>> 50 Years Ago — EL CENTRO — Imperial County Board of Supervisors today authorized the Parachute Testing Facility at the El Centro Naval Air Facility, to use Sunbeam Lake for certain testing, subject to conditions as set up by the board.
The conditions stipulate that the Navy can only use the lake on week days during daylight hours; that their testing can cause no pollution; and that the testing be minimized to as small an area as possible to minimize the loss of recreation areas.
>> 40 Years Ago — Arguing that consideration of safety, beauty and protection of agricultural land is foremost, a Seeley land-use element of the county general plan prohibiting expansion of the town’s residential areas was approved Tuesday by the Planning Commission.
The proposed plan, prepared by Donn Hopkins, county planning consultant, ultimately will be part of the countywide general plan, of approved by the Board of the Supervisors.
Hopkins said feedlots near the town-two close by and another farther east, the closeness of the El Centro Naval Air Facility and its aircraft and the high quality use were the main considerations for prohibiting further residential growth.
>> 30 Years Ago — The butcher strike in Vernon could mean the end of the Southern California meatpacking industry and that could affect Imperial County feedlots.
Much of Imperial County beef goes either to Los Angeles or San Diego, according to Don Morgan, manager of Merten’s Meats in Imperial.
Local cattlemen can hold out “a little while” but if the strike continues for two weeks or more, some of them will have to find new markets according to Marketing Specialist Jim Likes with the state market News Service.
>> 20 Years Ago — Board of Supervisors Chairman Wayne Van De Graaff Tuesday will outline a plan calling for the dredging of the Laguna Salada inland sea bed west of Mexicali to allow cargo ships to unload at a point just south of the Mexican border.
The plan will be the first item discussed at the supervisors meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the County Administration center, 940 W. Main St., El Centro.
U.S. Corps of Engineers officials are expected to attend the meeting and Van De Graaff said he wants to make arrangements to fly the engineers over the site to help them understand his idea.
Mar. 15 in History: Parachute Testing Facility authorized
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