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50 years ago

The Loo brothers of El Cen­tro have high stakes in Sun­day’s Car­rot Car­ni­val Cham­pi­onship Drags at the Holtville drag strip. Stakes like:

Over a year of long nights in the garage work­ing, plan­ning, build­ing.

Nearly $10,000. The brothers — Sonny and Jack — will un­veil their own cars, built over the past year, for the first time Sun­day.

And then, they hope, they’ll con­tinue com­pe­ti­tion through Cal­i­for­nia and the South­west.

40 years ago

CALEX­ICO — Con­cep­cion Leyva Viz­carra says the world was in­deed a dif­fer­ent place in the late 19th Cen­tury when she was a young woman in Baja Cal­i­for­nia.

On Satur­day, she and fam­ily mem­bers will cel­e­brate her 100th birth­day.

Re­cently, she told a vis­i­tor young peo­ple to­day main­tain a fast pace and have more pres­sure on them com­pared to her own rather in­su­lated ado­les­cence.

The daugh­ter of a mu­si­cian, she was born March 21, 1877, in El Tri­unfo, a small town in Lower Baja Cal­i­for­nia.

Through a fam­ily in­ter­preter, she said was “very much” look­ing for­ward to her birth­day cel­e­bra­tion.

The fam­ily de­cided to hold the cel­e­bra­tion Satur­day to al­low rel­a­tives to at­tend from var­i­ous parts of the state and as far away as Wy­oming.

She said her fam­ily came to No­gales, Ariz. in 1922 and lived in Phoenix about 10 years. In 1932, the fam­ily set­tled per­ma­nently in the Val­ley.

30 years ago

In­ter­state 8 through Im­pe­rial County will be el­i­gi­ble for a 65 mile per hour speed limit if Pres­i­dent Rea­gan sign a bill passed by Congress on Wed­nes­day, state of­fi­cials say.

Cal­i­for­nia is ready to quickly raise the speed on 1,299 miles of nine ma­jor free­ways in all.

Gov. Ge­orge Deuk­me­jian, the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol and near-unan­i­mous ma­jori­ties of both the state Se­nate and As­sem­bly are already on record as fa­vor­ing the higher speed limit.

20 years ago

WASHINGTON (MNS) — Al­though the Calex­ico area tem­po­rar­ily gained 47 more U.S. Bor­der Pa­trol agents Monday, Im­pe­rial County Sher­iff Oren Fox said the ex­tra help will do lit­tle to al­le­vi­ate in­creas­ing drug traf­fic and il­le­gal immigration in the area.

“Based on the amount of drugs that we know are be­ing seized, tremen­dous amounts of drugs are still com­ing into the coun­try,” said Fox, whose deputies have been en­listed to aid the Bor­der Pa­trol.

The 46 Bor­der Pa­trol agents de­ployed to the Calex­ico area will be sta­tioned there for only 30 days.

Of that num­ber, 16 agents were re­de­ployed from other ar­eas of the El Cen­tro Sec­tor.

An­other 30 agents fresh from the Bor­der Pa­trol academy are to be as­signed to the El Cen­tro Sec­tor in about a month.

The num­ber of mar­i­juana seizures in Im­pe­rial County has in­creased by more than 300 per­cent since 1993, while it has dropped by al­most 44 per­cent in San Diego.

Ted Hamp­ton, as­sis­tant chief pa­trol agent of the Bor­der Pa­trol’s El Cen­tro Sec­tor at­tributed the drop on the num­ber of seizures in San Diego to an in­creased law en­force­ment pres­ence in the area.

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