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Stories of the Past: Sunday, June 16, 2002

June 16, 2002

>>50 years ago — The world's largest parachute, 200-feet in diameter, failed to open properly at El Centro Naval Auxiliary Air Station and top officials from Washington, D.C., watched 10,000 pounds of scrap metal "cargo" plummet to the grounds.

>>40 years ago — Two proposals were brought before the Brawley Planning Commission at a meeting in City Hall — a request for a special permit to build a church at 1209 K. St. and a proposal to annex 60 lots west of Phil Swing School to Rio Vista Drive. Both proposals were accepted and will be referred to the Brawley City Council.

>>30 years ago — The Immigration and Naturalization Service has released figures showing a decrease in all areas of border crossing activity during the past 30-day period. The largest decrease was a 10 percent drop in aircraft activity at Calexico International Airport.

>>20 years ago — Although California has halted imports from Mexican fruit due to Mexican fruit fly larvae found in Northern California, the Calexico Port of Entry is not significantly affected because it does not get many commercial shipments of citrus through Mexicali. Claude Finnell, county agricultural commissioner, said he received the exclusion alert last week but has not intercepted any of the suspect orange crates.

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