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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 April 23-29.

40 years ago
April 23-29, 1978

Police dispatcher Joy Dean Baker has been named Employee of the Week by the City of Artesia. Baker has been with the Artesia Police Department for the past seven years. As a dispatcher it is her job to relay messages to, and record messages from, city patrol units and other law enforcement agencies and units in the area. Along with the records-keeping and dispatching, her job requires that she, at times, act as a receptionist to the police department.

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Alfalfa growers in this area and parts of Texas haven’t had to wear their shoes out or lose sleep running back and forth from the house to the field, checking the humidistat to see if it is time to bale their hay since Clarence Conner rigged up an alarm system 10 years ago. Connor, of Connor Electric, hooked a bell to the humidistat that sounds when the humidity reading reaches a desired level. The alarm system can be set at any number, and the bell will ring when that number is reached.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Ted Eldrige had a Border collie dog that he had trained to work cattle. The dog was beginning to get old ad one day while working cattle a cow kicked it and it just about quite working cattle as it seemed to be afraid of them. Ted gave the dog t Ernest Harwell of Dunken and Ernest reported he had never had a dog that would work sheep as that one. It is really worth a lot t him as he needed the kind of help that the dog does.

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The Artesia Altrusa Club was honored with the attendance of Governor Jeanne Campbell of District 10 at a dinner held April 13 at the Artesia Country Club. The dinner was also a celebration of the club’s 25th birthday, and birthday cake was served for dessert.

30 years ago
April 23-29, 1988

Thanks to Mikey Chavarria, Brent Karr, Eric Dalton, and a few other cogs in the machine, the Artesia Bulldogs won’t be playing any more road games this season. The Bulldogs earned themselves a direct trip to the Class 3A State Baseball Tournament — which Artesia hosts next week — by winning the 4-AAA district title Thursday in Roswell. Artesia whipped the Goddard Rockets 6-0 in the first game of the makeup double header to do it. The team lost the second game, 8-3, but went into the twin bill knowing it only needed one win.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Trustin Munson who attends school at Weed has been working weekends at he Pinon Ranch for Pat Ramsey, cutting posts and stays as the hired hands plan to build some new fence lines on the Daugherty place, north of Pinon.

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The scores were close, but Artesia High School’s girls’ softball team still took both ends of a double header from the Loving Falcons Tuesday at Jaycee Park. The Bulldogs won the opener, 11-10 in eight innings, then took the nightcap, 9-7. The sweep evened Artesia’s season record at 11-11.

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Former teacher and past Artesia Woman’s Club president Nora Coppinger recently donated to Roselawn Elementary School several seedling trees she purchased rom the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. The trees were presented on behalf of the local club.

20 years ago
April 23-29, 1998

Artesia High School student Doepp Crockett won first place and Justin Herring was second in diesel engine technology at the recent state VICA competition. Crockett also won a $16,000 scholarship from the Arizona Automotive Institute in Phoenix, Ariz. Herring won a $12,425 scholarship to the school. Crockett qualified to compete at the national VICA competition in Kansas City, Mo., in June.

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An Artesia congregation and their fellow church members have come together to build a church in three days. The Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall, next to the former IGA store at 20th and Main, rose from a concrete foundation to a functioning church from Thursday to Saturday. Church members expected to have services on Sunday in their new facility. Some 300-350 skilled workers, who also are members of the church, came from across eastern New Mexico and West Texas last week to build a 4,250-square-foot place of worship.

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Artesia ran away with the 30th Annual Artesia Invitational Track Meet Saturday night, scoring a total of 143 points and the first-place finish in school standings. The first thing coach Mike Worley had to say was, “We won!” Coach Pam Allen followed up by saying, “And we looked good doing it!” In 19 events, the boys had seven first-place finishes, seven second-place finishes, and the boys finished in third five times. The girls performed well also. Allen said, “Our girls performed very well and had several personal bests.”

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11-year-old Michael Phillips of Artesia won first place and $100 in the talent competition at the Hagerman Old Timers Day celebration. He sang and entertained with “Ol’ Time Rock and Roll.”

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mrs. Holcomb was delighted to receive a letter from Joe Skeen, commenting on reading her news. He reported he knew many of the Pinon and Hope people and enjoyed the Pinon News and hoped she would soon recover and continue writing as he enjoyed reading them.

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