STORIES FROM THE PAST
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.