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Voice: Consultant had ideas about Valley being geothermal center

June 02, 2002

After reading the comments of Mr. C. Mark Brown of Brawley in the I.V. Press on May 20 regarding the overall status of the Imperial Valley area, now and in the future, I was reminded of the comments of a nationally prominent professional consultant who consulted locally for Imperial Valley College and the Imperial County Board of Supervisors and who was a guest on my three stations radio talk-show several years ago.

Gene Lokey of Sacramento/San Jose studied this area quite thoroughly. He predicted that one of the most promising industries for this region would prove to be the "geothermal" industry because this region is ideal for that type of development.

Since I have noticed no thoughts expressed along that line, I thought it might be of interest to those persons contemplating involvement in the future of Imperial Valley.

As consultant Gene Lokey mentioned his many activities nationwide, he described his habit of flying his own plane, and as he did so, the awful thought, unspoken, crossed my mind that sooner or later he was going to crash his plane and be killed, and that's exactly what happened about six months later in Canada.

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Gene Lokey was a distant cousin, from Georgia, previously unknown to me. He was introduced to me by members of the Imperial County Board of Supervisors.

FRANK LOKEY

Imperial

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