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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 Aug. 6-12.

40 years ago
Aug. 6-12, 1978

As reported in the Pinon News: Bill Cox, one-time resident of Blue Water Canyon, visited Basil Holcomb the past week and reported he was staying with Leonard Akers near Weed, helping with the cattle on the Akers ranch. Mr. and Mrs. Akers have a farm near Portales that they leased so they could come back to Weed after having been gone some 20 years.

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Artesians John Funk and Steve Messmer captured the men’s doubles title in the Artesia Invitational Tennis Tournament. The team downed Neal Alford and John Krause, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. There were 20 people, including some from Carlsbad and Roswell, entered in the tournament, played at Jaycee Park Saturday and Sunday.

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Lyn Thigpen will reign as the 1978 Eddy County Fair Queen at all activities this week. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Thigpen of Cottonwood. She was selected to reign Monday afternoon. First runner-up in the contest was Karen Hamilton. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Hamilton of Carlsbad. Judges were Bob Barley, Dixie Pounds and Vernon Watson.

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Mailman Frank Eberle, who delivers the mail in downtown Artesia, was nearly struck by a cyclist on Monday. Police Chief Bobby Bishop has told his force to keep an eye out for sidewalk riders and to enforce the safety code of “No riding on the sidewalks.” “There’s just so much included in an honest day’s work, and being struck by bicyclists and skateboarders isn’t part of it,” concluded Eberle.

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Two Artesia boys rode their bicycles a combined total of 112 miles Saturday in a bike-a-thon to raise money in the fight against muscular dystrophy. Roger Barber, 13, rode 60 miles to earn first place, while Rocky Walker, 11, pedaled for 52 miles and second place. The bike-a-thon was sponsored by the Artesia Jaycees and Boy Scout Troop 8. It took Roger about five hours to cover the 60 miles.

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Madeline Parry will be retiring as director of the Artesia Commission on Aging by Sept. 15, but she is not going out without a few words of criticism for the city officials who ended her job against her will. Ms. Parry was retired as director of the commission after four-and-a-half years because she is past the retirement age of 65. In talking about the council’s decision, Parry said today she feels sorry that after building a senior citizens’ program for four-and-a-half years, she is being retired because of her age. “They (council) say they’re not affected by the mandatory retirement. I’m not going to fight them,” she said.

30 years ago
Aug. 6-12, 1988

Even the Artesia Board of Education took notice of the fact that its meeting Monday happened to fall on a day when all the numbers came up eights (8/8/88). “My wife pointed out to me that this only happens once very 11 years,” Superintendent Taylor Stephenson told the board. He explained that the phenomenon occurred last on July 7, 1977, and it will not happen again until Sept. 9, 1999. The fact that the board happened to meet on that date also was historic, he said, because the board meets every second Monday; it could only meet on such a day that involved the number eight. “This is the first in the history of the board,” Stephenson said.

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Artesia Little League All-Stars celebrated Saturday after winning the 1988 New Mexico Little League State Tournament. The 4-2 victory over Silver City — which featured clutch RBI singles by Jason Fuentes and John Paul Hutson and two steals of home by Marcos Juarez — sends the team on to the Western Regional Little League Tournament in San Bernardino, Calif.

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The first trainees at the Artesia satellite of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center could start to arrive as early as January, the head of a 15-member FLETC planning team said today at the former Artesia Christian College office. He estimated that 7,000 to 10,000 persons a year could undergo training here once the center opens. Preliminary plans call for a permanent staff of 60 and contracted support staff of 75 to 100.

20 years ago
Aug. 6-12, 1998

Michael Riek, with the help of his parents, Lucy and Steven Riek, was named this year’s top reader of the Summer Reading Program. Riek also read the highest number of pages during the 1997 Summer Reading Program. His mother explained, “He loves for us to read to him, whether he is in the program or not. He picked that up from his daddy.”

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Laurie Kincaid, a lifelong resident of Carlsbad, recently was named the 1998 New Mexico CowBelle Man of the Year. Kincaid is a conscientious, diligent, and level-headed worker for all of Eddy County and the livestock industry, said the release. The CowBelles are pleased to honor him as the club’s Man of the Year.

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