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(Daily Press 1986 File Photo)

(Daily Press 1986 File Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from May 22-28.

40 years ago
May 22‐28, 1976

Three Artesia baseball players have been named to the 1976 South All-Star team by the New Mexico Coaches Association. The players – pitcher Mike “Catfish” Heathington, second baseman Roy Salsberry and right fielder Elton Menefee – were among a field of 40 athletes chosen to play in the annual North-South All-Star game in Las Cruces.

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Mrs. Margaret Russell and Mrs. Gloria Anderson were honored by a retirement party held in the home of Mrs. Doug Garrett. Mrs. Russell is retiring from the position of school nurse after having been employed by the Artesia Public Schools system for 18 years. Mrs. Anderson is retiring from her teaching position after being a teacher in the APS for 25 years and a teacher at Hermosa Elementary School since its opening in 1953. Both women were presented engraved silver trays by the teachers and principal of Hermosa, who were the hosts of the party. Twenty-eight persons attended the event.

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Each year, the coaches at Artesia High School select one senior athlete who they feel has done the most outstanding job in three sports. This year, the award went to Jeff Davis, who participated in football, basketball and baseball. Sophomore Jacklyn Cole was chosen by her coaches Kenneth Parrish and Jeanne Sategna as the most valuable female athlete in the Bulldog girls’ sports program this year. Cole participated in basketball and track.

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A total of 217 Artesia High School seniors will receive diplomas in outside graduation ceremonies at Bulldog Bowl this evening. The AHS Bicentennial Class of 1976 will be wearing red and blue gowns and white caps with red, white and blue tassels in honor of the nation’s 200th birthday.

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The Artesia Bulldogs used the untiring performance of pitcher Mike Heathington and a perfectly timed home run by second baseman Roy Salsberry to capture the state Class 3A prep baseball crown Saturday, defeating the Los Lunas Tigers, 5-3.

30 years ago
May 22‐28, 1986

Artesia High School varsity baseball coach Karl Mahan was voted Coach of the Year by the coaches in District 4-AAA after his team won the district title this spring. Mahan was presented with a plaque in recognition of that honor at Tuesday’s spring sports dinner.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Holcomb, with the help of Austin Green, Lupe Casares, and Dannie Davis, gathered cattle the past week to move to the north pasture of the Holcomb ranch southwest of Weed. Mrs. Holcomb’s mother, Mrs. bill David of Mayhill, kept the Holcomb’s son, Patric, Thursday while they were at work. Mrs. Merrill Smith of the Weed area had a calf branding at her ranch recently. Wayne Brazil, the Baptist minister of the weed and Pinon Baptist Churches; Mrs. Smith’s son, daughter and family; Phillip Smith from Hobbs; and Mr. and Mrs. Troy Henton and son from Carlsbad, were there to help with the work.

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Almost 250 Artesians, expressing both enthusiasm for the event itself and disappointment in Artesia’s turnout, took their place in line for Hands Across America Sunday between mile markers 295 and 296 on Interstate 40, 20 miles east of Santa Rosa.

20 years ago
May 22‐28, 1996

Artesia High School seniors Jessica Fuentes and Anna Sims have been named to the Grey team for the upcoming 1996 Blue-Grey All-Star Softball Series.

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Artesia High School graduates celebrated by throwing their caps into the night sky after receiving their diplomas at Bulldog Bowl. The Class of 1996 included 218 graduates.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mrs. Dulce Stevenson went to a stock watering tank trough to check the water in it, and a rattlesnake was coiled ready to strike and rattled. She did not know what happened, but she was lying in the trough, and the rattlesnake could not be seen. She had to go to her home to change clothes as she was very wet.

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Freda Valdez, a freshman from El Paso, Texas, and Marcos Morillon, a sophomore from Artesia, were selected as the recipients of the Joe Gonzalez Memorial Award presented during the annual athletics banquet at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas. The award is presented to the most valuable performers for the Texan and Lady Texan track teams.

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