• Grand Heights graduate

    Grand Heights Early Childhood Center held graduation for several hundred kindergarten students Thursday evening at the Artesia High School auditorium. Graduates performed musical numbers and danced for family members and friends in the audience prior to receiving their diplomas. Pictured, Ashlynn Pearson, daughter of Chris and Dee Anne Pearson, shows off her sense of fashion…

  • Safety seminar held at Grand Heights

    Characters from various public safety agencies attended an assembly Friday at Grand Heights Early Childhood Center to teach students about safety. Pictured, McGruff, members of the New Mexico State Police (NMSP), students, teachers and assistants pose for a photograph at Grand Heights school after the children receive information from NMSP on crime scenes.

  • Yucca goes to movies

    Yucca Elementary School fourth grade students (from back) Lupe Ortiz, Jordan Cataño, Gracie Puentes and Elisa Cardenas wait in line to get a Sprite as they prepare to watch Shrek 4 this morning outside the Land of the Sun movie theater. Third, fourth and fifth graders from Yucca attended the movie as an end of…

  • Heartland Care of Artesia welcomed

    From left, Wanda Sweat, Ruth Bratcher, Barbara Chandler, Ineta Russell, Marsha McArthur, Wanda Johnson, Mary Ellen Blankenship and Shirly Utley of the Heartland Care Helpers Club; resident of the Heartland Care of Artesia (HCA) Ann Katton; official ribbon-cutter William Hoppert Jr.; resident of HCA Margret Carrasco; HCA administrator William Hoppert Sr.; employee of HCA Brenda…

  • Students urged to take full advantage of Chase scholarships at reception

    By EMIL WHITIS Daily Press Staff Writer The 2010 Chase Foundation Scholarship reception was held Monday at the Artesia Country Club. Approximately 300 Artesians weathered the foreboding storm clouds to attend the event. Speakers, including Artesia High School principal Dr. Crit Caton, director of The Chase Foundation Richard Price, ex-member of the U.S. Army Robert…

  • Coloring contest winners receive bikes, helmets

    Kathy Kolt of Team Turkey Bowmasters, the local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, smiles Friday afternoon as, from left, Clay Houghtaling of Yeso Elementary School, Jimena Martinez of Yeso and Sadie Ramirez of Hermosa Elementary School select new bicycles and helmets at Wal-Mart. The students were selected as bike winners out of nearly…

  • National Police Week Observed

    From left, Artesia Police Department Officer Pete Quinones, APD Sgt. Ricardo Huerta, APD Commander Milo Olivas, NMSP Officer Dustin Lockridge, APD Cpl. Angela Phillips, APD Sgt. Scott London, APD Commander Richard Martinez, APD Records Clerk Jamie Johnson, APD Animal Control Officer Richard Schulz, APD Cpl. Esteban Sepulveda, Eddy County Detention Center (ECDC) Sgt. Amy Russell,…

  • On the campaign trail

    Former U.S. Representative Steve Pearce (pictured) is hitting the campaign trail with full force as he vies for re-election in New Mexico’s District 2. The Republican from Hobbs is hoping to regain the seat currently held by Democrat Harry Teague. A fundraiser and reception was held at Hotel Artesia Thursday, where Pearce spoke to attendees…

  • Distinguished alumni

    Long-time Artesia pharmacist and businessman Lowell M. Irby (right) was inducted into Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame May 8 as part of SWOSU’s commencement on the Weatherford campus. Pictured, SWOSU President Randy Beutler presents Irby with a plaque. Irby was guest speaker at the SWOSU ceremony. For the best in local…

  • Deadline extended for contest

    Children have chance to win bikes, helmets Pictured, Daily Press Editor Jessica Carner hangs coloring contest entries on the wall in the Daily Press office on Thursday. The deadline has been extended until Tuesday, May 11, for all first- and second-grade students who wish to enter a coloring contest sponsored by the local chapter of…