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The Official Community Guide

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Experience Artesia

Events & Entertainment

Our Storied Past & Bright Future

Civic Pride & Accomplishments

Hometown Hospitality

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Great Places to Eat & Stay

Artesia Walking Tour, Travel Info, Day Trips and So Much More!

Economic Development

Strong & Diverse

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06 Welcome to Artesia! 06 From the Mayor Experience 07 From the Chamber of Commerce Artesia 08 Getting to Artesia, New Mexico Events & Entertainment Artesia’s Climate 10 12 It’s Easy to Stay Busy in Artesia! 14 Small Town with Big Entertainment 18 History in Bronze 20 Explore by Day-Trippin’ Around 22 The Artesia Public School System Our Storied Past 26 Higher Ed in Southeast New Mexico & Bright Future 28 Services of Care & Senior Support Civic Pride & Accomplishments 32 Our Storied Past & Bright Future 34 Artesia’s New Library 38 Let’s Eat! Artesia Dining Guide 42 Places to Stay: Artesia Lodging Guide 44 Moving to Artesia, New Mexico 46 Real Estate Agencies 48 Places of Worship Hometown 50 Economic Development Hospitality Investing in our Community 54 Great Places to Eat & Stay 63 Artesia Chamber of Commerce

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THERE IS A DIFFERENCE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE You’ll notice the difference immediately. As a Credit Union, our emphasis is on service to individuals and families who are member / owners.

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Serving Artesia and the surrounding area since 1955.

Artesia Credit Union 210 North Fifth Street Mailing Address: PO Box 406 Artesia, NM 88211

Ph: (575) 748-9779 Fax: (575) 748-3850 www.artesiacu.org


From the Mayor Artesia is a city filled with energetic, friendly and helpful people that don’t wait for someone else to get things done. Our community is full of special things conceived, designed and built by ourselves. While we are no different from folks in other towns, our town is different because our citizens tend to expect it to be that way. A redeveloped Main Street with landscaped sidewalks, shopping, a walkway with fountains, dining and entertainment are all within easy walking distances. This was the creation of the Artesia MainStreet organization with plenty of corporate and individual participation and funding. This is the center of our town and gives us considerable pride. Bronze sculptures of cowboys, cattle, an oil derrick and hard working pioneers that highlight our past are found in the downtown area. Each was designed and funded by citizens that are proud of their community and want to improve it for their children and grandchildren. A public safety facility that houses a fire department, local, county and state law enforcement, state parole & probation offices and a municipal court was funded, built and operated by three levels of government. It is an example for others to follow. Our latest addition to the downtown area is a state-of-theart library, which opened in March 2014. This multi-million dollar facility is the product of corporate, private and public funding and spearheaded by a citizen committee. This facility was possible through the willingness of the business community to envision what could be and to combine their efforts and contributions to make it happen. And so it goes in Artesia, NM. Just another day in a truly friendly, caring and generous community, where the public and private sectors come together time and time again to get great things done.

“The Derrick Floor” is a bronze artistic representation of a fourman crew on a drilling rig. The sculpture was created by Vic Payne and is located at South Sixth & West Main Streets.

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Phillip Burch

MAYOR of ARTESIA, NM


Welcome to Artesia! Artesia is a quiet community nestled in the center of Southeast New Mexico, but it is full of activity and a great sense of community pride. Artesia, New Mexico, with its rich history and dynamic present and promising future, is a great place to call home. We are proud of our heritage. From the monumental sculptures of History in Bronze stationed across the downtown area, Heritage Walkway displaying highlights of our history in a water fountain series, to the historic structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the old railway depot, the story of the community is told through its colorful atmosphere. We celebrate those who have defended our country at Baish Veterans Park and we honor our future’s leaders with a dynamic new public library. We support our youth. We encourage education with an excellent school system and generous local scholarship opportunities. The community enthusiastically gives its energy and support to the schools, parks and athletic facilities to ensure the development of productive and healthy children who become tomorrow’s leaders. We believe in volunteering. From committees and events to service organizations and churches, Artesians participate at every level to see that individuals and families have the support networks necessary to keep the community a tightly-knit yet colorful fabric. We honor our industries. We take great pride in growing the diversity of our industrial base, even as we strive to stay in touch with our roots – ranching, farming, and oil and gas. Growth in dairy, healthcare, and law enforcement training industries have added an edge to our economy. All together, our local industries make Artesia one of the strongest economies in the entire nation. Artesia means fun. A full calendar of events satisfies a variety of tastes in entertainment, from sports to the arts, dining out and more. Additionally, easy access to outdoor recreation and the surrounding communities means there is always something to do. Artesia is a great place to stop and stay. It is a great place to live. We look forward to meeting you! Warm regards, Hayley Klein, Executive Director

ARTESIA CHAMBER of COMMERCE

Chamber of Commerce & Visitors’ Center The Greater Artesia Chamber of Commerce is housed in Artesia’s historic Santa Fe Railway Depot at 107 North First Street (U.S. 285). Established in 1926, the Chamber has always served as the city’s primary business organization and advocacy partner. But, our responsibilities have grown significantly over the years. Today the staff wears many hats, operating Artesia’s Visitors Center, handling Lodgers’ Tax, and working in partnership with the City of Artesia and County of Eddy as Artesia Economic Development Department. The Chamber is a non-profit 501(c)6 organization managed by a Board of Directors, which meets monthly. A full-time staff of five works in membership management, event planning, economic and community development, and business support. Staff also works with committees to harness the energies and abilities of volunteers and encourage overall community support. The Chamber works in tandem with the Artesia Trailblazers, a chamber ambassador group, to organize ribbon cuttings, chamber functions and events that promote business activity and support. Through the Artesia Lodgers’ Tax board, the staff also works with community organizations to promote events that attract visitors to the area and entertain locals as well. The staff regards the Chamber as the first stop in Artesia for access to information. Always willing to take on a challenge, the staff will organize a community event to attract visitors, dig deep to find answers to tough questions, support industry in the face of challenges and bridge gaps between the public and private sector any time the need arises. Count on Artesia Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Center, and Economic Development as the place to stop. We look forward to meeting you and hope to be your partner!

Artesia Chamber of Commerce

107 North 1st Street Artesia, NM 88210 575.746.2744 • 800.658.6251 www.artesiachamber.com www.ArtesiaChamber.com

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Getting to Artesia, New Mexico Conveniently located in the center of the region, Artesia is a great place to stay while you visit our charming and inviting corner of New Mexico.

Artesia is worth a visit, and worth considering home. The quiet, safe, small-town atmosphere is ideal for raising a family. Access to neighboring towns and neighboring cities means get-aways are simple to plan. Or, stop and visit. Make Artesia your temporary home while you tour all that Southeast New Mexico has to offer. We look forward to seeing you here!

Artesia is located in the heart of Southeast New Mexico at the crossroads of U.S. 82 and U.S. 285. From Artesia - in less than an hour, you can travel south to Carlsbad Caverns and north to Roswell, home of the famed UFO story. In less than two hours, you can travel west to the peaceful Sacramento Mountains, Lincoln National Forest and many small mountain towns that are home to artists, ranchers and a rich history. You can head east for a faster pace of action in Hobbs, home of the Zia Park Horse Race Track and Black Gold Casino.

Miles from Artesia Roswell 39 Carlsbad 32 Albuquerque 242 Santa Fe 234 Las Cruces 178 Alamogordo 111 Elephant Butte 258 Taos 302 Chama 338

Although southeastern New Mexico is tucked away, it is not difficult to reach. American Eagle flies into Roswell from Dallas-Fort Worth daily, making access to Artesia and Southeast New Mexico direct and easy. Rental car service is available at Roswell’s airport for the 30-minute drive into Artesia down U.S. 285’s four-lane highway. Major airports are located in Albuquerque, NM, and Midland, El Paso, and Lubbock, TX, all approximately a three-hour drive from Artesia.

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merican Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, maintains service to Roswell, NM, just 35 miles north of Artesia. The flights run daily round trip between Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Roswell International Air Center (ROW). Eagle flies 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 jets between DFW and Roswell. The surrounding communities of Roswell, Artesia, Carlsbad, Ruidoso,

Chaves County and Eddy County have formed a great partnership since the inception of the flight service to promote air travel as an effective way to travel directly in and out of Southeast New Mexico for business and pleasure. Traveling from the area has never been easier. From Roswell a traveler can check luggage through to a final destination rather than collecting luggage in Dallas and transferring. The partnership has created

marketing campaigns focusing on getting passengers to fly from Roswell on American Eagle rather than doing as we have always done in the past – driving to Lubbock, Albuquerque or El Paso to catch flights to DFW and beyond. While driving is always an option, consider flying right into and out of Roswell for your convenience and time savings. Visit www.aa.com to book your flight. Roswell International Air Center in New Mexico is ROW.

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Artesia’s Climate:

Sunny Days are Here! Rain and cold not your thing? Come to Artesia! The sun shines on Artesia most of the year. Experiencing an average of 310 sunny days every year and just 13.4 inches of rain per year on average, Artesia has a generally dry climate. Yes, the summers get hot, with some days spiking into the low hundreds, but our average high in July is just 94 degrees. Remember, it’s a dry heat. The winters aren’t too cold. Our January average high is 56 degrees. Do you like a little snow? We generally get enough for at least one snowball fight every winter, but not so much that shoveling the drive is a regular chore. Our annual average snowfall is 7.8 inches.

Artesia sits at an elevation of 3,380 feet in a semi-arid desert setting. What’s the downside? There’s one in every climate. The spring gets windy. Is it worth it? Sure it is. You won’t find a better sunrise or sunset anywhere else. Our vast open skies offer the best opportunities for star gazing and watching the sun rise and set. The dry climate means the heat is tolerable and the winter cold chill is not so bad either.

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It’s Easy to Stay Busy in Artesia! Looking for something to do? Sure, we hear it a lot. Artesia is a small town, so that must mean there’s nothing to do. Not so! There’s plenty to do in Artesia! Artesia has a calendar of great events throughout the year from a hot air balloon rally to sporting clays, musical and theatrical performances, sports, and more. Ocotillo Performing Arts Center offers a variety of entertainment throughout its season including music, dance, community theatre, children’s shows and comedy. There is more than one way to stay busy with the Ocotillo. Be a regular attendee to productions. Sign up for art and music classes. Participate in community theatre. Join craft days. Or, just volunteer! See a movie. Our small Land of the Sun two-screen movie theater offers first-run films and ticket prices that beat nearly any theater in the country! Spend time on the golf course. Artesia Country Club has two public golf days every week. If you join the club, you can enjoy the restaurant, outdoor pool in the summer months, and, of course, all the golf you can handle! Just want to play in a scramble? Check the club’s calendar for a full schedule of tournaments six months of the year. Artesia’s parks offer nice walking paths, a splash pad, skateboard bowl, basketball courts, soccer fields, sand volleyball courts and more. Get involved at the City’s recreation center where there are youth leagues and afterschool and summer programs. Support Artesia High School’s outstanding athletic programs. Bulldog Bowl, The Pit, and the sports complex are where you will find much of the community on game days to catch the Bulldogs in action in football, basketball, volleyball and baseball. Of course, there are many other ways to spend your free time with church leagues, school activities and events, and volunteer time. Just look around our cozy town and you may just find something to do after all! 12

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Arts and Education Come Together at the Ocotillo Looking for an evening at the theatre or an opportunity to find the artist within you? The Ocotillo is the place to go. Owned and operated by the non-profit Artesia Arts Council, the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center has been the organization’s primary vehicle for fulfilling its mission to develop and promote community interest in the arts and enrich life in Southeast New Mexico through education, artistic and cultural opportunities. The center opened in 2008 after a significant renovation of the building that originally opened in 1932 as a movie theater. Today, the Ocotillo provides an opportunity for locals and visitors to see live touring professional entertainers, from classical to contemporary, world music, children’s productions, dancing troupes and much more. The stage is also available as a platform for local performers of all ages and styles to perform music, plays and other performances. The Ocotillo is the place to go year-round for theatre, art, and music lessons as well as a variety of workshops in pottery, painting, photography and more. As part of its initiative to serve the entire community, the building is also suitable and available for rent for private events, business meetings and presentations.

