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Stories of the Past: Tuesday, January 29, 2002

January 29, 2002

>>50 years ago — No cases of price control violations have occurred among Imperial County businessmen during the first year of OPS operations, William C. Moeser, director of the San Diego district office said Saturday. Moeser's territory covers Imperial, San Diego and Orange counties.

>>40 years ago — In tribute to "many fond memories" of the Barbara Worth Hotel, destroyed by fire Sunday, Brawleyite Bob Adams placed a wreath of spring flowers Thursday in front of hotel ruins. "I thought that a historic landmark of its stature should be remembered as more than a scarred ruin." he said.

>>30 years ago — Although Navy Attack Squadron 83 will leave the El Centro Naval Air Facility to return to its home at Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Fla., NAF range activities are humming. A cross-country flight by the 12 A-F Echo jet fighters, 20 officers and 175 enlisted men marked a new high for winter training units at NAF.

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>>20 years ago — The unemployment rate for Imperial County for December was 26.2 percent, according to figures released Thursday by the Employment Development and Research office in Los Angeles. The 26.2 percent is considerably up from the 17 percent of December 1980. It also is up from the 25.3 percent figure of November but down from 26.6 percent of October and 30 percent of September.

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