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ONE OF THE FIRST - Clyde Guy, right, who today celebrates the 50th anniversary of his association with Guy Chevrolet Company of Artesia, shows his wife, Mary Joe, and son, Eddie, one of the first automobiles he ever sold in the community, a 1928 Chevrolet. The restored antique is only one of more than 35,000 automobiles Guy and his company have sold during the past 50 years. Guy Chevrolet will celebrate the anniversary with a public open house. (Daily Press 1975 File Photo)

ONE OF THE FIRST – Clyde Guy, right, who today celebrates the 50th anniversary of his association with Guy Chevrolet Company of Artesia, shows his wife, Mary Joe, and son, Eddie, one of the first automobiles he ever sold in the community, a 1928 Chevrolet. The restored antique is only one of more than 35,000 automobiles Guy and his company have sold during the past 50 years. Guy Chevrolet will celebrate the anniversary with a public open house. (Daily Press 1975 File Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from Dec. 13-19.

40 years ago
Dec. 13‐19, 1975

An Artesia fire unit watered down burning stubble in a field immediately south of the Hermosa Drive-In Theatre Saturday afternoon after a trailer loaded with cotton was set aflame by vandals. Cinders from the trailer were blown by strong winds and caught brush and weeds on fire. Three bales of cotton and the trailer were destroyed.

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As reported in the Pinon News: There were numerous reports of damage to property by high winds Saturday of week before last. W.A. Gage lost his television antenna. The old Gentry barn, a landmark in Pinon since about 1910 lost a door and the North West corner of the barn. It was built by Jess Lucas, according to Mr. Jane Van Cleve, for the purpose of housing his team when he carried the mail from Cloudcroft to Pinon. He spent one night in the Gentry home and the next night in Cloudcroft. Tom Jones and a man named Scheultz also carried the mail in the early days of Pinon. Also, Jasper Daughtery’s old log shop at the old Atkins ranch at Avis, roof blew off and the top logs of the wall. It was built in about 1909, according to Mrs. Edith Atkins. Jasper Daugherty was a black smith and made spurs for many of the mountain people.

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Eddy County Commissioner Johnnie Bowman of Artesia recently received notice he has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Apodaca as a member of the Region Six Criminal Justice Planning Commission of the Governor’s Council on Criminal Justice Planning. The regional planning commission is responsible for reviewing funding requests from various law enforcement agencies in the five-county area it serves, including Eddy, Chaves, Lincoln, Lea and Otero.

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Dr. Owen Taylor and City Supervisor Joe Howell were recognized as the Artesia Jaycees’ selections for Citizen of the Year and Boss of the Year. The awards were presented by Jaycee President Don Moore, who also recognized chapter vice president Tommy Howell as the club’s outstanding officer of the year.

30 years ago
Dec. 13‐19, 1985

As reported in the Pinon News: Mrs. Jim Bates of Mayhill is working in the restaurant in Mayhill, as cook. The report is she is an excellent cook and a number of the hill people are really enjoying the meals.

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Things are looking up for at least one Artesia High School basketball team, while things aren’t looking so hot for another. Both Bulldog varsity squads completed their three-games-in-three-days participation in Monahans, Texas, in the Sandhills Invitational Tournament, the girls taking eighth place after falling to Lovington, the boys grabbing fifth after beating Fort Stockton.

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“Transylvania 6-5000” and “Back to the Future” were the featured films at Cinema Twin. A slightly used 1985 two-door Mercury Cougar was $11,995 at Artesia Ford Sales.

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Artesia residents Charles Rogers, Bob Burgess and Tommy Holbert appeared before the city council on different subjects. Rogers requested council approval of a lot exchange between the museum and First United Methodist Church. Burgess appeared before the council to express support of annexation of Loma Vista residents. Holbert expressed his opposition to a proposed lease of the country club golf course. Holbert said less than 50 percent of Artesia residents would use the facility.

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The Artesia Christmas Tree Farm, located one mile south of Hermosa on U.S. 285, received official welcome from the Artesia Chamber of Commerce Trailblazers during a recent ribbon cutting. Owners of the farm, which furnishes Christmas trees, are Jimmy and Mary Liles and Gayle Richardson.

20 years ago
Dec. 13‐19, 1995

Artesia made it a clean sweep with victories in all three boys’ basketball games at Carlsbad. The Bulldog varsity remained unbeaten at a 5-0 mark with an 82-74 win, the junior varsity “A” team evened its season record at 1-1 with a 57-45 triumph, and the JV “B” squad also moved to 1-1 with a 74-43 win.

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Seventh-grader Gabe Collins is the winner of the Zia Intermediate School geography bee, after Collins correctly answered a question on nuclear testing by France. Collins then took a written qualifying test, which was sent to the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C.

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Don Shell’s girls’ basketball team got a shot in the arm Friday night in Carlsbad, pinning the Cavegirls 50-43 and notching a win at a point where it was badly needed. “We played pretty good,” admitted Shell in an understatement. “We handled ourselves well, the girls needed a win, and it was our best game of the season. The girls were intense and mad, and it was a great team effort.”

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Zia Intermediate School students, who were chosen as winners of the 1996-97 International Peace Poster Contest, showcased their creations. Erica Harrison received first place for her rendition of the theme “Peace Will Set Us Free.” Jamie Whiting received second place, and Marti Haider received third place.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Sam Rixby of Portales has a man with a small bulldozer pushing juniper brush on his ranch, the former Whit Atkin ranch about seven miles north of Pinon.

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