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Stories of the past: Wednesday, August 29, 2001

August 29, 2001

50 years ago — At least two major industries in the Imperial Valley will be affected by the increase in railroad freight rates. B.A. Harrigan, county agricultural commissioner, said the produce industry of the Valley would be seriously affected because the freight increase means the California farmer would have to pay as much as 50 to 70 cents a crate more than the Texas farmer.

40 years ago — Dove season starts Saturday for a full month. It is estimated some 27,000 coastal residents will come to the Imperial Valley during dove season, bringing a majority of the $942,000 to be spent at Valley establishments.

30 years ago — Because the state and county disagree on the local assessed valuation, county school taxes next spring will include their $248,000 disagreement. The county assessed property at a higher rate than the state.

20 years ago — The price of a single-copy purchase of the Brawley News and the Imperial Valley Press will go to 25 cents effective Monday. Subscription prices will remain unaffected.

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