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Stories of the past: Wednesday February 27, 2002

February 27, 2002

>>50 years ago — Imperial County received $22,293 from the state as its share of the excess enrollment funds available under California's new formula of basing school apportionments on current daily attendance. The $22,293 is for the fall term of the current school year, said Ruth Kepley, county superintendent of schools, and is more than twice the amount received for the spring semester.

>>40 years ago — Smuggling of watch movements and diamonds is on the increase all along the border, U.S. Customs Commissioner Philip Nichols Jr., said in Calexico. Narcotics were still the number one problem along the border, he said.

>>30 years ago — Groundbreaking was scheduled of a Quechan Indian environmental control agricultural farm, a $1 million project funded through the Office of Economic Opportunity and the Economic Development Administration. Once completed, the farm will be operated by the tribe. Consultants will be provided by the University of Arizona.

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>>20 years ago — Jim Abatti of St. Mary's 4-H Club had been trying for 10 years and finally showed the overall grand champion market steer at the California Mid-Winter Fair, which opened a 10-day run yesterday. Attendance for the opener was a record 19,483 fair-goers. Last year's opener drew 18,575.

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