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Stories of the Past: Monday, February 26, 2001

February 26, 2001

50 years ago — Of 978 men ordered to appear for draft pre-induction physicals, 420 failed to appear. Draft officials are worried, citing a continuing and pronounced trend of delinquency in the Valley.

40 years ago — The development of moral and spiritual values in our schools is as important as knowledge of science, math and other academic subjects. With this in mind, "Education for Survival" was chosen as this year's theme for a public schools exhibit at the California Mid-Winter Fair.

30 years ago — A single hole drilled to a 370-foot depth in the dunes area in east Imperial County was not enough to hasten the drilling of an actual stem-producing well. Robert W. Rex, a University of California geologist who is spearheading the geothermal exploration, said the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has an immediate $120,000 grant under consideration for a test well.

20 years ago — Prehistoric remains said to be those of a 2 million-year-old woolly mammoth were revealed today by Imperial Valley College paleontologist George Miller in Anza-Borrego State Park. Jay von Werlhof, IVC museum curator, explained that scientists previously did not believe that the woolly mammoth, an extinct member of the elephant family, had roamed this far south.

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