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Stories of the Past: Thursday, August 9, 2001

August 09, 2001

50 years ago — Brawley Chamber of Commerce president Mickey Gillen and merchants division president Stanley Sierad signed a contract yesterday that will bring a pre-Christmas parade to Brawley in late August. The theme will be "Parade in the Sky."

40 years ago — Two El Centro police officers cornered and killed a 4-foot long gopher snake on the stairway of KAMP radio station building in El Centro. Officers James Sutton and Eugene Sutherland rushed to the station after receiving an urgent call from a radio executive complaining there was a rattlesnake on the stairs.

30 years ago — El Centro's downtown business association has proposed a plan to spruce up the area. Assessments of a proposed parking and business improvement district would pay for 56 new parking spaces. Lot landscaping and lighting, burial of power lines, removal of poles and 50 to 60 more parking slots on Main Street would come later.

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20 years — The nationwide air controller strike has affected to varying degrees the business of local travel agencies and two airlines operating in the Valley. Some report steep drops in tickets sales since the strike began Monday. Others say there has been little or no impact.

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