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50 years ago

The Colorado River bill be­ing con­sid­ered to­day by the U.S. House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives is a good bill but Sen. Thomas Kuchel claims it could have been better, from Im­pe­rial Val­ley’s stand­point, if Sec­re­tary of the In­te­rior Ste­wart Udall had not “flip-flopped.”

Kuchel, cam­paign­ing in Braw­ley at a Repu­bi­can-spon­sored ban­quet, said that HR-3300 is a trib­ute to Rep. Wayne Aspinall, be­cause he “ig­nored the ir­re­spon­si­ble po­si­tion of the Sec­re­tary (Udall).”

Aspinall’s river bill, which calls for con­struc­tion of the Cen­tra Ari­zona Project and in­cludes an an­nual guar­an­tee of 4.4 mil­lion acre-feet of wa­ter for Cal­i­for­nia, “is a good bill, al­though it falls short of the bill to which all of the basin states agreed three years ago,” Kuchel said. “The Aspinall bill rep­re­sents a com­pro­mise on the part of ev­ery state in the West.”

Cal­i­for­nia’s se­nior sen­a­tor, seek­ing nom­i­na­tion in the June 4 pri­mary en route to his third full term, said that his own river bill last year was tor­pe­doed when Udall “sud­denly and with­out warn­ing with­drew the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s sup­port for con­struc­tive leg­is­la­tion and tried to foist a stripped-down Cen­tral Ari­zona Project bill on the states of the Colorado River Basin.”

40 years ago

Pre­lim­i­nary ap­proval was given by the Braw­ley City Coun­cil to an­nex about 35 acres north of the city on Dog­wood Road, com­monly known as the Gov­ern­ment Camp

De­spite strong reser­va­tions by coun­cil­man Pat Wil­liams and doubt ex­pressed by City Man­ager Walker Ritter on whether or not recre­ation fa­cil­i­ties would be put in, the pre­lim­i­nary site plan in­tro­duced by David A. Coup was given the go-ahead.

At­tor­ney Mark Rollins, rep­re­sent­ing the County Hous­ing Au­thor­ity, ad­mit­ted to the City Coun­cil, “I can’t prom­ise it will be cheap for the city.”

But he stressed, “The pos­i­tive fac­tor in an­nex­a­tion is hav­ing more con­trol over what goes on there.”

Rollins was re­fer­ring to the prob­lem of ju­ve­nile gangs in the area.

Presently, the area con­tains old homes and some trail­ers.

The site plan pre­sented by Coup, of Coup and Smith Ar­chi­tects, Calexico, shows plans for 58 hous­ing units and var­i­ous recre­ational ar­eas.

30 years ago

After pay­ing more than $20 mil­lion as the re­sult of past Sal­ton Sea flood­ing cases, the Im­pe­rial Ir­ri­ga­tion District has been hit with an­other $11.9 mil­lion in claims for dam­ages caused by the ris­ing level of the sea.

Dur­ing its meet­ing Tues­day, the IID Board of Direc­tors de­nied a claim of dam­ages made on be­half of 82 Im­pe­rial and River­side county landown­ers by the San Diego law firm of Goebel, Shensa and Beale.

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