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Daily Press employee Danny Scott puts the elbow grease to the press unit before it is installed for use. One of four other, similar press units is to be installed a the Deming Headlight and Graphic, the Daily Press’ sister publication in Valley Newspapers Corp., and three units and a folder are now in operation at the Ruidoso News, which has been printed in Artesia since former Artesian Ken Green assumed its operation last October. (Daily Press 1976 File Photo)

Daily Press employee Danny Scott puts the elbow grease to the press unit before it is installed for use. One of four other, similar press units is to be installed a the Deming Headlight and Graphic, the Daily Press’ sister publication in Valley Newspapers Corp., and three units and a folder are now in operation at the Ruidoso News, which has been printed in Artesia since former Artesian Ken Green assumed its operation last October. (Daily Press 1976 File Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from July 10-16.

40 years ago
July 10‐16, 1976

Artesia’s first American Field Service exchange student to spend a full year in a foreign country has returned home. Olga Gomez, 19-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Al Gomez, returned to Artesia July 1 after spending the past year residing with the Vrijdag family in Putten, Holland. Other Artesia youngsters have participated in the American Field Service exchange program, but Olga is the first to have spent an entire year abroad.

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As reported in the Pinon News: A number of former residents of the Avis and Pinon areas have visited in Pinon recently among whom were Mr. and Mrs. Garland Percilla from Wells, Texas. They visited W.A. Gage. The Presillas homesteaded a section of land south of Pinon about three miles some 40 years ago. They sold the section to W. A. Gage when they left. A stepson of Lovet, who homesteaded Lovet tank southeast of Pinon some 60 years ago, was here from Animas Wednesday of last week. Three sisters, Mrs. George Corley from Keno, Ore., Mrs. Alma Corley from Panca, Nev. and Mrs. Lona Kennedy from Needles, Calif., were here trying to locate the homestead of their grandfather, a Mr. Harrington. W.A. Gage has a tank on Cornucopia Draw built by Harrington, but Gage could not remember where the homestead was located so he suggested they ask Mrs. Edith Atkins. She told them it was on Antelope Flat, but could not recall the exact location. They went to see Demery Anderson to ask him. The three sisters were daughters of Joe Beech and his homestead was on Guevo Canyon on the former Josephene Jernigan ranch. It had been 60 years since they lived in this area, and they said nothing looked familiar. The roads were just wagon ruts at that time.

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The three-unit press now in use at the Daily Press will be increased by one unit this week as the newspaper is enabled to expand its single-run printing capabilities. The Daily Press may now print 16 pages in a section rather than 12, or 12 pages with use of one color rather than the previous eight and one color. To print a single color, one entire press unit is required for the colored ink image.

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“The Bad News Bears” and “Against a Crooked Sky” were the featured films at the Landsun Theatre, and “Rattlers” was the featured film at the Hermosa Drive-In.

30 years ago
July 10‐16, 1986

With the unusually high amount of rain recently received in the Artesia area came an influx of little annoyances. From snakes and frogs to grasshoppers and mosquitoes, bothersome pests have been varied. The latest on a long list of rain-related irritations is the incredible spreading weed. It is not unheard of to find six- to eight-foot-tall weeds growing within the city limits, and weed-related product purchases are skyrocketing.

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As reported in the Pinon News: The Fourth of July was rather quiet in the mountains according to reports. Mr. and Mrs. Don Merritt had a family reunion oat their ranch home with their children, grandchildren, don’s brothers and sisters and their families, and Mrs. Merritt’s relatives with a few neighbors and friends. The Merritt’s had a barbecue luncheon with a number of other goods to go with it. The relatives and friends were laughing at Don as just when lunch was ready he decided it was time to take pictures. They accused him of keeping them from eating. A very enjoyable day was reported.

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Two members recently left the Artesia Library Board and a third was installed as president. Kathleen Coll and Russell Floore received certificates of appreciation for their service on the board. Coll served from 1983-86 and Floore from 1980-86. Lorual Bullock took over from Floore as board president. The board sets library policy and assists librarian Letha Atkins with projects.

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Artesia residents may need to stock up on insect repellent and creams to fight the effects of mosquito bites until the city and county can coordinate a spray-out. Mayor Ernest Thompson said it would be ineffective for the city to spray for the pesty critters unless the county sprays outlying areas. Eddy County has no plans to re-spray portions of the area around Artesia for mosquitoes. Thompson said he has been advised by EID officials that Artesians should police their own property to eradicate mosquito-breeding areas.

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Artesia power lifters Sammy Bejarano and Mark Lovis took third place and second place in their respective weight classes in the USPL Carlsbad Open Meet. Bejarano, competing in the 165-pound class, squatted 374 pounds, bench-pressed 265, and dead-lifted 352, a 991-pound total. Lovis, lifting in the 198-pound class, squatted 402.75, benched 260, and dead-lifted 407.75, a 1070.5 total. Both won trophies for their efforts.

20 years ago
July 10‐16, 1996

Sandra Johnson received a plaque in honor of her past year of service as Trailblazer chairperson. Evelyn Smith is the incoming chairperson. The Trailblazer organization is the public relations arm of the Chamber of Commerce.

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As chainsaws buzzed in Central Park last week, removing dead and diseased trees, area residents made plans to rehabilitate the historic Artesia recreation area. A citizens group calling itself the Neighbors and Friends of Central Park met Wednesday to discuss the condition of the park. The citizens’ group has looked ahead, from six months to five years, and would like to see additional picnic tables, additional playground equipment, and more trash receptacles.

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Four-year-old Jacob Matthews of Artesia displayed the belt buckle he received for winning the 5-and-under division dummy roping title in the United States Team Roping Championships in Pueblo, Colo., July 6. From a distance of 10 to 15 feet, Jacob repeatedly roped a fake cow head mounted on a bale of hay until the other 10 ropers missed. You miss, you’re out. He’s the son of Rob and Michelle Matthews.

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As reported in the Pinon News: On Tuesday, H.A. Stringfield received word from a neighbor that he had a sick bull. He and his daughter, Mrs. Mary Kay Eckland, and Mrs. Oza Holcomb hunted the bull for a day and a half ad finally found him. “Sting” was very happy to find him and appreciated the neighbor who reported seeing him.

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