>> 50 Years Ago — SACRAMENTO — The bill giving seven miles of Imperial County river frontage to Arizona will now go to a conference committee of senators and assemblymen following a defeat of the bill in the Senate yesterday.
Assemblyman Victor Veysey of Imperial Valley said he had hopes of being appointed to the conference committee, but nothing definite has been settled on this point to date.
The agreement worked out by the California-Arizona Colorado River Boundary Commission also had been approved by Arizona and was supported by Gov. Edmund G. Brown. But 21 senators heeded requests from Imperial County and declined to approve it.
>> 40 Years Ago — CALEXICO — A 14-year-old Riverside County youth lost Saturday while participating in a bike run from La Rumorosa to Ensenada was rescued today by members of Imperial County and San Diego-based rescue units.
The youth had spent 45 hours wandering in the treacherous Sierra De Juarez Mountains of Baja California.
Kevin Greenhaw of Norco was discovered about 8 a.m. today about 16 miles south of the Baja village of La Rumorosa. The youth was reported to be in good condition despite cold temperatures in the mountain area during the night.
>> 30 Years Ago — The Irvine Co. confirmed today that Holtville grower Ben Abatti was negotiating to purchase company holdings in the Imperial Valley.
“We can confirm that we are engaged in a land transaction with Mr. Abatti,” said Irvine Co. spokesman Jerry Collins. “But as a matter of policy we will release no further information until escrow closes.”
The Irvine Co. owns about 3,500 acres of farm land in the Imperial Valley, Collins has said in the past. He would not say today if the ending sale involved all the company holdings.
>> 20 Years Ago — SAN DIEGO — Officials boarded a dilapidated boat packed with 198 undocumented Chinese and brought it into port Wednesday, in the latest sign of a skyrocketing sophisticated smuggling ring possibly run by Asian-organized crime groups, authorities said.
By 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, 175 of the male passengers arrived at the Immigration and Naturalization Service detention center in El Centro, said supervisor Hector Najera Jr. The females remained in the San Diego area, but information on their location was not available.