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50 years ago

Salton Sea recre­ation en­thu­si­asts were told last night that the best way to solve the sea prob­lems was to unify all cit­i­zens com­mit­tees in­volved.

At the same time, Assem­bly­man Vic­tor V. Vey­sey’s ef­forts to curb Salton Sea predica­ments gar­nered en­thu­si­as­tic sup­port dur­ing the meet­ing spon­sored by Salton Sea cit­i­zens at Salton City.

Harold Carl­son, a real es­tate de­vel­oper from the north shore, headed the gath­er­ing. He termed it “a non-tech­ni­cal, non-po­lit­i­cal re­view of the prob­lems con­cern­ing the Salton Sea.” The din­ner meet­ing was staged in Salton City and was well at­tended by over 100 in­ter­ested cit­i­zens.

In open­ing, Carl­son stated that noth­ing was be­ing done about the three-fold prob­lem of salin­ity, ecol­ogy and wa­ter level that plagued the sea. He added that “it was high time some of the landown­ers and cit­i­zens took the prob­lem into their own hands.”

40 years ago

More than 800 demon­stra­tors, wav­ing ban­ners and chant­ing “We want fair­ness,” marched on Im­pe­rial County Court­house Tues­day to protest the 160-acre lim­i­ta­tion rul­ing.

At the same time, the Board of Su­per­vi­sors, meet­ing in reg­u­lar ses­sion, adopted a res­o­lu­tion op­pos­ing the acre lim­i­ta­tion and de­mand­ing that the federal gov­ern­ment hold pub­lic hear­ings be­fore en­forc­ing the reg­u­la­tion in the Val­ley.

Mean­while, Ben Yellen, the physi­cian whose law­suit re­sulted in the federal court de­ci­sion to en­force the lim­i­ta­tion, held a counter demon­stra­tion by him­self in front of the El­more Build­ing in Braw­ley.

In El Centro, demon­stra­tors be­gan gath­er­ing on the Court­house steps about 1:30 p.m., car­ry­ing plac­ards and ban­ners that said, “Save our farms,” “160-acre lim­i­ta­tion hurts us all” and “160-acres is enough if you farm with a mule.”

30 years ago

Busi­ness in Braw­ley is so slow that the town is no longer in­cluded in state statis­tics on tax­able sales.

The state Board of Equal­iza­tion pro­vided de­tailed in­for­ma­tion on ta­ble sales of the 240 largest Cal­i­for­nia cities and as of the first quar­ter of this year Braw­ley is no longer in­cluded in the fig­ures.

In­stead, quar­terly sales fig­ures for Braw­ley are con­tained in a sec­tion with the state’s 202 smaller in­cor­po­rated ar­eas. Braw­ley is not clas­si­fied with towns such as Cali­pa­tria, Holtville and West­mor­land.

“I am truly as­tounded. That does not bode well for us,” said Braw­ley Cham­ber of Com­merce Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Dave Bras­mer when told of Braw­ley’s de­cline.

Re­tail sales in Braw­ley de­clined from $176.3 mil­lion in the first three months of 1987. To­tal tax­able sales dropped from $20.5 mil­lion to $15.9 mil­lion in the same pe­riod.

20 years ago

IM­PE­RIAL — Some people en­ter with a bang, oth­ers a whim­per. Basard Redd’s en­trance into Im­pe­rial High School foot­ball comes close to the seis­mic ac­tiv­ity of the atomic bomb.

Redd, a 15-year-old sopho­more, made his var­sity de­but Fri­day in An­te­lope. By all ac­counts no one, es­pe­cially the An­te­lope de­fense, would think that he was play­ing in his first game.

Redd cut through the An­te­lope de­fense as if it weren’t there. He broke loose for touch­down runs of 58, 46 and 31 yards, amass­ing 197 yards on 10 car­ries and scor­ing four touch­downs for the game.

“I give all my credit to my line­men,” Redd said.

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