50 years ago — A zinc deposit southwest of Coyote Wells captured the attention of W.B. Tucker, district engineer for the state Bureau of Mines. Tucker said existence of the small deposit might indicate there are still other, perhaps larger, deposits in the county.
40 years ago — Plans for development of 125 acres just north of El Centro into a complex of homes, apartments, a motel, trailer park, restaurant and bowling alley were outlined at a press conference.
30 years ago — The Board of Supervisors deleted mention of a methadone maintenance program from a priority list of projects for study submitted by County Administrative Officer Arthur Alexander.
20 years ago — For now only a makeshift dike stands between Bombay Beach and the Salton Sea. Construction starts today on a taller, rock-faced dike to protect the community on the eastern shore of the Salton Sea. The $217,000 cost of the 4,600-foot long dike is being paid for by a federal Housing and Urban Development block grant. Bombay Beach's problems began with tropical storms Kathleen and Doreen in 1976 and 1977, which dumped torrents of water into the Salton Sea. Since then agricultural runoff has continued to raise the level of the Salton Sea above the level of most of Bombay Beach.