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Stories of the Past: Tuesday, May 28, 2002

May 28, 2002

>>50 years ago — Damages might run well over $1 million in the Mexicali cotton processing building fire that gutted a plant here Tuesday.

>>40 years ago — Imperial County's narcotics problem is particularly acute due to its proximity to the Mexican border, Sheriff Herbert Hughes testified at an Assembly subcommittee in special education. Hughes noted minors may cross the border, purchase narcotics in drug stores, and return to the U.S. side without detection.

>>30 years ago — Faced with tougher metropolitan-type pollution standards, Imperial County will send representatives to protest at an Air Pollution Resources Board hearing in Sacramento. The county Board of Supervisors is concerned tougher regulations will cripple the Valley's agriculture industry.

>>20 years ago — A somber Chamber of Commerce board of directors learned Thursday that no emergency federal help is available to help merchants weather the recent peso devaluation. Val Blume, field representative for Rep. Claire Burgener, (R-43rd District), said the only help merchants could get is regular Small Business Administration loans at 15.5 percent interest up to a maximum of $150,000.

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