Ocotillo Performing arts center 310 W. Main St. Artesia, NM 88210 575.746.4212 www.ArtesiaArtsCouncil.com


Parks a Priority for the Artesia Community I n recent years, the City of Artesia has renewed its commitment to our local parks.

The City’s park system is made up of four Community Parks and five Neighborhood Parks, all enjoying varying degrees of investment in new equipment or maintenance to bring new life to this important piece of the community. The City has designed plans for expansion of softball fields, walking tracks, playground equipment, lighting, and other landscape maintenance that will ensure safe, attractive and inviting parks for our community. Our Community Parks are the largest in our park system and encompass

a variety of activity. Jaycee Park on the southwest edge of Artesia, sits on 180 irrigated acres and an additional 120 undeveloped acres. Soccer, baseball and softball fields allow youth and adult leagues to maintain activity. Tennis courts are available to the public as are a ¾-mile walking track, benches, picnic tables, and new playground equipment donated and installed primarily by the local Chase Foundation. MLK and Roberts are adjacent parks sitting near the center of town on a total of 28.7 acres. The parks prominently feature a skateboard park, splash pad to cool kids in the summer months, sand volleyball courts and basketball courts. A band shell and covered area are available for organized entertainment.

Designed in the 1970s as a flood control area, Eagle Draw is quickly becoming a beautiful park area stretching through town. A 4.4-mile walking track wraps around the park. Benches, lighting, playground equipment, and a tree program are planned for the park. Long range plans include connecting MLK and Jaycee parks with extended walking tracks. Five Neighborhood Parks – Jamaica, Guadalupe, Davis, Central and John Clarke Centennial Park – are scattered throughout town. Playground equipment and green space invite neighbors outdoors to play. The City includes the Neighborhood Parks in its ongoing improvement plans.

Local kids enjoying the new playground equipment at Jaycee park. Photo by Jennifer Coats Photography.

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Small Town with Big Entertainment From car shows to barbeque, fireworks to hot air balloons, art and much more, Artesia’s big events offer something for everyone.

NEW EVENTS COMING SOON!

Organizing unique, enjoyable events for our community sometimes means adding new events. The creative energy is already flowing for the inaugural Red Dirt, Black Gold Festival, an Arts and Cultural District celebration of our oilfield heritage and thriving industry. Red Dirt, Black Gold festivities include Oilfield Olympics, an Oilfield Cook-Off Challenge, Permian Basin Beer Fest, “Red Dirt” bands and so much more! With health, fitness and fun in mind, plans are in the works to host a couple new fun runs in the near future. For a full calendar of events and more information, please visit our website at ArtesiaChamber.com, or email events@ artesiachamber.com to receive our printed calendar brochure.

Main Event Car Show & Cruise

LAST WEEKEND IN MARCH Every spring, Artesia’s Heritage Plaza fills up with classic cars of all makes and models in one of the largest car shows in the area. Artesia Car Enthusiasts team up with Artesia MainStreet to welcome nearly 200 car enthusiasts to Artesia the last weekend in March. Beautiful cars, along with great music (the oldies, but goodies!) and good food on Saturday make for a great day to gather with friends to visit and enjoy the scenery. Come in early on Friday to catch the cruise down Main Street.

Smokin’ on the Pecos

LAST WEEKEND IN JUNE Barbeque connoisseurs gather the last weekend in June at the annual Smokin’ On The Pecos NM State BBQ Competition. Traveling far and wide to participate, professional and amateur barbeque chefs compete for more than $10,000 in cash prizes in the dually sanctioned Kansas City BBQ Society and Rocky Mountain BBQ Association event. Participants compete in a variety of categories, all professionally judged. Visitors can enjoy award-winning food, beer, live music, crafts, and other great entertainment throughout the weekend-long event. Keep your eyes open, as you may even see barbeque television personalities at this competition!

Fourth of July Pride Celebration

FOURTH OF JULY Artesia offers a first rate fireworks show every Fourth of July to celebrate our nation’s independence. Choreographed to music, our fireworks show is parallel to any show in the country. During the day leading up to the nighttime fireworks show, volunteers organize a community parade, Fire Fighter Olympics, and other events open to the public.

Clays Crusher Sporting Clays Fun Shoot

LATE SEPTEMBER Artesia Chamber of Commerce invites you to come have a blast with us one weekend in September each year! Join us at the Eddy County Shooting Range located 7 miles north of Artesia on Firehouse Rd. Whether you’re a competitive or casual shooter, or even a beginner, the event is fun, safe, and open to everyone. Friday Night Under the Lights puts a twist on shooting games after the sun sets and the lights come on. The Saturday main event features 70 targets and a guarantee that one in every five participants will walk away a winner of a great prize! 14

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Art in the Park

THIRD SATURDAY IN OCTOBER For more than 40 years Artesia Arts Council has hosted the always anticipated Art in the Park. Vendors of handcrafted arts and crafts gather in Central Park, a quaint neighborhood park, to display their goods. Beautiful autumn weather accompanies the fall day and subtly signals the beginning of the holiday shopping season.

Balloons & Tunes

FIRST WEEKEND IN NOVEMBER Join us the first weekend in November each year as hot air balloons fill the crisp autumn air. Balloons launch Saturday and Sunday morning, weather permitting. Don’t be shy, pilots love to talk about their hobby and you could even get a chance to help inflate the hot air balloon yourself! After the morning flights, take a stroll through our Historic Walking Tour and History In Bronze, or simply shop the unique downtown merchants found on Main Street. Tap your toes to the tunes of the Artesia High School Band playing alongside balloon pilots during Saturday night’s Fire Concert, or take in a musical performance downtown during the weekend.

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Shooting Sports a Popular Pastime Artesia embraces the shooting sports at Eddy County Shooting Range. On land dedicated by the County of Eddy, a group of volunteers organized the Eddy County Shooting Range Association and opened a facility for the shooting sports in 2007. The mission: To provide a safe and controlled environment for the enjoyment of shooting sports and other outdoor activities. The Range currently offers activities in archery and shotgun sports. Other activities include hunter education, safe gun handling, marksmanship training, competitions and youth outreach. The club charges daily use fees and accepts memberships for those who wish to support the mission. The Range continues to be operated by the non-profit Eddy County Shooting Range Association (ECSRA) made up entirely of volunteers. Interested in rifle and pistol shooting? Become involved! ECSRA has plans for expansion and needs your support. Eddy County Shooting Range is located at 131 Firehouse Road. From U.S. 285, turn west on Funk Road and travel approximately 1 ½ miles to Firehouse Road. Turn right on Firehouse and travel ¼ mile to the entrance of the Range. For more information, call Artesia Chamber of Commerce at 575.746.2744.

Eddy County Shooting Range 131 Firehouse Road Artesia, NM 88210 www.ecsra.com

4-H: Keeping Kids Involved Eddy County Extension Office is a great resource for information about the county and rural activities. Eddy County’s 4-H Youth and Development Program is a particularly active effort to motivate youth to become involved and learn skillsets that often are not taught in school. There are nine active 4-H clubs in Eddy County. Each club conducts monthly meetings, organizes activities for its members, volunteers in the community, and learns about meeting conduct, public speaking and more. An extension agent dedicated to the youth and development program provides guidance to the 4-H clubs and organizes a series of events and meetings throughout the year. A “Cloverbud Crew” allows children ages 5 to 8 to participate in crafts and activities as a way to develop into 4-H participation. The agent also escorts youth to competitions and other events around the state for leadership training, youth get-aways, district and state competitions in judging, parliamentary procedure and more. In addition, a calendar of local activities, including a banquet, social gatherings and more take place throughout the year to keep children and their families engaged in community and learning.

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Support for Ag Activities Stays Strong in Artesia Although Artesia is not the county seat, it is home to the fairgrounds for all of Eddy County. Accompanying the fairgrounds is Artesia Horse Council. Together, the venues offer opportunity for enthusiasts of horsemanship and agricultural lifestyle. The annual Eddy County Fair is the feature event of the fairgrounds. Always during the last full week of July, the Eddy County Fair features the largest Junior Livestock Sale in New Mexico. Each year tends to break the record from the year before, reaching a high (so far!) in 2013 of approximately $630,000 for 125 sale slots, all of which goes to the hard working youth who compete in the county fair. Approximately 150 youth participate in more than 500 entries every year, from indoor activities to livestock shows. Adults are invited to participate as well in open class, competing in gardening, photography, baking and craftsmanship of all kinds. The fairgrounds are managed primarily by a group of volunteers. The property contains a show ring, exhibit building and concession building. An additional community building located at the site is owned by the county. The Eddy County Fair Board is developing a fiveyear master plan for expansion and growth of opportunity and services. Just next door, Artesia Horse Council volunteers organize a series of events throughout the year, including a state high school competitive rodeo, a rodeo and roping during the county fair, and several team ropings, barrel races, and play days to introduce and keep youth active in rodeo events and horsemanship. The Horse Council arenas are open to the public every day for riding and training. In addition to their own activities, the Eddy County Fairgrounds and Horse Council are available for other community events. Please contact Artesia Chamber of Commerce for additional information. 575.746.2744.

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History in

Tells History Around here we celebrate the ART in ARTESIA with bronze. In fact, we believe we may qualify for the most bronze per capita in the country! In public-private partnership, Artesia and its residents and businesses have heavily invested in art, primarily in beautiful larger-than-life bronze statues in the downtown area. They aren’t just any statues, either. They relate directly to our history as well as our future, and they tell our story. A set of three statues are teamed up within two downtown blocks to take you into the cowboy’s world. Artesia may have a reputation as an oil town today, but we got our start as a hub of activity for ranching in the Southwest. This set of statues is known as The Cattle Drive based in the 1870s. The first in this set is that of The Trail Boss, located at the busy intersection of First and Main. The Trail Boss may have had a small herd of his own, or worked to move a cattleman’s herds on the long trail to market. As the leader of the drive, he had a heavy responsibility for the cattle. In this sculpture, he is being called into action by one of his “vaqueros” (cowboys) to protect the herd. The Trail Boss was created by Vic Payne and was unveiled in March 2007. The second statue in the set was created by Mike Hamby and was unveiled in May 2008. It is The Vaquero raising the alarm that he’s spied a rustler trying to carve cattle away from the drive for his own benefit. This sculpture represents and honors the Hispanics of the era who used their skills on Cattle Drives to help ensure the safe arrival of cattle and cowboy alike at the railroad connection. Hispanic culture has shaped local culture, language and names of landmarks in the region. The final statue in the Cattle Drive is the infamous Rustler. Created by Robert Summers and unveiled in July 2009, this fellow already has a calf down and is preparing to alter the brand and steal it when he realizes he’s been caught. He is turning ready for a gun battle as the scene freezes for our statue. Could this be the infamous Billy the Kid?

“Woman’s Intuition” is one of the many bronze statues in downtown artesia. Shown here are mary and martin yates. mary chose the drilling site, known as illinois #3, that would make history!

