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Stories of the Past: Sunday, July 29, 2001

July 28, 2001

50 years ago — Jack Sadler of El Centro broke two records, won two races, had a wreck and got knocked clear off the track at the midget races in Imperial. When it was all over, the tricky driver had his arms full of prizes and his record book full of wins.

40 years ago — A near tragedy in Brawley's Wiest Lake has resulted in an appeal by lake manager Clay Williams for increased supervision of children. Williams found an unattended 5-year-old girl crying while clutching the safety cable between the deep water and the children's bathing area.

30 years ago — El Centro Police Chief Jack C. Hawe has put into operation a new program to patrol the homes of residents absent on vacation. The new service is an addition to the traditional check of empty homes by police. The patrol is carried out by police reserves cruising the streets in a radio-equipped Jeep.

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20 years ago — While Imperial County residents wage war to keep toxic waste from being dumped in the Valley, tons of highly dangerous substances pass through on county highways daily, not all of it safely. Last September, for instance, there was a chemical spill on Interstate 8 that took 36 hours and $36,000 to clean up.

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