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Stories of the Past: Thursday, September 6, 2001

September 06, 2001

50 years ago — Members of the American Legion of Imperial Valley are to be in San Diego on Friday and Saturday for the state convention. The highlight for the Valley posts will be the pageant parade, which will show the history of the Valley from the first survey to its present diversified agriculture economy.

40 years ago — Judy Roger, 19, was named queen of the Imperial Valley Aquacade yesterday in Westmorland. Miss Rogers is a bookkeeper for a savings and loans company in El Centro and plans to become a certified public accountant. She was crowned by Mary McFarland of Imperial, the 1960-61 Aquacade queen.

30 years ago — Members of the Imperial County Sugar Cane League are expected to meet to determine if it is economically feasible to grow sugar cane in the Valley. From 1960 to 1966, Valley growers, including Congressman Victor Veysey, planted for testing some 400 varieties of sugar cane.

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20 years ago — Three men including a Calexico resident were arrested over the Labor Day weekend in connection with seizure of over two pounds of cocaine and heroin valued between $700,000 and $900,000. Imperial County Narcotic Task Force Commander Ernest Halcon said the arrests came after an undercover agent took delivery of about 1 pound of cocaine and about a pound and a quarter of "high grade" heroin during a narcotics transaction.

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