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Stories of the Past: Sunday, December 16, 2001

December 15, 2001

>>50 years ago — K.K. Sharp, Imperial Valley grower, is going out of the produce-shipping business. Three Imperial Valley men have purchased the K.K. Sharp Co. shed and equipment in Holtville. They are James M. Clover and Leonard Chappell, both of Holtville and E.N.D. Hatch of El Centro.

>>40 years ago — Dwight K. Thompson of Niland is one of three instructors appointed to the agriculture division at California State Polytechnic College's Kellogg campus, President Julian A. McPhee announced today. Other members assuming teaching duties are G.W. Schmitz, soil science department, and W.H. Peters, landscape architecture department.

>>30 years ago — Congressman Victor V. Veysey warned Imperial County officials the federal government is not going to accept the county's zoning rules and other regulations on geothermal development. The point had been raised at a meeting Tuesday morning in the Imperial Valley Development Agency office set up by the congressman as a "get together" session to discuss local problems.

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>>20 years ago — Drilling was set to begin today on El Centro's first geothermal test well after an effort by City Manager Abdel Salem apparently ironed out all of the federal Department of Energy concerns about the venture. The last hurdle to starting the over $1 million project to use geothermal energy to heat and cool the Community Center was cleared Tuesday night when the City Council adopted a resolution including all DOE provisions that set the project in gear.

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