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ZADORA JET HERE — Entertainer Pia Zadora’s private 727 jet spent the night at the Artesia Municipal Airport after arriving at about 9 p.m. Wednesday. Her husband, Meshulum Riklus, chairman of the board of Rapid American, parent company of McCrory’s, was on board, along with other top executives from the regional office in Garden Grove, Calif. Officials toured the local McCrory’s store before flying on to Alamogordo shortly before noon. the brown-and-white jet is equipped with a master bedroom, nursery and bathroom, complete with towels embroidered “Pia.” It is staffed by four flight personnel. (Daily Press 1988 File Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from April 16-22.

40 years ago
April 16-22, 1978

As reported in the Pinon News: Sonny Watts was in the Avis and Pinon area the past week with his truck and concrete mixer and had the misfortune to lose the plug out of his truck oil pan, losing all the oil. However, he discovered it before he damaged his truck motor.

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Patti Donaldson and Debbie Mansell were elected by the Artesia Junior Woman’s Club to serve as voting delegates to the 66th Annual New Mexico Federation of Women’s Club State Convention, to be held in Roswell.

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Margie McGill, of Hope, was crowned princess of the Eastern New Mexico Appaloosa Horse Club. She was chosen on a point system. She will represent the club at shows and serve in other capacities.

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Fourteen girls competed for six positions as cheerleaders for the Artesia High School Bulldogs for the 1978-79 school year. Selected as cheerleaders were Debra Earl, Melanie Clack, Diane Johnson, Karla Mortensen, Tonya Coursey and Delma DeHoyos.

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A small Cessna airplane which crashed late last week in southwestern New Mexico has been identified as belonging to Jerry Cady, the Artesia Municipal Airport manager, who is on trial in Taos on a charge of conspiracy to distribute marijuana.

30 years ago
April 16-22, 1988

Louis H. Cabot, a 1964 graduate of Artesia High School, was one of two New Mexico law enforcement officers to gradate from the 152nd session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. Cabot is a sergeant with the New Mexico State University Police Department and is a patrol-shift supervisor. He has been with the department since 1971. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Cabot of Artesia.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Shorty Dreannan, one of the Pinon Ranch employees, was expecting his parents for Texas to come for a visit the past weekend, the first time for them to be here since Shorty began working here. He has been here about eight months.

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A combination of rain, wind, hail and cold — prime football weather — forced postponement or cancellation of athletic events involving several Artesia High School teams Saturday. Both Bulldog track squads were in Ruidoso for the Ruidoso Invitational, but weather forced cancellation of the meet. The AHS varsity baseball team was scheduled to play a district double header at Goddard, but both games were postponed. And the AHS boys’ tennis team was supposed to play at NMMI, as well, but the match was postponed and rescheduled.

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When trucks roll down New Mexico highways in October carrying radioactive waste to the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad, they will travel straight through Artesia via U.S. 285. Until an alternate route is decided on or a bypass is built, trucks will use U.S. 285.

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The Artesia Bulldogs took a big step toward winning the 4-AAA district baseball title Tuesday by winning both ends of a double header from Lovington. The Bulldogs beat the Wildcats 7-4 in the opener, then took the nightcap 14-6. The sweep upped Artesia’s season record to 11-5 and district mark to 4-0. Artesia pitcher Mikey Chavarria pitched a three-hitter in the opener to raise his record to 6-1.

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Four members of the Artesia High School girls’ softball team, Mykol Williams, Lori Garcia, Norma Rodriguez and Christie Stark, displayed the medals they received for being named to the All-Tournament team at the Cobre Softball Invitational last weekend.

20 years ago
April 16-22, 1998

A sonic boom broke windows and shook up residents in Artesia Wednesday morning, including a large pane of glass at the Artesia Post Office. The boom apparently was caused by a jet fighter that is being used to train German pilots at Holloman. The F-4F Phantom is a supersonic jet fighter that was used extensively in the Vietnam War. The 49th Fighter Wing is investigating the incident.

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The Artesia High School varsity baseball team hosted the Colts of NMMI at Brainard Park Saturday to compete for second place in district action. The Bulldogs won both games and now reside in second place behind the Lovington Wildcats, who are currently undefeated.

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Sen. Pete Domenici has asked for a full accounting of Wednesday’s sonic boom incident in Artesia. “The Air Force must follow prescribed rules and regulations relative to where, how low, and how fast its aircraft may fly,” he said. “If those rules and regulations were not followed in this instance, then the Air Force owes the people of Artesia a complete explanation of what occurred and what it will do in the future to prevent it from happening again.”

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“Species 2,” “Mercury Rising,” “Lost in Space” and “Grease” were the featured films of the week at Cinema Twin.

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