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Stories of the Past: Tuesday, April 30, 2002

April 30, 2002

>>50 years ago — A 75-year-old prospector who came from California's famed Mother Lode county to hunt gold on eastern Imperial Valley was rescued after spending five days wandering in the desert. Deputy Sheriff Dick Wilson said the man told him he had been exploring Vinegar Wash. He walked away from his vehicle and had been unable to find it again.

>>40 years ago — The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the order that a green card immigrant may be stopped from working at a struck ranch is unconstitutional. The ruling says specifically that to prohibit a green card immigrant from working any place is an abrogation of his rights.

>>30 years ago — Transfer of control of the All-American Canal from the U.S Interior Department to the Imperial Irrigation District will be effective Thursday, according to the latest but still unofficial word received in the Valley. The transfer symbolizes victory for IID in its 10-year fight to gain authority of the operations conducted by the Bureau of Reclamation.

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>>20 years ago — Nearly 600 Valley residents will be asked to take part in the largest human study ever undertaken to determine effects of lifestyle and environment on contracting cancer. The six-year nationwide study by the American Cancer Society will investigate such concerns as the long-term effects of low-dose radiation, air and water pollution, diet and oral contraceptives, decaffeinated coffee, common medication and occupational exposure.

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