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Stories of the past: Wednesday, August 1, 2001

August 01, 2001

50 years ago — A total of $2,005 was contributed to the Imperial Valley Red Cross emergency drive to aid victims of the Midwest flood area. The quota sought for the Valley was $1,970. Of the amount pledged, $1,115 was through KXO radio station.

40 years ago — El Centro police are looking for a blond-haired 15-year-old who allegedly changed a $1 bill into $20 at a local motel. The suspect entered the motel and asked for change for $1. After the clerk came from the back room with the change, she checked into the money drawer and found $20 in bills missing.

30 years ago — A Holly Sugar Co. official announced Holly Sugar will process $1 million worth of Union Sugar Co. beets threatened by a rail strike. Union doesn't have a processing plant in the Valley. Holly will process an estimated 50,000 tons of beets grown by about 70 local farmers with Union contracts.

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20 years ago — Palm Wash has dried up under a broiling sun — perhaps, say naturalists, for the first time in 2,000 years. Although it happened quietly, the news must have shocked the bobcat, bighorn sheep, kit fox, birds, bees and bats as well as the tiny organisms that lived there. It was the last water hole in a half-million acres of rocky mountains making up the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, rangers say.

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