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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 Oct. 15-21.

40 years ago
Oct. 15-21, 1978

Panda Records and Tapes’ “Halloween Special” of ghostly sounds, including Casper the Friendly Ghost and Monster Man, along with other albums, were on sale for $2.98 each.

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Friday night against the Goddard Rockets, the Artesia Bulldogs finally, for the most part, put it all together both offensively and defensively to stop the host team Rockets by a 32-2 margin, giving the ‘Dogs two wins in a row and halting a Goddard winning streak at three games.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mrs. Don Merritt, Edith Atkins and Mrs. Basil Holcomb went to Del City Monday of last week for vegetables for winter use. Mrs. Merritt got a lot of chili and strung it to dry, hanging it on her back porch. The deer came into her yard and onto the porch eating her chili. Mrs. Atkins is past 95 years of age, but stood the trip fine and enjoyed every minute of it.

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Lois M. Oliver, a library employee for 11 years, has been selected City Employee of the Week by the Daily Press. Oliver serves the Artesia Public Library as library cataloger. She also worked in the children’s library for five years before taking over the half-day duties of cataloger. Oliver said she enjoyed working for the city, preparing books for the public to check out. Her hobbies include sewing, reading and crafts.

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The Artesia Law Enforcement Center was dedicated Tuesday after many years in the works. The $900,000 complex at 702 W. Chisum Ave. will house city police, state police, sheriff’s deputies, judge’s chambers and courtroom, city jail, and the county juvenile detention center.

30 years ago
Oct. 15-21, 1988

Eric Dalton swears Eric Dalton made it across. Barry Coffman says the film speaks for itself. And several hundred Bulldog football fans are ready to take up a collection and buy the officials some new eyeglasses. Or at least some positioning charts. The play in question was Artesia’s two-point conversion try with 1:14 remaining in the game Friday between the Bulldogs and the Portales Rams at Bulldog Bowl. Artesia coach Coffman had decided to go for the victory outright instead of settling for a tie and possible sudden death. “I was over (the goal line) by a foot,” declared Dalton. “But the official wasn’t marking where the ball was; he was marking where my knees were. He spotted the ball on about the one-inch line, but there’s no doubt in my mind that I was actually over the line.”

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As reported in the Pinon News: The Pinon area had water problems Thursday of last week, as there was a leak in the line near the Extension club Building. Nickey Gage, Drue Goslin and Henry Herrirngton were trying to dig to the line, but the leak was so band they went for Don Merritt and his backhoe. The big tank north of Pinon lost all its water in Pinon, so the people were without water from Thursday until Saturday. Some members of the community had fixed the line in that place several times and thought they had fixed it when it broke again.

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“Artesia General Hospital is paid for! The final mortgage payment obligation has been met,” hospital administrator Joe Abrutz announced Monday. The hospital board of trustees marked the occasion with a mortgage burning ceremony.

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Water apparently is seeping from Brantley Lake into underground rock formations, but there’s a difference of opinion on the potential results. Dewey Geary, the project manager for the recently formed reservoir, says the cavities will act as a water bank and replenish the lake when water levels lower. “What most people thought was going to be the demise of the reservoir (seepage underground) is going to be its most important point.” Geary said.

20 years ago
Oct. 15-21, 1998

The Artesia Association of Educational Retirees selected Beth Creswell as its Outstanding Member for 1998. Creswell retired from the Artesia Public Schools in 1990 as a second-grade teacher. She joined the AAER in the fall of that year. Creswell has served the association as vice-chairman for two years. She moved up to president and acted in that capacity for another two years. Other committees in which she served include program, publicity, yearbook, nominations, Meals on Wheels, courtesy, and the Christmas banquet.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mrs. Oza Holcomb received a phone call from Belen, reporting frost just north of there and Mrs. Holcomb had better cover her tomatoes in her garden. She covered the tomatoes and squash, and the second night it did frost, but she had the tomatoes covered and were all right, but two of the squash were killed on top. However, the rest of the squash was all right. She knows it is time to get them gathered for it will soon be very heavy. Those that have gardens are hoping to get a few more green beans, tomatoes, squash and peppers to get ripe.

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Park Ranger Steve Patterson answered questions from sixth-grade students at Zia Intermediate School about “Scarlett,” a 5-year-old red tail hawk. Patterson visited students in Brook Deerman’s science class Monday as a part of the New Mexico State Parks Department education program.

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“Urban Legend” and “Rush Hour” were the films of the week at Cinema Twin.

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