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Stories of the Past: Monday, July 30, 2001

July 30, 2001

50 years ago — An El Centro resident doesn't like dogs. His dislike came to the attention of the El Centro police after a couple of stray bullets ricocheted past an officer's head. The resident was chasing dogs away with a .22 caliber rifle. He was fined $25 for shooting firearms inside the city.

40 years ago — A gale-force dust storm howled across the Arizona and Imperial County desert area, snarling traffic, endangering boatmen at the Salton Sea and bringing rain. The Seeley area Navy base control tower said the winds built up to 55 knots (62 mph) in the area.

30 years ago — A prolonged rail strike could create a local shortage of fertilizers and affect the Valley's multi-million dollar winter lettuce crop and next spring's sugar beet harvest. Local fertilizer dealers report from ample to extremely low supplies of fertilizers on hand.

20 years ago — Extra pay for health workers at the county jail was approved this week by the Board of Supervisors. Because of low and poor working conditions, the county has had trouble filling the six staff nurses positions at the jail, according to Yvonne Smith, Health Department administrator. The six nurses will get $50 more every two weeks.

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