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Stories of the Past: Thursday, May 9, 2002

May 09, 2002

>>50 years ago — Niland's 12th annual Tomato Festival opened with a parade by representatives of organizations through the community. Pets were on display at the festival grounds from 3 to 4 p.m. and judging of the "Queen-Teen" was scheduled to take place shortly after.

>>40 years ago — Fighting to hold down an already unbalanced budget, Central Union High School trustees refused to approve a new instructor salary schedule that asked for slightly less than a 4 percent increase.

>>30 years ago — The roar of the motorcycle and dune buggy engine across the Imperial Valley's outlying desert regions signifies to many the pleasant sound of money dropping into county coffers. But residents in the Ocotillo region and in the North County communities would like the buggy enthusiasts to "do their thing" a little farther away.

>>20 years ago — Three vacationers were rescued from a floating target buoy on the Salton Sea, where they had been stranded for over 24 hours after their boat capsized in the wind-swirled waters Saturday during an afternoon fishing excursion. The men were rescued by a Yuma Marine Corps Air Station helicopter crew shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday.

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