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The spirit of the pioneer woman is honored with a fourth statue downtown, coming from the same era as the Cattle Drive, a critical time in the development of our area. This is Sallie Chisum, the niece of the famous cattle king John Chisum. Settling in the area around 1890, Sallie would not be held to one role. She led the way in the area’s real estate market, established the first post office here with her second husband, and then ran a boarding house after her second divorce. Sallie also cared for the ill and worked to help teach children. She was even rumored to have had an early connection to Billy the Kid. She refused to be pigeonholed and came to be known as the First Lady of Artesia. This statue was created by Robert Summers and was unveiled in July 2003.


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Through Art Another critical period in Artesia’s development is represented by another set of statues. These pay tribute to some of the personalities in the area involved in the discovery and production of oil and gas in Southeast New Mexico. The first is The Derrick Floor, created by Vic Payne and unveiled in April 2004. It is dedicated to the people who take the risks to find, produce and refine New Mexico oil and gas. The statue is 34 feet high and reproduces work happening on the floor of a derrick. The rig is represented at 100%, but the four crewmen are at 125% life size. After all, it’s the people and not the equipment that make it all happen. The second statue is called Partners, replicating local businessmen Mack Chase and Johnny Gray working out a deal while leaning on the hood of a pick-up truck. Mack and Johnny met in this area and were partners in the oil industry from 1972 until 1992. At that time, they split to form their own successful companies. They and their families have been significant contributors to business, industry and community for years. Next in this set of statues is called Woman’s Intuition. Martin Yates brought his wife, Mary, and his entrepreneurial spirit to Artesia to find success. After shows of oil began to be the buzz, Yates formed a partnership to drill. After two unsuccessful attempts at sites specified by geologist V. H. McNutt, they opted to drill at a site identified by Mrs. Yates. This well made history and became known as Illinois #3. Finally, we have Van Stratton Welch who came to New Mexico in 1923 and became part of the partnership of Flynn-Welch-Yates that drilled the famous Illinois #3 oil well, signaling the beginning of the oilfield industry

in Southeast New Mexico. The Freedom’s Fire sculpture located in front of City Hall at the beautiful Baish Veterans Memorial Park is not as much about history as it is a symbol of honor for the area’s veterans of the past, present and future. The sculpture is a recreation of Lady Liberty’s arm extending the torch of freedom, including an eagle rising from the flame. Sculptor Beverly Paddleford was inspired by the trials our nation faces in the name of freedom. The sculpture was unveiled in 2012 during a Veterans’ Day celebration. The Artesia Bulldog, located on the corner of 7th and Main, is a fun way to display our community’s support for and pride in our schools and our youth. Ralph Nix, a successful businessman and avid Bulldogs fan, commissioned the work and generously donated it to the City for the western entrance to Artesia’s historic downtown district. Our newest addition to History in Bronze is The Foundation. Located in the roundabout near the new Artesia Public Library, the piece is a symbol of our community’s investment in learning, education, literature, and our youth. The sculpture features several classic books, many of which were selected by Artesia Public Schools students through an essay contest, as well as a cross section of our youth. More broadly, the sculpture celebrates the

phenomenal private support that went into building Artesia’s Public Library. The sculpture was unveiled in July 2015. So, when you are in town, be sure to check out the ART in ARTesia!

For more information and a walking tour guide, contact the Artesia Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Center at 575.746.2744. www.ArtesiaChamber.com

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Explore by Day-Trippin’ Around Artesia is located in the heart of the Pecos Valley, right at the cross roads of Hwy 285 and Hwy 82 - a perfect place to stay while you explore Southeastern NM! Start by exploring downtown Artesia’s historic walking tour and History in Bronze, and an evening celebrating the arts at the sleek Ocotillo Performing Arts Center or catching a movie at the quaint Landsun Theater. There are a variety of day-trip destinations to choose from while you are here.

look To the North

Explore northbound on U.S. 285 and you’ll find the International UFO Museum & Research Center, Roswell Museum & Art Center, and Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art. If you prefer outdoor adventure, try one of two nearby working cattle ranches, Burnt Well Guest Ranch or historic Felix River Ranch. Lake Van is an inviting place to have a picnic and spend the afternoon fishing.

south bound playground

Head southbound on U.S. 285 to explore Sitting Bull Falls National Park, Carlsbad Caverns or spend the afternoon canoeing and fishing at Black River. You can also relax along the Pecos River where there is swimming, water skiing and a playground.

having fun to the east

Take U.S. 82 eastward to visit The Western Heritage Museum Complex & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame and Zia Park Casino, or experience the excitement of live horseracing in Hobbs.

Go west into the mountains

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Carlsbad caverns, located 27 miles from carlsbad, nm in the guadalupe mountains, form one of the world’s oldest cave systems! The caverns attract more than 300,000 visitors per year.


The Artesia Public School System Our mission is to develop each individual student’s self-reliance instilling a belief that everybody can make a difference and a worthy contribution to society. The Artesia Public Schools is responsible for teaching basic competencies to students as they work toward mastery of skills and knowledge. Our schools are responsible for assisting students in acquiring and displaying desirable personal qualities and values. Artesia Public School District includes Grand Heights Early Childhood Center (kindergarten only), five elementary schools (grades 1-5), Artesia Intermediate School (grades 6-7), Artesia Junior High School (grades 8-9), and Artesia High School (grades 10-12). Penasco School (grades K-8), located 50 miles west of Artesia is included in the district and is designed to serve the ranching families historically connected with our community. The district educates nearly 4,000 students and is staffed by more than 450 faculty and staff, including teachers, aides, administration and maintenance, making the school system one of the largest employers in the community. The district operates on a $26.5 million operating budget. A 2 mill

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levy and a 5 mill levy support the district’s capital outlay projects, including new construction, facility upgrades, and technology equipment purchases. As a testament to the community’s faith in the school system, voters overwhelmingly approved the most recent mill levy election by 94%. In addition to the public funding provided, private contributors very generously invest in school facilities, educational programs and personnel. Artesia schools maintain approximately 1,500 computers for student use with internet access in every classroom. Three computer labs are available as well as four mobile computer labs for use at the secondary level. Smart boards are in use in every elementary classroom and students use many webbased educational programs. Educational tools in use include Essential Learning System, My Skills Tutor, Education City, Accelerated Math and Reading, Math Facts in a Flash, and more. PD 360 professional development for faculty is also available to maintain top-of-the-line teaching in the classroom.


The school district is controlled by a voter elected School District Board. Because local administrators value parent involvement at every level, a Parent Advisory Council (P.A.C.) representing every school in the district meets monthly to participate in the administration’s process of providing quality education to our students. School programs are designed to meet student needs at every level. They include: • Dual credit programs with New Mexico State University Carlsbad and Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell. • School-to-work programs in computer repair, digital media, computer networking and web-based programs, EMT, child development, and health occupations. • Night school for grades 9-12 using computer labs and Ideal New Mexico, a web-based program provided by New Mexico Public Education Department for credit recovery and remedial education. • Summer school for grades 3-12. • Jump Start and Developmentally Delayed Pre-K programs for 3- and 4-year-olds. • GRADS and day care services to assist teen mothers in finishing high school education and learning child care responsibilities. • Art and physical education programs at all grade levels. • Award winning Ag, Athletic, Band and Chorus programs. • Partners in Education support from more than 50 local businesses and a student mentoring program. Artesia Public Schools work hard to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all students and staff. A School Resource Officer program instituted by Artesia Police Department maintains a daily presence at all schools. An anti-bullying program has been instituted and the non-profit Artesia Drug and Crime Coalition works regularly with the schools to promote healthy living, positive life choices, and kindness and respect toward others.

Educating Youth to Make a Difference SUPERINTENDENT’S OFFICE 1106 West Quay Avenue Artesia, NM 88210 575.746.3585 www.bulldogs.org

Dr. Crit Caton, Superintendent

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GRAND HEIGHTS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER 2302 West Grand Avenue 575.746.6282

ELEMENTARY (GRADES 1-5) CENTRAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 404 S. Fifth Street 575.746.4811

HERMOSA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 601 West Hermosa Drive 575.746.3812 ROSELAWN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 600 North Roselawn Avenue 578.746.2812 YESO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 1806 Centre Avenue 575.748.2755 YUCCA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 901 North 13th Street 575.746.3711

INTERMEDIATE (GRADES 6-7) ARTESIA INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL 1100 West Bullock Avenue 575.746.2766

JUNIOR HIGH (GRADES 8-9) ARTESIA JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 15th & Cannon Road 575.746.9892

HIGH SCHOOL (GRADES 10-12) ARTESIA HIGH SCHOOL 1002 West Richardson Avenue 575.746.9816

HOPE, NM CAMPUS

PEÑASCO SCHOOL (GRADES 1-8) 12 Dunken Route Hope, NM 88250 575.687.3360 www.ArtesiaChamber.com

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Getting a Jump Start on Learning!

Pre-K Education Head Start program

Artesia is always looking for new ways to help our young people onto the road to success. One of those avenues is through the Head Start program. Head Start is a federally funded program for children ages 3 to 5. Priority is given to families with income below the poverty level. The program is designed to help children prepare for school by giving them an early opportunity to develop social skills while enjoying services in education, health, and nutritional areas. Parents are greatly encouraged to involve themselves in the administration of each Head Start program. For more information, contact the Artesia Head Start Program at 575.748.1141.

Artesia Head Start 615 W. Kemp Ave. Artesia, NM 88210 575.748.1141

Additional Programs

In addition to Head Start, other preschool and daycare opportunities are available in Artesia. Pre-schools offer part-time instruction and youth socializing. Options for church-affiliated facilities are available. All pre-schools follow the Artesia Public Schools calendar. Fulltime daycare facilities are available to meet the needs of working parents and child care needs. For more information, call the Artesia Chamber of Commerce, 575.746.2744.

Chase Foundation: Helping Good People Do Great Things Artesia prides itself in supporting youth activities, education and schools. Many businesses and organizations provide annual scholarships to ease the burden of cost to receive a college education. One local family has dedicated considerable funding to ensure that any child looking to attend college or technical school would have the opportunity: The Chase Family. Mack and Marilyn Chase established the Chase Foundation in 2006 to help serve Artesia and the not-for-profit organizations within Southeast New Mexico. Believing in collaboration, partnership, and positive community initiatives, the Foundation has supported dozens of worthy causes that demonstrate care for the community. Most notable is the Chase Foundation’s scholarship program, awarding scholarships to college bound high school graduates of Artesia who have maintained a 3.0 GPA throughout high school (requirements and qualifications may be found at www.chasefoundation.com). Chase Foundation recipients who maintain a qualifying GPA throughout college may keep the scholarship through the 4th and even 5th year of study. The Foundation, along with many other local scholarships, keep the door open for Artesia’s youth to receive higher education and achieve goals some may have never thought possible.

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Higher Ed in Southeast New Mexico Artesia is not only a hub for recreational and cultural activities in Southeastern New Mexico, but we are also surrounded by opportunities for higher learning. Training centers, colleges, and universities offer everything from Adult Basic Education, GED classes, and English as a Second Language to vocational training and degrees in a variety of areas. Options for learning include onsite classes, satellite classrooms via ITV, as well as online courses.

ARTESIA TRAINING ACADEMY

Visit www.cavern2.nmsu.edu or call 575.234.9200 or 888.888.2199. Branch campus is located at 1500 University Way, Carlsbad, NM 88220

Artesia Training Academy provides a venue for vocational training in Artesia. Located at Artesia Vocational Training Center (AVTC), 3205 W. Main St., the Training Academy offers a five-week course in CDL training, working to meet the high demand for CDL licensed drivers in our local workforce. With a 99% graduation and state testing pass rate, and nearly the same in employment placement, Artesia Training Academy is an excellent opportunity for job training.

