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Stories of the Past: Thursday, February 21, 2002

February 21, 2002

>>50 years ago — Don Lydick, a 28-year-old Imperial County farmer in the Tamarack district, has announced his candidacy for assemblyman from Imperial County. Lydick is the second to announce for the seat vacated by the death last year of George Butters. E.F. Sturdevant, an El Centro attorney, also has announced his candidacy.

>>40 years ago — El Centro Police Chief Jack Hawe said increasing beginning pay for policemen and agreeing the city should furnish guns and handcuffs had brought a record number of applicants for police jobs. He said 24 men applied for jobs and 20 took written examinations.

>>30 years ago — State Sen. James Mills, D-San Diego, said an important factor in the development of Imperial Valley's geothermal resource is who the underground water reservoir belongs to — the federal government or the state. He said in his opinion the "determination of ownership is a necessary prelude to full-scale geothermal exploitation."

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>>20 year ago — Lettuce trading has slowed considerably and prices have dropped to the season's low to range from $13 to $14 per carton of 24 heads, reports Jack Kloth of Federal-State Market News Service in El Centro. That is slightly below a break-even price, but Imperial Valley shipments are expected to begin to decrease soon.

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