STORIES FROM THE PAST
50 years ago
Congressman John V. Tunney joins with a dozen members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee today in introducing legislation in Congress to take away from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) the job of supporting private American operations abroad.
The bipartisan group is recommending the establishment of a publicly controlled corporation to carry on various non-intelligence gathering activities which until recently were supported covertly by the CIA.
Under this proposal, the activities which got the CIA publicity during recent weeks would be entrusted to a newly created Institute on International Affairs, managed by a board of directors composed of distinguished private individuals and government officials. The majority of the board members would be drawn from private life.
40 years ago
Rounding into shape after missing pre-season workouts, junior Steve Low pitched a complete-game victory for the Central Spartans in Imperial Friday afternoon.
Low played basketball for the Spartans and the varsity cage campaign didn’t end until just before the baseball season opened. Low went from the hardwoods to the diamond.
Coach Dave Middleton has brought Low along slowly but let him go seven against Imperial. Steve fired a six-hitter and the Spartans gained a 4-2 exhibition triumph.
Ralph Ware has worked wonders with the Tigers. Imperial started with some defeats, won the consolation title in a tournament and have been playing good baseball.
Ware used Gary Cox and Hector Diaz in the Central game. They surrendered 10 total hits. Cox worked into the sixth inning before being relieved by Diaz.
30 years ago
IMPERIAL — Fairgoers, stock car race fans and other fair participants may have to enjoy their favorite sports without a “cold one” to quench their thirst if the city council here gets its wish of banning the sale of alcoholic beverages on the state-owned fairgrounds.
Claiming they are tired of refereeing brawls, enforcing driving while intoxicated laws and cleaning up after fair events in their city, council members Wednesday decided to consider writing a city ordinance banning the sale of alcoholic beverages on the fairgrounds.
20 years ago
Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-52nd District, will have a breakfast meeting Thursday with chamber of commerce members from around the Imperial Valley at the Barbara Worth Golf Resort & Conventio Center.
Topics to be discussed will include Hunter’s opposition to the resurrection of the now-defunct San Diego & Arizona Railroad, which once linked the Imperial Valley to San Diego. Hunter has said he fears trains running on the rail line would be victimized by robbers and illegal immigrants crossing the border. He has said he will not support resurrecting the rail line until California’s border with Mexico is more secure.
But Cathy Kennerson, executive vice president of the El Centro Chamber of Commerce, said many area chamber members want the rail line reopened since it would benefit the Valley economically.