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Stories of the past: Wednesday, July 18, 2001

July 18, 2001

50 years ago — Three 13-year-old boys and a 12-year-old were turned over to juvenile authorities by El Centro police Wednesday on suspicion of stealing tires. Police said the boys admitted stealing tires from the Russell Haas motor company and selling them to J.D. McNeece Jr., a service station operator.

40 years ago — Two steam wells were opened within 40 miles of each other, one in Calipatria and the other just south of Mexicali. The J.I. O'Neill, Sportsman No. 1, as the Calipatria well is named, showed a constant temperature of 380 degrees and pressure of 135 pounds per square inch.

30 years ago — Rep. Victor V. Veysey announced the Senate passed, by a vote of 70 to 0, his request for $150,000 for the Salton Sea feasibility study. This is the first official funding proposal at the federal level to preserve the sea from increasing salinity.

20 years ago — Valley farmers met again Thursday to discuss forming a collective to negotiate for possible natural gas rights. Local interest in natural gas began after the mid-May discovery of a major deposit of the energy source in Mexico. Many Valley farmers have already been contacted by oil companies seeking long-term exploration leases.

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