Eastern New Mexico University in Roswell (ENMU-R)

For more information, call 888.586.0144 or email artesiatraining@pvtn.net.

Visit www.roswell.enmu.edu or call 800.243.6687 or 575.624.7000.

New Mexico State University in Carlsbad (NMSU-C)

Other regional opportunities include:

NMSU-C is a center of education located 30 miles of Artesia. NMSU-C is a great segue for students looking to move into the main New Mexico State University campus in Las Cruces. The Carlsbad campus also offers degree coursework on campus and via Artesia Vocational Training Center in Artesia. Credit and non-credit opportunities are

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Located about 40 miles north of Artesia, ENMU-R offers a variety of degrees and vocational training, and serves as a branch campus to Eastern New Mexico University main campus in Portales, NM. Career track programs in emergency medical services, dental hygiene, film arts, aviation and more provide opportunity for workforce development.

• New Mexico Junior College (NMJC) in Hobbs, NM. Visit www.nmjc.edu or call 575.392.4510 or 800.657.6260. • University of the Southwest in Hobbs, NM. Visit www.usw.edu or call 575.392.6561 or 800.530.4400. For more information about higher learning opportunities in New Mexico, including initiatives, technical schools and universities, please visit www.hed.state.nm.us.


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rtesia General Hospital is pleased to announce the opening of our new Bone and Joint Destination Center. Our Team has been working vigorously to transform our hospital into a Total Joint Destination Center. Our goal is to provide total joint replacement patients with exceptional patient experiences and superior clinical outcomes.

A Dedicated Joint Unit:

• Located in the Medical/Surgical Dept. • Our patient rooms are private. • Separate Group Physical Therapy Gym and Activities Room located on the unit. • Dedicated Nursing, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy staff. • “Coach” participation from family and friends.

A Culture of Wellness and Early Patient Mobility:

• Patients will wear their own clothing rather than a hospital gown. • Patients will be out of bed early followed by an active day of individual and group therapies. • Group Physical Therapy sessions to promote better outcomes. • Ambulation Board titled “City Treasures Trail” that tracks patient progress and distance walked. • Communicated expectations for patients discharged to home with outpatient therapy.

Patient Education:

• Group Pre-Operative class held three weeks before surgery to help prepare patients for surgery. • Group Discharge Class to ensure patients and coaches are prepared to go home. • Family members (a.k.a. “Coaches”) are encouraged to attend both classes. • Patient Guidebooks to educate and coordinate care both pre-and post-surgery. • Daily newsletters delivered with breakfast to set patient expectations for the day’s activities. • Framed educational posters are hung on the unit to address the most frequently asked questions.

Patient Care:

• Daily patient routine integrates both Nursing and Physical Therapy plans of care. • Group lunches will be held on PostOperative Day 2. • Group Physical Therapy will be held twice a day. • Post-Operative orders that create a more efficient and effective method for delivery of care. • A class is held to review Discharge Instructions.

Now is the time to take action! If you have questions about knee or hip pain - we hold frequent seminars on the most common causes as well as the latest treatment options for knee and hip pain. You’ll learn the top things you can do for arthritis as well as information on the newest medications, diet and exercise tips. Just give us a call today to register for our next seminar: 575-736-8106. To schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic surgeons, please call: 575-748-8301.

Patient Satisfaction:

• The Joint Care Coordinator and nursing staff call patients at 1-2 weeks PostOperative to conduct a survey. • Reunion Luncheons will be held quarterly to allow for an opportunity to ask joint patients how to improve the program. • Monthly Performance Improvement Team meetings are held to identify opportunities for program enhancement.

If you have any questions regarding The Bone and Joint Destination Center please call our Joint Care Coordinator at 575.736.8106.

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Services of Care & Senior Support Artesia is a caring community. Our state-of-the-art medical centers, highly trained doctors and nurses, and senior support specialists are always here for you!

Artesia General Hospital

For more information, including informative videos, visit www.artesiageneral.com.

Artesia General Hospital

Artesia General Hospital is a 49-bed, non-profit facility serving not only Artesia but the southeastern region of New Mexico as well. It has been delivering quality medical care since 1939.

702 North 13th Street Artesia, NM 88210 575.748.3333

Among the excellent inpatient and outpatient services provided are diagnostic techniques and innovative programs in Surgery and Centers of Care including Urology, Cardiology, 24/7 Emergency Medicine, Gynecology, Orthopedics, Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat), Internal Medicine, Podiatry, Gastroenterology, Women’s Services, Radiology, and Adult Behavioral Health for those over 55 years of age. The hospital’s Laboratory is recognized with a CAP accreditation (College of the American Pathologists), an internationally recognized evaluation. In addition, our Family Practice Team provides a full range of primary medical services to adults and children.

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With over 350 employees, Artesia General Hospital is a key employer in the area. Another part of its multidisciplinary team is its formal chaplaincy program with over 30 volunteer clergy members and opportunities for community citizens to volunteer and donate their time and talents. Artesia General serves the community by partnering with schools, community organizations and leaders to provide

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Artesia Family Health Center is a one-stop shop for anyone looking for healthcare. Owned by Presbyterian Medical Services, Artesia Family Health Center is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) providing medical, dental, family counselling and therapy services. The center accepts privately insured, private pay, Medicare and Medicaid patients. Anyone is welcome, and fees are adjusted on a sliding scale. Artesia Family Health Center is an approved Medicaid enrollment site. Assigned staff members are trained to assist patients with navigating the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange and enrollment for Medicaid under the federally mandated Affordable Healthcare Act.

Artesia Family Health Center 1105 Memorial Drive Artesia, NM 88210 575.746.9848


Artesia Senior Center If you are 50 years old or older and looking for a great place to gather with friends and receive information, visit the City’s Commission on Aging, also known as Artesia Senior Center located at 202 West Chisum Avenue. Artesia Senior Center is a home away from home for many senior citizens looking for a place to meet peers, maintain an active lifestyle and receive services to make life easier. Artesia Senior Center’s staff consider visiting seniors their extended family and are always willing to help.

also is a great place to find periodic defensive driving for seniors classes and opportunities to access services for hearing aids, diabetic shoes and more. Operating hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Artesia Senior Center 202 West Chisum Avenue Artesia, NM 88210 575.748.1207

Senior Living

The Center provides a list of recreational activities including exercise classes, ceramics, jewelry making, card stitchery, line dancing, dominoes, poker, bridge and other games, quilting, craft classes and monthly covered dish birthday parties. There are comfortable spaces for relaxing, doing self-directed exercise, socializing and having coffee. Every Thursday and Saturday evening, Artesia Senior Center hosts a dance to live country-western music. In addition, Artesia Senior Center often schedules out-of-town group daytrips, including transportation.

Good Life Senior Living & Memory Care

The Center also serves as a referral and assistance center, providing information about senior programs and providing transportation to dialysis appointments or daily lunches at Artesia Mealsite. The Center

Onsite staff is present 24 hours a day, providing cooking, cleaning, laundry services, activities, and personalized care as needed.

Good Life Senior Living & Memory Care is Artesia’s newest facility for senior citizens who are looking to downsize or need the extra help. Good Life is designed like a large home with 15 private rooms, each with a private bath. There is a larger private room for a couple who wishes to stay together.

A staff nurse visits regularly and

remains on call for residents’ needs. Good Life is a private pay facility.

Good Life Senior Living 906 Pistachio Trail Artesia, NM 88210 575.936.2596

San Pedro Nursing & Rehabilitation Center For those who need long term nursing home care, San Pedro Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is available. The facility maintains 65 beds and provides a range of care services, including occupational, physical and speech therapy, high skill nursing care, meals, activities and all other day-to-day care required. A range of nursing staff and care givers are on site 24 hours a day. Hospice services are brought in as required. Located just next door to the Artesia Mealsite, San Pedro staff takes facility residents to the Mealsite regularly for opportunities to dine in a social environment and see friends from outside the facility. Of course, friends and family are always welcome to San Pedro to see family members. The staff works to create a homelike atmosphere for the residents. San Pedro accepts Medicare, Medicaid and private pay residents.

San Pedro Nursing & Rehabilitation Center 1402 Gilchrist Avenue Artesia, NM 88210 575.746.6006

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Artesia Senior MealSite & Adult Day Care Many of Artesia’s senior citizens gather daily for lunch provided by Artesia Senior Mealsite. Operated by the non-profit Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation, the Mealsite offers a lunch every week day (Monday-Friday) for a $1.75 donation. Those enjoying the program must be 60 years or older and are required to complete some paperwork to qualify. Once qualified, senior citizens can visit any week day for lunch and fellowship with other senior citizens. In addition, Artesia Senior Mealsite delivers homebound meals to more than 100 clients. Again, clients must be at least 60 years of age and qualify as truly homebound. In addition to meal services, Southeast New Mexico Community Action Corporation also provides Adult Day Care services. Adult Day Care serves as a respite program to assist senior citizens who simply need socialization opportunity or need not be left alone at home during the day. The program includes memory games, crafts, physical activities, local outings, monthly out-of-town daytrips, morning and afternoon snacks as well as a trip to the Mealsite every day for lunch. Transportation is provided to deliver clients to and from home. As with the Mealsite, clients must be at least 60 years of age and must complete paperwork to ensure qualification. As a non-profit, the day care requests a recommended donation for services of $5/hour, but is willing to work with clients of every financial capability. The day care is open Monday through Thursday from 7:45 AM to 4:30 PM and Friday from 7:45 AM to 1:00 PM.

Artesia Senior Mealsite & Adult Day Care 1313 Gilchrist • Artesia, NM 88210 • 575.746.6712

High Desert Family Services High Desert Family Services strives to ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities maximize their potential for living a full and happy life. High Desert is a privately owned business that provides supported living and employment services and day habilitation to those who need them. High Desert maintain housing throughout the community for those individuals who require supported living services. High Desert works to keep its individuals active and integrated in the community with jobs, volunteer time, activities and social opportunities. All High Desert residents who choose to participate in the Special Olympics have every opportunity to do so with support from the staff. High Desert Family Services serves any qualifying individual in Eddy County through State DD services. At least one nurse is always on staff, and High Desert ensures that staff-to-client ratios are suitable to the needs of each individual served by the organization.

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Meals-on-Wheels:

providing nourishment to local residents Artesia Meals-on-Wheels, Inc. is a private non-profit organization whose ability to serve its clients come from more than 300 volunteers who give willingly of their time and donations. These volunteers are the vital link in the organization’s services and add an immeasurable human contact value to the program, which maintains the vision that all clients should be treated with dignity and respect. Artesia Meals-on-Wheels was organized in 1970, with a mission to provide nourishment that met the dietary needs of homebound senior citizens and others homebound in the area that might go hungry or lack nutritional value in their meals. The program started with 7 clients. The program has grown 700 percent, and today serves those who do not require hospitalization while recovering from illness or surgery, but need assistance because of ongoing health problems and simply need a helping hand. Thanks to contributions, the cost of meals has not increased in 39 years. To meet a variety of needs, meals are prepared by Artesia General Hospital’s dietary kitchen with an emphasis on proper nutrition. Contact Meals-on-Wheels, Inc. to learn more about the programs and qualifications to receive assistance.

