50 years ago — An Imperial Valley Press editorial praised the formation of a new organization — Las Centinelas. The club will offer guidance to Mexican-American citizens. Club officers include president Henry Alarcon and secretary Fred Escalera.
40 years ago — An estimated 54,000 persons flocked to the sun-washed shores of the Salton Sea over Easter weekend. One craft, a charter out of Salton City with eight tourists aboard, was lost for six hours and on the other side of the sea a 22-year-old college student was seriously injured when he was sucked into the prop of his boat.
30 years ago — As of yesterday more than 45,000 Betty Crocker coupons had been collected and counted to exchange for a kidney machine for the Imperial Valley, reported Mrs. Toney Belew of Westmorland. She and Mrs. Carl Ehlig are co-chairman of the drive for the necessary 800,000 coupons to obtain the machine.