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Stories of the past: Thursday, January 10, 2002

January 10, 2002

>>50 years ago — In answer to repeated calls by the state employment service in El Centro for farm labor, the Indian placement center in Arizona has notified El Centro office officials that 150 Navajos will be sent to ease at least on grower's labor needs.

>>40 years ago — A building on the northeast side of Highway 111, just past Niland's business district, has been obtained as the festival building for 1962 Niland Sportsman and Tomato Festival. A tomato-packing contest will be featured.

>>30 years ago — Imperial County's unemployment rate is 10.4 percent while the statewide figure is 6.1 percent. An official in El Centro's state employment office said the local figure will decline slowly but "it's going to take industry here to do it."

>>20 years ago — While the rest of the country is suffering painfully cold weather, the Imperial Valley is muddling through about a quarter-inch of rain from a warm-weather storm. Frosts in Texas and Florida may actually benefit the Valley by affecting the supply of produce, increasing demand.

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