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50 years ago

Big splurges in one-sided vic­to­ries moved Braw­ley’s Willie Bas­cus and Calex­ico’s Don­nie Gar­cia to the top of the Im­pe­rial Val­ley scor­ing race.

Gar­cia and Bas­cus scored three touch­downs each as Calex­ico pounded Im­pe­rial, 40-0, and Braw­ley ran over Bonita Vista, 47-0. Bas­cus added five ex­tra point kicks in Braw­ley’s vic­tory.

Gar­cia, a 150 pound sopho­more break-away threat for the un­de­feated Bull­dogs scored on runs of eight, nine and 61 yards to take the scor­ing lead with 37 points. He has six touch­downs for the sea­son and has run for one ex­tra point. Bas­cus, a big, strong se­nior end for Braw­ley, scored on a blocked punt re­turn of 25 yards, and passes for 68 and 64 yards in ad­di­tion to kick­ing five ex­tra points. The 23 point out­put gave him 35 points for the sea­son on four touch­downs and 11 ex­tra points.

40 years ago

“I spent five years in big gov­ern­ment and, frankly, it scares me to death,” for­mer Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Earl Butz told a $25-a-plate Repub­li­can fund rais­ing break­fast in Im­pe­rial County to­day.

“It’s time we got some of the do-good­ers out of there and elected some­one who thinks it’s OK for farmers to make a lit­tle money,” Butz said.

The con­tro­ver­sial for­mer agri­cul­ture sec­re­tary spoke at the Im­pe­rial Val­ley Coun­try Club to­day as part of a statewide tour to rouse Repub­li­cans to ac­tion and to blast big gov­ern­ment Democrats and pol­i­tics in gen­eral.

Butz told the crowd of about 250 that agri­cul­ture is the na­tion’s num­ber one in­dus­try but it is be­ing shack­led by gov­ern­ment in­ter­fer­ence and reg­u­la­tions.

30 years ago

IM­PE­RIAL — One an­nex­a­tion has been stalled and two oth­ers are threat­ened in a tug of war be­tween county and city of­fi­cials over pro­ce­dures.

Re­cently, the city has re­ceived and ap­proved ap­pli­ca­tions for an­nex­a­tion from three dif­fer­ent prop­erty own­ers for parcels near the Mo­tor VU Twin Drive-In Theatre, south of Im­pe­rial on High­way 86.

De­spite in­struc­tions from county of­fi­cials, the city staff ap­par­ently told prop­erty own­ers they did not need to go be­fore the Air­port Land Use Com­mis­sion since the pro­posed city zones for the prop­erty will be the same as the cur­rent county zones.

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