>>50 years ago — Imperial Valley business and agricultural leaders have been asked to attend a nine-day economic mobilization course in San Diego from May 19-29. The purpose of the course is to prepare civilians for mobilization of business and industry in case of all-out war. Instructors are under the direction of U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.
>>40 years ago — George Bucklin, chairman of the Kimball For Assembly committee, has announced that a fund-raising dinner is being arranged for Fielding Kimball, an El Centro attorney running for the Democratic nomination for the 75th District. The dinner is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 22 at the fairgrounds in Imperial.
>>30 years ago — An intensive survey has shown the recently discovered rare powdery mildew disease on sugar beet leaves "is practically every Valley field examined," The dilemma is there is no recommended or registered chemical control for the disease.
>>20 years ago — While the Board of Supervisors is set Tuesday to consider the Planning Commission's rejection of geothermal development in the Salton Sea, the Bureau of Land Management is gearing up to sell 5,000 acres of undersea land for it. Geothermal developers are waiting for the supervisors discussion set for 1:45 p.m. because the Salton Sea's geothermal resource is considered to be the Valley's largest and hottest.