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Stories of the Past: Sunday, January 13, 2002

January 12, 2002

>>50 years ago — A human skull wasn't what they were looking for but that's what military survey crews found in the desert 10 miles south of Wiley's Well near the Riverside County line. Sheriff's deputies were told dental work had been done and because of that identification might be made.

>>40 years ago — The 10-year limit on free access to federal irrigation water is expiring for California farmers. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says as a result, California farmers will be forced to sell at least 5,000 acres of farmland within the next few years.

>>30 years ago — An emergency ordinance effective immediately prohibiting truck traffic in residential areas of El Centro on Euclid and Woodward avenues east of 12th Street was passed Wednesday night by the El Centro City Council. "Trucks sometimes have a difficult time turning around in such areas," said El Centro City Councilman J. Fred Hesse.

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>>20 years ago — Border crossers at the Calexico Port of Entry were down 6 percent in 1981 as compared to 1980. According to recent statistics released by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, only 17.8 million persons crossed through the port in 1981 as compared to 19 million crossers in 1980.

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