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50 years ago

The Mex­i­can-Amer­i­can Ed­u­ca­tion Re­search Project ad­vi­sory coun­cil agreed at a stormy meet­ing Thurs­day night to meet with a group in the Cali­pa­tria Uni­fied School Dis­trict to hear com­plaints about the school sys­tem.

Wal­ter Worth Dun­can, co­or­di­na­tor of the Mi­grant Ed­u­ca­tion Project for the county school su­per­in­ten­dent, and Refu­gio Her­nan­dez of He­ber, chair­man of the coun­cil, sug­gested the meet­ing with the un­named or­ga­ni­za­tion fol­low­ing a two-hour de­bate be­tween school of­fi­cials and res­i­dents of the north end at the county school su­per­in­ten­dent of­fice in El Cen­tro.

40 years ago

Pat­tie Jones and Liz Gon­za­les com­bined pitch­ing tal­ents Tues­day as the Cali­pa­tria Hor­nets scored a 25-24 girls’ exhibition soft­ball win over the Calexico Bull­dogs.

Cali­pa­tria has cap­tured vic­to­ries in five of its last six games. Coach Sandi Ge­orge and her girls have fought back to even their sea­sonal record at 9-9.

“We have two im­por­tant Cha­parral League games re­main­ing” the Cali­pa­tria coach says, “as we fight for an SCIF Play­off spot. We visit the Ea­gle Mountain Ea­gles on Thurs­day.”

Jones and Gon­za­les walked 25 Calexico bat­ters and lim­ited the Bull­dogs to nine hits. Calexico did man­age to score 22 runs in the fi­nal three in­nings of the six-in­ning game. Cali­pa­tria en­joyed one 11-run stanza.

30 years ago

The Braw­ley Wild­cats broke open a close game with six runs in the fifth in­ning and went on to de­feat the On­tario Jaguars 11-4 in their South­ern Sec­tion CIF Wild­card play­off game in Braw­ley on Tues­day.

The vic­tory earned Braw­ley a trip to An­te­lope Val­ley for a first-round play­off game Fri­day.

On­tario led by scores of 1-0 and 3-2 in the early in­nings, but ev­ery time they scored Braw­ley scored in the bot­tom half of the in­ning, and when Braw­ley broke the game open in the fifth, On­tario could not an­swer.

On­tario head coach Bob Beck called Braw­ley’s Steve White­head the best pitcher his club has faced this sea­son. “He had a good fast­ball. He looked to me like he was a bat­tler,” Beck said.

White­head was the key fig­ure in a coach­ing de­ci­sion Braw­ley’s Terry Skykora made in the fifth in­ning. While the Wild­cats were scor­ing their sixruns, Shykora de­cided to pull White­head and hoped to use him Fri­day.

20 years ago

CALEXICO — Mex­ico’s maquiladora in­dus­try con­tin­ues to grow by leaps and bounds, and Mex­i­cali is no ex­cep­tion, with more than 140 man­u­fac­tur­ing plants up and run­ning and 18 new ones since Jan­uary.

Be­cause of the in­dus­try’s growth, Mex­i­cali’s econ­omy, ac­cord­ing to busi­ness of­fi­cials there, is boom­ing. But the ef­fects can be felt on this side of the border as well.

Fred Knechel, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Calexico Cham­ber of Com­merce, said, “The maquilado­ras have cre­ated more jobs, so there’s more money flow­ing into our area. I’ve been talk­ing to dif­fer­ent store man­agers here and all of them have had ma­jor in­creases in sales over the last year. I’ve talked to some who have seen 20 to 30 per­cent in­creases over the pre­vi­ous year. Not all of them are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing those num­bers; a lot are say­ing 10 to 15 per­cent growth.

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