>> 50 Years Ago — CALEXICO – Fernando (Nick) De Necochea of Calexico, who four years ago received a full, four-year scholarship to Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., was graduated June 16.
The Valley student was named to the Dean’s Academic Honor List during his last four semesters and was a Rufus Choate Scholar his senior year. His A-average placed him in the top academic group for the entire college.
>> 40 Years Ago — The 1973 Brawley Little League season ended night as Dodger Mario Maldonado tied cub John Gibson for the loop’s individual battling championship.
Maldonado, age 11, held a slight lead over Gibson going into Friday’s game with the Braves. Braves pitcher Larry Grudichak retired Maldonado twice during a 1-0 victory.
Gibson, age 12, won the league’s home run and runs driven in title. He led the battling race most of the year before Maldonado used a second-half rush to catch up.
>> 30 Years Ago — Assemblyman Steve Peace (D-80th District) today accused the Bureau of Reclamation of an “inexcusable blunder” in allowing the “controlled disaster” along the Colorado River.
Peace said state officials believe that the federal bureau underestimated the water content in the snow pack in the Colorado by as much as 300 percent.
“That means three times as much water as they anticipated is coming off the mountains. I cannot believe they did such a disreputable job,” Peace said.
>> 20 Years Ago — A state Environmental Protection Agency spokesman goofed by saying Naval Air Facility El Centro had been hit with another $257,600 fine for alleged violations of hazardous-waste laws.
“That was a mistake in the press release,” said Richard Varenchik, a spokesman for the state EPA’s Department of Toxic Substances Control in Long Beach.
Actually the federal EPA in May fined the El Centro air base $257,600 for the violations involving storage of hazardous materials. State officials apparently got confused and erroneously announced the state had effectively doubled the fine on the El Centro base.