Meals-on-Wheels, Inc. 108 S 14th St • PO Box 208 Artesia, NM 88211 575.746.9642


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Our Storied Past & Bright Future Artesians are not only proud of our past, but we are working hard to build a bright and strong future for our city and everyone who calls Artesia home!

Museum Captures Artesia’s History Mention the name “Artesia” and most people immediately think of water wells. And while it’s true that Artesia was “born of water” in the heart of the Pecos River Valley, it took more than one kind of well to keep Artesia growing and flourishing up until today. The Pecos River Valley region, named after an early Native American word meaning “the place where there is water”, reaches from northern New Mexico deep into Texas, where the river merges with the Rio Grande. The town of Artesia sprang up in the middle of the Pecos Valley along the railroad’s route in the late 1890s. Actually, “Artesia” is our town’s third name. The first name was “Miller”, which came from a railroad employee and the local siding named after him. Our town was then briefly known as “Stegman” after the first postmistress, none other than Sallie Chisum Robert Stegman. Sallie dropped the “Stegman” from her name soon after, and with the discovery of artesian wells in the area the fledgling town was renamed “Artesia” in 1903 and officially incorporated in 1905.

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The artesian wells were a visual as well as agricultural attraction to early settlers—artesian water is stored underground under great pressure, and when tapped into the water spouted up like a fountain, sometimes as high as 15-20 feet. Artesia became an agricultural oasis until the early 1920s when many of the area’s artesian wells began to dwindle. (Once drilled, an artesian well was allowed to gush unchecked—after 15-20 years of this, the local water table’s pressure dropped off) Fortunately, in 1924 another kind of well was discovered when the Illinois #3 oil well came in, opening up the Artesia oil fields locally and the Permian Basin regionally. Today, the oil and gas industry continues to flourish in the Artesia area along with farming and ranching. The Artesia Historical Museum & Art Center features photographs, artifacts and exhibits that trace the history of Artesia and the Pecos Valley. The Museum is housed in the historic Moore-Ward cobblestone house, which is listed on the New Mexico and National Registers of Historic Places. Museum hours are Tuesdays –Fridays 9:00 am-noon & 1:00-5:00 pm; Saturdays 1:00-5:00 pm. The Museum is closed Sundays, Mondays, and major holidays.

Artesia Historical Museum & Art Center 505 W. Richardson Ave. Artesia, NM 88210 575.748.2390 artesianm.gov


Artesia is Downtown Proud! What is Artesia MainStreet Inc.? We have been part of this community since 1997, but often people ask, “What do you do?” Our goals include educating the public about downtown Artesia’s unique development, historical value and architectural heritage; encouraging preservation of the area and its structures; combating the economic causes of community deterioration; and promoting community pride and civic interest in historic downtown Artesia. We envision Artesia Main Street as an economically active and energetic historic downtown where, because of its attractive, clean, shaded, pedestrian-friendly, small-town atmosphere, people will want to live, visit, shop and work.

AMS began as a grassroots effort in 1997 to revitalize the appearance and spirit of our small-town’s dilapidated downtown area. Volunteers began hosting activities to draw the community’s attention to downtown as a destination place and began working with landscape architects and engineers to create a master plan for downtown rehabilitation. Artesia MainStreet was incorporated on November 24, 1997. Under the guidelines of MainStreet National Trust, a division of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, AMS became a non-profit organization, obtaining 501(c)(3) status on September 1, 1998. In 1998, Artesia City Council approved the Master Plan, enabling Artesia MainStreet, Inc. to spearhead downtown renovation and encourage merchant and community unity. Since the inception of Artesia MainStreet Inc., more than $9.8 million dollars has been invested into downtown in capital improvements, nearly $6.7 million of that coming from private donations. Many improvements in the downtown area are due to a wonderful public/private partnership Artesia MainStreet has with the City of Artesia, Eddy County and the State of New Mexico. These improvements, such as the Main Street streetscape renovation, monumental bronze statues,

Heritage Plaza and Walkway, Rail Road Depot renovation and most recently our Baish Veterans Park renovation, have enhanced the downtown greatly. Artesians can also look forward to several Artesia MainStreet events every year, including our annual Main Event Car Show and Cruise, and a wonderful kick off to the holiday season with Light Up Artesia. Please take advantage of and enjoy the hard work the city, our organization and our volunteers have put into Main Street!

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Artesia’s New Library A

a Highlight in Downtown

rtesia celebrated the grand opening of a new public library in the spring of 2014. The new 25,000-squarefoot building is designed to be a centerpiece for the community with its vast windows, signature roofline and featured Peter Hurd mural.

The Future Belongs to Those Who Prepare for It

Architect José Zelaya of Albuquerque, New Mexico, conducted several meetings with residents to ensure that the new library would truly represent our community and its interest. He used a variety of styles to honor the region’s heritage and to create spaces specialized to attract library users. A modern, bright teen area, fanciful children’s den, spacious general collections area, and a classic Southwest room are among the many features designed to serve the community as a center for learning and social gathering.

A dramatic addition to the new library is an original Peter Hurd mural, donated by a generous local family. This work, The Future Belongs to Those Who Prepare for It, was commissioned by Prudential Insurance in 1952, and is large in scope and execution. Its theme compliments the spirit of the community and the driving forces behind the building of the new library.

The library of the 21st century isn’t just about books. Artesia’s new public library includes space for meetings and other gatherings, opportunities for research and learning, art appreciation, technology and a variety of programming. A 1952 Peter Hurd mural has been placed inside the library, elevated 9 feet, facing a 30-foot floor-to-ceiling wall of windows to proudly display the mural at all times to library visitors and passers-by. In keeping with Artesia’s fashion, the Artesia Public Library is one of the city’s finest examples of public-private partnership. Generous private donors funded the design team and community process as well as the building’s construction and securing, conserving and relocating the Hurd mural. The City, working hand-in-hand with the private sector and the architect, completed the facility and operates the library. In addition, the City improved streets, landscaping, parking and a roundabout feature to enhance the library’s surroundings. The new $10 million Artesia Public Library not only is a beautiful addition to downtown, it also serves as a symbol of the public-private partnership that is so successful in Artesia, New Mexico.

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The artist employed a centuries-old fresco secco technique applying the paint directly onto dry plaster and bonding the pigments with a tempera medium. The mural was painted on site on a curved wall of the lobby in the Prudential Insurance building in Houston, Texas. Over the years, the mural became known as a Southwest treasure of significance and prominence. When the building was slated for demolition by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in 2011, private donors stepped in to save the mural. Through their generosity and a lot of ingenuity, the mural wall, 15 feet tall by 45 feet long, was successfully extracted from the building and transported to Midland, Texas, where it was temporarily stored while awaiting its final destination at Artesia Public Library. To have a Peter Hurd work of such stature find a new home in Artesia is truly an honor. The saving of this mural and its relocation reflects the passion, resourcefulness and respect for the Southwest that characterizes Artesia. Its presence will be yet another reason for people to visit the library and add a regionally prominent feature to the growing list of “must sees” in downtown Artesia.


A photo of a section of the Peter Hurd Mural, inside the new Artesia Public Library. Photo by Jennifer Coats Photography.

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Baish Park Built to Honor Our Veterans Out of great respect for the veterans and our country, Artesia MainStreet teamed up with the City of Artesia and local veterans in creating a design that enhanced Baish Veterans Park with the installation of the Freedom’s Fire bronze statue, flag holders and a Wall of Honor displaying names of veterans in our community- past and present. This park is a place for remembrance, honor, reflection, and communicates that the community of Artesia cherishes the sacrifices and dedication of all of our country’s veterans. Completed in 2012, the park was designed by architect José Zelaya and constructed by Bradbury Stamm. The Freedom’s Fire bronze monument was designed by artist Beverly Paddleford. The park graciously welcomes visitors to City Hall and invites you to peruse veterans names or sit and enjoy the atmosphere. Periodically Artesia MainStreet will open an application period to accept veterans’ names for addition to the Wall of Honor. The park is located on the corner of Fifth and Texas in downtown Artesia. For more information about Artesia MainStreet and Baish Veterans Park, visit www.artesiamainstreet.com or call the MainStreet office at 575.746.1117.

In November 2013, Artesia was designated a New Mexico Arts and Cultural District by the New Mexico Arts Commission. Artesia’s district is one of nine arts and cultural districts in New Mexico. The state program was developed in 2007 by the State Legislature. It is designed to provide communities with a framework and technical assistance to explore economic development through the “creative economy” concept. The program seeks to build on each community’s unique heritage and assets to support cultural entrepreneurs. In 2014, a state resource team met with Artesia residents to learn about the community’s assets and the desires for the district. As a result of the three-day session, the state resource team provided a written report that local ACD volunteers will use as a planning tool. What is to come? Although the local organization is a fledgling one, a lot of consideration has gone in to the many directions ACD in Artesia may go. The core organizations – Artesia Arts Council, Artesia Chamber of Commerce, Artesia MainStreet, and the City of Artesia – are dedicated to growing our siganture event, Red Dirt Black Gold, and strengthening the assets that bring our community together and attract visitors. As an organization, ACD will recognize the artists and artisans in our community who, to date, have not recognized themselves as such. ACD will find ways to celebrate our cultural heritage and the things that make Artesia tick. The most important element of any plan or activity will be about bringing people together to celebrate, teach, share and enjoy the many things that bring life and color to Artesia. Find your own way to participate. Being involved in Artesia Arts and Cultural District does not mean you have to be an artist. A simple interest in the culture of our community and ways to celebrate our many talents and assets can be enough to contribute to the development of the district.

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For more information, please call Artesia Arts Council at 575.746.4212, Artesia Chamber of Commerce at 575.746.2744, or Artesia MainStreet at 575.746.1117 - Visit artesiaacd.org or find Artesia Arts and Cultural District on Facebook!


7024U Reaching Out to Youth Artesia Drug & Crime Coalition:

Working for a Healthy Community

Established in 2004, the Artesia Drug & Crime Coalition (ADCC) is a volunteer, non-profit organization. Our mission is to build and strengthen the capacity of our community, to create a safe and healthy environment and to eliminate illegal drugs, gangs, and crime. The ADCC along with local law enforcement, public schools, city hall, county commissioners and local business sponsors work together to provide the tools needed to heighten community awareness about drug abuse and resources available to help those who may be facing drug addiction. ADCC Action Groups consist of volunteers working in several core areas – Law Enforcement, Faith Based, Legislative, Student, Prevention, Intervention and Gang Awareness. Action Groups focus on different areas of the issues surrounding illegal drugs, gangs and crime.

7024U Youth Outreach Program is the outgrowth of a group of volunteers based within the Artesia Drug & Crime Coalition, who thought there needed to be a way to reach at-risk youth before they fall into trouble. Over a threeyear period, volunteers worked tirelessly to establish an organization, find a home and raise money for start-up and operations. Today, the 7024U volunteer board employs a staff who work with Artesia’s youth to provide the necessary tools to become productive members of the community through prevention, intervention and treatment services. The program offers services for youth in grades 6 through 12, working on the premise that each person can make a difference, starting with one kid at a time. 7024U offers many services in self-development, anger management, behavioral management, life and social skills, tutoring in all school subjects, career building, community outreach, communication skills and constructive relationship building. Staff and volunteers also work with participating students in different types of art programs, such as dance, theater, air brushing, painting, audio recordings, photography, and drawing to help youth find creative and positive outlets for self-expression.

