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

40 years ago
Jan. 22-28, 1978

Twelve scouts from Abo Elementary School placed in the school Pinewood Derby competition and will go on to the city-wide tournament. The boys are, in order beginning with first place, Mark Hutchinson, Jerry Brown, Neal Flaming, Jimmy Lowe, Johnny Morgan, Chase Gleghorn, Darin Dodd, Cory McCarrell, Dino Wilcox, Anthony Hall, Steve DeMerritt and David Curry.

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As reported in the Pinon News: It has been reported here that money has been allotted for work on the telephone system in the Pinon area and it is certainly needed, as the phones are so bad, and several new phones have been asked for, but there are no openings for any more phones.

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With joy in their hearts, smiles on their faces, and no trouble whatsoever, the Artesia girls’ basketball team nastily beat the Tucumcari Rattlers 67-28 Saturday night in Artesia in a District 4-AAA contest, giving the ‘Dogs a 2-0 mark while the Rattlers dropped to 1-1. And Bulldog coach Ronnie Null was understandably excited. “Boy, look at these statistics,” he said. “Everybody got in and everybody scored. Kelle Standard was the only one missing and that’s because she had had an injury in practice this week and we let her sit this one out.”

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Members of the Artesia Chamber of Commerce heard a report from City Councilman Howard Price on the proposed Artesia Loop traffic system, among other items of business. “The plan,” Price told the chamber members present, “is to control the growth of Artesia in an even manner. If we can get this loop finally started and maybe completely installed within 10 to 15 years, then Artesia can grow right along with it. I’d like to see the loop fix our city limits someday, possibly when our population might hit 50,000.”

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The Artesia Chamber of Commerce recently elected three persons to serve as new officers for 1978. They are Warren Nell, president, Marcille Payne, vice president, and David Simons, treasurer. All three were the only ones nominated for the offices they won, and all were elected by acclamation. Simons was re-elected to the post for the second straight year.

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Artesia residents who have the new garbage collection containers in place in the alleys behind their houses may start putting refuse in the containers, according to Tom Clark, sanitation supervisor for the city.

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With no problem at all, coach Ronnie Null’s girls’ basketball team ran all over its third district opponent of the year Thursday night, whipping the Lovington Wildcats by a score of 75-36, raising their district record to 3-0 and their season mark to 14-3.

30 years ago
Jan. 22-28, 1988

Mayor Ernest Thompson congratulated Artesia High School senior Michael McPherson for the national honors he recently received as a scholar-athlete. Thompson declared today “Michael Day” in honor of McPherson and Michael Martin Murphey, who will appear at the Chamber of Commerce banquet tonight.

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James Ray Evrage and Linda Guinan were honored as the Business Person of the Year and Employee of the Year at the annual Artesia Chamber of Commerce banquet. Evrage, the owner of Mr. E’s Men’s Wear, Main Place, Abo Cleaners, and other businesses, was lauded for developing Mansion Mall in a historic building at 332 W. Main St. Guinan has worked at Anne’s Hallmark for 16 years. After all that time, ABA president Steve Speck noted, Linda always has a smile for her customers.

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Publisher Gary Scott has announced the Artesia Daily Press will cease publication of the newspaper on Mondays, effective Feb. 1. The newspaper office will be closed Mondays.

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TCI Cablevision manager Harry Walters received a certificate of appreciation from Rhonda Pasqual with the Muscular Dystrophy Association in appreciation of almost $1,500 raised by the company for the MDA.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mrs. Frankie Lacer of Roswell came Saturday morning and visited her mother and stepfather, Mr. and Mrs. Basil Holcomb, at the Holcomb Ranch until Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Pearl Scott from Sacramento came to the Holcomb ranch and visited a short while Sunday, but Frank was feeling rather badly, so she did not want to leave him very long. Saturday afternoon, a light snow began falling, causing Mrs. Lacer and her mother to be rather nervous, afraid she could get caught in a snow storm. Mrs. Lacer is a teacher in Roswell and needed to get back to her job Monday morning.

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Curtis Economides of Artesia displayed his bowling ball and the lone pin that survived his attack Jan. 13 when he rolled his highest league score ever — a 299 — at Tumbleweed Bowl. Economides, 31, bowls on a team with Mike Phipps and Toby Heredia in the Sportsman’s Trio League. For his effort, Economides received a ring and recognition from the American Bowling Congress.

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Police Chief James MacKenzie said Artesia has the reputation of being an easy place for minors to buy alcoholic beverages. He pointed to three arrests Saturday as evidence that police are cracking down on the problem.

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Winning district games on the road always is near the top of the Great Things To Do list kept mentally by high school basketball coaches. Artesia High School girls’ basketball coach Rob Young is no different, and he was smiling after his team stopped Goddard 54-50 Tuesday night in Roswell. The win upped his team’s District 4-AAA record to 2-1 and season mark to 7-8.

20 years ago
Jan. 22-28, 1998

Members of the Basketball Homecoming Court at Artesia High School were senior princess Alysia Tucker, senior maid of honor Xochitl Carrillo, queen Yonara Pereles, senior princess Vanessa Salgado, sophomore attendant Allie White, and junior attendant Dana White.

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The Artesia High School girls’ basketball team built an early lead and never looked back, beating the Dexter Demons, 64-28. Artesia coach Don Shell was pleased with his team’s performance in the third and fourth quarters. “At the half, I told our girls to play with more intensity and pick it up on the defensive side,” he said. “I also told our girls that we owed our fans a much better game than we were playing. I was especially pleased with the play of Angelica Bratcher in the second half.”

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The Artesia High School Bulldogs roared to an early lead Tuesday night at the boys’ gym, shaking the New Mexico Military Institute Colts, 68-49. “I thought we came out real aggressive,” said coach Bubba Jennings. “I think we kind of set the tone early on.”

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From Looking Back 1998: 35 Years Ago, 1963 – Deputy Sheriff Bob Kennedy felt a bit put out when he tied his horse up outside City Hall and drew a parking ticket as a result. Patrolman H.H. House, seeing the animal tied to a parking meter, dispensed an overtime parking ticket to the rider when he discovered time on the meter had expired.

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