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Stories of the Past: Sunday, April 14, 2002

April 14, 2002

>>50 years ago — A ravenous crawling army was engaged in a battle of life and death with Imperial Valley farmers who fought to save more than $24 million of ripening crops. The invading army was white-lined sphinx moth caterpillars.

>>40 years ago — Did herds of monster horses 8-foot-tall roam here millions of years before the ocean moved in to cover the Valley with water? If the fossilized horse's jaw unearthed on the Yuha Plains a month ago by W.M. Childers is what he thinks it is, they may have.

>>30 years ago — Strong westerly winds are expected to continue to blow across the Imperial Valley, with gusts reported up to 36 knots at the Imperial County Airport. The California Highway Patrol alerted motorists of strong winds and sand damage on all highways.

>>20 years ago — The Budweiser Clydesdales kicked off the 1982 edition of the Calexico Cavalcade celebrations this morning by hosting a pre-cavalcade parade through the downtown area. The cavalcade, set for April 24, celebrates the discovery of the Imperial Valley by Spanish Explorer Capt. Juan Bautista de Anza.

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