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Bulldog fullback Jackie Clifton makes an official commitment to the University of Wyoming Cowboys by signing his national letter of intent alongside his mother, Mrs. Claud Clifton, and Artesia head football coach Mike Phipps. Clifton looked at both major New Mexico schools but chose Wyoming because it is smaller and places more emphasis on football. He will join former Bulldogs Larry Combs, Cole Boyce and Johnny Miller, players from the 1974 team who accepted Wyoming scholarships last year. (Daily Press 1976 File Photo)

Bulldog fullback Jackie Clifton makes an official commitment to the University of Wyoming Cowboys by signing his national letter of intent alongside his mother, Mrs. Claud Clifton, and Artesia head football coach Mike Phipps. Clifton looked at both major New Mexico schools but chose Wyoming because it is smaller and places more emphasis on football. He will join former Bulldogs Larry Combs, Cole Boyce and Johnny Miller, players from the 1974 team who accepted Wyoming scholarships last year. (Daily Press 1976 File Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from Feb. 14-20.

40 years ago
Feb. 14‐20, 1976

As reported in the Pinon News: John L. Parker was in the Avis area Tuesday of last week inspecting cattle for the Pinon Cattle Company. Leon Ham and Travis Eldrige went to the Basil Holcomb ranch and helped Parker load a water tank. Don Bennett was at the Pinon ranch to take a load of bulls back to Tatum. Bennett and Ham had the bulls gathered ready to load and during the night the bulls got out of the pen. They had to gather them again and failed to gather them all. Mr. and Mrs. Basil Holcomb and Mrs. Edith Atkins went for a drive Sunday afternoon to Dog Canyon to Cuevo, then back up the Cuevo to the mouth of blue Water canyon and turned up it, to the spring. It was the first time Mrs. Atkins had been over the road in some 50 years. When they reached the blue Water Spring, the Holcombs and Mrs. Atkins stopped and visited a short time with Mr. and Mrs. Billy Walker.

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The Artesia Four-Wheel Drive Club has elected new officers as the organization enters its second year. Elected were Steve Haines, president; Doug Morgan, vice president; and Mark Terry III, secretary-treasurer. The club now has about 25 members. Club excursions are planned about twice monthly.

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One of six Artesia men arrested by Artesia police last Friday on a charge of gambling received a suspended 15-day jail sentence after he pleaded guilty to the charge. The five other men charged with the same gambling offense, a petty misdemeanor, were to appear before Judge Donald Price. Artesia Police Chief Bobby Bishop said the six men were arrested Friday afternoon after officers observed them allegedly shooting dice on the blanketed hood of a car parked in a business parking lot. Bishop said several other men were involved but fled the scene before officers could catch them.

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Kristy Stewart was crowned 1976 DECA Sweetheart at the close of the annual pageant held at the Artesia High School Auditorium. A panel of six judges also picked Tammy Winters as first runner-up and Kathy Klein as second runner-up.

30 years ago
Feb. 14‐20, 1986

Mayor Ernest Thompson passed along a newly signed city proclamation for a week-long local salute Feb. 16-22 in association with National Big Brothers Big Sisters Appreciation Week. Activities this week will pay special tribute to volunteers in the two-year-old local program with special emphasis on recruiting new volunteers to bring needed adult friendship to the 13 girls and boys now on the growing waiting list.

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Dozens of hermetically sealed cans of “survival crackers,” a garage door, and three portable storage sheds are just a few of the items featured in this year’s band garage sale scheduled for Saturday. Intended to raise money for band members to attend competition in Nashville, Tenn., the event is being billed as “the biggest garage sale of the year.” Spouting the motto “We want your junk,” the band and its boosters have collected enough to fill to overflowing the Old Franklin Building on East Main Street.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mrs. Frankie Lacer called her mother, Mrs. Oza Holcomb, to say that her son, Mike, left early Friday morning to go to New York as he had made plans to be there Sunday night. Mrs. Lacer became quite worried after hearing the snow storm report. Mike called her Saturday night reporting he was in Memphis, Tenn., and that he had gotten through the storm in New Mexico and Oklahoma all right.

20 years ago
Feb. 14‐20, 1996

Ten swimmers will represent Artesia High School at the NMAA High School Boys’ and Girls’ State Swimming and Diving Championships this weekend. Six boys — Matt Lanning, Israel Bush, Brian Gilbert, Erick Ebarb, Matt Fisher and Anthony Barrera — and four girls — Cielo Sanchez, Janet Smith, Abby Anderson and Joyce Smith — make up the Bulldog contingent.

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Artesia High School girls’ varsity basketball coach Don Shell flipped a half-dollar coin while Portales High School head girls’ basketball coach Brenda Gomez looked on. Also flipping via telephone was Lovington High School principal Art Karger. The Bulldogs, Ramettes and Wildcats wound up tied for first place in district competition Thursday, creating the three-way coin toss to set seedings for the district tournament. Artesia was odd man out and thus is seeded second, while Portales and Lovington are in a playoff game tonight in Roswell. The winner is seeded first, the loser third. The Bulldogs will host the semifinal game Monday.

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The Artesia Public Schools system was selected from school districts across the country that applied to be a part of a special program which allows students to ask questions of astronauts during a space shuttle mission. The astronauts selected Artesia. The shuttle is scheduled to launch March 21, and students will be talking to the astronauts sometime after the shuttle is in orbit, speaking from the Artesia High School Auditorium.

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If you like slow-paced, low-scoring, defensive-oriented games, then Artesia-Lovington II Friday night at the high school main gym was not the place to be. It was Andrew & Brian Time, as Artesia’s Andrew Patterson and Lovington’s Brian Urlacher put on a scoring show, the Bulldogs eventually walking away with an 82-79 victory. Bulldog players and spectators celebrated en masse at the conclusion as the victory gave Artesia the top seed for the district tournament. Artesia, 7-0 in district, will host the district tournament’s championship game March 2.

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As reported in the Pinon News: H.A. Stringfield came to the ranch Saturday and was pumping water and feeding cattle. Mrs. Mary Ann Anderson had as guests for lunch Saturday Mr. and Mrs. George Perry from the Barn Door area in James Canyon, Oza Holcomb and H.A. Stringfield. “String” was rather surprised when he came in to lunch and learned he was invited out for lunch, but he as well as the others surely enjoyed the luncheon and visiting very much in the home of Mrs. Mary Ann Anderson.

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