>> 50 Years Ago — Last weekend more than 600 people crowded into the Niland Marina, Saturday night and Sunday morning, the parking and camping areas were full, and still more people were seen camping in the nearby desert area.
Into the Salton Sea at the Niland Marina went 200 to 300 boats. And large numbers of these boats came back with fish.
Last year at this time, we visited Niland Marina and found six house trailers, three boats, and about a dozen people.
>> 40 Years Ago — It was desalinated water. Not much of it, and it was brown with mud, a little oil and some rust, but it was water — the first produced at the Bureau of Reclamation’s East Mesa Geothermal well east of Holtville.
The first processed water — no more than 500 gallons of it — was flowed through the Office of Saline Water’s desalinization plant Sunday afternoon.
It was the first truly “productive” step toward full-scale water production from geothermal sources. But even then, at this well, the process is purely for testing. Perhaps a year of testing, officials say.
>> 30 Years Ago — “I wanted to go home…”
Annie Gutierrez was born in Brawley, and grew up in Westmorland. She was almost home when she got to El Centro Thursday.
A little older than she was when she was defending Imperial County residents accused of illegally keeping fighting chickens.
Nervous. Restless turquoise-ringed fingers touching her hair, her turquoise beads. Pulling at memories of events that “just happened” to:
-Put her at the heart of California’s historic Agricultural Relations Board when the ALRB was just Annie.
>> 20 Years Ago — HOLTVILLE — The Holtville City Council passed a resolution Monday night in favor of the use of Mets Road as the main route for traffic from the Port of Entry to be built east of Calexico.
Councilwoman Linda Britschgi was the lone councilmember who voted against the resolution, favoring Orchard Road, which runs through the city.
The resolution states the use of Mets Road, about a half mile west of the city, would be the most direct route north from the port, would not negatively affect established residential areas and would cost the least.