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Stories of the Past: Thursday, March 15, 2001

March 15, 2001

50 years ago — "The Imperial Valley Memorial Hospital will be built and construction will start promptly," President Earl Nielsen of the board of directors announced today. The hospital board accepted the bid of Cummins & Anderson to build the 44-bed structure in El Centro at a cost not to exceed $551,205.

40 years ago — A mock disaster drill for Boy Scouts will be held March 18 in the desert near El Centro. Participating in the drill will be about 800 members of 26 Valley troops, four explorer posts, advisers and civil defense officials.

30 years ago — Jerry Fielder, state director of agriculture, appointed Claude Finnell, Imperial County agricultural commissioner, to represent the state on a task force writing legislation on prescription pesticide application. Finnell will work with people from the University of California in Sacramento to prepare the legislation.

20 years ago — Without federal funding the Heber geothermal plant project is dead, a spokesman for San Diego Gas and Electric Co. testified Monday in Washington D.C. Robert G. Lacy, manager of the SDG&E Heber project told the House subcommittee on energy development that the utility cannot complete a $122 million project on his own.

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