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Stories of the Past: Sunday, March 10, 2002

March 10, 2002

>>50 years ago — The weatherman said a rainstorm that dampened all of Southern California shows little inclination to move on and he forecasts "occasional" and "widely scattered" showers for the Imperial Valley. The California Highway Patrol reported up to 5 inches of snow in the mountains between the Valley and San Diego.

>>40 years ago — Though armed soldiers were still in evidence around the Mexicali federal hydraulics offices, scene of sit-down demonstrations by Mexicali Valley farmers, a truce appeared to have been called while officials attempt to work out some solution to the 30 percent water and planting cutbacks ordered for the Mexicali Valley.

>>30 years ago — Advances in geothermal development in Imperial County are being made on various fronts, according to a variety of reports to the county Board of Supervisors. The board approved the creation of a county road to the sand dunes, where a well will be drilled later this year for the Department of Water Resources.

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>>20 years ago — A 16-year quest ended for coach Jerry Hinkle on Saturday as his Calipatria Hornets won the San Diego CIF 1-A basketball championship at the Sports Arena. Overcoming early foul trouble, the Desert Mountain League champs defeated Santa Fe Christian 87-71. The Hornets finished with a 21-1 record.

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