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Stories of the past: Wednesday, March 28, 2001

March 28, 2001

50 years ago — A collection of 2,000 gem and mineral specimens will be put on exhibit by A.L. Eaton of Holtville. The specimens will be part of the exhibit of the Imperial Valley Gem & Mineral Society show at the El Centro Junior Community College.

40 years ago — A Calipatria policeman flew from the highest flagpole in the world yesterday afternoon. The patrolman, Doyle Wallis, was trying to bring down the flag atop the giant pole during a windstorm when he was caught by cable and carried 110 feet laterally from the cement slab at the flagpole east toward the street.

30 years ago — Elk lodges in Brawley, El Centro and Calexico will participate in the first joint installation of officers conducted in the state. Installed as exalted rulers will be Earl Moroni for the Brawley lodge, Ronald Pritchard for the El Centro lodge and Paul Winchell for the Calexico lodge.

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20 years ago — Heavy winds knocked out power in the Bard-Winterhaven area yesterday and caused minor interruptions elsewhere in the Imperial Valley, according to an Imperial Irrigation District spokeswoman. The Black Mountains power line was out between 12:42 p.m. and 4:36 p.m. in the Bard-Winterhaven area, knocking out power to television stations KECC and KYEL in Yuma and cutting power to a trailer park.

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