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Stories of the Past: Monday, June 18, 2001

June 18, 2001

50 years ago — A jury brought back a verdict in favor of a Brawley woman and awarded her $25,000 in her malpractice case against two Valley doctors. A 20-inch forcep was left in her abdomen after her operation.

40 years ago — Imperial Valley educators have noted a marked improvement in student class participation and learning during the early fall and late spring months where refrigerated air conditioning has been installed. Pine Union, north of Holtville, was the first school to install refrigeration in Imperial County.

30 years ago — Valley residents can expect telephone service to continue almost as usual if the 250 local members of the Communications Workers Union of America walk out July 14. The manager for the Valley branch of Pacific Bell Telephone said management and non-union personnel will route long-distance calls.

20 years ago — Picket lines have been established at the Imperial Valley's two largest tiling companies as a result of a joint labor action of two local unions that could have an impact on 75 to 80 percent of the Valley's farm drainage installation. Both companies are in Brawley.

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