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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 May 28 – June 3.

40 years ago
May 28 – June 3, 1978

Chip Parsley was officially confirmed to the position of basketball and track coach at Lake Arthur School. Parsley comes to Lake Arthur from Nebraska, where he played basketball at Concordia Junior College, and will be in charge of the boy’s and girl’s physical education programs at Lake Arthur.

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About 100 Artesians attended brief services this morning at Woodbine Cemetery to honor America’s war dead on this, the eve of Memorial Day Tuesday. A memorial to Artesia’s war dead was also dedicated at the cemetery by VFW Post 8145. The memorial is not quite completed, but will eventually bear a plaque honoring Artesia’s veterans and a plaque with the servicemen’s names.

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Artesia’s Richard Kafton was chosen as a member of the 1978 All-Scholastic football team, the first time an Artesia athlete had been pegged to this honor. He maintained a high scholastic level and graduated with a 3.9 grade point average while also being named to several post-season football honors and will attend Texas Tech next fall. Kafton is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Kafton.

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Artesians, like all other Americans, began paying 15 cents to mail a first-class letter Monday when the Postal Service raised postal rates for the fifth time n 10 years. There’s only one problem—there are not very many 15-cent stamps. Tony King, Postmaster at Artesia’s U.S. Post Office, said there are only about 1,000 15-cent stamps in Artesia.

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Artesia City Council members took the opportunity during a budget meeting Tuesday to discuss the possibility of tripling their current salaries of 450 a month and increasing the mayor’s salary by 40 percent from $250 to $350 per month. The council took no action on the proposal, but merely kicked the figures around and said any decision would have to depend on how much money is available in the 1978-79 budget and on state Department of Finance and Administration approval. Artesia’s mayor currently makes $250 a month, the mayor pro-tem gets $150 and council members receive $50 a month.

30 years ago
May 28 – June 3, 1988

It is fitting that the Artesia police Department begin its new policy of safety belt law enforcement and its safety belt violation court referral program at the conclusion of New Mexico “buckle Up Week. Since the New Mexico Safety Belt Use Act took effect in January 1986, it has been enforced only minimally by the Artesia Police Department due to a 1986 decision by the Artesia City Council. Councilors had deemed that seat belt regulations in the traffic code were discriminatory because they did not apply to recreational vehicles and trucks. Now the situation has changed. The current city council recently reversed the earlier council’s decision and requested that MacKenzie direct his officers to enforce the letter of the law.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mr. and Mrs. Alton Daugherty and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Scott went to the Barn Door Restaurant in James Canyon Monday of last week and had lunch, which they enjoyed very much. Mrs. Merle Smith of the Weed area let Wayne Brazil have her pickup and trailer to move a load of his household good to Las Cruces on Friday. It was reported here the past week that Mr. and Mrs. Henry from McDonal Flat had bought the Reed Farm. David Ratliff from Cuba came Friday with plans to build a storage house at the Baptist Church here and the members planned to surprise him with supper at the Extension Club building Friday evening.

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The Eugene and Evelyn Coor home at 1503 Briscoe is the Artesia Garden Club Yard of the Week. The landscape is done with evergreens in topiary form. The front flower beds have pink axalias with violets as background. Boston ivy trails on the brick with caladiums at the door entrance. Various pines form a frame for the house.

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In what administrators probably hope isn’t going to become a trend, Artesia High School is losing another head coach. Bulldog girls basketball coach Rob Young has submitted a letter requesting he be relieved of his coaching duties for the 1988-89 school year. Young, a science teacher at AHS, wants to remain in the school system in that capacity.

20 years ago
May 28 – June 3, 1998

Bennie’s Western Wear was named Retail Business of the Year by the Artesia Chamber of Commerce during its annual membership awards dinner, while Marbob Energy Corp received the Corporate Business of the year.

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Gov. Gary Johnson addressed those gather May 23 for the Memorial Day program at Baish Park. He emphasized the role of the military in protecting freedom for the United States. “We honor these people today who put their live on the line in the cause of freedom,” he said. “Our freedom did not happen without a price.”

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