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Stories of the Past: Monday, April 30, 2001

April 30, 2001

50 years ago — Winds in excess of 55 mph damaged several field crops as the Imperial Valley endured its first gale in many months. Wind velocity of 55 mph was recorded by the El Centro Naval Air Station.

40 years ago — Brawley firemen used 125 gallons of water to douse a brush fire beside Highway 99, two miles south of Brawley. The fire started from a trash fire.

30 years ago — The recent acquisition of a Customs Service detector dog at the Calexico Port of Entry apparently paid off when Bub sniffed his way to 10 kilos of marijuana concealed in a truck tire.

20 years ago — The northern span of the Highway 86 bridge over the New River between Brawley and Westmorland is "a little out of alignment" after Sunday's 5.6 earthquake, said James Larson, California Transportation Department publicist in San Diego. "There is no problem. The bridge is absolutely safe," he assured. The bridge was partially out of commission following the earthquake Oct. 15, 1979.

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