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WHITE WATER FLOW - A springtime flood rushes through the recently opened gates of Lake McMillan. The water will head south down the Pecos River to join the waters of Lake Avalon for use in the Carlsbad-area irrigation systems. The Lake McMillan reservoir doubles as one of the largest recreational water facilities in southeastern New Mexico. (Daily Press1976 File Photo)

WHITE WATER FLOW – A springtime flood rushes through the recently opened gates of Lake McMillan. The water will head south down the Pecos River to join the waters of Lake Avalon for use in the Carlsbad-area irrigation systems. The Lake McMillan reservoir doubles as one of the largest recreational water facilities in southeastern New Mexico. (Daily Press1976 File Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from April 17-23.

40 years ago
April 17‐23, 1976

Helen Mapes of Artesia was honored as Artesia Artist of the Year 1975-76 at Monday evening’s full membership meeting of the Artesia Arts Council. She was presented with a silver medallion designed and created by a local artist. On hand for the award presentation and the arts council annual meeting were Bernard Lopez, executive director of the N.M. Arts Commission; Sally Burkstaller, a member of the state arts commission; and Estelle Yates, outgoing president of the local arts council.

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A truck laden with cotton bales to be eventually donated to presidential candidate Jimmy Carter arrived in Artesia Tuesday to add bale No. 48 to the load. The truck, which was dispatched from the Imperial Valley of California last week, expects to pick up about 80 bales on its trip through the southern states, or some $20,000 worth of cotton, to be donated to the Carter campaign.

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As reported in the Pinon News: A large number of the ranchers are pumping and hauling water to different pastures on their ranches. Farrell Van Cleve’s tank water at Stevens Lake is getting low, and he wants Robert Stevenson to move his well rig there to see if he can clean his well. People in the area are anxiously awaiting and hoping the pipeline from Robert Bell’s ranch on Blue Water Canyon will soon be started.

30 years ago
April 17‐23, 1986

Lake Arthur fifth-grade student Ramon Garcia recently received by mail the postcard he attached to a helium balloon and launched as part of a school project in March. The balloon carried the postcard as far as the Good Ranch, about 15 miles northwest of Lovington. The distance traveled makes the youth the winner of the postcard contest, and he and fellow class members will receive a reward of snow cones for capturing the title.

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Two Artesia girls — Michelle and Christie Stark — are among 24 New Mexico girls selected to the state’s Best Under 16 soccer team following recent tryouts against some of the state’s best kickers and blockers. The Starks, both eighth-graders at Park Junior High School, were the only Artesians selected. They are the daughters of George and Barbara Gandy.

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As reported in the Pinon News: It will soon be time to vote. A number of persons are wondering if everyone is registered to vote. If not, it is time to get it done.

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The Artesia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has approved a resolution endorsing the establishment of an 18-hole golf course and the “joining of hands” by the city and the Artesia Country Club.

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Artesia’s Staci Scott is the third-best free-throw shooter in the nation in her age group. Scott canned 20 of 25 free throws in the Elks’ National Hoop Shoot Finals at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Ind.

20 years ago
April 17‐23, 1996

Celebrating its 35th year, the Artesia General Hospital Auxiliary installed its new officers during a luncheon held at the Artesia Country Club Wednesday. They were Marcia Nowak, president; Barbara Chandler, vice president; Rita Weatherspoon, secretary; and Maureen Mainardi, treasurer. Outgoing AGH Auxiliary president Cora Berg and AGH Auxiliary Liaison Lynn Atteberry presented the new officers at a ceremony in which awards including the 50 and 500 Hours Pins and 1,000, 2,500, 3,000 and 5,000 Hours Bars were given.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mrs. Dulce Stevenson’s daughter, Mrs. Glenna Lee Bartola, came and got her mother and took her to Roswell Monday where she got a haircut and permanent, then spent the night with the Bartolas. Tuesday, Mrs. Stevenson and Mrs. Bartola went to Artesia and had birthday dinner with Mrs. Stevenson’s sister, and a short visit, they returned to Mrs. Stevenson’s ranch east of Pinon. Mrs. Bartola spent the night with her mother before returning home to Roswell Wednesday morning.

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Medical providers in Artesia are at an all-time high level, most would agree, but according to some physicians on the medical staff at Artesia General Hospital, there will come a point when the city is saturated with service.

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Park Junior High School’s homemaking students are getting a close look at community spirit. After a semester of instruction in cooking skills, they were surprised to find no sewing machines available for the second semester, which was to be devoted to learning sewing skills (due to budget constraints.) Artesia merchants and businesses, informed of the need, generously opened their purses to underwrite the cost of repairing many useless sewing machines in the classroom.

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