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REFINERY WORK HARD; WOMEN LIKE IT ANYWAY — Above left, Deah Tice enjoys working outside better than being an assistant boutique manager. Above center, Jo Rich decided she may as well be one of the girls Navajo Refining hired. Above right, Romelia Villa is among three of the women hired to traditionally male positions. The women were the first hired to such positions in 1977 and, according to the article, “were not expected to last; but they apparently proved themselves to most observers.” (Daily Press 1977 File Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from June 11-17.

40 years ago
June 11-17 1977

Larry Cravens of the Artesia Little League Major Division’s First National Bank team crossed home plate to a congratulatory reception from his teammates as the squad used strong hitting and the pitching of Wade Johnson to stay in first place in the league.

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Raun G. Watson, a 1973 graduate of Artesia High School, received his second lieutenant bars from his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Vernon Watson. Watson was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after receiving a bachelor’s degree from New Mexico State University this year.

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The Artesia Board of Education voted to allow 10 days of maternity leave for married female employees after being told by Superintendent Warren Nell that the Artesia Public Schools was the only school system in the area without some sort of maternity leave provision. A married female employee will now be able to use 10 days earned sick leave for childbirth.

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A reception honoring local artists Thelma Lewis and Shirley Ann Mahfood was held at the Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center. The two are displaying their works at the center during the month of June.

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Regina Gomez, Peggy Miller, Emily Simons and Rosemary Martinez were off to Girls’ State at Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M., to represent Artesia at the week-long exercise in politics and government.

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Lisa Nell, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Warren Nell of Artesia and a 1975 graduate of Artesia High School, was among the twirlers accompanying the Southwestern State University marching band during their halftime performance at a professional football game between the Houston Oilers and Chicago Bears.

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The Artesia Public Schools Board of Education accepted the retirement of Sue Pemberton, Central Elementary School third-grade teacher, and added eight new teachers to its certified staff, including Jean C. Anderson, music teacher, Anna Marie Blandford, kindergarten teacher, Linger Graham, Yucca Elementary second-grade teacher, Saundra Lanier, Park Junior High Spanish teacher, Patricia Elaine Muncy, assignment to be determined, Linda Parrish, kindergarten teacher, and James H. Scroggin, Zia Intermediate social studies teacher.

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A 2-year-old gelding that had been brought from Carlsbad to a local veterinary clinic eluded six pursuers for nearly an hour along Eagle Draw near First Street before being captured with the aid of “Troubles,” a horse owned by Chester Crouch of Artesia.

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Gogie Moreno, 17, received a full two-year athletic scholarship to attend Odessa Junior College.

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Eleven Artesia High School students were set to participate in the Lions Club New Orleans International Band June 24 – July 3. They were Silvia Collins, Susan Haldeman, Rosemary Martinez, Connie Kuykendall, Ramona Stuart, Kirk Irby, Starla Ewan, Emily Simons, Mike Dade, Donald Brower and Donald Torres.

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Sirloin steak was $1.19 a pound at H&J Food Basket, and “Freaky Friday” and “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” were the featured films at the Landsun and Hermosa Drive-In.

30 years ago
June 11-17, 1987

Representing Artesia this weekend in the Team USA State Bowling Roll-Off in Roswell are Effie Potter, Mae Morgan, Reginia Garner, Marilyn Chase, Cheryl Sellers, Oma Troublefield, Sue Wilson, Doris Reiser, Terry Lopez and Patty Forlines, with alternates Bernell Johnson and Debra Sallee.

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John Speir, owner of Speir Furniture and Carpet, Robert Ellis Sr., who works alongside his son and owner of Bob’s Gun and Pawn, Robbie Beardsley, co-owner of The Cakery, and Nell Allen of Artesia Soft Water, all tenants in the strip shopping center on the southeast corner of 15th and Main streets, say no parking signs have been installed after teenage cruisers began leaving large amounts of litter in front of their businesses. Ellis said he feels the teens litter because their parents are not teaching them to pick up after themselves. “Seems like that’s what the world is coming to,” he said. “Everybody for hisself and dickens on everybody else.” “I was an ornery kid myself,” said Speir. “I wouldn’t mind them parking here if they wouldn’t litter and be destructive.”

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Western Bank were the winners of the Artesia Girls’ Softball Association’s 12-and-under division. The team was comprised of Monica Reyes, Trudy Kuykendall, Juhree Smith, Missy Anderson, Amy Colclough, Jamie Reynolds, Lanci Craft, Robbie Harrison, Jamie Smith, Callie Phipps, Shelly Phipps, D’Les Lanier, Deanna Lloyd, Sonya Valenzuela and Mercy Rodriguez and was coached by Judy and Charles Kuykendall and Johnny Craft.

