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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 July 2-8.

40 years ago
July 2-8, 1978

Attention Artesia shoppers: today through Dec. 31 you can only legally be charged 3.75 percent sales tax, instead of the four percent you have been paying at city stores. The new rate went into effect Saturday. But, this tax break will only be in effect from July 1 to Dec. 31, as the city council voted to raise the tax back to four percent, with the additional one-quarter of one percent going to the city treasury. That will not go into effect until Jan. 1, 1979.

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Cheryl Larson had to stand on a ladder to inspect the sunflowers she planted April 25. The highest of her four plants is over 11 feet tall. Cheryl is not sure what she plans to do with the seeds when they ripen. Then-year-old Cheryl lives at 210 S. 27th Street.

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The Rotary Club of Artesia installed new officers for the 1978-79 year Friday evening. Larry Goodell served as installing officer. Present for the installation were Neal Johnson, International Service; Bob Bourland, vocational service; Fred Boggs, secretary; Tom DeRosear, treasurer; Dr. R.A. Harden, vice president and Joe Carson, president.

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Five Artesia area 4-H’ers won high point medals at the Southeast District Junior 4-H contest in Portales. Winners and their categories are Jennifer Ratliff, Home Living II; Steffanie Simer, Consumer Decision Making; Janet Jones, Mix and Match and Clothing Revue; Davinna Bradshaw, Consumer Decision Making; and Dee Dee Derr, Consumer Decision Making. Eddy County sent 37 delegates to the contest, which involved over 200 4-H’ers

30 years ago
July 2-8, 1988

Mike Phipps of Artesia rolled the first sanctioned 300 game of his bowling career this past Wednesday at Tumbleweed Bowl. He recorded his 12 strikes in the first game of a four-game set. His previous high scores were a 289 last January and a 279 last March. Phipps will receive a ring from the American Bowling Congress later this year in recognition of his feat. His team bowls in the Sportsman’s Trio League.

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Ty Houghtaling was honored as a Kiwanis Club “Terrific Kid” for the month of May from the Hermosa Elementary School fifth grade.

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As reported in the Pinon News: A pickup with two men, one woman and two children was en route to Timberon Sunday evening of last week from Chaparral, and landed in Pinon in the night. They made camp in Pinon, building a big fire and really celebrating, according to the noise. The deputy sheriff, Jeffrey Farmer, was called to quieten things. It was reported one of the men was given a ticket and asked to leave the area. He had two flat tires and no money, so Mr. Farmer went with him to see Buster Stevenson about fixing the flats and had him leave two deep sea fishing poles and lines with Buster; and if he returned by Sunday of this week and paid for the labor and parts, he could have his fishing equipment. Otherwise, they were Buster’s. The mand reportedly remarked that Pinon seemed such a nice quiet place. Mrs. Farmer said it was until his group arrived. Several persons in Pinon remarked they had had very little sleep that night.

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Soon, everything you always wanted to know about the workings of Artesia city government but were afraid to ask will be available for review on microfilm at Artesia Public Library. Librarian Letha Atkins and city clerk Shirley Walker started in June on the painstaking task of creating a permanent public record of the activities of city government. “For preservation. For the public to be aware of what’s going on. And for history. It is part of Artesia history,” she said.

20 years ago
July 2-8, 1998

As reported in the Pinon News: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Gage took Buster Stevenson to Pueblo, Colo., Monday of last week on a sightseeing trip. They visited Colorado Springs, Royal Gorge and Pike’s Peak, the Flying Rangers Ranch where there were chuckwagon supplies and musical programs. He seemed to enjoy it all so much. They returned home Friday. All of the mountain people are complaining of the hot, dry weather and those that have air conditioners are staying near them.

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Wayne Bedingfield and a regular group of friends play music everyday at Good Samaritan Center. Anyone who hears the music would be charmed, no doubt, but it is the delicately and intricately decorated fiddle Bedingfield plays that is the eye-catcher. A stranger would never guess the fiddle was handmade by its talented owner. When Bedingfield dropped his violin lessons for seemingly more important teen-age activities, he never dreamed he would grow up to be a fiddle-maker. Moreover, he certainly could not have imagined presenting one to Roy Clark, a master at the fiddle. But 13 years ago he had his opportunity to present a handmade fiddle to Clark in Artesia when he played a concert here.

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