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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 Sept. 3-9.

40 years ago
Sept. 3-9, 1978

Linda Ferguson begins her second year at the helm of the girls’ volleyball program at Artesia High School, having won the Class 3A state title last season, and she is hoping for more good things to happen for her and her players this year. “Last year, we were kind of surprised that we started off so well,” she said, “and this time we think we will be expected to do well.”

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As reported in the Pinon News: Dorothy Cridebring plans to have her trailer house moved this week from the Highrolls School to the Gillum ranch, southwest of Pinon, as she retired from teaching this summer and does not need her house at the school any longer. A crowd gathered at the Jake Van Winkle house near Avis Saturday and helped him stucco his house. Jake did not know how to stucco and Glenn Stevenson told Jake he would round up his stucco crew and they would teach him how to do the work and fix his house at the same time. They had the work finished soon after noon. It rained one half inch in the late afternoon. Some of the stucco crew thought the rain did not hurt the stucco, but no report was made on it.

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Juanita Shultz and Mary Melton were honored Tuesday as Staff Member and Resident of the Month respectively at the Artesia Good Samaritan Center. This is the second month the selections have been made.

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Anna Baca said the weather today was perfect for roasting chile, so that is what she did. She roasted fresh green chile over mild charcoal heat. After browning the chiles on each side, she was going to place them in plastic bags and freeze them. She said they may also be peeled and dried instead of frozen. Outdoor roasting allows the chiles to be cooked at a higher heat to maintain more juice and flavor. Helping Baca was her granddaughter, Evette Brizeno.

30 years ago
Sept. 3-9, 1988

Granted, they got a lot of help from the Hobbs Eagles — who handled the ball like they were having a giveaway sale — but the Artesia Bulldogs got a revealing peek at just how far they have come in a week. The Bulldogs whipped the Eagles 20-6 Friday in Hobbs, collecting their second win in as many tries and sending the Eagles to their second loss in as many tries.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mary Loftin of the Alamogordo Daily News called one day last week wanting to learn about a horse that recently had rabies. Some horses were rabid in the spring and a number of animals were thought to be rabid, but it was not known for sure. A number of cases of rabies were reported in Hope. The ranchers are very concerned about the numerous skunks and fox in the area. When the 10-80 poison was used in the area the skunks, fox, and coyotes were very scarce and the rabies were very, very unusual. Since the government stopped the use of it, the animals are everywhere, so the rabid ones can be expected anywhere any time.

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Local members of the American Association of Retired Persons and Altrusa Club, along with the Artesia Public Library, are working to form a literacy council here. “The main thing we’re going to do tonight is see how many people are interested in being tutors and then go out into Artesia and see how many people need it,” the group said.

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CJ’s Restaurant, 900 W. Main St., is having their 9-9-99 Sale 11 years early. Hamburgers are only 99 cents Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9 and 10, only.

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“Die Hard” and “Big” were the featured films of the week at Cinema Twin.

20 years ago
Sept. 3-9, 1998

NUCHIK has taken another step in its plans to open a chicken-processing plant west of Artesia. The company has approved the City of Artesia’s version of a performance agreement that lays out what is expected of the company as it seeks issuance of up to $210 million in industrial revenue bonds to build the plant. The city required a performance agreement when it passed the bond ordinance April 21.

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Artesia police seized more than 66 pounds of marijuana Sept. 3 from a vehicle that was stopped at a routine roadblock. The marijuana was found hidden in the headliner of the vehicle. The marijuana has an estimated street value of $53,440.

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The Artesia Bulldogs started the night off right against the Hobbs Eagles on the road Friday night. On the opening kickoff return, Aaron Kennemur fielded the ball and ran 36 yards to get the Bulldogs started inside the Eagles’ 50-yard line. On more than one occasion, Big Orang fans, overflowing in the stands and continuing to come in well into the second quarter, were treated to some real nail-biters and hair-pullers. All the cliffhangers aside, the Bulldogs came away with a 14-7 victory over the Eagles.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Fred Gage retired this year after 29 years of teaching, mostly in the Alamogordo and Tularosa areas. Mrs. Holcomb returned to her home in Pinon Sunday afternoon after having a nice visit with Mrs. Frankie Lacer and her two children and their families.

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