today there's still "some hope" agencies such as his will survive congressional action on proposed Reagan cutbacks. Lerma said he told California Republican congressmen, "You have an investment here, both in property and services. If we are closed, it's money down the drain."

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