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Stories of the past: Friday, August 31, 2001

August 31, 2001

50 years ago — The California Mid-Winter Fairgrounds will serve as a reception center for the contracting of Mexican nationals for jobs on farms in seven western states. The center will begin operations as soon as contact workers from central Mexico arrive.

40 years ago — A rabies quarantine that has lasted 20 days in the south end of the Imperial Valley ends tomorrow, according to acting county Health Officer Dr. H.J. Herbert. Herbert ordered the quarantine stopped after consulting with the local rabies control board and state health officials.

30 years ago — A lawsuit by 11 Northend physicians to stop federal funding of the Brawley migrant clinic was dismissed Monday in San Diego federal district court. The suit, filed in October, alleged there were no migrant farm workers in Imperial County, that the clinic would deprive physicians each of $25,000 annual income and that the medical practice could not survive.

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20 years ago — Southern California desert area feedlot confirmed sales of slaughter cattle were up 7,300 from 4,200 last week and 7,200 last year, the Federal State Market News Service reported Friday. Local owners and sellers maintained a firm stance as the entire area is now in a current marketing position. Only 25 percent of steer volume was reported to weigh over 1,025 pounds this week.

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