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Stories of the Past: Sunday, July 15, 2001

July 14, 2001

50 years ago — George Zentz, who has been the American consul in Mexicali the past three and a half years, has received orders to report to the American consulate in Tokyo. Relieving Zentz at the Mexicali port will be Antonio Certisimo. Certisimo has been with the American consul in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.

40 years ago — Surprised supervisors Monday were told a control tower at Imperial County Airport probably would cost $177,000, $52,000 more than the earlier estimate. Engineer Mil Neuman said his May 1 preliminary estimate of $125,000 was based on information from the Federal Aviation Administration.

30 years ago — Imperial Irrigation District has agreed to participate with the county in constructing a secondary roadway along Dahlia Canal to Highway 98. Robert F. Carter, IID general manager, told the Board of Directors on Tuesday the county is interested in beginning the project this fiscal year. Carter estimated IID's expenses for the project would total about $69,000.

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20 years ago — Despite the recent heat wave, the El Centro Community Hospital has not experienced any dramatic climb in heat-related medical problems, said Hospital Administrator Jim Reikes. Most local residents are acclimatized to the heat that regularly envelopes the Valley this time of the year.

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