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Stories of the Past: Monday, March 12, 2001

March 12, 2001

50 years ago — The international border between Calexico and Mexicali has gone today. It disappeared as thousands of school children from these border cities paraded in the opening day of the 1951 International Desert Cavalcade of Imperial Valley.

40 years ago — Plans have been announced for a $2 million resort motel at the west entrance of Brawley. The project promoters said the 200-unit structure is intended along the south side of Highway 99. Perry Holley, a sheepman from Ogden, Utah, and owner of the land said, "The hotel is designed to bring more winter tourists to Imperial Valley."

30 years ago — A Calexico citizen Wednesday helped local law enforcement agencies by providing information leading to the discovery of a reported 39 kilos of marijuana and the arrest of two Mexican nationals. The unidentified resident spotted two men replacing Mexico license plates with California license plates near Mains School in Calexico.

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20 years ago — The Reagan administration's proposed budget is expected to terminate more than 750 Comprehensive Employment and Training Act jobs in Imperial County, which already reports some of the highest unemployment figures in the nation. But some county CETA services, including training programs that currently involve 270 participants, are expected to remain intact and may even gain funds under Reagan's proposals.

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