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Stories of the Past: Tuesday, February 27, 2001

February 27, 2001

50 years ago — Chains were advised for westbound Highway 80 motorists at noon as 4 to 5 inches of snow had fallen at Guatay and La Posta in the Laguna mountains by mid-morning. Winds reached 46 mph at the El Centro Auxiliary Air Station.

40 years ago — Thirteen Valley lettuce growers have been hit by a government ruling ordering braceros off any picketed field. Grower attorney Doug McDaniel immediately labeled the Department of Labor order "vindictive, confusing and ambiguous in the extreme." The number of braceros affected could exceed 2,000.

30 years ago — The Matich Corp. yesterday poured more than three miles of concrete in a 24-foot wide swath near Holtville to bring the world's paving record back to California. About 130 workmen joined efforts to lay 16,975 feet of Interstate 8 in 20 hours to beat the mark set by an Illinois firm recently.

20 years ago — Imperial Valley College has an identity crisis. Increasing negative reaction to the nickname "Arab" has raised eyebrows and led to the possibility of changing the controversial name. Current political overtones, however, have caused "jittering, laughter and obscene gestures" to the members of athletic teams while at away games.

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