50 years ago — A.C. Bowen, manager of the Imperial Valley Conservation Service of the Department of Agriculture, has been promoted and will be transferred to Berkeley. Bowen will become assistant state conservationist Sept. 2.
40 years ago — Four Southern California radio stations, including KROP of Brawley, have been sold, the Federal Communications Commission announced. The FCC said the stations have been transferred to a group of stockholders for $450,000.
30 years ago — Brawley police broke up a party Friday at Sacred Heart School, 428 S. Imperial Ave, and made 15 arrests for minors in possession of alcohol. An unknown telephone caller tipped off the police when he rang the police station about 10:30 p.m. to report the possibility of a party at the school.
20 years ago — In a surprising development Thursday the Imperial County Airport control tower was closed indefinitely because of the nationwide air controller strike. The three non-striking county airport controllers are being transferred to busier airports outside of the Imperial Valley. Local pilots and one of two commercial airlines operating in the Valley said the tower closure will have no effect on airport operations.