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Stories of the Past: Monday, January 14, 2002

January 14, 2002

>>50 years ago — San Diego realtor Fred B. Mitchell took swings at bureaucracy, federal spending and public housing in an address to the annual meeting of the Holtville Chamber of Commerce last night. Speaking before an estimated 125 persons, Mitchell said, "Government is not by elected officials, but by bureaucrats."

>>40 years ago — James Wakefield, retired sheepman from Calipatria, will be the guest honoree at Westmorland's third annual national sheep-shearing contest Saturday. Wakefield, 85, will be presented with an award. The Westmorland Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the event.

>>30 years ago — If the El Centro Band Parents Association has anything to say about it, the Central Union High School band will travel to Mexico City this spring to participate in a concert festival. The group needs $5,000 by Feb. 1, another $15,000 by the last week in April and special legislation from Sacramento to allow the trip.

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>>20 years ago — Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday will be celebrated Friday and Valley high schools will get a special holiday. Local athletic directors are moving most of Friday's scheduled sport events up 24 hours. The lone exception concerns games between Calexico and Brawley. The Wildcat boys basketball team visits the Bulldogs at 7 p.m. Friday with the border city girls coming to the Northend to play at the same time.

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