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A total of six lettermen return to bolster the fortunes of the Artesia High School boys’ and girls’ golf teams this spring. Seated from left are Neal Flaming, John Ross Null, Chase Gleghorn and Johnny Morgan, while standing are Lex Ann Wilburn and Stephanie Estrada. Both AHS golf squads open the season Friday in Lovington. (Daily Press 1986 File Photo)

A total of six lettermen return to bolster the fortunes of the Artesia High School boys’ and girls’ golf teams this spring. Seated from left are Neal Flaming, John Ross Null, Chase Gleghorn and Johnny Morgan, while standing are Lex Ann Wilburn and Stephanie Estrada. Both AHS golf squads open the season Friday in Lovington. (Daily Press 1986 File Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from March 20-26.

40 years ago
March 20‐26, 1976

As reported in the Pinon News: John L. Parker of Mayhill, reports he has sold his ranch. He is keeping his home place and some of his fields. He plans to continue to be cattle inspector for this area. Several persons remarked they are glad he will continue to inspect cattle here, as he does a good job.

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Round steak was 98 cents per pound and ground beef was 69 cents per pound at H&J Food Basket.

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Artesia’s “Almost Anything Goes” team participated in the Western Regional Finals in Monahans, Texas, Sunday. The team tied for second, trailing Fort Stockton.

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The hard-hitting Bulldog baseball team, rallied behind an outstanding pitching effort by Artesia’s Tony Huerta Thursday night in the first round of the Bulldog Invitational Tournament to shut out the Lovington Wildcats 5-4 and move into today’s semifinals against the Carlsbad junior varsity.

20 years ago
March 20‐26, 1986

As reported in the Pinon News: It has been reported here that Mrs. Patti Brady of Sacramento was gone a week attending Post Office School and she has been making changes in the Post Officer since. The sheep shearing has shut down since the beginning of the storm.

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Artesia General Hospital employee Elizabeth Broocke-Jones, who joined the staff in 1956 when the hospital was located on South Roselawn Avenue, discussed retirement plans with colleague Doris King. King assumes duties as hospital business manager when, after 30 years of hospital service, Broocke-Jones officially begins her retirement. The hospital auxiliary honored the retiree with a potluck luncheon.

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Members of the Yucca CowBelles were in local grocery stores to remind Artesia residents of the importance of agriculture, lamb and beef products to this area. Mayor Ernest Thompson presented a signed proclamation to CowBelle President Madlyn Dabolle and Ag Day coordinator Dwanna Cassabone proclaiming National Agriculture Day in Artesia.

20 years ago
March 20‐26, 1996

Artesia High School’s varsity baseball team posed with the first-place plaque after winning the 21st Annual Artesia Invitational Baseball Tournament last Saturday night at Brainard Park. The Bulldogs reclaimed their own tournament title after a two-year absence with a 9-3 win over Alamogordo after earlier beating Taos 5-4 and Silver 13-3.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Pinon was out of water Friday morning, so some of the men from Pinon  ere going over the line from Pinon to Avis; and on the Stringfield ranch, they found a bad leak and were wanting to go through the pasture. H.A. Stringfield was here and told them how to get through the gate to get into the pasture as they were wanting to get their equipment in there to work on it. They got it fixed before too long, and the Pinon people were rejoicing.

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Artesia High School students Charlton Clark, Tony Pennington and Shawn Martin displayed the trophies they received for their participation in the ENMU computer programming competition Feb. 23. The three are students in Bruce Lanier’s computer programming class at the high school. He said Clark took second place, Martin was in third, and Pennington probably took fourth, although awards were only announced for first through third places.

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