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Stories of the past: Wednesday, August 21, 2001

August 21, 2001

50 years ago — Brawley city councilmen yesterday denied a plea from Brawley hot rod drivers to use a runway at the municipal airport for drag races. The Civil Aeronautics Administration advised the council against allowing drag races because they would be a hazard to the airplanes.

40 years ago — A shipment of 50,000 bushels of surplus wheat arrived in Brawley and Imperial to be stored for emergency use in case of war, according to county Agricultural Commissioner Claude M. Finnell.

30 years ago — The Calexico Lions Club donated a 1971 station wagon to Valley Orthopedic Clinic. The club donated the vehicle when it learned the Federal Aviation Administration had canceled all volunteer flights for orthopedic patients following the Aug. 7 airplane tragedy in which two clinic patients were killed.

20 years ago — Narcotics agents Thursday arrested two local men and a suspected "mule," or drug transporter from Sinaloa, Mexico, after an undercover officer reportedly completed a transaction involving the sale of 1 pound of heroin for $96,000. All three men were booked into the county jail on suspicion of possessing heroin for sale.

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