50 years ago — Portions of track in a seven-mile area on the San Diego-Arizona Eastern Railway Co., now underwater, will be open for use Thursday. Heavy rains Saturday badly damaged main lines of the railway company between mile posts 98 and 105 between El Centro and San Diego. The washouts were estimated to have caused $10,000 in damages.
40 years ago — Westmorland city councilmen, meeting in a secret session Saturday night, fired Police Chief Mel McGill. McGill had served as chief for three years. The council action follows a controversy in which the Police Department had been ordered to "hit the highway" and write more traffic tickets. Councilmen criticized McGill for writing only 18 traffic tickets last year.
30 years ago — Valley Southern Pacific employees are expected to return at 4 p.m. and the first carload of perishable produce and sugar beets to roll out. Ralph Peck, freight manager at the El Centro depot, said two trains, from Yuma and Indio, were expected to arrive at the terminal.