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Stories of the Past: Friday, July 3, 2001

July 13, 2001

50 years ago — Ben Hulse of El Centro has returned as chairman of the State Senate committee on state and local taxation in Sacramento. Hulse has received nationwide recognition for his work on the California budget.

40 years ago — Sheriff's deputies yesterday arrested a Brawley man, 18, on suspicion of burglary. He is being held in connection with three burglaries in which more than $3,000 in tools, cash and equipment were taken.

30 years ago — As the nationwide strike against Bell Telephone went into effect locally, precautions by Pacific Telephone averted any service disruption. Supervisory personnel from San Diego and also from the county office at Pacific Telephone are manning the switchboards.

20 years ago — The cattle feedlot business, Imperial County's biggest cash crop last year, is in the midst of a bad slump that may threaten the future of the industry. Many local feedlot operators report they have only half as many cattle as a year ago when the county agricultural commissioner reported $188 million in sales.

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