50 years ago — Imperial County is short 1,000 cotton pickers, according to the state Department of Employment. The labor department hopes to alleviate this shortage by recruiting Mexican nationals within the next few days.
40 years ago — Edward Tabor, who operates the Flying Sportsman Lodge and Tabor Tours of Beverly Hills, brought 28, Los Angeles hunters to the Valley for the opening dove shoot in a chartered DC-3. All 28, including actor John Derrick, got their limits of dove in less than an hour.
30 years ago — Imperial County was awarded a $527,000 grant to provide jobs through the U.S. Emergency Employment Act, according to Tunney Williams, county Board of Supervisors chairman. In the small-county classification (under 75,000 population), Imperial Valley received the largest grant.
20 years ago — Holtville's Paul Serna will start for the Seattle Mariners tonight in the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Serna called his mother this morning to tell her he will be starting at shortstop when the Mariners take on Frank Tanana and the Sox.