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Stories of the past: Thursday, January 17, 2002

January 17, 2002

>>50 years ago — The Imperial Valley continued as a haven from the storm-swept Pacific slopes, where things got so bad they had to send a dog sled for relief to a snowbound train with 226 persons aboard.

>>40 years ago — The opening protest against San Diego's demand for Alamo and New river water will be used on the disastrous effect this would have on developments at the Salton Sea. San Diego has filed a claim demanding rights to water in the New and Alamo rivers, based at least partially on the fact that this county used to be part of San Diego.

>>30 years ago — Robert W. Hagemann, county farm adviser, says growers interested in growing safflower on their cotton set aside acreage may do so with a deduction in the government payment of $10.20 per acre. Contracts for safflower are around $105 per ton delivered to local elevators.

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>>20 years ago — For the past several weeks, state Health and Welfare Secretary Mario Obledo has been testing the political waters around the state as he considers a possible bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. "If a campaign can be won on enthusiasm and excitement, there's no question I would be the next governor," Obledo told a $50 per couple fund-raising dinner at the Brawley American Citizens Club. The visit was coordinated by Brawley rancher Fernando Sanga, chairman of the state Democratic Party Chicano Caucus.

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