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Stories of the Past: Tuesday, June 5, 2001

June 05, 2001

50 years ago — Because of uneconomical operations and lack of patients, Brawley's Pioneers Memorial Hospital will be forced to close soon, Dr. Frederick Powers Heald declared at a meeting of community leaders at the Barbara Worth Hotel in El Centro.

40 years ago — Echoes of last summer's trouble between Navy personnel and teen-agers reverberated through El Centro last weekend as a large crowd of local youth and sailors engaged in a free-swinging riot at a local gasoline station. There were no arrests.

30 years ago — An air pollution specialist and a stenographer to staff the county Air Pollution Control District were hired but not before Public Health Administrator Lawrence Miles announced he was quitting. Miles accused the Board of Supervisors of "foot-dragging" on air pollution control.

20 years ago — Two areas in the county have been identified as having the potential to run geothermal power plants, indicating the Valley's resource may be greater than was earlier projected. The new KGRAs (known geothermal resource areas) are east of Brawley and west of Westmorland, according to Charles Brook of the U.S. Geological Survey.

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