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Artesia Ford racked up a 14-2 record to win Artesia Little League’s Intermediate division. The team was comprised of Lucio Federico, Paul Herrera, Steve Lindsey, Fermin Aguilar, Johnny Jones, Danny Gallegos, Michael Esquibel, Shannon Davis, Buddy Farrar, Rene Lujan, Jeremy Cooper, Jeff Hurley, Tony Vasquez, Joe Herrera, Esteban Gallegos and Billy Scott and was coached by Nat Huerta and Wilbur Martinez.

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“Beverly Hills Cop II” and “The Believers” were the features films at Cinema Twin. A bacon cheeseburger was $1.89 at Huckabee’s, M&M Restaurant was offering all-you-can-eat catfish, shrimp and cod for $4.50, Old West Burgers had steak fingers for $2.95, B.T. Rex’s and K-Bob’s Steakhouse had chicken fried steak dinners for sale for under $3.75, and Pecos West announced the return by popular demand of its Little Bit O’ Chinese Buffet.

20 years ago
June 11-17, 1997

Mayor Ernest Thompson signed a proclamation declaring June 12 as Mary Long Day in Artesia in recognition of the resident’s 100th birthday. Long has lived in Artesia since 1945 and was a former employee of the Artesia Advocate, the Daily Press’ predecessor. She recalled her childhood memories in the Houston, Texas, area, throwing pennies at the organ-grinders for their small monkeys to retrieve and mixing water and flour together to glue newspapers into a kite. She said her first car was a 1918 hand-crank Ford.

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An attendance policy to keep students at Artesia High School in class longer was approved by the Artesia Public Schools Board of Education. Presented to the board by Principal Rick Stewart and Assistant Principal Jim Moor, the policy reduces the number of allowable absences from 12 to eight per semester.

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Penasco Valley Telephone Cooperative announced the winners of its third Penasco Valley Telephone Education Foundation Scholarship. They were Vonda Teel, Jessica Sanchez, Ben Markl and Brandi Wood.

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A javelina resting in the shade of a flower bed at the home of Darlene Hooten, 2613 W. Menefee Ave., attacked Hooten’s miniature pinscher when it approached. The dog was injured but OK. Artesia Animal Control officer Claude Whisenhunt was able to catch the 50-pound animal, the first he’d seen in Artesia in his 13-year career with the city.

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A leak in a railway tanker car near the intersection of First Street and Richey Avenue forced the evacuation of a six-by-six block of Morningside. Hazardous materials crews from Burlington Northern arrived on the scene from Clovis and El Paso, Texas, to assist in stopping the leak. No injuries were reported.

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Artesia golf standout Jeff Battin was selected to compete in a high school all-star tournament at Cree Meadows in Ruidoso. Battin was named the No. 1 seed for the Class 3A East team.

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A visit to Artesia by the State Economic Development Department’s MainStreet Program prompted the Artesia Chamber of Commerce and Artesia Clean & Beautiful to strengthen their efforts to establish a local affiliate.

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Cream Puff Coffee Cake was the national grand-prize winner in the Land O’ Lakes Sour Cream Quick Bread Contest.
Filling:
2 cups (16 oz.) sour cream
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 (3 oz.) package vanilla pudding and pie filling (not instant)
2 tsp. vanilla
Topping:
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup butter
Cake:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups (16 oz.) sour cream
Glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp. butter, melted
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. milk
Directions:
In a 2-quarter saucepan, stir together all filling ingredients. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a boil. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Remove from heat, cover with plastic, and set aside.
For topping, combine powdered sugar and flour in a medium bowl; cut in butter till crumbly. Set aside.
Heat oven to 350. For cake, in medium bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In large mixer bowl, combine butter and sugar. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy (1 minute). Add eggs and vanilla; continue beating till light and fluffy (2 minutes). Reduce speed to low and continue beating, gradually adding flour mixture alternately with sour cream until well mixed (1 to 2 minutes).
Spread batter in a 9×13 baking pan. Drop spoonfuls of filling over batter. Sprinkle topping evenly over filling.
Bake 40-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean and cake is golden brown. Cool completely.
Stir together all glaze ingredients until smooth and drizzle over cooled cake.

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Chuckwagon BBQ offered to do the work for dads on Father’s Day, with ribs for $7 a pound and Daddy O’s Combo Plates for $6, and Tastee Freez had all-you-can-eat catfish on offer for $6.29. The featured films at Cinema Twin were “The Fifth Element” and “Con Air.”

(EDITOR’S NOTE: Looking Back was compiled by Daily Press Editor Brienne Green.)