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Stories of the Past: Sunday, August 26, 2001

August 25, 2001

50 years ago — Credit for the series of brilliant flashes across the Valley skies the past couple nights and mornings goes to giant photographic flash bulbs used by speeding Navy planes near the Navy station west of El Centro.

40 years ago — A Redondo Beach oilman said an exploratory well a mile and a half south of Calipatria may be producing oil in five or six days. Allen Van Huisen, president of the Sardi Oil Co., said, "It looks like we've finally got one that may amount to something."

30 years ago — Three persons were injured in a light plane crash near an abandoned landing strip four miles west of Salton City. The plane circled the landing strip and, on its last pass, its landing gear struck a power pole. The plane veered out of control and crashed.

20 years ago — Calipatria's famous flagpole may be taking a back seat to another tower in town if plans for a satellite-fed cable television service, presented to the City Council on Tuesday night, materialize. The council greeted Delaware Orcal Cable representative Michael Shaheen with open arms. The town has been starved for cable television, which it has never had.

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