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Stories of the past: Tuesday, October 16, 2001

October 16, 2001

50 years ago — A challenge to distance swimmers was posed over the weekend as Dr. Wilfred Slater, a 54-year-old physician, swam the 30-mile length of the Salton Sea in 12 hours, 50 minutes and nine seconds.

40 years ago — This week the Brawley News joins other newspapers throughout the country in the observance of National Newspaper Week. In recognition of the event, the newspaper will carry a special photo page highlighting the production of the paper.

30 years ago — Members of the Imperial Valley Pioneers Association gathered at the new historical monument near Gray's Well to dedicate and preserve a segment of the Valley's old Plank Road across the Imperial Sand Dunes to Yuma.

20 years ago — Valley farmers are expected to lose close to $40 million this year in cotton alone, according to the county Agricultural Commissioner's Office. County Ag Commissioner Claude Finnell said farmers may lose $485 per acre. Bad weather and insects are responsible for this year's losses.

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