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3-8-Looking Back 1976Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from March 6-12.

40 years ago
March 6‐12, 1976

A flurry of construction is giving Artesia a new look: A $200,000 combination Pizza Hut, steakhouse and lounge, and package store will soon be open for business on south First Street. A 32-unit apartment complex, with an appraised value of $450,000, is currently under construction at 20th Street and Centre Avenue. Pioneer Savings and Trust Company of Roswell will establish a branch office in Artesia at the corner of Eighth and Main streets. And a new Sonic Drive-In is being constructed at 1515 W. Main St.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Ray Day from Hobbs, bought the old Puckett residence in Sacramento, and moved there about three years ago and began working for the forest service. This year, he is fire guard on the Weed lookout tower. He said there is a new sub-division on McEwan Canyon just northeast of the tower. It is managed by Tommie Herreld of Cloudcroft. He also said the towers are all manned now as the fire danger is great. Fire could be seen from the towers Sunday afternoon and the cross reading showed it to be in Artesia.

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The Artesia “Almost Anything Goes” team recovered from a slow start to carry the contest’s New Mexico State Championship right down to the wire at Bulldog Bowl Sunday evening, and a last-event win netted Artesia the championship and a trip to the contest’s Western Regional Finals in two weeks.

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The Artesia Bulldog A Club presented their highest honor Wednesday to two men who they felt were vital forces behind all athletics at Artesia High School. Club president Steve Starkey presented John Trainor and Nubbin Crouch plaques indicating that they are now lifetime members of the A Club, with all privileges of a regular member.

30 years ago
March 6‐12, 1986

Members of the Artesia Business Association chose to honor two of their own during the annual chamber of commerce banquet Thursday night. Outgoing chamber of commerce board president Lowell Irby was named 1985 Businessperson of the Year, and office manager of the Artesia Chamber of Commerce Jo Addison was selected as 1985 Employee of the Year.

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For those who have always wanted to see Halley’s Comet but didn’t know where to look, Artesia educator Albert Bach is offering an unusual service. He personally will show you how to find the comet and tell you the best viewpoint. “You have to get out of town and be in total darkness,” Bach said Saturday. “Since the comet is in the east, I’m viewing it east of town.”

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As reported in the Pinon News: Saturday was the first day of March and it came in like a Lamb, as the sun shone nice and warm and there was no wind. It is hoped all of March will be as nice as February has been except is hoped there will be a lot of rain. There has been very little moisture and it is very dry and very little green grass is showing, even if the weather has been warm. A number of persons have been afraid this warm weather would cause the fruit trees to bloom, but Thursday night the temperature dropped to 10 degrees in the Weed area as reported by Jimmy Goss. In the avis area the ice was about an inch thick, but the temperature was not learned.

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Artesia High School basketball homecoming queen Gina Torres, escorted by Gino Juarez, received her crown during a school assembly after being selected for the honor by student vote. Other nominees for the title of queen were Ronda Tasker, Rhonda Wilbanks and LexAnn Wilburn. The homecoming basketball game Friday evening saw a Bulldog victory over the Portales Rams.

20 years ago
March 6‐12, 1996

Artesia High School basketball players celebrated winning their first District 4-AAA basketball title at the conclusion of last Saturday’s 83-79 home win over Lovington in the district tournament championship game. The win sent the Bulldogs (20-4) directly to the state tournament, where they open against Albuquerque Academy on Thursday.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Several does and fawns and once in a while a buck will come in with them to the place where Oza Holcomb lives, and there is a young doe that comes to the house and will stay nearby; but if she is crowded, she will leave for a short distance. She has an under-half crop in her left ear. It looks very much like a human person did it.

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