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(Daily Press 1988 File Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from June 11-17.

40 years ago
June 11-17, 1978

The Artesia Board of Realtors presented the salesman of the month award to Sue White Wednesday at their monthly meeting. Sue is associated with Donald Lewis Real Estate as a residential salesperson.

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The Hideaway, Artesia’s first disco, at 304 S. 13th Street, received the ribbon-cutting treatment from the Artesia Trailblazers Friday on the day it opened for business. The disco is geared to “teenagers and young adults,” said co-owner, Mrs. Hiltona Castleberry, and will be open from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the week with the hours from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. set aside on Thursday-Saturday for disco dancing.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mr. and Mrs. John Bell of Sacramento visited at the Mesa Verde Ranch Thursday evening and, when returning home about 9 o’clock, they could see a lightening fire west of Avis, so they stopped at the Basil Holcomb ranch to report it to the Forest Service and to borrow tools to fight the fire, then went to see if they could find it, or could get near it in the car, as it was very muddy.

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Artesia Public Schools director of finance J. Burr Stout gave what will probably be his last budget transfer request to the Board of Education Monday night. Stout is retiring after a 45-year career in the field of public education. “If I had my life to do all over again, I would be a teacher,” said Stout, who has served as the head of finance here for 16 years. Stout started his teaching career at 19 in a small one-room school in Deercreek, Okla., instructing pupils from grades one through eight. He has since taught every grade from 1-12.

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City water department employee John Lugo kept a close eye on an eight-inch long centipede which he discovered in a water meter in the northern part of the city. The multi-legged creatures are occasionally found in dark areas and are highly poisonous. Lugo was going to keep this live one around for a while, as soon as he put it back in the jar.

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Vacationers and weekend users of Lake McMillan are running out of time because the lake will quickly be running out of water. The Carlsbad Irrigation District board of directors decided this week to increase the allotment of water to CID farmers, and that water will come from Lakes McMillan, Avalon and Sumner.

30 years ago
June 11-17, 1988

State champion Artesia High School dominated the 1988 Class AAA All-State Softball Team selections announced this week by the Albuquerque Journal. Junior pitcher Mykol Williams was tabbed Most Valuable Player in AAA while Bill Hardt was chosen AAA Coach of the Year. The six Artesia players on the all-state team included Gracie Marquez, first base; Norma Rodriguez, second base; Lori Garcia, shortstop (tie); Christie Stark, outfield; Mykol Williams, pitcher; and Michelle Stark, catcher. Tisha Gleghorn tied for a second-team outfield slot and Kelli Taylor was one of three players named to the honorable mention designated hitter spot.

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On July 1, the Santa Fe Railway depot on North First Street will close after 75 years of operations here. Robert Gehrt of Chicago, Ill, vice president of the railroad’s public relations department, said the depot is one of seven the railroad is seeking to close in New Mexico. Gehrt said closing of the depots here and in Las Cruces if final. “Our people contacted all of our customers plus we contacted all of the cities. There was no opposition at all,” Gehrt said. “In fact, we will be able to serve our customers better than they have now. Agent James L. Alsup, a 41-year Santa Fe, employee and the depot’s only staff, said word of the closing, which reached him last week, came as a complete surprise. “No one knew anything about it, not even the employees,” he said.

20 years ago
June 11-17, 1998

Artesia High School varsity cheerleaders for the 1998-99 school year were recently selected. They are, Candice Shearman, Leslie Johnston, Dana Sneed, Courtney Kilpatrick, Valerie Fernandez, Tandi Gee, Amanda Newton and Amy Fiebig.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mr. and Mrs. Mike Olenhose, new owners of a ranch just north of Pinon and living in Pinon, have been enjoying the company of two grandchildren from Arizona, and the children are really quite busy enjoying themselves. It is good to have them all here in Pinon. Two men were in Pinon Sunday evening trying to sell vacuum cleaners, but they did not find too many people in the area and they did not seem too interested in buying.

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PORTALES — Nelda Wallace was standing right there when it came crashing down in her back yard, kicking up a cloud of dust — a sizzling meteorite fragment, too hot to handle. “There were several booms, then it sounded like a jet plane coming in. I thought it was going to hit my house,” Mrs. Wallace said. “My daughter calls me a real rockin’ grandma now,” said Wallace, who has eight grandchildren. The eight-by-12 inch, 37-pound meteorite fragment struck at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. It came down about the same time that another fragment crashed into Robert Newberry’s barn about four mile away.

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