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Stories of the Past: Thursday, April 4, 2002

April 04, 2002

>>50 years ago — A large attack warning siren, installed atop the El Centro fire station, will be tested as jet planes from the naval auxiliary air station buzz the city to make the test more realistic, Imperial County Defense Director Bill Dickey announced.

>>40 years ago — A Swiss newspaper recently published an article dealing with tranquilizers shot from a rifle and mentioned the Imperial Valley and the recent rabies situation here. The newspaper, Die Weltwoche (The World's Week), notes the tranquilizer guns were used to capture dogs suspected of being infested with rabies.

>>30 years ago — Users of food stamps in Imperial County are being notified by the county Welfare Department that cash change can no longer be returned by stores accepting the stamps. There are 12,070 people using food stamps in Imperial County.

>>20 years ago — "You really can help keep your telephone costs down …" Imperial County telephone users have heard the word and now the Pacific Telephone Co., is driving home the lesson. The familiar voice answering the 411 information line will be gone. But those more familiar with the voice, those Valleyites who dial 411 most often, will pay for the luxury of asking an operator to look up a number.

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