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Stories of the Past: Sunday, December 30, 2001

December 29, 2001

>>50 years ago — The last Brawley Chamber of Commerce radio program of 1951 will feature Dwight Parks, secretary-manager, joining with board member Robert Casey in wishing members of the chamber and the city of Brawley a happy New Year. The 15-minute radio skit will be broadcast Dec. 31 over KROP.

>>40 years ago — John N. Woolard received a check from Pearl Richardson of the Post-Press business office after being declared winner in the annual Post-Press and Merchant's Christmas lighting contest. Woolard and his wife, Gertrude, used an attractively lighted desert motif for their prize winning display at 1557 Sandalwood in El Centro.

>>30 years ago — An unidentified woman accompanied by two children and a driving station wagon made an unscheduled appearance on closed-circuit television the other day. She didn't know it but commanders at the El Centro Naval Air Facility watched the screen as the camera eye caught her stealing military equipment. NAF authorities didn't specify the type of military equipment taken but indicated the woman probably thought she was collecting souvenirs.

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>>20 years ago — An American woman has said she will file a complaint with U.S. border officials after she was denied admission into the U.S. on Saturday at the Calexico Port of Entry and subjected to what she claims was "racist" questioning. San Ysidro resident Juanita P. Vargas, 32, said she was denied entry into the U.S. by port officials who, she said, "abusively interpreted the law."

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