50 years ago — A storm from the Gulf of California hit the Imperial Valley on Sunday night and Monday morning. Imperial Irrigation District canals broke in several places and drainage ditches overflowed, flooding highways.
40 years ago — The first Imperial Valley cotton gin report came from the Imperial-Mexicali Cotton Exchange. It showed 750 bales were processed. A breakdown shows Calipatria Gin processed 500 bales; the North End Gin, 90; the Date Road Gin, 157; and the Holtville Gin, 3.
30 years ago — An emergency situation demanding El Centro firefighters handle ambulance calls until a private service is obtained in the city was extended for two more weeks by the City Council. The two Valley ambulance services were required to stop functioning after their insurance coverage was terminated.
20 years ago — Most Valley hunters seem to be expecting good hunting when the dove season opens Tuesday. The state Fish and Game Department reports large numbers of dove are in the Valley. Recent storms have moved dove around but most have stayed in the Valley, one department official said.