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Stories of the Past: Tuesday, March 12, 2002

March 12, 2002

>>50 years ago — Evidence of overcharging by out-of-town construction companies apparently has been unearthed in an investigation originating from a warning to property owners by the Brawley Chamber of Commerce.

>>40 years ago — No residential building permits were taken out in Brawley last month, compared to 26 taken in February 1961, according to the office of the city engineer. Valuation of the building permits for last month totaled $17,815.

>>30 years ago — Navy and Marine teams will compete in "bull chariot race" events at the two-day 43rd annual Mid-Winter Rodeo. Cotton Rosser, "trail boss" for Golden State Rodeo Co., said men from El Centro Naval Air Facility and Imperial Beach Naval Air Station will be pitted against Camp Pendleton Marines.

>>20 years ago — A dead bird was the only casualty of the storm that sprinkled a 10th of an inch on the Valley on Thursday and early today. And there was a question that the bird's death was rain-related. The bird caused the only power outage in the Valley in the last 24 hours when it landed today on the bushing of a transformer in the Verde area on Barbara Worth Road.

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