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Stories of the Past: Tuesday, June 25, 2002

June 25, 2002

>>50 years ago — The polio "season" is still on in Imperial Valley, as indicated by the admission of the latest polio victim to Pioneers Memorial Hospital — the 15th since April 15 — but the peak is thought to have been reached. Doctors have cautioned against hysteria, noting that last year there were 21 cases.

>>40 years ago — Morsi Abd El Aziz Ghazy and Youseff Hassen, both from the United Arab Republic, will arrive in the Valley to study the production of irrigated crops. According to William J. Stadler, public information officer for the IID, Egypt wishes to double its amount of acreage crops under irrigation by 1964.

>>30 years ago — Miss Imperial Valley, Betty Pruitt of Brawley, placed in the top 10 at the Miss California competition in Santa Cruz. Miss Pruitt sang "MacArthur Park" in the talent contest. But for the second year in a row, Miss San Mateo will represent California at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J.

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>>20 years ago — The Calipatria City Council Tuesday night voted to try to find a way to open up the Salton Sea resource for geothermal development while leaving the disputed wildlife area at the southern end closed until a solution can be reached. Calipatria, which plans to utilize geothermal power in the city, is included in the disputed environmental impact report and is stymied until the area is opened up.

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