50 years ago — A boxer, Balmere's Locket, was judged the best dog at Imperial Valley's first American Kennel Club Show in Holtville. The dog, owned by Balmere Kennel of Van Nuys, was handled by George Sangster. The show was attended by 500 spectators who viewed 200-plus dogs.
40 years ago — Samuel Payson, 33, of El Centro, was chosen by the Civil Defense Disaster Council as the new county civil defense administrator. Payson was selected by the nine-man board because of his military experience.
30 years ago — Congressman Victor V. Veysey, R-Calif., launched a three-stage effort at the federal level to "save the Salton Sea from increasing salinity." Veysey introduced legislation in Congress to authorize federal funding for a feasibility study to determine the best way to stop the salt build-up in the Salton Sea.
20 years ago — The California Mid-Winter Fair ended its 10-day run with a flourish Sunday and managed to top last year's total attendance figures. The fair boasted a record-breaking opening day, with 18,575 people in attendance. And it closed Sunday with 29,680 people attending, the highest total in four years.