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Stories of the past: Wednesday, January 23, 2002

January 23, 2002

>> 50 years ago — Bonanza Airlines has been authorized to begin air service from Phoenix to Los Angeles via El Centro and other points effective March 17, 1952, the Civil Aeronautics Board declared. Western Airlines has been ordered to suspend air service to El Centro and Yuma.

>> 40 years ago — Imperial Valley lettuce farmers have reached an agreement with the state Labor Department in the 10-day harvest wage dispute. California Council of Growers representatives said growers have agreed to pay farm workers a 24-cent-a-carton rate, with the provision they can insist upon quality of the packing and the option to pay $1 an hour.

>> 30 years ago — Seven skunks — some already diagnosed as rabid — were recently captured close to Verde Elementary School in rural Holtville. The case reminds the public to vaccinate all pets, be alert personally and report all cases of unusual animal behavior to the county veterinarian's office.

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>> 20 years ago — Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Raymond Schartau, 51, has been selected by the Calexico City Council as Calexico's new chief of police and will assume his duties in March, announced City Manager Chris Burt. Burt said the council was "completely happy" and will ratify Schartau's appointment on Feb. 2.

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