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Stories of the Past: Thursday, May 30, 2002

May 30, 2002

>>50 years ago — John F. Floberg, assistant secretary of the Navy, made a parachute jump from a Navy transport plane recently at the Navy-Air Force parachute test center in Seeley. Floberg jumped from 3,000 feet under the direction of Warrant Officer Lewis Vinson, a Navy jump master.

>>40 years ago — Graduating high school seniors throughout the Imperial Valley who plan to round out the evening's festivities June 7 with a trip to Mexicali will have to run a gauntlet of police and sheriff's officers. The graduates will be stopped before they cross the border, their names taken and their parents notified.

>>30 years ago — County officers, Imperial Irrigation District and representatives of the agriculture industry were scheduled to protest a Sacramento hearing on tough pollution restrictions. The county and agriculturists are battling an Air Resources Board proposal to narrowly restrict smokestack and sulfur emission.

>>20 years ago — County Mental Health Services, which three months ago was thought by some to be as ill as the patients it treats, is developing a new vitality that includes the services of the psychiatrist who used to run the entire state mental health system. Dr. Dale Farabee, who resigned as state director of mental health services in 1980 to go into private practice, is one of a number of psychiatrists recently contracted to work part-time for the county program.

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