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TREE SAVED - Jacquetta Hughes, an Artesia High School student, was fearful this Ponderosa pine tree at the corner of Seventh Street and Quay Avenue would be a victim of the current arterial route and street-widening project in Artesia. Hughes and her family brought the tree down from the mountains and planted it in 1963 when they lived at 702 Quay Ave. She pointed out the tree’s sentimental value to city officials, however, and now the tree will be saved. The new sidewalk along Seventh Street will be laid next to the tree, but the tree will not have to be cut down, according to project supervisors. (Daily Press 1975 File Photo)

TREE SAVED – Jacquetta Hughes, an Artesia High School student, was fearful this Ponderosa pine tree at the corner of Seventh Street and Quay Avenue would be a victim of the current arterial route and street-widening project in Artesia. Hughes and her family brought the tree down from the mountains and planted it in 1963 when they lived at 702 Quay Ave. She pointed out the tree’s sentimental value to city officials, however, and now the tree will be saved. The new sidewalk along Seventh Street will be laid next to the tree, but the tree will not have to be cut down, according to project supervisors. (Daily Press 1975 File Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from Oct. 25-31.

40 years ago
Oct. 25‐31, 1975

As reported in the Pinon News: A large crowd with a great number of the Pinon people gathered at the Weed School Friday evening for the annual carnival. It is something the old and young enjoy, although the older people complained about some of the youngsters spending so much of their money. In the high school, Donna Evans won the contest as king and Debbie Lofton, queen, in the elementary school, the king was Michial Ham, and the queen, Tammy VanWinkle. Every person contacted reported the school made a good profit by the carnival.

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The Associated Press went through the motions again this week of asking the sportswriters and sportscasters around the state which Class 3A football team was the best. And for the 20th consecutive time, dating back to the first of last season, the voters responded overwhelmingly, “Artesia.” The Bulldogs, who act as if they own the No. 1 spot in the Class 3A Top 10 poll, collected 15 of a possible 18 first-place votes and 177 points to capture the top ranking this week.

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LuAnn Achen, a senior at Artesia High School, was crowned 1975 AHS Homecoming Queen during coronation ceremonies at the school. Achen is a member of the Student Council and the AHS marching band. She will reign over the Homecoming parade and the evening’s Artesia-Tucumcari football game at Bulldog Bowl. Other candidates included Connie Gray, Maggie Leyba and Kanda Gaba. Junior Attendant is Connie Kuykendall and Sophomore Attendant is Rhonda Mooney.

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Several members of the Artesia High School vocational-agriculture classes couldn’t let Thursday night’s rearranged trick-or-treating observance go by without a hint of mischief, but rather than stimulating surprise from their teachers when they arrived this morning to find an outdated outhouse on the school lawn, they garnered a rather nonchalant response. Their only alternative was to take the once important structure back where they found it. Taking a last look at the fruits of their mischief were Mike Miller, Clyde Jones, Marty Stuart, Steve Spence, Doug Maple and Danny Long.

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Winners of the ticket sales contest for the annual enchilada dinner sponsored by the Abo Elementary School PTA were Shawn Young, 60 tickets, first place; Ray Murdock, 45 tickets, second place; Jill Rhodes, 39 tickets, third place; Rodney Carter, 27 tickets, fourth place; and Lynette Irby, Otis Yates and Dee Bee Boyce, 20 tickets each, fifth place.

30 years ago
Oct. 25‐31, 1985

Top sellers of tickets for the Abo Elementary PTO’s enchilada supper posed with the Artesia High School Bulldogs and their prizes. Defensive end Gino Juarez held an autographed football won by Brandi Spradling, who took first place by selling 174 tickets. Anna Sims won second place by selling 110 tickets, and Sunny Rae Harrison took third place by selling 96 tickets to the event. Abo principal Jim Hickerson said about $6,000 had been raised through advance ticket sales.

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The football Homecoming queen and court were presented during halftime of the Artesia-Alamogordo football game. Michelle Ochoa, escorted by Raul Martinez, was named Homecoming queen. She is the daughter of Julian and Elisa Ochoa.

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As reported in the Pinon News: A man from Texas visited Basil Holcomb Friday of last week. He had come to visit Bob Brown, but learned in Pinon, that Mr. and Mrs. Brown were gone to their ranch in Winston, so he stopped to learn where the Mesa Verde Ranch was and learn where the Winston ranch was located.

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Eleven area youngsters will compete in the 1985 New Mexico 4-H Rodeo Finals. They are: Shawn Wooten, Brian Smith, Becky Hemby, Joley Teel, Leslie Smith, Jed Figg, Shannon Vermillion, Melissa Reid, Toby Reid, Kelly Reid and John Reid. Roughly 80 youngsters will compete in some of the 12 events scheduled as Artesia plays host to this particular rodeo for the first time ever.

20 years ago
Oct. 25‐31, 1995

An Air Force F-4E Phantom II jet from Holloman Air Force Base crashed on a ranch near here Tuesday during a training mission, and both people aboard survived, authorities said. The twin-engine jet went down around 11:30 a.m. on the Barbara Runyan Ranch 20 miles south of Hope and 30 miles west of Carlsbad.

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Sokie Gomez was the star of the 1995 Artesia CROP Walk for Hunger. The walk raised $1,286 to help the hungry. Gomez set a record for CROP Walks in Artesia by collecting $400. The previous record for the largest amount collected was held by Frances Netherlin, who collected $309 in the 1993 walk.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mrs. Oza Holcomb accompanied by Mrs. Mary Ann Anderson went to Cloudcroft Thursday afternoon to the office of Dr. Thomas Kerley for her flu shot. She thought she had taken it about a month ago but got to thinking and decided she had not, so she called Dr. Kerley’s office and learned she had not, so she went then and got it taken care of. It has been reported that the Weed people are having water problems as the creek has quit running the past few days and their well quit pumping about the same time so a number of them are having to haul water.

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