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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 March 19-25.

40 years ago
March 19-25, 1978

Members of Red Adair’s firefighting team extinguished a gas well fire southeast of Artesia Saturday by dousing it with water, but one of the specialists at the scene said it may be awhile before the well can be capped.


Although they only scored a total of 13 points, finishing in sixth place in their own meet, the Artesia Bulldog track team showed good improvement in several events, took fifth places in two of them, and saw Toby Rhodes do everything wrong in winning the javelin with a throw of 184’1”. “We’re pleased with everybody,” said Bulldog track coach Ronny Maskew. “There was a lot of improvement in several of our races, and we feel like we are coming along nicely. We tried as hard as we could, which is about all you can do when facing the competition we faced.” In the javelin, Rhodes buried the competition in the finals with a heave of 184’1”, almost 30 feet farther than the second-place finisher’s throw of 155’10”. What makes it interesting is that Rhodes nearly scratched on this winning throw, getting his steps mixed up a bit and falling forward on the ground after he released the javelin. Fortunately, his hands braked him to a stop just inches short of the scratch line, so the throw counted, and the Bulldogs had themselves a first-place finish.


The Artesia City Council voted 5-1 Monday to pass a law designed to prohibit the showing of “obscene” movies at the outdoor theater here, although the law apparently lacks the teeth supporters were hoping for.


The Landsun Theater is scheduled to undergo an “extensive remodeling,” which will include transforming the present one-screen cinema into a twin cinema. Tentative plans show the entrance of the building and the lobby-concession area will be remodeled also.

30 years ago
March 19-25, 1988

As reported in the Pinon News: Mrs. Merle Smith of south of Weed reports she hired men to build pipe corrals at the ranch and they have much of the work done. Her son had planned to build the corrals when someone stole their new welder, and now he is attending a fire-fighting school for the Forest Service.


Artesia High School’s varsity baseball team took both ends of a twin-bill from Roswell High Saturday at Brainard Park. The Bulldogs won the opener 6-5 on Clay Foster’s grand-slam home run, then took the nightcap 7-3. The sweep upped Artesia’s season record to 3-2 while the Coyotes fell to 3-4.


Five students from Penasco School competed in the 1988 Regional Science Fair. Lorissa Pate took third place in the Behavioral and Social Sciences category in the Junior Division with her exhibit on “Color’s Effects on Blood Pressure and Heart Rate,” and Paul Kniepkamp placed third in the Botany category for his entry “Peanuts and Soil.”


Battling constant 57-mph winds and gusts that occasionally went even higher, Artesia High School’s boys’ golf team matched putts in the Clovis Invitational Thursday. Coach Steve Cranford said the high winds prevented any of the boy golfers on any team from qualifying for state, either individually or as a team. Still, the Bulldogs shot a team score of 388, which was good enough for third place overall.

20 years ago
March 19-25, 1998

The Artesia High School Bulldogs took the field last night in a marathon game against the new Rio Rancho RAMs that lasted more than three hours. Artesia fans were out in force, braving cool winds that continued to get colder throughout the night to see the Bulldogs beat the RAMs 16-10. Catcher Cole Golden hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the second. The hit sent the ball high above the lights at Brainard Park and seemed to reach as far as Navajo Refining. Golden had two hits in three at bats and five RBI.


Classic and custom cars stretched across Morris Field at Saturday’s car show. Organizer Dorothy Hammond, a member of the Artesia Car Enthusiasts, who sponsored the show, said 144 cars were on display at the field, with car owners coming to Artesia from Amarillo and Lubbock, Texas, Las Cruces, Alamogordo, Eunice, Hobbs, Lovington, Roswell and Carlsbad. She said plans already are underway for next year’s show. “It was just fantastic,” she said. “I could not believe the turnout we had. It was a very big success.”


The Artesia City Council on Tuesday confirmed Mayor Daniel Reyes’ recommendations for the appointment of five city positions. Appointed were Phil Fry, police chief; Roy Logsdon, fire chief; George Graham, city attorney; Barbara Kilough, city treasurer/clerk; and Jim Schuetz, city planner.


Zia Intermediate School students competed recently in Roswell in the annual MathCounts chapter competition. Seventh-grader K.C. Crouch scored the best of all seventh-graders in the competition and was second among all seventh- and eighth-graders combined. He also won the countdown round and will go on to compete in Albuquerque. Jenna Jones was third among all seventh-graders; Stuart Joy was fourth among all seventh-graders; and Megan Kuykendall was sixth among all seventh-graders.

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

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