>> 50 Years Ago — WESTMORLAND — This city’s new Little League ball field had its first mishap here last evening as the Dodgers and the Giants opened play on the new diamond only to have the $4,000 lighting system go out and refuse to come back on in the top of the third inning.
The Dodgers, behind the strong pitching of Johnny Garcia and the hitting of Johnny Minjarez, had grabbed a 5-1 lead. Officials said the game would be continued at a later date during the season.
>> 40 Years Ago — A plane crash in Baja California Monday sparked a Valleywide lifesaving effort which included an emergency airlift to Brawley’s Pioneers Memorial Hospital.
Four persons were aboard the light plane when it crashed on takeoff in the Luis Gonzaga coastal area on the Gulf of California.
Passengers of a fishing boat in the area notified the United States Coast Guard, which dispatched a helicopter to the site.
Two of the plane’s passengers who were airlifted to the Brawley hospital, were pronounced dead on arrival.
>> 30 Years Ago — CALEXICO — An attempt by the county to dig up more income is setting the state for a possible confrontation between the Heffernan Memorial District Board and the County tax assessor’s office.
Calexico Hospital Administrator Larry J. Thompson said at Tuesday night’s board meeting that he balked at a recent request by the county office to turn over financial information regarding how much money the hospital gives to the Imperial Valley Radiologist Group.
>> 20 Years Ago — State charges against a man accused of killing a woman and injuring four men in a shooting near Winterhaven last fall have been dropped so he can be prosecuted on a federal firearms charge.
Luis Alanis Gonzalez, 60, of Yuma was scheduled to go on trial in Imperial County Superior Court last week. The charges of murder and two counts each of attempted murder and assault with a firearm stemmed from an Oct. 9 shooting along the Colorado River within the boundaries of the Quechan Indian Reservation.
Those charges were dropped Friday and an indictment will be sought charging Gonzalez with being a felon in possession of a firearm, said Robert Lowery, chief agent of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms office in El Centro.