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Stories of the past: Sunday, April 9, 2006

April 09, 2006

>>50 years ago — Hold on to your hats and skirts, Valleyites, the weather forecast is for more wind. The weatherman says gusty winds will reach 35 to 38 mph at times with blowing dust. While streets and roads were virtually empty of stalwart hearts, a score of television antennas was felled, several trees uprooted, garbage cans blown onto streets and electrical wires turned loose.

>>40 years ago — Some 15,000 youngsters in Imperial County are expected to take part in the largest mass immunization program against measles in the United States. It is hoped the program will eradicate the childhood disease within three years. The four-day clinic will be held in county schools in an effort to halt the spread of the measles epidemic in Imperial County.

>>30 years ago — The Central Union Spartans fought off a fourth-quarter surge at Imperial Valley College to capture the 1976 SCIF Class AA girls’ basketball crown with a 45-39 victory. Central raised its record to 21-1.

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>>20 years ago — Former Calexico City Councilman and city Planning Commissioner Fernando Arguelles was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Philadelphia on mail fraud charges dating back to when he was employed as a maintenance supervisor for the Imperial County Coordinated Housing Authority. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nick Harbist said by telephone from Philadelphia the indictment handed down against Arguelles alleges two counts of mail fraud carrying a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $2,000 fine.

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