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(Daily Press 1976 File Photo)

(Daily Press 1976 File Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from Feb. 28 – March 5.

40 years ago
Feb. 28 – March 5, 1976

Only slightly more than 2,000 Artesians voted in Tuesday’s municipal election but its outcome had a vote of confidence effect on the membership of the Artesia City Council. All four incumbents were reelected by wide margins to four-year terms. The four incumbent candidates — Howard Price, Robert Briseno, James Guy and Floyd Economides — were returned to their council seats by majority vote of the 2,259 Artesians casting ballots Tuesday.

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As reported in the Pinon News: The Robert Bell family were supper guests in the Basil Holcomb home Tuesday evening of last week. The residents of the mountain area have enjoyed the spring like weather for the past several weeks. Friday, there were cold high west winds and blowing dust. By late afternoon, the wind changed to the northeast and in a short time, the temperature dropped to about 20 degrees and stayed cold all night, and all day Saturday with the temperature 19 degrees Saturday night. Mrs. Jane Van Cleve said she thought the cold killed her apricot blooms, as the buds would have soon been in bloom.

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Final preparations are underway for Sunday evening’s taping of ABC’s primetime program “Almost Anything Goes” at Bulldog Bowl. ABC crews are busy at the high school football stadium setting up backdrops, props, lighting and other equipment necessary for the program. Artesia’s team of competitors will vie with teams from Portales and Lovington in a series of unorthodox athletic events. The winning team gets the chance to progress to the regional, and possibly even national, finals.

30 years ago
Feb. 28 – March 5, 1986

Incumbent mayor Ernest Thompson retained his seat by a 2,213-vote win over opponent Carl Barnes during voting Tuesday, returning him to a fifth term as the city’s top elected official. Four council members — Daniel Reyes Jr., Jose Luis Aguilar, Dee Witherspoon and Ross Hightower — were named during the balloting, which saw a steady turnout of voters in the first district election to be held in Artesia. Councilors previously were elected at-large.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mrs. and Mrs. Frank Scott were quite busy Sunday getting their income tax papers ready for their accountant and did not want to cook, so they went to the Hay Canyon restaurant for lunch. They reported the restaurant is open every day, except Tuesdays.

20 years ago
Feb. 28 – March 5, 1996

Artesia High School’s Juhree Smith was named Most Valuable Player and joined teammates Jessica Fuentes and Jole Bell on the 1996 4-AAA Girls’ All-District Basketball Team. Smith and Fuentes were named to the 13-player All-District squad while Bell earned a spot on the four-player honorable mention team.

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On Sunday, March 3, the Church of Christ at 13th Street and Hermosa Drive will celebrate its 40th year of existence as a local congregation. The Hermosa Drive Church of Christ, as it has come to be known, will recognize its charter members and dedicate the services of the day to its previous 40 years of ministry and to the years yet to come as it strives to serve God.

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As reported in the Pinon News: The Junior Daughtery open house was a success as a large crowd gathered at the Daughtery home at 11 a.m. Saturday morning. They made music until 11 p.m. Saturday night. There was a lot of food, so everyone who wanted to, ate any time they wanted to. Junior’s sister, Mrs. Ruby Davis, and her husband, John, came from Globe, Ariz. She plays the bass violin with the group. Mr. and Mrs. Davis left Wednesday morning to return to their home in Arizona.

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