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Stories of the past: Friday, October 12, 2001

October 12, 2001

50 years ago — At the halfway point in the first U.S. defense bond drive, which has a goal of $90,000 in Imperial County, sales of E bonds have reached $38,629.

40 years ago — The California Department of Fish and Game plans to release 10,000 pheasants in Imperial County for pheasant season. That is an increase of 6,000 birds from a year ago.

30 years ago — The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers union has requested a wage survey by the Imperial Irrigation District using comparative figures from rates paid by private contractors and other utilities employing linemen, servicemen and electricians in Southern California.

20 years ago — County Health Officer Dr. L. Lee Cottrell, the county's highest-paid official, came under fire last week for numerous unexplained or unauthorized absences last year, according to county sources. Cottrell, whose county salary is $77,000, was called into a Board of Supervisors' executive session Thursday and confronted with county records that indicated he was away from his job 25 to 30 days without authorization last year, sources say.

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