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Stories of the past: Monday, December 10, 2001

December 10, 2001

50 years ago — Sgt. Carl A. Olson, son of Mrs. Ann Refon of Brawley, arrived home Friday after spending two years in Okinawa. He will spend a 30-day leave with his mother before reporting to Fort Ord for reassignment. Olson is 19.

40 years ago — Plans for a swimming pool, cafeteria-auditorium and vocational agriculture and shop building for the Calipatria High School have been completed and are being sent to the Division of Architecture at the state Board of Education for approval, it was announced today.

30 years ago — Hughes Airwest today announced it will inaugurate new midday round-trip flights Jan. 3 between Imperial County and Los Angeles International airports. The new daily service will bring the number of direct flights between the Valley and Los Angeles to six, or three round-trips, and provide non-stop round-trip service to Orange County Airport in Santa Ana from the Valley.

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20 years ago — The southern tip of the San Andreas fault could sleep quietly for another 500 years or it could be ready to deliver a major jolt. Kerry Sieh, an earthquake specialist, said his trenching research in a 100-mile stretch of the fault down to the Salton Sea showed no earthquakes in half a millennium. Carl Johnson of the U.S. Geological Survey however, said the fault is much alive and capable of delivering a major jolt.

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