7024U Youth Outreach 702 W. Chisum Ave. Artesia, NM 88210 575.736.7024 7024u.webs.com

Trained ADCC staff and volunteers provide presentations to civic organizations, schools, and businesses. Through grants and donations there is a variety of educational material available that addresses bullying, illegal drugs, smoking, prescription drugs, and alcohol abuse. Materials are printed in English and Spanish. Trained staff also contribute significantly at local and state levels to affect change in laws, attitudes and protocol in dealing with Drug Endangered Children (DEC) and the other related issues facing society today.

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LET’S EAT! When you are looking for a bite to eat, you will find a variety of options in Artesia. Below is a list of great places to eat around town.

Proud Artesia Chamber of Commerce Members ADOBE ROSE RESTAURANT

ARTESIA COUNTRY CLUB

AdobeRoseRestaurant.com

ArtesiaCountryClub.com

1614 N. 13th St. 575.746.6157

26th & Richey 575.746.2055

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CHAOS CAFÉ 501 S. 1st St. 575.746.6830

COTTONWOOD WINE & BREWING 1 E. Cottonwood Rd. 575.365.3141 Find us on Facebook!

C&T DONUTS

1301 W. Centre Ave. 575.499.5512 ctdonut.com

DOMINO’S PIZZA

302 S. 1st St. 575.746.0030 DominosNM.com Find us on Facebook!

Applewood Smoked Brisket, Ribs, Turkey, Chicken & Pulled Pork

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MONDAY-FRIDAY 11am-8pm JON & TAWNYA HENRY owners

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HENRY’s BBQ

811 W. Main St. 575.736.1777 henrysbarbecue.com

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IHOP

105 S. 1st St. 575.746.2334 ihop.com Find us on Facebook!

THE JAHVA HOUSE

105 N. 5th St. 575.746.9494 TheJahvaHouse.com Find us on Facebook!

PECOS DIAMOND STEAKHOUSE 601 S. 1st St. 575.746.4545

PICCOLINO ITALIAN RESTAURANT 201 N. 1st St. 575.748.1100 Find us on Facebook!

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SUBWAY #2

1700 W. Main St. Suite C 575.746.9010 subway.com Find us on Facebook!

LA FONDA

McDONALD’S

YUM YUM YOGURT

210 S. 1st St. 575.748.9030 McDonalds.com Find us on Facebook!

WINE AND BREWING

604 N. 26th St. (Walmart) 575.746.3314

Wellhead Restaurant and Brewpub

206 W. Main St. 575.746.9411 Find us on Facebook!

COTTONWOOD

334 W. Main St 575.746.0640 thewellhead.com Find us on Facebook! 318 W. Main St. 575.736.3796 yumyumfroyo.com Find us on Facebook!

Restaurants Continue >>>

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Additional Restaurants BURRITOS DIANA 1217 S. 1st St. 575.746.6155

BURRITOS Y SALSA

207 W. Hermosa Dr. 575.746.4834

BURGER KING

1514 W. Main St. 575.746.6711

EILEENS’S TAC-OLE 507 S. 13th St. 575.748.2951

EL DORADO

317 W. Main St. 575.746.9773

EVER SPRING CHINESE BUFFET 502 W. Main St. 575.748.2222

KFC / TACO BELL 1412 W. Main St. 575.746.3665

LA FIESTA

816 S. 1st St. 575.748.9089

LA HERRADURA 1901 N. Pine St. 575.746.0040

LITTLE CAESARS

1700 W. Main St. #1 575.746.6000

LOS AGAVES 611 N. 8th St. 575.736.4037

LOS POTRILLOS

1502 W. Main St. 575.748.8931

NINA’S

1700 W. Main St. Suite E 575.748.9801

PIZZA HUT

WINGS

1911 W. Main St. 575.748.1204

402 N. 1st St. 575.746.4288

SONIC

1515 W. Main St. 575.746.9001

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Places to Stay Looking for a place to stay during your visit to Artesia? Accommodations in town offer a variety of styles, settings and price points to satisfy tastes and needs.

Proud Artesia Chamber of Commerce Members Adobe Rose Inn

1614 N. 13th St. 575.748.3082 adoberosebb.com no pets, no smoking

Artesia Inn

1820 S. 1st St. 575.746.9801 artesiainn. hotelsweetmemories.com pets allowed w/ charge, smoking rooms available

Best Western Pecos Inn 2209 W. Main St. 575.748.3324 bestwestern.com pets allowed w/ charge, smoking rooms available

Budget Inn

922 S. 1st St. 575.748.3377 budgetinn-artesia.com no pets, smoking rooms available

Comfort Inn & Suites 115 N. 26th St. 575.616.2000 comfortinn.com

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Hampton Inn & Suites 2501 S. Permian Pavilion Loop 575.746.0707

Heritage Inn

209 W. Main St. 575.748.2552 artesiaheritageinn.com pets allowed, no smoking

Hotel Artesia

203 N. 2nd St. 575.746.2066 hotelartesia.com small pets allowed w/ charge, no smoking

La Quinta

2207 W. Main St. 575.736.2400 laquintaartesia.com

Legacy Inn

2210 W. Main St. 575.748.3904 artesianmhotel.com no pets, no smoking


Artesia National Bank

908 West Main Street

Artesia, NM

(575) 746-4794

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Moving to Artesia, New Mexico Moving can be an exciting and trying time. We would like to help you get through it with as little trouble as possible. Here are some great resources to help!

Public Safety a Priority for Artesia In 2011, the City of Artesia completed a beautiful 76,000 square foot building to consolidate all facets of public safety in Artesia. Located on the west side of Artesia at 3300 W. Main St., the building allows for more efficient operations and creates a better environment for sharing information across agencies, all for the purpose of increasing public safety. The consolidated complex is unique in the state, representing an excellent partnership among governmental agencies. Not only does the building increase efficiency, it is also beautiful. The Public Safety Complex won the 2011 Station Style Design Gold Medal and was featured on the cover of the November 2011 Fire Chief Magazine. Housed in the Public Safety Complex are: • City Police • City Fire • Municipal Courts • Probation and Parole • County Sheriff’s Office • Detention Center (temporary holds) • State Police offices

Artesia Public Safety Complex 3300 W. Main St. Artesia, NM 88210 Police: 575.746.5000 Fire: 575.746.5051 artesianm.gov

Artesia Fire Department

The opening of the Public Safety Complex in 2011 allowed Artesia Fire Department to expand into two stations. Under the direction of Fire Chief J. D. Hummingbird and Fire Marshal James Abner, Artesia Fire Department met the standards to give Artesia a Class 2 rating by the Insurance Service Organization (ISO). ISO ratings determine rates to customers for fire insurance coverage. On a scale of 1 to 5, Artesia’s Class 2 rating puts the city in the top five within the state and among the top 1% in the country for fire protection and safety, and lower fire insurance rates for residents and businesses. Artesia Fire Department keeps 31 firefighters on staff, many of whom are certified in various levels of emergency medical response. At least nine firefighters serve on each of the three shifts around the clock. The department responds to approximately 2,500 calls per year. The department runs four engines, five ambulances, a heavy rescue truck, and a 104-foot ladder truck. Other resources include the hazmat and mass casualty trailers as well as a safety trailer for community education programs. In 2013, the fire department coordinated an effort to build a helipad on site and retain Tri-State Care Flight for air ambulance services. Tri-State maintains a helicopter in Artesia and is prepared to airlift patients in critical and emergent conditions to larger trauma centers as required.

Artesia Police Department

Customer service is a primary focus for Artesia’s police department. Police Chief Don Raley has placed resources and energy in community education and policing programs to strengthen the community’s safety. APD maintains a presence in the public school system through the Community Policing Unit. The program includes school resource officers assigned full-time to Artesia’s schools. In addition an adopt-a-school program allows officers to volunteer their time to having a presence in the schools and getting to know the students. 44

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APD employs one officer for approximately every 350 residents. Officers are well equipped and well trained, maintaining 120 to 160 training hours per officer every two years, which is 3 to 4 times the number required by the state. In addition, responding officers receive advanced first aid training. A Community Service Officer program is in place in which the department hires and trains civilians to handle misdemeanors, reporting, and basic services. All together, the department’s programs ensure that police can maintain very short response times. APD operates a new full-service animal shelter and two full-time animal control officers, an in-house crime lab, and is recognized as a regional training center with nationally recognized trainers. APD is part of the Regional Emergency Dispatch Authority, ensuring cooperation among agencies in responding to emergencies.

Artesia Municipal Court 575.746.9401 Artesia Public Library 575.746.4252 Artesia Transfer Station-City Landfill 575.748.8812 Artesia Senior Center 575.748.1207 Animal Control 575.616.7155 Animal Shelter 575.746.8860 Public Safety Complex 575.746.8500

Community outreach programs include the Child Safety Fair, National Night Out, and Junior and Citizen Police Academies.

Utilities

Making the Move to Artesia Below is a list of contact information for getting things going at your new home here in Artesia. We’ve included services to activate as well as emergency contact information and more.

Emergency

Emergency 911 Eddy County Sheriff’s Office 575.746.9888 Non-Emergency Fire Department 575.746.5050 Non-Emergency Police Department 575.746.5000

City

Mayor’s Office 575.746.3593 City Hall-Clerk’s Office 575.746.2122 Artesia Recreation Center 575.746.9009 Artesia Historical Museum & Art Center 575.748.2390 Artesia Housing Authority 575.746.3529 Artesia Municipal Airport 575.748.3206

County

County Assessor 575.746.9879 County Road Department 575.746.9540 County Treasurer 575.746.9879 Department of Motor Vehicle 575.746.1323 Eddy County Health Department 575.746.9819

Central Valley Electric Cooperative (rural) 575.746.3571 Xcel Energy-Electric Service (in town) 800.895.4999 DirecTV 800.370.3587 PVT-Cable TV/Internet/Phone 575.748.1241 PVT-Phone Service (in town and rural) 575.748.1241 Century Link-Phone Service (in town) 800-244-1111 Artesia Water & Waste Mgmt. Dept. 575.746.2122 Water Department Emergency (After Hours) 575.746.5000 Artesia Rural Water Co-op 575.748.2771 Cottonwood Rural Water Co-op 575.746.9597 NM Gas Company 575.746.3546 Verizon Wireless 575.746.9370 Ensignal/Verizon Wireless 575.748.8870 AT&T 575.746.6638

Miscellaneous

Artesia Daily Press Pecos Valley Broadcasting Artesia General Hospital Artesia Public Schools Administration Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Income Support Division Senior Citizen’s Meal Site Veterans Administration Clinic

575.746.3524 575.746.2571 575.748.3333 575.746.3585 575.748.8000 575.748.3361 575.746.6712 575.746.3531

For more information contact the Artesia Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Center at 575.746.2744.

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Kay Younggren, DDS Michele Carter, DDS

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575.746.1909

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Real Estate Agencies When you are ready to look for a home to buy or rent, Artesia’s real estate agents will be there to help. Below is a list of our local agencies.

Proud Artesia Chamber of Commerce Members Carson Real Estate

Harwell & Associates 502 W. Texas Ave. Ste. D 575.748.1036 harwellandassociatesre.com Find us on Facebook!

Lois Oliver Real Estate, Inc. 210 S. Roselawn Ave. 575.748.9735 LoisOliverRealEstate.com Find us on Facebook!

1114 W. Main St. 575.748.1311 CarsonRealEstate.net Find us on Facebook!

Roja Real Estate

Century 21 Home Planning

Scott Takacs Real Estate

202 W. Texas Ave. 575.748.7652 Find us on Facebook!

1102 W. Main St. 575.736.0021 century21.com Find us on Facebook!

916 S. 13th St. 575.748.7200 st-re.com Find us on Facebook!

Selena Carson BROKER  OWNER

5757481311 5753089585 1114 W. MAIN STREET ARTESIA, NM 88210

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Sunday Morning Worship @ 9:30am (575)746-6195 404 W. Richey • Artesia, NM Check out our website to watch sermons and find out more about Harvest Fellowship!

