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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 16-22.

40 years ago
July 16-22, 1978

Two Artesians have enrolled in Tulsa Welding School’s welding curriculum. Tulsa Welding School in Tulsa, Okla., is internationally recognized for its specialization in pipe welding training. Marty Fletcher and Wendell L. Meyers Jr. enrolled in the school.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mr. and Mrs. Basil Holcomb had been working with cattle on Basil’s ranch Thursday and were late getting back to the house. It was close to sun down and Mrs. Holcomb went to work in the yard before dark and Basil went to the barn to feed horses and do other chores. He had three buckets of oats in his hands ready to feed horses when he discovered a coiled rattlesnake in front of the barn door. He called to Mrs. Holcomb to bring a gun quickly as he had found a rattlesnake in the barn. Needless to say, Mrs. Holcomb was not long getting there with the gun. It was about 25 inches long and very big around like it was very fat or full of mice. It was a cedar green or gray spotted one. The Holcombs have been quite uneasy there might be another one near.

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The mayor of Lake Arthur, J.F. Lilly, who is also a teacher at the Lake Arthur Public Schools, has found something to occupy his time during his summer vacation. He is personally leading a city beautification project that he started when he took office. Lilly, straddling the seat on a small tractor pulling a mower attachment, could be seen out and about in the small farming community today, ridding the city of unwanted weeds.

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A dun-colored donkey with a washtub tied to its tail reportedly suffered minor cuts and abrasions Saturday around 11 p.m. after it was struck by a passing auto. The washtub was totaled, according to police reports. The donkey, which is being kept at the Cliff Van Curren residence until the owner can be contacted, was injured when it reportedly ran in front of an automobile in the 2200 block of West Main Street. Police said they received a report of a donkey with a washtub tied to its tail running loose on 26th Street toward Main and a few minutes later were advised of the accident.

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The Mint Lounge on South First Street had a new but unwanted entrance put in the front of the building Wednesday afternoon around 6:30 p.m. when a 17-year-old Artesia boy drove his car into the storefront. The driver was cited for failure to keep his vehicle in safe operating condition in connection with the mishap. There were no injuries reported in the crash.

30 years ago
July 16-22, 1988

About 65 Artesia merchants and residents battled their way through brownies, cookies, cakes, pies, roast beef and barbecued brisket as they greeted residents of four mountain communities during the 62nd Annual Mountain Goodwill Trip Thursday. A caravan of about 30 cars and one motorcycle made its way to stops in Hope, Pinon, Weed and Mayhill.

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As reported in the Pinon News: A large crowd attended the Weed School class reunion at Weed Saturday evening. Prizes were given for various things. Joe Bell received the prize for the person most changed, Tim McCraken for the person least changed. Chet Kramer received the prize for the oldest graduating student there. Also, there were door prizes. A Pot luck supper was served at 7 p.m. and dancing began at 9 p.m. with music by Brian Prather and his group.

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An emergency session of the Artesia City Council was called for Monday for the purpose of hearing a request for resignation by councilor Vernon Asbill and for appointment of his replacement. Asbill said he was resigning his seat because he has a professional commitment that does not allow him to serve on the city council any longer. Asbill was subsequently hired Tuesday by the Cloudcroft Board of Education as superintendent of schools in Cloudcroft.

20 years ago
July 16-22, 1998

A fire more than a year ago did not extinguish the enthusiasm of Artesians interested in fitness, and to meet their needs, the Artesia Racquet & Health Club has been rebuilt. The club was heavily damaged in the April 2, 1997, fire. Classes at the club were moved elsewhere, and discussions were soon underway about how not to simply rebuild but to make the club even better. A grand opening is scheduled for July 20 at the center, located at 110 S. Fourth St.

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As reported in the Pinon News: The Hayhurst family had a get-together in the Jim and Lois Maud Hayhurst family home in Alamogordo, July 6. Mrs. Mary Ann Anderson of the Weed area, and her brother, Bill Hayhurst from Pima, Ariz., left early Monday morning and went to Alamogordo, to the home of Jim and Lois Maud Hayhurst to meet Mrs. Louise Taylor and husband from Pecos, Texas. Thelma Cole and husband from Idaho Falls, Idaho, Jane and Loy Thomasen from Willcox, Ariz. They all had a very enjoyable time together. It has been quite some time since they were all together.

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Carl Barnes is nearing the conclusion of a long tenure as superintendent at the New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center at Artesia. Barnes first came to the center in 1965 and quickly rose to the superintendent position three years later. He had planned to retire this month but decided to stay on until January 1999. “I plan to stay in Artesia and do some RV traveling and play some more golf,” he said. “I’m going to follow four grandchildren through Bulldogdom.”

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“Armageddon” and “Hope Floats” were the featured films this week at Cinema Twin.

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