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(Daily Press 1978 File Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from Feb. 19-25.

40 years ago
Feb. 19-25, 1978

After enduring pain, flu, ridicule, embarrassment, flu, sudden losses, bad luck, flu, little good luck, flu, and just about everything else God sends down when he feels like punishing somebody, Artesia’s Bulldogs, sick and tired of just missing out on the finer things in life, namely winning district basketball games this year, roared back with a blitz led by junior bobby Snowden to thoroughly surprise the Portales Rams and a few Bulldog fans by the time a 57-54 Friday night in what must rank with the second coming of Elmer Fudd in terms of greatness. Labeled the laughing stock of 4AAA district because of their winless district record and because of their ability to lose leads going into the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs put away the premise of El Foldo and scratched, clawed and shot their way past a befuddled Ram team which spent the fourth quarter wondering what had hit them. That fact made the victory all the more sweeter, but most importantly, it gave coach Rusty Heskett and his team the vital shot in the arm it needed. For a team to come around like this, with all the reasons in the world to hide at night so nobody would see them, they have received such a boost in the confidence department that if they can keep it up, there might be little stopping them.

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They say history repeats itself, and it certainly did Friday afternoon in the Bulldog boy’s gym as Artesia’s girls basketball team dropped a tough 47-44 overtime contest to the Portales Ramettes in the district 4AAA championship game. This same thing happened last year in that the Bulldogs twice whipped Portales during the season then lost the district title to them in a game played on the Artesia court.

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Deputy City Clerk Rosemary Evarts has been named Employee of the Week for the City of Artesia. Evarts has worked with the city since 1947, except for a nine-year period when she went into semi-retirement. She has served in many positions with the city including a clerk in the water department, secretary-receptionist, and deputy city clerk, the position she currently holds. She is currently keeping herself busy with election matters. She and her husband, James have three sons.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Dr. C.P. Bunch of Artesia reported Mrs. R.K. Hill of Sacramento had asked he and Mrs. Bunch to go to the Weed School Saturday evening, Feb. 11 to help her form a square dance group following the ball game, as the young people needed some entertainment. After the dance, Dr. and Mrs. Bunch planned to go to their “Morning Joy” subdivision on James Canyon west of Mayhill about four miles and spend the night. Dr. and Mrs. Bunch plan to build a home and move there in the future.

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Future Homemakers of America at Lake Arthur High School held a Ms. Irresistible contest last week as a fund raising event. The girls sold paper hearts to the boys and each boy who talked to a girl had to give the girl a heart. The girl with the most hearts at the end of the day was crowned Ms. Irresistible. Elva Luna took first followed by Tammy Merritt and June Grado. Winners of the Mr. Irresistible contest held early in the year are Mark Crook, Brian Lilly and Jimmy Salcido.

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Tammy Merritt was crowned Homecoming Queen Friday night during the Lake Arthur basketball game against Hondo. Tammy was escorted by basketball player Brian Lilly. Other queen contestants were Peggy Aguirre and Julie Pollard.

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Julee Price, 11-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Price, is rapidly developing as one of Artesia’s top free throw shooters as evidenced by her second place finish in the state in the 10-11 girls competition held last month in Albuquerque. Julee won the Artesia championship, then copped the district title in Roswell, earning her a trip to the state competition. She actually has a few more years of competition and ahs her sights set on going on from state to the regionals in Dallas to the nationals in Kansas City, and practices every day to sharpen her eye.

30 years ago
Feb. 19-25, 1988

As reported in the Pinon News: Wesley Jarvis, who has been working in the Sacramento area visited Mr. and Mrs. Frank Schott one evening the past week and reported he planned to move to Seminole, Texas, and start to work there for a construction company. He lived in the Weed and Sacramento area when a small boy, and it is still home to him.

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Hermosa Elementary School fifth graders recently competed to see who could come up with the best poster to advertise the school’s Family Fun Night scheduled for Friday. Contest winners were Dusty Beckham and Matt Derrick, first place; Julianne Fernandez, second place; and Jake Waldrip third place.

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“Three Men and a Baby” and “Batterieis Not Included” were the featured films at Cinema Twin this week.

20 years ago
Feb. 19-25, 1998

“An American Werewolf in Paris,” “Fallen,” and “Titanic” were the featured films at Cinema Twin this week.

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Mike Meinke of the Artesia Post Office is recognized for his 45 years of service to the Federal government. Meinke served for four years in the U.S. Air force, then joined the Artesia Post Office in 1955. He delivered a route for nine and a half years, covering the entire town. “It’s been a good group of people to work with, he said. “The Post Office has been good to me. … I would never have made it without my family.” Meinke said he particularly enjoys meeting people as a Postal worker. “That’s the best part.” Meinke and his wife, Pattie, have two sons, Johnny of Midland, Texas and Owen of Artesia, and a daughter, Michelle Brown of Clovis, as well as six grandchildren.

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Five candidates seek mayor’s seat, they are: Greek Economides, Fred T. Alvarez, Barbary Gandy, Daniel Reyes Jr., and Carl Barnes.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mr. Jack Moore who has a home and lives alone west of Sacramento, recently moved to Cloudcroft, and it has been reported he is very happy there. He has been riding the senior citizens’ van of the Weed, Sacramento and Mayhill area, and is well known in the area. He was an eye specialist before retiring and moving to the Sacramento area. He lived several miles from any person in the Sacramento area.

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Albuquerque promoters whose earlier courtship of two New Mexico counties ended badly are wooing the Artesia City Council on a $210 million industrial revenue bond deal to build one of the biggest chicken processing plants in the West. NUCHIK Inc. officials have talked about 1,500 new jobs at the plant just outside town, where millions of chickens would go from hatching to packing. The plant would house more than 12 million chickens.

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