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Stories of the Past: Thursday, February 28, 2002

February 28, 2002

>>50 years ago — Pacific Greyhound busline officials in Imperial Valley were waiting for word of a strike scheduled for midnight by drivers and station employees. The strike would cripple bus transportation between Valley cities and the Valley and eastern and coastal cities.

>>40 years ago — The danger of rabies continues, Claude Finnell, chairman of the Imperial County Rabies Control Council, said after releasing a report during a meeting of the council. He said 14 dogs with rabies were confirmed in 1961 and one human died from the dreaded disease.

>>30 years ago — Reports that strong opposition among Imperial County cotton growers existed over a state-ordered Sept. 10 defoliation date and a Dec. 10 plow-up date failed to materialize at a meeting of the Colorado River Cotton Growers Association. The annual meeting was relatively quiet.

>>20 years — The Calexico Chamber of Commerce board of directors took no action Thursday on a proposal that would ask the federal government to declare Calexico an economic disaster area in the wake of the peso devaluation. The board indicated, however, that such action could be forth-coming if the effect of the devaluation continues to severely plague Calexico, the Valley's only municipality that deals with the peso.

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