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Stories of the past. Thursday, March 14, 2001

March 14, 2001

50 years ago — KXO radio of El Centro started a construction program designed to improve its reception in the "fringe" areas of the Valley. Riley Gibson, station manager, said an antenna system change should allow northern Valley cities to pick up the station's signal with greater clarity.

40 years ago — U.S. Customs agents arrested a local resident on a smuggling charge. Customs Chief Kent Lewis said the suspect was searched at the Port of Entry in Calexico and 57 tablets of synthetic morphine were found.

30 years ago — Jack C. Hawe, El Centro's new police chief, took command this morning of the same post he held for two and a half years starting in January 1962. The chief said he already had conferences with the three lieutenants on the force and he did not foresee any radical changes in police procedure.

20 years ago — A temporary restraining order barring the importation of hazardous wastes to the controversial IT Corp. dump near Westmorland was issued by Superior Court Judge Henry Wien following reports chemicals spilled there may have infiltrated a canal. Some 50 area residents who draw water from the Westside Main Canal were warned by county officials Friday not to use the canal water.

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