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Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from July 26-Aug.1.

40 years ago July 26‐Aug.1, 1975 The Eddy County Sheriff’s Office was to confer with Asst.

Dist. Atty. David Hoglund in Carlsbad today to consider possible charges against a tank truck driver who allegedly took some 8,000 gallons of fuel from Navajo Refinery Tuesday without properly logging the transaction.

The tanker was found near Loco Hills later Tuesday, and all 8,000 gallons of fuel had been emptied onto the ground.

Value of the fuel taken was placed at a wholesale price of $3,500 according to deputy Harry Barney.

— Jacklyn Cole was voted allstar shortstop and Genevieve Samora was voted all-star catcher for the outstanding performance each exhibited during the recent girls state softball tournament in Albuquerque.

Both girls played on Boggie’n Babes team, sponsored by Construction Specialty of Artesia.

The team finished fifth in the tourney.

— Milt Houston, president of the Artesia Chamber of Commerce, announced today the appointment of Marcielle Payne, president of Payne Packing Company, and Bob Price, president of Peoples State Bank to the chamber board of directors.

— As reported in the Pinon News: Tuesday heavy rains fell in some areas in the mountains.

The Van Cleves reported two and one-half inches of rain fall at their ranch northeast of Pinon. That shower reached south to the W.A. Gage ranch on Cornucepia. Clint Myers has two inches of rain fall at his cabin on the Gage ranch on Conucepia Canyon. Robert Bell reports the tanks on the Henry Jernigan ranch had received enough rain for stock and Larry Williamson, located on the former Wareen Tidwell ranch just north of Pinon, had caught some tank water. The grass and weeds are green in the area and the stock are doing well, however; much more rain is needed, as the grass is still short and many of the ranchers have not tank water.

— All Cole Boyce did in his senior year as an Artesia Bulldog fullback last football season was to gain 1,051 yards rushing in 141 carries, score 16 touchdowns, average 7.6 yards per carry and score 110 points.

For his effort, Boyce was selected to the All-South team which takes on the North allstars in Albuquerque next Saturday night, Aug. 9. Boyce will play football at the University of Wyoming this fall.

30 years ago July 26‐Aug. 1, 1985 City police and fire department telephones were ringing off the wall Thursday night after a tornado was spotted on the ground at 10:25 p.m. approximately eight miles northnortheast of Artesia, officials said today.

Amateur meteorologist Wendell Malone said, “the tornado was on ground maybe five minutes, and set down in an open field, the best I can determine and it didn’t do any damage that I know of.” “It (then) traveled south above the ground, receded and went back into the clouds.

— Six Artesia men who are members of the “Charlie” Battery, 45h Training Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Training brigade which is setting records at Logan Heights Basic Training Camp at Fort Bliss, Texas, are Jimmy Vasques, Robert Duncan, Tommy Campbell, Manuel Hernandez, Raymond Trueblood and Rodney Olguin.

The battery, composed of 200 members, qualified on the M16 rifle on the first day in the field, the largest number to qualify in one day.

— As reported in the Pinon News: Jim Bates, with the Forest Service at Mayhill, went to Bonita Lake Friday of last week to fight fires in the area.

He returned home Sunday evening.

It has been reported here that a number of the Forest employees are in other states fighting fires and it is hoped that there will be no fires in our area. Saturday afternoon late there was some rain in the area and much lightening, so it causes much uneasiness, but before the rains were over quite a lot of rain fell, so it should lower the fire danger.

— Artesia’s Babe Ruth 13-15 year-old all-star team departed in three vehicles early today for Miami, Okla., representing the community for the second year in a row at the Southwest Regionals.

Coached by John Foster and Larry McPherson, the team opens play on Saturday against West Texas .

— Three former Artesia High School football players – running back Roy Gabaldon, linebacker, Tom Harvey and offensive lineman Robert Johnson – will play for the south team Friday when the 41st Annual North-South All-Star football game takes place in Albuquerque.

20 years ago July 26‐Aug. 1, 1995 Former Artesia High School football players, defensive back J.D. Champion, wide receiver Denny Giles and quarterback Ty Houghtaling, will suit up for the South squad for Friday’s Class AAAA-AAA North- South All-Star Football Game.

— It didn’t take North coach Bill Gentry very long to figure out his team’s biggest weakness and all he could do was hope the South didn’t find it.

Unable to even slow down the South’s passing attack – particularly the throws of 6- foot-2 Artesia quarterback Ty Houghtaling, the North fell 38- 20, in the annual high school All-Star game.

— Artesia Girl Scout Elise Boneau is spending a portion of her summer vacation exploring “Wider Opportunities,” a special summer offering from the Girl Scouts that focuses on specialized training and career exploration for cadet and senior Girl Scouts.

Boneau is among more than 100 girls from 41 states, Spain, Puerto Rico, Japan, the U.S.

Virgin Islands and Scotland, who have arrived in San Antonio and have begun their stay at Camp Marisol.

— As reported in the Pinon News: Rains have fallen over most of the mountain areas and the countryside is a beautiful green. In Pinon and south, it has not rained nearly enough to get the grass growing as it should, so they are all hoping they will get it soon.

Rudy Gabaldon, who is working in the logging woods near Mescalero reports it has been raining there until he just gets to work a part of each day.

— Cottonwood 4-H Club member Jake Klein maneuvered his Hampshire hog in the show ring this morning at the Eddy County Fair. Klein competed in the Class 2 Hampshire competition.

It is the first year he’s shown animals at the fair, Judge Terry Phillips had his work cut out for him; there were 229 entries in today’s market hog competition.

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Looking Back is compiled each week by Daily Press Community Living Editor Teresa Lemon.)