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Stories of the Past: Monday, August 6, 2001

August 06, 2001

50 years ago — The lid goes on the Imperial Valley cannery tomato deal within the next few days. The average tonnage per acre will probably run from 6 to 8 tons.

40 years ago — Food inspectors found below standard produce in 60 percent of Valley markets inspected during the past two weeks, county Agriculture Commissioner Claude Finnell said. "Most violations, however, were not of a serious nature, and resulted from dumping of low-quality products in this county by up-state distributors," said Finnell.

30 years ago — Nine Valley Boy Scouts and an El Centro leader were among 23,000 Scouts and leaders evacuated after three days of torrential rains at the 13th World Scout Jamboree campsite in Asigi Heights, Japan. By the time astronaut Neil H. Armstrong arrived, more than half the 23,000 scouts and leaders were gone.

20 years ago — The Westmorland City Council on Wednesday night voted for a 35 percent increase in charges for city water, sewer and trash services. Passage is expected at the Sept. 2 meeting, and the new rates will be reflected in the November utility bills. The whopping increases had been anticipated since a program for recovery from the devastating April 26 earthquake was initiated.

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