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Stories of the Past: December 20, 2001

December 20, 2001

>>50 years ago — Slight crop damage was reported in Calipatria when winter arrived one day early with freezing temperatures. A low of 32 degrees was reported in Brawley. Winter arrives officially at 11:01 a.m. tomorrow.

>>40 years ago — Who will be El Centro's next police chief? That question will be answered Friday. City Manager Leonard McClintock said Thursday he will announce his choice then.

>>30 years ago — While campaigning in the Valley, state Sen. Majority Leader John Garamendi (D-Walnut Grove) made time for a quick trip to Brawley and a firsthand look at Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo. Garamendi, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor, in 1976 was the author of SB 2450, which he described as the legislation that "started rural clinics." A portion of Clinicas is financed through that bill.

>>20 years ago — Strikebound Hughes Airwest was restoring partial service today at 20 key airports in seven states and Mexico — but the Imperial County airport is not among them. Some 570 members of the Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association struck the airline last Wednesday, shutting down operations at the company's facilities at 74 airports, including flights to and from Imperial County airport.

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