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Stories from the past, Feb. 7, 2002

February 16, 2002

>>50 years ago — A deputy attorney told a legislative subcommittee Tuesday a "tremendous" volume of narcotics is coming across the U.S.-Mexican border into Imperial and San Diego counties. The Department of Justice won committee approval for funds to augment the narcotics enforcement staff.

>>40 years ago — Filing has began to fill vacancies on Northend city councils this year. Elections will be in April. Brawley incumbents Mayor Nick Pricola and H.A. Willingham have taken out paper but not filed as yet.

>>30 years ago — Gross value of products of Imperial county farms in 1971 was $301 million, a record and an increase of $44.5 million over 1970, announced Claude Finnell, Imperial County agricultural commissioner.

>>20 years ago — It's highly possible the world record for packing tomatoes will be shattered in Niland tonight as this community by the Salton Sea continues its three-day extravaganza, the 42nd annual Niland Tomato and Sportsmen's Festival at the Community Center in Highway 111.

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