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SOPHOMORE SPEEDSTER - Jacklyn Cole played her best game of the season in Carlsbad, where she led the Bulldogs to a 50-49 victory with her outstanding 20-point performance. Her attack from the field and the free-throw line was particularly destructive in the first half, when she poured in 16 points. (Daily Press 1976 File Photo)

SOPHOMORE SPEEDSTER – Jacklyn Cole played her best game of the season in Carlsbad, where she led the Bulldogs to a 50-49 victory with her outstanding 20-point performance. Her attack from the field and the free-throw line was particularly destructive in the first half, when she poured in 16 points. (Daily Press 1976 File Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from Jan. 31 – Feb. 6.

40 years ago
Jan. 31 – Feb. 6, 1976

The Artesia girls’ cagers used an easy 60-45 defeat of the Hobbs Eaglettes Friday night to bring their District 2-AAA south record to 5-1 and reaffirm their bid for the league title, which will be decided next Tuesday in the tie-breaking clash with the Carlsbad Cavegirls. The Bulldogs, led by an outstanding performance by Velma Moreno, who poured in a 17-point total of 11 free throws and three field goals, were a little slow getting started, but the meager Eaglettes just did not have the material to take advantage of the situation.

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Construction of a combined Pizza Hut and steakhouse in the 1000 block of South First Street is progressing rapidly, and according to building contractor Jerry Jones of Carlsbad, the restaurant should be completed and ready to open in 35 to 40 days. Allen Garrett of Artesia will be the establishment’s owner-operator.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mr. and Mrs. Basil Holcomb went to Lubbock, Texas Friday of week before last to purchase cattle feed. They tried all feed mills in the surrounding area and failed to find any feed available. It seems there is a shortage of cotton seed products and the ranchers that have not purchased them, will have problems acquiring them. The store operators said the cotton crops shortage is throughout the United States, and especially in New Mexico and Texas.

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Mr. and Mrs. T.E. (Tom) Brown donated a collection of 35 framed presidents’ portraits and a framed replica of the Declaration of Independence to the Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center. The collection of pictures includes lithograph reproductions enlarged from the original steel engravings stored in the vaults of the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

30 years ago
Jan. 31 – Feb. 6, 1986

Two Artesia High School students were among more than 900 high school students from throughout the state who attended the 42nd Annual All-State Music Festival, conducted at the University of New Mexico. Sophomore Mike Stephensen performed on the baritone horn and junior Kandi Rountree played the piccolo. Only the very best high school musicians, chosen through statewide auditions, are invited to participate in the prestigious festival, which includes workshops and concerts.

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Artesia-based Brewer Oil Co., one of the nations’ larger Shell jobbers, has expanded to Albuquerque and acquired more automatic gas stations.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mr. and Mrs. Charley Atkins planned to be dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. tom McBride in Alamogordo, Saturday. Charley and Tom were boys together and attended school together at the Avis school and have been friends since that time. Sunday last week a number of persons were quite concerned about a fire in the Lick canyon area. The forest employees had been doing controlled burning so they were wondering if the fire had revived after the employees had gone and had burned some timber as the smoke was really black and rolling.

20 years ago
Jan. 31 – Feb. 6, 1996

Receiving awards as the top performers on Artesia High School’s swim team this season were Chris Wolfe, Most Dedicated Swimmer; Michelle Pinson, Most Improved Girl Swimmer; Eric Ebarb, Outstanding Boy Swimmer; Abby Anderson, Outstanding Girl Swimmer; and Anthony Barrera, Most Improved Boy Swimmer.

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C.E. Larue was selected by the Artesia Desk & Derrick Club as its Boss of the Year for 1995. This distinction is only given when the club feels it is warranted and is not an annual award. LaRue has been a great supporter of the Artesia club and its members.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mrs. Oza Holcomb wishes to ask the readers and the persons in the news office to have patience, as she has been trying to learn to use an electric typewriter. She had a very heavy manual and turned the table over, and it landed in the floor upside down and broke it. H.A. Stingfield took it to town to get it fixed, and they advised she buy a new one. Mrs. Holcomb’s daughter, Mrs. Lacer, loaned her an electric one and insists whe will like it when she learns how to use it. After using a manual one for some 40 years, it is a rather slow go, learning to use the electric one. Mrs. Fay Walker has been a great help. Wednesday, Mrs. Holcomb hit a problem that she had trouble with and called Mrs. Robert Bell, asking her if she knew, and she reported she had never used an electric typewriter but wanted to know if she needed some information, Mrs. Pollard was there and she might know. She did and told her just what to do as she had experience and knew. The hard part is learning to space the lines, and it is going to take some time. H.S. Stringfield brought her a used one to use until she can have more time to practice. Mrs. Fay Walker helped her last weekend to get started. Then Wednesday she was having problems and Andrea Pollard helped her on that problem. She had learned how and knew what the trouble was when Mr. Holcomb told her. Mrs. Holcomb is very thankful for friends and family.

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