• Holmes steps down from pro tem position

    By EMIL WHITIS Daily Press Staff Writer Artesia Mayor Pro Tem George Holmes tendered his resignation Tuesday night during an executive session of the Artesia City Council. In a letter Holmes read to the council during a closed session, he cited a desire to retire as the reason behind his decision. “(My wife and I)…

  • Local communications company receives stimulus funds

    By TYLER GREEN Daily Press Staff Writer Peñasco Valley Telecommun- ications (PVT) recently received $9.5 million in federal funds to expand their broadband services to customers living in rural areas. The funds are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP). On Feb.…

  • Electronic waste collection event

    Mariah Villegas (front) and Jessie Stevens of the Artesia Clean and Beautiful (AC&B) Task Force unload computers, printers and other electronic devices from an industrial-sized waste bin this morning in the southeast parking lot at the intersection of Fifth Street and Texas Avenue. Linda Stevens, director of AC&B, said the electronic devices were dredged up…

  • Flag Day observed

     In honor of Flag Day, American flags were placed in and around downtown Artesia Monday. Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. The flag of the United States is one of the nation’s most widely recognized symbols. The current 50-star flag was created by 17-year…

  • Chase, arts council present country concert at Ocotillo

    ARTESIA – Today at 8 p.m. David Bradley will be performing at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the box office or at artesiaartscouncil.com. According to a press release, Bradley hails from Northern England and grew up on American country music. He has lived in Siberia and worked…

  • Well service founders honored this Father’s Day

    By BRIAN CLAYTON Daily Press Staff Writer Employees say from the day L&R Well Service was established, the company has always been very family-oriented. L&R was established by Robert “Bobby” Loyd and Victor Rodriguez in 1988. Although Bobby has since passed, employees do not hesitate to explain he still has a very strong presence in…

  • BLM wild horse, burro adoption begins today

    By WHITLEY LEDBETTER Daily Press Staff Writer The United States Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will host a wild horse and burro adoption today through Saturday. This event will be held at the Artesia Horse Council Arena. This year’s horse adoption will feature more than 60 mustangs and 10 burros. According…

  • Bio-refinery produces ‘green gold’

    U.S. Congressman Harry Teague holds up the first batch of what he termed “green gold,” or biofuel extracted from algae, Monday at the “World’s First Fully Integrated Algal Biorefinery” at New Mexico State University Agricultural Science Center outside Artesia after a ribbon cutting ceremony was held for the facility. Executive director of the refinery Doug…

  • Fallen law enforcement officers honored

    A U.S. Border Patrol Color Guard observes the U.S. Border Patrol’s First Annual Law Enforcement Memorial this morning at Jaycee Park. Pictured from left are Jorge Dominguez, Jude Patterson, Cully Knowlton and Rebecca Barron. City police, county sheriff’s deputies, state police officers and U.S. Border Patrol officers killed in the line of duty were honored…

  • Brothers, charged with 3 felonies each, bound over

    By EMIL WHITIS Daily Press Staff Writer Two brothers from Artesia charged with three felonies each were bound over to district court on May 27 in Artesia Magistrate Court. Bud Littleton, 32, and brother Sonny Littleton, 24, were arrested April 20 and charged with aggravated battery (resulting in great bodily harm), robbery and conspiracy to…