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Stories of the Past: Thursday, July 19, 2001

July 19, 2001

50 years ago — The last eight cars of grapes to leave Brawley in the next few days will round out the Valley's grape shipments for the 1951 season. Grape movement has totaled 129 cars by express and about 40 by freight and truck since the first shipment was made June 16. Calipatria registered the biggest percentage increase in grape movement.

40 years ago — The possibility of Calexico and Mexicali having international airports side-by-side moved to a big step ahead. It would be the only international airport of entry of that kind in the U.S.

30 years ago — Nine Imperial Valley Boy Scouts will attend the 13th World Jamboree under Mount Fujiyama in Japan. The jamboree's theme is "for understanding," so the scouts will travel 11 days in Japan before the jamboree begins, learning about local customs, history and industry.

20 years ago — A proposal for the Imperial County Fire Department to take over protection of the areas surrounding the cities of El Centro and Imperial will be in front of the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. The county now gives $61,020 to El Centro and $17,750 to Imperial to provide fire protection to nearby county residents. Under the proposal the county would use the monies instead to hire its own firefighters.

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