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Stories of the Past: Tuesday, February 26, 2002

February 26, 2002

>>50 years ago — The California Mid-Winter Fair will become a miniature Switzerland tomorrow as Swiss Queen Hedi Muller reigns over the fair. Joe Enz Jr. has arranged a special program in the Casa de Mañana building. A Swiss band is to play and Swiss yodelers to perform.

>>40 years ago — One of the worst storms of the season hit the Laguna Mountains and was continuing at blizzard proportions. Highway 80 is reported to be open. California Highway Patrol officials said chains are necessary between Boulevard and Guatay, a distance of about 30 miles.

>>30 years ago — Use of pesticides on Imperial County farms in 1971 dropped drastically with the number of acres treated reaching 982,809 as compared with 2,172,570 acres in the 1969-70 period. County Agricultural Commissioner Claude Finnell said good pest advice from advisers, the shortened cotton growing season and the effective new materials were the reason for the decrease.

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>>20 years ago — The peso sank to an all-time low today, resulting in large-scale layoffs from local stores, according to state Employment Development Department officials. The peso, which was devalued last week, was devalued again Thursday. By today Mexicali banks were reported buying dollars at the ratios of 42 to 44 pesos per dollar.

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