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Building a

Community Together!

Find your new home today!

LoisOliverRealEstate.com 575.748.9735

210 South Roselawn

Artesia, NM

Hermosa Church of Christ

• Sunday Morning and Evening Worship Services • Sunday and Wednesday Bible Studies • Teen Area & Pre-School for 4 & 5 Year-olds • Indoor and Outdoor Playgrounds • New State-of-the-Art Facilities WWW.HERMOSACOC.ORG | FIND US ON FACEBOOK

2512 W. Bush Ave.

575.748.3301

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Places of Worship Artesia Church of God 1106 Watson Blvd. 575.746.2311

Artesia Freewill Baptist Church

1006 W. Bullock Ave. 575.746.9895

First Presbyterian Church

13th & Fairgrounds Rd. 575.748.9893

402 W. Grand Ave. 575.746.2721

Bethel Baptist Church

First United Methodist Church

609 N. 7th St. 575.748.1076

Calvary Missionary Baptist Church

2407 W. Hermosa Dr. 575.746.9736

Hermosa Church of Christ

2515 W. Hermosa Dr. 575.746.6588

2512 W. Bush Ave. 575.748.3301 hermosacoc.org

Cornerstone Fellowship

Immanuel Lutheran Church

2613 W. Richardson Ave. 575.746.9742

Faith Baptist Church 401 S. 20th St. 575.746.3488 575.746.4484 fbcartesia.net

First Baptist Church & Total Life Center 322 W. Grand Ave 575.748.1308 fbcartesia.org

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1009 N. 5th St. 575.746.2969

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Hermosa Drive Baptist Church

Clark Memorial United Methodist Church

Primera Iglesia Bautista

Harvest Fellowship

Centre Avenue Baptist Church

407 W. Quay Ave. 575.748-9794

304 N. 7th St. 575.746.2729

Sacred Hearts Congregation

711 W. Washington Ave. 575.746.2694

Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints

Pecos Valley Baptist Association

500 W. Grand Ave. 575.746.3535 fumcartesianm.com

404 W. Richey Ave. 575.746.6195 harvestfellowshipartesia.com

1711 Centre Ave. 575.746.9482

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First Christian Church (Disciples)

810 W. Washington Ave. 575.748.1196

Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses 2103 W. Main St. 575.746.2283

Living Well Church of the Nazarene 1902 W. Main St. 575.746.8854

Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church 1111 N. Roselawn Ave. 575.748.1356

709 N. Roselawn Ave. 575.736.1375 807 S. 10th St. 575.746.3380

St. Anthony’s Catholic Church 502 S. 9th St. 575.746.4471

Trinity Temple Assembly of God 16th & Hermosa Dr. 575.748.3389 trinitytemplenm.org

Valley Christian Church 2001 W. Grand Ave. 575.746.4403

West Main Baptist Church 1701 W. Main St. 575.746.3258 westmain.net

West Side Church of Christ 2002 W. Grand Ave. 575.748.9712


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Economic Development Strong and diverse - the Artesia economy is one of the most stable in the state. With a low unemployment rate and high wage rate - Artesia is the place to be!

Artesia’s Economic Development Dept. Artesia’s Economic Development Department is a component of Artesia Chamber of Commerce. While most communities tend to keep the two organizations separate, Artesia believes it is in the community’s best interest to keep them together. The Chamber and Economic Development Department work Michael Bunt hand in hand to plan for the growth ARTESIA ECONOMIC and health of Artesia’s business and DEV. DIRECTOR industry environment by sharing information and resources, and representing the community together in a spirit of collaboration. As a practical matter, space, resources, supplies and staffing are shared in order to get the most bang for the buck. Like any other economic development organization, Artesia’s economic development effort does include recruitment and expansion. But, unlike many cities, our economic development component encompasses more. The director spends significant time working on recruiting quality of life amenities of our economy including housing, lodging, and businesses such as retailers and restaurants. This effort is designed to help Artesia keep up with the

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local industries that are flourishing and recruiting their own employees as well as meeting the current population’s needs. Artesia Economic Development Director Michael Bunt works with a committee that meets monthly to help determine the needs of the community, support recruiting efforts, participate in strategic planning and more. The committee reports monthly to the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Additionally, the director manages the Greater Artesia Economic Development Committee (GAEDC). The GAEDC was established by city ordinance to serve as a review and recommendation board to City Council for use of the 1/16 gross receipts tax increment dedicated to local economic development. The fund is used as an incentive fund, subject to state and local laws. The director also serves as a liaison between business and government, particularly in the recruiting and development phases of economic development endeavors. He also participates in economic development strategy statewide to ensure Artesia’s voice is heard in the development of statewide policies that may affect the local economy.

Artesia Chamber of Commerce

Michael Bunt, Economic Development Director michael@artesiachamber.com 107 N. 1st St. Artesia, NM 88210 575.746.2744 Toll free 800.658.6251


Artesia’s Economy is Healthy and Full of Potential Artesia is a city of 20,000 people located in the Southeast quadrant of New Mexico, 70 miles from the Texas border. We are at the crossroads of U.S. Highway 82 and U.S. Highway 285. Artesia resides in the Northwest portion of the Permian Basin.

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Artesia has four primary economic drivers: oil and gas production, oil refining, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), and agriculture including dairies, farms and ranching. As a direct result of our base economic industries, our economy is very strong. The unemployment rate in the Artesia area stays well below 4%, household incomes are among the highest in the state, job creation is healthy, and real estate prices have held steady or increased over the past seven years. The Associated Press named Eddy County in their list of top twenty least economically stressed counties in 2011. The 2010 Census indicates Artesia’s population is 11,301, within the city limits. A more accurate representation of the community’s population would include areas not reflected within the city limits or not accounted for in the latest Census. Many Artesians choose to live just outside the city limits for larger lot sizes or to keep horses and other livestock. This population in the immediate surrounding area, a geographic circle within a ten mile radius of city center, increases the community’s population to 17,273. In addition to FLETC, increased oilfield and construction activity account for an additional 1,500 people living in Artesia as part of Artesia’s temporary, revolving workforce. There are approximately 9,500 jobs in Artesia. Of those jobs, 1,200 are filled by employees who reside outside the 10 mile radius of Artesia. With these factors considered, Artesia’s actual population, including a 1% per annum growth rate since 2010 has grown to an effective market population of 19,296. For more information, contact Economic Development Director Michael Bunt. He may be reached at 575.746.2744, toll free at 800.658.6251 or via email at michael@artesiachamber.com.

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Industry Snapshots Oil and Gas

The main event for Artesia’s economy is the production of oil and gas. Approximately 20% of Artesia’s workforce is employed directly by development and production of oil and gas. A variety of careers are in high demand, including scientists in engineering and geology, professional services such as land, legal and accounting, and field work such as lease operators, trucking/hauling, and a variety of specialty work. More than 100 million barrels of oil and 750 cubic feet of gas have been produced in the fields of Eddy County in just the first few years of this decade. Major employers in production and field service include locally owned Yates Companies and Mack Energy Corp. and related companies, as well as Concho Resources, Halliburton, and Devon Energy, among others.

Refining

Artesia is home to Navajo Refining Co., a refinery owned by parent company HollyFrontier based in Dallas, Texas. Navajo Refining is Artesia’s largest private sector employer with more than 650 employees. The refinery has spent more than $80 million in recent years on upgrades and expansions, resulting in an increased refining capacity of 100,000 barrels of oil per day. Gasoline and diesel are the refinery’s

primary exports, but numerous other products are produced, including jet fuel, asphalt, fuel oil, and many bi-products.

Federal Law Enforcement

The second largest Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in the United States is located in Artesia. More than 85 federal agencies with a law enforcement component are trained at FLETC facilities in the U.S., including Artesia. With more than 900 full-time jobs, FLETC, along with its agency clients and contractors, is the largest employer in Artesia. Basic training for all U.S. Border Patrol Agents occurs at FLETC-Artesia along with significant training schedules for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Transportation Security Administration. In addition to the 900+ ful-time jobs, the FLETC-Artesia has student populations that range from the hundreds to several thousand at any given time, with an average daily student population over the last ten years of over a thousand.

Agriculture

The agriculture business in Artesia has been a significant component of Artesia’s economy since the town’s early development. Within 40 miles of Artesia, there are more than 45 dairies with a combined 75,000 head of dairy cows. The sixth

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largest milk cooperative in the nation, Select Milk Producers, is headquartered in Artesia. The member dairies of Select Milk Producers produce 6 billion pounds of milk annually, which accounts for approximately $1.5 billion in annual revenues. Artesia is also home to one of the country’s largest pecan growers, Chase Farms, which accounts for 5% of the total national pecan crop. With more than 6 million pounds of pecans grown in the area, this particular crop represents a significant portion of the agricultural economy in the Artesia area. Pinto bean production and processing has taken hold in Artesia as well, with more than 2 million pounds of the bean grown and processed in Artesia and exported to other states. Traditional farming and ranching have remained in the area as well. Primary crops include alfalfa, cotton, chile, corn, beef, and sheep.


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Investing in our Community Find it All Without the Mall

Our entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of downtown and keep the downtown vibrant with their retail shops. Our downtown is a reflection of our community, and our pride and level of investment is evident in the design of the downtown. Our downtown is an ideal location for independent businesses, which keep profits in town, contribute to the gross receipts tax collections for the city, support other local business, families, schools, and community projects. For every $100 spent with a local retailer, $68 stays in town through taxes, wages

Downtowns have traditionally been the center of local retail shopping, and here in Artesia we have many thriving downtown retail businesses, with personalized service and oneof-a-kind items often characterizing the uniqueness of downtown Artesia.

Local Tax Rates

Artesia Gross Receipts Tax Rate: 7.8125

PROPERTY TAX (PER 1/3 OF ASSESSED VALUE) Artesia Residential Rate Artesia Commercial Rate

0.018939 0.020809

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While so many cities have gone to the mall, the character of Artesia’s downtown design and local shops make it an attraction for visitors and locals, offering wonderful shopping and dining. By shopping local you receive a distinctive product or service, and invest in our city’s future all by walking down Main Street!

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and more. For every $100 spent at a chain, $43 stays in town. Of course, online shopping leaves $0 in the community.

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Base Rate $20.71 $20.71 $27.85 $56.67 $108.15 $217.97 $1,233.83

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WASTEWATER - DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL (INSIDE) 1.978

WASTEWATER - DOMESTIC AND COMMERCIAL (OUTSIDE) Per 1,000 over base $0.00 $1.44 $1.51 $1.65 $1.78 $2.06 $2.33

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Over the years, Artesia has continually invested in a city-owned Industrial Park to provide a suitable environment for industrial based businesses to develop and grow. The 180-acre park sits right off U. S. 285 just five minutes north of the center of town. The park provides access to city water and sewer. Local telecommunications business, Penasco Valley Telecommunications, has installed fiber optic to provide high speed broadband telecommunications services. Local rural electric cooperative, Central Valley Electric, provides electricity. Provision of services and alleys for secondary access to every lot equate to a “plug-and-play” environment. A rail spur into the park provides additional transportation access. Planning for an additional 60 acres of leasable space is underway, which will bring to total size of the Industrial Park to 240 acres. Over 40 companies currently maintain a presence in the Artesia Industrial Park. These companies include larger corporations such as Baker Hughes, Holly Frontier, and GE Oil and Gas, as well as locally owned businesses such as Elite Well Services, Dean’s Electric, Desert Hills Electric Supply, and Sweatt Construction, just to name a few. Long term leases are available with rates starting at $600 per acre per year. Call the Artesia Chamber of Commerce, 575.746.2744, or the City of Artesia, 575.746.2122, for more information.


