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Stories of the past: Wednesday, February 20, 2002

February 20, 2002

>>50 years ago — The Imperial Valley sun apparently isn't going to play any favorites. It shone brightly on Roger Hornsby and his St. Louis Browns during their 18-day training camp at Stark Field. It continued to send down its warm rays on the Chicago White Sox as the 24-man squad showed up for the first time in Imperial Valley.

>>40 years ago — Supervisor Chuck Kilgore called for three staff general practitioners at Imperial County Hospital and urged they be paid enough to keep them. Other supervisors generally went along with Kilgore's suggestion and rejected a plan presented by Hospital Director Dr. S.M. Tepper. Tepper would have paid local physicians and surgeons on a part-time basis.

>>30 years ago — Reverberations from the first national conference of the Geothermal Resources Council will be felt for months and perhaps years to come. Council officials agreed the free flow of information has spurred new interest among scientists and industries in geothermal exploration.

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>>20 years ago — Overuse of pyrethroid insecticides for pink bollworm control in Imperial Valley cotton fields could jeopardize this last line of defense against this pest and others, a University of California scientist warned Thursday. "I'm very concerned about the level of pyrethroid use in this desert valley's cotton fields. It's like there's no tomorrow," said Thomas A. Miller, professor of entomology at University of California.

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