>> 50 Years Ago — The Calexico City Council, acting on a report presented by Fire Chief Albert Brooks, this week moved to deny a motel owner a business license until an overcrowded parking situation on the owner’s property is alleviated.
The motel owner, Sam Ellis, claims he can accommodate 42 cars on the parking area now provided for motel guests. Council discussion indicated the only way 42 cars could be accommodated at one time is if they were parked bumper to bumper.
>> 40 Years Ago — Calexico Hospital Administrator James H. Smith today announced his resignation effective Feb. 28.
The 60-year-old appeared to have caught city hall off guard today, and it is expected the official announcement will be made during the city council meeting stated for noon.
Although the date of official resignation was listed as 12 day away, Smith was reported to be home today and had not reported for work.
He declined any comments in connection with the apparent sudden decision to resign.
>> 30 Years Ago — An Imperial Valley College paleontologist is unveiling a horse skull that he thinks will rewrite the textbooks.
One of paleontologist George Miller’s students found the prehistoric skull — which Miller call identical to the modern horse — in the Anza Borrego Badlands.
The startling find could shatter the long held scientific belief that the modern horse developed in Europe and Asia and was not introduced to the New World until a few hundred years ago.
“Essentially what we have here is something that could make them rewrite the textbooks,” say Miller. “They got it all wrong.”
IVC student Barbara Quinon found the skull in the rugged Badlands five years ago. Miller has been carefully studying the find since that time before unveiling it to the scientific world.
>> 20 Years Ago — A three-member delegation from Imperial County boarded a plane for Washington, D.C., this morning to urge the acting secretary of the Navy not to include Naval Air Facility El Centro on 1993 list of military bases to be closed.
The county Board of Supervisors acted unanimously Tuesday to send Supervisor Brad Luckey and Mike Boston, county director of veteran’s services and public information, to a Thursday meeting with U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-52nd District, and Navy Adm. Frank Kelso.