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New Mexico Tax Incentives The following information is a brief overview of some of the current New Mexico Tax Incentive Programs - it has been abbreviated. Please visit the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department’s website at: www.tax.newmexico.gov for more information.

in which the expenditure was made. The credit amount is applied against the taxpayer’s state gross receipts, compensating and withholding liabilities until the credit is exhausted.

High Wage Jobs Tax Credit

Manufacturers may take a credit against gross receipts, compensating or withholding taxes equal to 5.125% of the value of qualified equipment when the following employment conditions are met: • For every $500,000 of equipment, one employee must be added up to $30 million; and • For amounts exceeding $30 million, one employee must be added for each $1 million of equipment

A taxpayer who is an eligible employer may apply for and receive a tax credit for each new high-wage economic-base job. The credit amount equals 10% of the wages and benefits paid for each new economic-base job created.

Rural Jobs Tax Credit

This credit can be applied to taxes due on (state) gross receipts, corporate income, or personal income tax. Rural New Mexico is defined as any part of the state other than Los Alamos County; certain municipalities: Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, Farmington, Las Cruces, Roswell, and Santa Fe; and a 10-mile zone around those select municipalities.

Technology Jobs Tax Credit

A taxpayer who conducts qualified research and development at a facility in New Mexico is allowed a basic tax credit equal to four percent (4%) of qualified expenditures, and an additional four percent (4%) credit toward income tax liability by raising its in-state payroll $75,000 for every $1 million in qualified expenditures claimed. The tax credit doubles for expenditures in facilities located in rural New Mexico (as defined for this tax credit as anywhere outside Rio Rancho or more than 3 miles outside Bernalillo, Dona Ana, San Juan or Santa Fe counties). The taxpayer claims the credit within one year following the end of the year 58

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Investment Tax Credit for Manufacturers

The credit may (also) be claimed for equipment acquired under an IRB. This is a double benefit because no gross receipts or compensating tax was paid on the purchase or importation of the equipment. The manufacturer simply reduces its tax payment to the state (by as much as 85% per reporting period) until the amount of investment credit is exhausted. There also are provisions for issuing a refund when the credit balance falls under $500,000. The credit does not apply against local gross receipts taxes.

Single Sales Factor

Beginning January 1, 2014, New Mexico will begin phasing in a single sales factor apportionment methodology for corporations whose principal business activity is manufacturing. For the purposes of apportioning income, “manufacturing” excludes construction, farming, power generation, and processing natural resources including hydrocarbons.

Angel Investment Credit A taxpayer who files a New Mexico income tax return and who is a

“qualified investor” may take a tax credit of up to $25,000 (25% of a qualified investment of not more than $100,000) for an investment made in a New Mexico company that is engaging in high-technology research or manufacturing. The taxpayer may claim the angel investment credit for up to two qualified investments in a taxable year, provided that each investment is in a different qualified business. Any portion of the tax credit remaining unused at the end of the taxpayer’s taxable year may be carried forward for three consecutive years.

Child Care Corporate Income Tax Credit

Corporations providing or paying for licensed child care services for employees’ children under 12 years of age may deduct 30% of eligible expenses from their corporate income tax liability for the taxable year in which the expenses occur. For a company operating a value-added day care center for its employees, this credit reduces the cost to provide this benefit to employees. The corporate income tax credit is 30% of eligible costs up to $30,000 in any taxable year. Unused credit amounts may be carried forward for three years.

R&D Small Business Tax Credit

A qualified R&D small business is eligible for a credit equal to the sum of all gross receipts taxes or up to fifty percent (50%) of withholding taxes due.

INDUSTRY SPECIFIC Advanced Energy

Advanced Energy Deduction and Advanced Energy Tax Credit Receipts from selling or leasing tangible personal property or services that are eligible generation plant costs


to a person that holds an interest in a qualified generating facility are deductible from gross receipts and compensating tax. In addition, a taxpayer who holds an interest in a qualified generating facility in New Mexico that files a corporate income tax return may claim a credit for six percent (6%) of the eligible generation plant costs of a qualified facility. Alternative Energy Product Manufacturers Tax Credit Manufacturers of certain alternative energy products may receive a tax credit not to exceed five percent (5%) of qualified expenditures for purchase of manufacturing equipment used in the manufacturing operation. This credit is designed to stimulate the development of new alternative energy manufacturing facilities. Biodiesel Blending Facility Tax Credit An operator of a refinery in New Mexico, any person who blends special fuel in New Mexico, or the owner of special fuel stored at a pipeline terminal in New Mexico, who installs biodiesel blending equipment for the purpose of establishing or expanding in a facility to produce blended biodiesel fuel is eligible to claim a credit against gross receipts tax or compensating tax. A certificate of eligibility must be obtained from the Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department to apply for this credit. The credit is equal to 30% of the purchase cost of the equipment plus 30% of the cost of installing that equipment. The credit cannot exceed $50,000 with respect to equipment installed at any one facility. The credit may be applied against the taxpayer’s gross receipts tax liability or compensating tax liability. The credit may be carried forward for four years from the date of the certificate of eligibility. Biomass-Related Equipment and Materials Deduction The value of equipment such as a boiler, turbine-generator, storage facility, feedstock processor, interconnection transformer or biomass material used for bio-power,

bio-fuels, or bio-based products may be deducted in computing the compensating tax due. Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit A corporate or personal taxpayer who owns a qualified energy generator is eligible for a tax credit in an amount equal to one cent (.01) per kilowatt hour of electricity produced by the qualified energy generator using a qualified energy resource in the tax year. A variable rate of credit is added for electricity produced using solar energy. The rate starts at 1.5 cents in the first year of operation and increases in increments of ½ cent each of the next five years, to a maximum of four cents, and then will decline by 1/2 cent per year in the next four years to two cents in the tenth year of operation. The one cent per kilowatt hour rate applies for all other qualified energy generation facilities. The facility must generate a minimum of one megawatt. The total amount of electricity that can qualify for the corporate and individual income tax credits is two million megawatts for wind and biomass with an additional 500,000 megawatt hours allowed for solar-generated power.

Agriculture

Agricultural Business Tax Deductions and Exemptions 1. Feed for livestock, including the baling wire or twine used to contain the feed, fish raised for human consumption, poultry or animals raised for hides or pelts and seeds, roots, bulbs, plants, soil conditioners, fertilizers, insecticides, germicides, insects, fungicides, weedicides and water for irrigation 2. Warehousing, threshing, cleaning, harvesting, growing, cultivating or processing agricultural products including ginning cotton and testing and transporting milk 3. Feeding, pasturing, penning, handling or training livestock and, for agribusinesses, selling livestock, live poultry and unprocessed agricultural products, hides and pelts 4. Fifty percent (50%) of receipts from selling agricultural implements, farm

tractors or vehicles 5. Receipts from sales of veterinary medical services, medicine or medical supplies used in the medical treatment of cattle if the sale is made to one of the following: a. A person engaged in the business of ranching or farming, including dairy farmers b. A veterinarian who is providing veterinary medical services, medicine or medical supplies in the treatment of cattle owned by a person engaged in the ranching or farming business

Aerospace and Aviation

Aircraft Deductions • Fifty percent (50%) of gross receipts from selling aircraft • Receipts of an aircraft manufacturer from selling: o Aircraft or aircraft parts o Services performed on aircraft or aircraft components o Aircraft flight support, pilot training or maintenance training services • Receipts from maintaining, refurbishing, remodeling or otherwise modifying a commercial or military carrier over 10,000 pounds gross landing weight • Fifty-five percent (55%) of the receipts from selling jet fuel for use in turboprop or jet engines until June 30, 2017; forty percent (40%) after June 30, 2017 Research and Development Tax Deduction Aerospace services are the research and development services sold or for resale to an organization for resale by the organization to the U.S. Air Force. When R&D services are sold to Phillips Laboratory for resale to the Air Force, the seller’s receipts are deductible. If the R&D services are sold to an intermediary for resale to Phillips Laboratory for resale to the Air Force, those receipts are also deductible. Space Gross Receipts Tax Deductions There are four separate deductions connected with the operation of a spaceport in New Mexico. The four deductions are: www.ArtesiaChamber.com

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1. Receipts from launching, operating or recovering space vehicles or payloads 2. Receipts from preparing a payload in New Mexico 3. Receipts from operating a spaceport in New Mexico 4. Receipts from the provision of research, development, testing and evaluation services for the United States Air Force Operationally Responsive Space Program “Space” is defined as any location beyond altitudes of 60,000 feet above mean sea level. “Payload” means a system, subsystem or other mechanical structure designed and constructed to perform a function in space. “Space operations” is defined as the process of commanding and controlling payloads in space. “Spaceport” is defined as the installation and related facilities used for the launching, landing, operating, recovering, servicing and monitoring of vehicles capable of entering or returning from space.

Other

Beer and Wine Producers Preferential Tax Rate Microbreweries producing less than 5,000 barrels of beer annually and small wineries producing less than 560,000 liters of wine per year qualify for a preferential tax rate. The Liquor Excise Tax Act imposes taxes on beer, wine and spirituous liquors. The basic tax rate for wine is 45 cents per liter. Wine produced

by a small vintner carries a tax of 10 cents per liter on the first 80,000 liters and 20 cents on production over that level up to 560,000 liters. The basic tax rate for beer produced by a brewery is 41 cents; beer produced by a microbrewery (producing less than 5,000 barrels annually) is taxed at 8 cents per gallon. Financial Management Tax Credit Receipts from fees received for performing management or investment advisory services for a related mutual fund, hedge fund or real estate investment trust may be deducted from gross receipts. Locomotive Fuel Gross Receipts & Compensating Tax Exemption Receipts from the sale of fuel to a common carrier to be loaded or used in a locomotive engine may be deducted from the gross receipts and the value of fuel sold to a common carrier to be loaded or used in a locomotive engine may be deducted in computing the compensating tax. “Locomotive engine” is defined as a wheeled vehicle consisting of a self-propelled engine that is used to draw trains along railway tracks. To be eligible, the fuel sold must be used or loaded by a common carrier that: (1) after July 1, 2011, made a capital investment of one hundred million dollars ($100,000,000) or more in new construction or renovations at the railroad locomotive refueling facility in which the fuel is loaded or used; or (2) on or after July 1, 2012, made a capital investment of fifty million dollars ($50,000,000) or

more in new railroad infrastructure improvements, including railroad facilities, track, signals and supporting railroad network, located in New Mexico; provided that the new railroad infrastructure improvements are not required by a regulatory agency to correct problems, such as regular or preventive maintenance, specifically identified by that agency as requiring necessary corrective action. Rural Software Development Gross Receipts Tax Deduction Receipts from the sale of software development services may be deducted from gross receipts tax when the service is performed in a rural area. Software development services include custom software design and development and web site design and development, but does not include software implementation or support services. A rural area is defined as any not within the municipal boundaries of the cities of Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Rio Rancho and Santa Fe are not eligible for this deduction. Web Hosting Gross Receipts Tax Deduction Receipts from hosting World Wide Web sites may be deducted from gross receipts. Hosting means storing information on computers attached to the internet.

The source of the information provided here is the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department: http://www.tax.newmexico.gov/

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