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Stories of the Past: Friday, April 6, 2001

April 06, 2001

50 years ago — Two Imperial Valley residents avoided trial in Superior Court by entering pleas of guilty to robbery, forgery and burglary.

40 years ago — Imperial County's West end may be hit by another rabies quarantine, according to Dr. Paul O'Rourke, county health officer. Six cases of rabies were reported in the Jacumba area this year.

30 years ago — Painted Gorge is a dust bowl since dune buggies and motorcycles discovered it, according to Hazel Nicholson, a desert dweller. She complained to the Board of Supervisors that up to 1,500 motorcycles congregate in private land near the gorge.

20 years ago — The creation of a new facility at El Centro Naval Air Facility to repair and maintain aviation support for the Pacific Fleet equipment was announced today. The support equipment facility will hire 20 to 50 civilian employees within the next two months and could hire as many as 200 in the future, according to Capt. Williams Lott, base commander. An effort will be made to hire local workers, he added.

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