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Stories of the Past: Monday, May 14, 2001

May 14, 2001

50 years ago — In an effort to attain El Centro's $13,528 quota, Red Cross officials will conduct another drive May 14-21. The goal for the week-long drive is $4,211.

40 years ago — Imperial County officials were puzzled when a delegation of three assemblymen inspected the 4,000-acre No Man's Land near the Colorado River and seemed to support the position of giving half the land to Arizona. The dispute has been ongoing for eight years.

30 years ago — Spectators and guests near Holtville will get a preview of a section of Interstate 8 at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. Thursday. The ceremony at the Orchard Road interchange will officially open 15.9 miles of freeway. Only a five-mile stretch remains to complete the freeway to Yuma.

20 years ago — Imperial County may not be ready to compete with Las Vegas as a convention site yet, but this weekend it's taking a big step forward. A symposium featuring internationally known experts on perinatal medicine will be staged Friday and Saturday at the Barbara Worth Country Club. Organizers say it is the first time a major medical convention has been conducted in the Valley.

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