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Stories of the Past: Thursday, September 13, 2001

September 13, 2001

50 years ago — Safeway Stores Inc. is expected to begin construction next week on its new $250,000 building in El Centro. The store will be one of the largest in the Safeway chain, similar to new stores in Brawley, Riverside, El Cajon and Santa Barbara.

40 years ago — Annexation of 72,000 acres, including Salton City, to the Coachella Valley County Water District has become a reality with the signature of Secretary of State Frank M. Jordan on the necessary documents. The move will ensure water supplies to the Salton City area.

30 years ago — The county Planning Commission today voted 3-2 to permit a 50 percent expansion of a feedlot 2,400 feet north of Calexico. A contingent of Calexico officials protested the expansion of Allied Feeders Corp. by 30 pens. The feedlot, presently feeding 5,000 cattle, will be allowed to build 30 new pens for 2,500 more cattle. The city can appeal the decision to the Board of Supervisors within 10 days.

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20 years ago — Chances are good that the diesel fire that did extensive damage to Bev-King Trucking Co., Inc., equipment near Brawley on Sunday morning could be repeated anywhere in the county, county Fire Chief Carl Schewettmann said today. "At least a million gallons of diesel are stored on farms in the county and we don't know where they are," the chief said.

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