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Stories of the Past: Monday, June 24, 2002

June 24, 2002

>>50 years ago — He's got faith in the El Centro Imperials so he is camping out until the hard-pressed baseball club gets out of the cellar into the first division. In fact, Bill Smith has climbed a 35-foot pole to prove he's serious when he says the Imperial Valley club is going to head upward in the Southwest International League standings.

>>40 years ago — With three days left until the rural fire protection agreement expires, Valley cities and the Board of Supervisors failed to reach an agreement on a new contract. Calexico, El Centro and Brawley led in opposing the new contract, which would pay each of the three cities $1,000. Each city asked for $1,500.

>>30 years ago — Blowing winds — measured by the Federal Aviation Agency at Imperial County Airport at 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph — inconvenienced many Valleyites but caused few real problems. Although two Air West flights had to be rerouted to El Centro Naval Air Facility, no other problems were reported at other county airports

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>>20 years ago — A crop duster owned by a Calexico area firm sustained major damage today when it made a forced landing in a cotton field near the intersection of Austin and Worthington roads, then burst into flames. A sheriff's spokesman said the single-engine plane, piloted by Robert Douthitt, made the emergency landing shortly after 6:30 a.m. when the aircraft lost power during a pass over a field on the south side of Worthington Road.

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