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Stories of the past: Wednesday, March 27, 2002

March 27, 2002

>>50 years ago — Brawley Master Sgt. Richard C. Harding, a veteran of Heartbreak Ridge, is back to "my home town where I intend to live and work," he said.

>>40 years ago — Victor V. Veysey, a Brawley rancher, took out papers to file as a candidate on the Republican ticket for the 75th Assembly District seat held by Laverette House, incumbent Democrat.

>>30 years ago — A total of 35 arrests were made by sheriff's deputies during a wild weekend in the Imperial Dam and Senator Wash areas. More than 3,000 youths, motorcyclists and other campers were reported in the area. The arrests were on numerous charges including drug offenses, illegal guns, illegal firing of a gun, resisting arrest and being under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

>>20 years ago — Over the objections of bird and fish enthusiasts, an advisory panel to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management recommended Friday that 138,000 acres of the Salton Sea shoreline be leased for oil and gas exploration. The U.S. Geological Survey has estimated there is a 1 percent chance of finding commercial quantities of oil and gas under the 36-mile long Salton Sea. Most of the drilling sites would be in Imperial County.

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