Published: 1:00 pm, Tue. Feb. 23rd, 2016Updated: 2:06 pm
Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from Feb. 21-27.
40 years ago
Feb. 21‐27, 1976
Every spring, thousands of seagulls abandon their oceanside homes and fly north, where they nest and raise their young. During this time, they follow area plows, much like they would a fishing boat in search of food. Farmers welcome the gulls each year, as they help remove many of the insects which could be harmful to crops later in the season.
As reported in the Pinon News: Sheep shearing has begun in Chaves County and sheared sheep can be seen on many of the ranches east of here. Preston Means was to begin shearing Monday of this week. Some of the old time ranchers are worried about shearing so early. They say a storm could move in and they would lose a large number of their herds. For the past several years they have had good luck shearing early. There have been several warm Februarys. The warm Februarys cause the loss of much of the fruit in the area, as cold weather usually follows.
Ray Castleberry, a 25-year veteran as a volunteer and fulltime firefighter with the Artesia Fire Department, was named Artesia Fire Chief Tuesday evening by the Artesia City Council. Castleberry will assume command of the fire department Monday following this Friday’s retirement by longtime Fire Chief Dallas Golden.
Park Junior High violinist Randy Settlemire was recently selected as the only string player from southeastern New Mexico to perform with the All-State Orchestra. He performs with both the junior and adult sections of the Roswell Symphony Orchestra.
30 years ago
Feb. 21‐27, 1986
A letter of resignation was received from Artesia Center director Lowe Wickersham, who said he will retire after 23 years with the city. His final day of on-site work is to be April 25.
As reported in the Pinon News: The Gage family gathered some of their sheep Friday as the local shearing crew could start shearing Saturday. They planned then to come back and shear some more Saturday of this week. The local shearing crew consists of Preston Means, Dee Tidwell, Rickey Kneipkamp, James Owen Coupland, Terry Lewis, Bill Taylor and sometimes Wayne Brazil. It has not been learned if he plans to shear this year. Buster Stevenson is the wool sacker for the shearing crew.
Artesia High School students Jenny Bordman and Danny Parker attended the Student Council State Convention as candidates for the state offices of president and vice president. Both races ended in a runoff, and Parker was elected. As first vice president, he will work on the state constitution and participate in executive board meetings and the summer student council workshop.
Leading Artesia High School’s boys’ track team this spring should be seniors Ricky Aguilar, Jay Worden and Trent Boneau, all of whom competed at last year’s state track meet. The boys have two new coaches this year, Larry Combs and Dwight Butler, and will open the season Saturday at the Monahans Invitational.
20 years ago
Feb. 21‐27, 1996
The Artesia FFA Chapter is the largest in the state with 181 members. This is Artesia’s second year in a row to have the largest membership in the state. The chapter with the second largest membership is Carlsbad with 121.
Artesia made a bit of history last Friday when it clinched the top seeding for the upcoming boys’ district basketball tournament — it gets to host the championship game. This apparently is the first time since they joined the Class 3A ranks for the 1974-75 school year that the Bulldogs get to host the district tournament title tilt, though Artesia has made it to the championship game several times in the past.
As reported in the Pinon News: Dwayne Pounds of Artesia came to be minister for the day in the Church of Christ in Pinon. He was accompanied by his son. Dwayne preaches good sermons, so it is a pleasure to have him and part or all of his family with him. The Pinon Baptist Church celebrates its 93rd year today. The members will gather for services this morning at 11 a.m. with J.B. Craft as minister. He is from Artesia. The lunch will be followed by another service, then music as long as everyone enjoys it. Everyone is invited to attend.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Looking Back is compiled each week by Daily Press Community Living Editor Teresa Lemon.)