50 years ago — Louis Gillespie is the newest staff member of radio station KXO in El Centro. Previously he had been with KPAS in Banning, KWIT in Burbank and the CBS affiliate in Butte, Mont.
40 years ago — Gov. Pat Brown appointed two area residents to the Colorado Basin Regional Water Pollution Control Board. Walter Rutherford, a Brawley farmer, and Walter Scott, a Blythe cattle rancher, will serve new four-year terms.
30 years ago — The Imperial Valley Press has purchased six lots in El Centro as future relocation sites, it was announced today by Publisher J.R. "Dick" Fitch. The Press bought three lots on the corner of Eighth and Broadway and three adjacent lots facing Commercial Avenue.
"It is hoped that the new plant will be ready for occupancy within the next three to five years," Fitch said.