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Stories of the Past: Monday, April 2, 2001

April 02, 2001

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.

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20 years ago — El Centro moved a step closer to getting a $1.3 million federal Housing and Urban Development plum when the city was invited to submit a final application for the grant. Authorization to submit a final application for the money to develop blighted areas in the city is tantamount to approval, according to Bob Black, who heads the city Redevelopment Agency.

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