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Stories of the past: Wednesday, June 27, 2001

June 27, 2001

50 years ago — Fire destroyed 200 tons of alfalfa meal and damaged a metal storage building at the Hayward Inc. mill in Heber this morning. Firemen confined the storage building fire and saved the $100,000 plant.

40 years ago — A 45-year-old truck driver complained to El Centro police that a man he befriended took $300 in cash from his motel room June 25. The driver offered his motel room after the man said he was broke.

30 years ago — A consulting engineer with experience in geothermal development warned Friday that the Imperial Valley should not expect local development of the unique energy source immediately.

"The possibilities are good, but we must be realistic and not expect it overnight," Frank J. Donnelly, a consulting engineer who has assisted Imperial Irrigation District with several projects, told El Centro Kiwanians.

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20 years ago — A pair of Cuban nationals were slated for preliminary hearings at El Centro Municipal Court on assault charges involving the stabbing of two Mexican illegal immigrants during a near riot at the federal detention center in El Centro. The two Mexican citizens were stabbed with homemade knives during the outbreak.

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