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Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from March 13-19.

40 years ago March 13‐19, 1976

Artesians are going to discover soon that finding a free parking spot on Main Street isn’t as easy as it used to be, since many of the non-functioning parking meters have been recently replaced or repaired by Artesia police.

— As reported in the Pinon News: Mr. and Mrs. Basil Holcomb arose Wednesday morning of last week at 5:30 a.m. to see “Comet West.” They had never before seen a comet. It was a beautiful sight and quite interesting and well worth the time. Mrs. Eula Havens reported her milk cow had twin calves last Wednesday morning. That will make the mil supply less for the home for a while.

— Artesia Magistrate Judge Donald Price administered oaths of office to four city councilmen in a special meeting Monday evening. The councilmen, all reelected incumbents, are James Guy, Floyd Economides, Howard Price and Robert Briseno. Four other councilmen, Cecil Hill, Fred Mermis, Wayne Kemp and Bill Gray, and Mayor Ernest Thompson, have two years of four-year terms remaining.

— Queen area rancher David H. Kincaid is in Starkeville, Miss., this week attending the national Outstanding Young Farmer Awards Congress at which he may be selected from some 50 farmers and ranchers as one of four recipients of the national OYF honor. Kincaid, who with his wife, Joan, and their two children, operates a ranch northeast of Queen in the Gaudalupe Mountains southwest of Artesia, was selected earlier this year as New Mexico’s Outstanding Young Farmer for 1976.

30 years ago March 13‐19, 1986

As reported in the Pinon News: Glenn Stevenson, with the help of Mr. and Mrs. Don Merritt and Farrell Van Cleve, gathered sheep the past week so the local shearing crew could shear them. Wayne Brazil, minister for the Baptist Church here is really a busy man. Besides his ministry, eh shears sheep and drives the school bus. It has been reported he is very good at all his work. He is very much respected and admired for it. A number of persons have remarked, “Wayne is a very good man.” It was also reported there will be sheep shearing all through March.

— Artesia High School seniors Rhonda Wilbanks and Bernadette Lopez earned spots on the 1986 District 4-AAA All-District girls’ basketball team.

— Artesia High School juniors Jack Callaway and Kevin Scott were the two Bulldogs named to the 15-player 1986 District 4- AAA boys’ All-District basketball team.

20 years ago March 13‐19, 1996

Artesia resident Paul “Pablo” White was at the boys’ state basketball tournament in Las Cruces last week, as the 1946 Albuquerque High team was honored on the 50th anniversary of its state title. White was a 6’2″ forward on the team that won state in ’46, back when the tournament was wide open and featured teams from schools of all enrollment sizes.

— Artesia notched its first win of the year Thursday and advanced to the winner’s bracket of the 21st Annual Artesia Invitational Baseball Tournament by nipping Taos 5-4.

— As reported in the Pinon News: Tuesday was one really windy day. It was really disagreeable just to be outside, and the wind blew all night. Early Wednesday morning, the wind was still bad. Mrs. Holcomb had planned to go early and scatter the fertilizer over her garden, but when she got outside, she went back in the house and waited until about 9 a.m.

The wind about quit so she got Buster to help, and they soon had the fertilizer all scattered over the garden. By mid-afternoon, the wind changed to the northeast and began blowing and soon it was snowing heavily.

The ground was all covered in the Avis area, except on the black top. All the mountain people are hoping for moisture as it is so dry and there was very little snow all winter. The stock are needing some grass and the ranchers are feeding.

— Three basketball players checked a good-hitting Alamogordo team on four hits Saturday as Artesia whipped the Tigers 9-3 in the championship game of the 21st Annual Artesia Invitational Baseball Tournament at Brainard Park. Bulldog pitchers Michael Rogers, Jeff Howard and Martin Barragan — all out late for baseball because they were still in basketball — combined to four-hit a Tiger team that had scored 13 runs against Goddard the day before.

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