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Stories of the past: Wednesday, April 3, 2002

April 03, 2002

>>50 years ago — Due to shortages of quality feed in some areas, farmers were cautioned to watch for a possible increase in digestive upsets or even fatal poisonings in cattle, swine and other livestock in the spring. The feed situation is tighter this year because much of last year's hay crop was rained on and a lot of wet, immature corn was harvested.

>>40 years ago — Workmen were busy removing palm trees around the County Courthouse. The removal came after supervisors complained they had not been consulted before the planting and voiced objections to where the trees had been placed.

>>30 years ago — A rampaging mob of an estimated 500 juveniles and young adults battled with sheriff's deputies at Squaw Lake near Winterhaven through the night. In one incident youths threw a tear gas grenade at deputies. The tiny local jail, with a capacity of 16 people, was crammed with 29 arrested during the night.

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>>20 years ago — Reapportionment could leave Imperial County without representation in the state Senate for two years, according to state Sen. Jim Ellis. The Imperial Valley is currently represented by state Sen. William Craven of Oceanside. When Craven's term expires in November, Imperial County will become part of Ellis' 39th District, However, Ellis cannot legally become Imperial County's senator because he has never appeared on a local ballot.

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