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Stories of the past: Friday, December 28, 2001

December 28, 2001

>>50 years ago — Explorer Scouts and leaders, more than 100 strong from both the Imperial and Yuma valleys, will wind up in a three-day encampment at the El Centro Naval Auxiliary Station tomorrow. The scouts received instruction in jet propulsion and took orientation flights over the Valley.

>>40 years ago — Clear water is on its way here today from Parker Dam, augmented by stored water from Imperial Dam, to bring an end by Jan. 1 to the vexing problem of salt in Colorado River water. The problem has plagued the Imperial and Mexicali valleys for more than a month.

>>30 years ago — Guard Jeff Magin found the range with 33 points but couldn't keep the Holtville Vikings from dropping an 86-65, Elks Tournament battle to the Coronado Islanders. Holtville's playmaker started finding his shooting eye in the second half. The Vikings had problems scoring in the first two quarters, trailing 50-26 at half-time.

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>>20 years ago — A U.S. Border Patrol agent is being credited with saving the life of a Salvadoran refugee who had stopped breathing early Monday before being discovered by Border Patrol agents east of Calexico. USBP Assistant Chief Jim Bowen said he hopes agent John Britton receives an official commendation for his lifesaving action.

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