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Stories of the past: Monday, November 12, 2001

November 12, 2001

>>50 years ago — Imperial County Sheriff's Office deputies were checking the possibility that four duck hunters may have drowned in the Salton Sea in addition to three persons who perished when their canoe capsized.

>>40 years — Ever been bothered by the gas bill for the family car? Then take a second look at the monumental gas bill that boat racers competing in the 500-mile Boat Race at Salton Sea will face. Those in the big race will consume 20,000 gallons in the Boating Speed Classic.

>>30 years ago — An order is expected to be issued so that local farm worker wages may be raised by 5.5 percent, but not retroactively.

>>20 years ago — Prehistoric camel traces, believed to be the first ever found, were unearthed in the Valley's west desert area by Imperial Valley College paleontologist George Miller, according to Jay Von Werlhof, college museum director. Miller located the hoof prints, believed to be 5 million years old, during a routine excavation two days ago.

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