Published: 3:12 pm, Tue. Jan. 19th, 2016Updated: 3:06 pm
Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from Jan. 17-23.
40 years ago
Jan. 17‐23, 1976
Glenn Jones, Artesia General Hospital administrator, was presented a check by Mrs. Sylvia Hager, Artesia Hospital Auxiliary president, for the sum of $2,411.50 on behalf of the auxiliary. The donation was given to pay for the purchase of a monitor-defibrillator, which is a battery-operated, portable electrocardiographic machine.
Artesia High School senior Connie Gray was crowned 1976 Basketball Homecoming queen during halftime of the Carlsbad-Artesia game. Miss Gray’s escort was John Cabot. Other candidates for the honor were seniors Debbie Lloyd and Velma Moreno. The junior attendant was Kathy Miner, and Jacklyn Cole was the sophomore attendant.
The Artesia Public Library will celebrate its 70th year of incorporation in the community with a birthday party Thursday. The library, which actually became 70 years old on Jan. 5, was incorporated on that day in 1906, six years before territorial New Mexico became the 47th state of the union.
30 years ago
Jan. 17‐23, 1986
Bluegrass performer and songwriter Sid Hausman will begin his stint as artist-in-residence at Central Elementary School with a performance Wednesday in the school’s cafeteria for the Parent Teacher Organization. The workshops Hausman presents will be available to all Central students in first through fifth grades. The school’s next artist-in-residence will be electric cellist Tom McVeety.
The board of directors of Valley Newspapers Inc. named Artesia Daily Press business manager Gary D. Scott publisher of the newspaper, succeeding James K. Green. Green has served as publisher since the Daily Press was established in June 1954 under ownership of Lincoln O’Brien. The weekly Artesia Advocate was purchased in May 1956 and merged with the Daily Press. Green will remain as president of Valley Newspapers Inc.
The Artesia Public Schools Board of Education met in a special session to restore graduation and baccalaureate ceremonies to their traditional times and places and to allow the bid of a Yukon, Okla., firm for Zia Intermediate School roofing to be withdrawn.
The Winter Special Olympic Games took place Jan. 14-17 in Cloudcroft. Those from Artesia participating in downhill skiing included Bryan Duckworth, Oscar Barbosa, Juan Baeza and Abel Bustamante. The Olympians spent the week in Cloudcroft training for the events with their volunteer coaches.
20 years ago
Jan. 17‐23, 1996
A petition calling for the termination of Sunday package liquor sales in Artesia contained less than the minimum names, addresses and signatures mandated by law, according to City Clerk Barbara Kilough. The petition turned in Jan. 8 contained 678 signatures, but 255 names were purged from the petition.
A German businessman was transported to Artesia General Hospital Friday evening after hurling himself through a plate-glass window at First National Bank of Artesia, 303 W. Main St. Rolf Kuehl, 48, remained in the bank building Friday after the bank closed at 5 p.m., according to police. Kuehl had apparently suffered a nervous breakdown, according to one of his business associates from Germany.
Teenagers proud of their hard work celebrated by graduating Friday from the Gang Resistance Education And Training (GREAT) program at Zia Intermediate School. Defying the temptation of gang life by discovering positive alternatives was the goal of GREAT officer Jim Starr. He worked with the children four times a week between September and January.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Looking Back is compiled each week by Daily Press Community Living Editor Teresa Lemon.)