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TOO COLD FOR COMFORT - A small pair of denim trousers was left on an Artesia clothesline Sunday and subsequently subjected to the deep freeze treatment as snow blanketed everything left outdoors. The snow fell throughout the night, and many Artesians were surprised when they awakened this morning to find familiar landscapes transformed by Mother Nature. (Daily Press 1976 File Photo)

TOO COLD FOR COMFORT – A small pair of denim trousers was left on an Artesia clothesline Sunday and subsequently subjected to the deep freeze treatment as snow blanketed everything left outdoors. The snow fell throughout the night, and many Artesians were surprised when they awakened this morning to find familiar landscapes transformed by Mother Nature. (Daily Press 1976 File Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from Jan. 24-30.

40 years ago
Jan. 24‐30, 1976

As reported in the Pinon News: Dr. C.P. Bunch of Artesia reports he bought five acres of land from Everet Hadley west of Mayhill, about three miles on James Canyon. Dr. Bunch plans to spend some of the summer months at his place there developing it. He has a cabin at the Artesia Summer Camp west of Sacramento, and went there during the holidays and he and Mrs. Bunch were met there by their daughter.

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The Artesia Bulldogs bowled over their 14th opponent of the season Saturday night and now appear to be on their way to the District 2-AAA south playoffs. The Artesia girls, now 14-1 for the season and 4-0 in conference play, took a firm grip on the conference lead Saturday when they travelled to Hobbs and embarrassed the Eagle girls, 71-36.

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Bob Hendrickson, chairman of the North Eddy County United Fund, and Betty Garner of the Women of the Moose discussed bids on items at the annual March of Dimes auction in Artesia. The Artesia Moose Lodge and Women of the Moose sponsor the annual fundraising event for MOD. The auction was broadcast on cable television and local radio throughout the afternoon and evening in an attempt to collect $11,000 for this year’s MOD fund.

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Six or seven bright lights in the sky, pulsating and moving southward at high rates of speed, were reportedly spotted by an Artesia couple early Saturday night between Hope and Artesia. Saturday’s UFO sighting is only one of many reports that have recently been swamping the telephone lines of police departments throughout eastern New Mexico. As yet, no explanation has been given for the sightings. Air Force officials out of Cannon Air Force Base near Clovis say they no longer investigate unidentified flying objects and their radar was turned off the nights of the sightings.

30 years ago
Jan. 24‐30, 1986

As reported in the Pinon News: The Basil Holcombs enjoy a day once in a while driving through the mountains. Thursday they made such a trip and were enjoying it very much when they got nearly to Jim Lewis Spring and their pickup quit. Usually they had tools in the pickup but that day they had no tools, not even a pair of pliers. The float had stuck in the carburetor. Basil said there was only one thing to try and that was to tie a chain to the pickup and to a tree nearby and, using the jack, pull the pickup uphill so they could turn it around, then get it started coasting back down the canyon. Mrs. Holcomb wanted to walk to Weed and get help which would have been about 12 miles, but it did start when they got the pickup turned around, so she was saved that walk. That evening, they were very thankful to get home.

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Neal Johnson, president of Artesia First National Bank, and wife Sue examined a chapter from Johnson’s novel “The Tantalus,” which took second place in the National Writers Club book manuscript contest. The novel, based on a true story of a friend, tells the story of a man victimized by an international banking confidence game.

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Trustees from the Eddy County Jail have been cleaning up roadsides in north Eddy County for the past 45 days, according to Eddy County Sheriff John Lewis. Deputy Bob Mason is in charge of the detail and has hauled numerous loads of trash from Fairgrounds Road and other area county roads, Lewis said. In addition, the crew spent a day in the Hope area. “This project helps the citizens of the area by having a clean area to live in and also gives the inmates a job to do in helping cover the expense of keeping them in jail,” Lewis said. Mason and his crew carry a sack lunch and spend the entire day on the job.

20 years ago
Jan. 24‐30, 1996

Six youngsters took top honors Monday at the Artesia Hoop Shoot free-throw shooting contest at Park Junior High. They are: Scott Foy, David Maupin, Jakody Huckaby, Allie White, Candace Winters and Naira Mendoza. All six qualified for the District Hoop Shoot in Clovis next month.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Tuesday night, a high west wind blew, and it was so high it had things moving around until it awoke about everyone in the area. Nearly everyone was wondering what was happing. Wednesday, there was wind, snow and rain and a lot of white dust that had windows coated until they could not be seen through and the car glasses were in the same fix. The bodies of the cars were gray, regardless of their original color. Buster Stevenson told Mrs. Holcomb she was going to have to go to town to get her car washed so she would know if it was hers.

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Artesia High School students Jimmy Masters, Ramia Smith and Aimee Monger created pieces of art that were selected to be shown among 769 artworks in the Texas Tech Art Department in Lubbock, Texas, through Feb. 9.

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“Father of the Bride II” and “Biodome” were the featured films this week at Cinema Twin. A 46-inch projection television was on sale at Choice Furniture for $1,699.

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