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Stories of the Past: Thursday, June 13, 2002

June 13, 2002

>>50 years ago — An Imperial Irrigation District representative battled in Washington, D.C., to present a Colorado River operational change that might increase costs for IID. A proposal to remove a weir across the river near Blythe would mean that 100 million to 150 million cubic yards of silt and gravel would be washed downstream.

>>40 years ago — Three men from the San Diego area were rescued after high winds stranded their 16-foot outboard motor boat at the Salton Sea off Red Hill landing. The men tied the boat to some dead trees protruding from the water and spent the next 14 hours waiting.

>>30 years ago — The House of Representatives approved by an overwhelming vote the funding of Phase II of the Salton Sea feasibility study. The House voted to add $150,000 to the project to go with $150,000 appropriated last year.

>>20 years ago — Imperial County's cash fund has dipped so low that the county may be forced to go to the bank to make its payroll next month. County Auditor David Titsworth told the Board of Supervisors today that the county might have to borrow money next month. This money either could be borrowed from other county funds or from banks, he said.

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