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(Daily Press 1996 File Photo)

(Daily Press 1996 File Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from Oct. 16-22.

40 years ago
Oct 16‐22, 1976

The junior class of Artesia High School, Class of 1978, placed first in Friday’s Homecoming parade with its float of Mack the Bulldog shooting a cannon at an Alpine Buck.

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That host of monsters from Alpine, Texas, who descended into Big Orange Country hoping to put a stop to the Bulldog offensive attack went home Friday night with a bad taste in their mouths. The diagnosis: They simply consumed too much of the Bulldogs’ dust. To be exact, the Alpine Bucks ate exactly 419 yards and 49 points’ worth of dust from Bulldog Bowl Friday night, enough to make anyone ill. The Bulldogs shot down the Bucks, 49-6.

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Members of the Talespinners Junior Story League celebrated Halloween early with a costume party and contest at their October meeting. Deena Evrage won first place with her costume of Cher. Judy Brown placed second with her referee costume. The party/meeting\ was held at the home of Deena Everage.

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There was one aspect of last week’s Daily Press Football Contest that was hard to miss. Unfortunately for the pickers, the Dallas Cowboys finally lost a game, which also meant virtually no one even came close to picking a perfect ticket. Out of the 74 entries last week, only two people picked Dallas to lose. Mike Donaldson emerged the winner with 16 correct predictions. He tied with Richard Orosco, but Donaldson’s prediction of the Bulldogs-Alpine score moved him into first place. Donaldson predicted the score to be Bulldogs 42, Alpine 6.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mr. and Mrs. Horace Grigg were on their way to the Roswell Sales Ring with a load of calves for Robert Bell recently when the truck had a flat tire. The spare tire was also flat. Griggs used his CB radio and the Artesia sheriff heard the message and took them a tire that they used until they reached Hope, where they made repairs. Mrs. Grigg said that was one time the radio certainly was a big help.

30 years ago
Oct. 16‐22, 1986

First answer: No, it wasn’t an interception — he trapped it. Second answer: Yes, they probably should have called pass interference on the play. That’s Artesia’ viewpoint. Lovington’s is the exact opposite. Yes, he intercepted it, and no, it probably wasn’t pass interference. That variance is predictable; consider each team’s respective sets of movie and videotape cameras, but regardless of how you look at it, Lovington’s exciting 7-6 victory over Artesia Friday at Bulldog Bowl had all the ingredients you like in games like this.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mr. and Mrs. bill Taylor are building a new house just south of the former Owen Prather ranch house south of Pinon. Mrs. Taylor reports she will be glad when they can move in, so they will be closer to meeting the school bus and she can have electricity. She does not have electricity in their present home. Tuesday the Book Mobile came to Pinon. A large number of persons met it and got books for home reading. It is getting that time of the year the ranchers and other members of the community will have time for reading.

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Retired school administrator Jack Butler got a surprise when he returned home from a weekend trip. A seven-foot sign in his front yard offered congratulations on his promotion in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Butler achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer after 18 years, 10 months of Navy service. He participated in Chief Initiation ceremonies this past weekend in El Paso, Texas.

20 years ago
Oct. 16‐22, 1996

Scientists believe the mysterious flash of green light seen over Western skies early this month was a meteorite breaking apart. It came the closest to Earth’s surface near Artesia, where it began breaking apart, spawning a shower of meteors that created a brilliant sky show extending at least as far as Lubbock, Texas. The largest mass stopped glowing northeast of Kernville in the Sierra Nevada, where sonic booms were widely heard.

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Charlotte Anne Bunch, a graduate of Artesia High School, was one of 11 distinguished women to be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y. Bunch is a native of Artesia and the daughter of Marjorie Bunch of Albuquerque and the late Dr. C.P. Bunch of Artesia.

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Robbie Harrison, a junior elementary education major from Artesia, was elected a Homecoming finalist at West Texas A&M University. She was sponsored by Cousins Hall. She is chair of the Work-A-Thon and a member of University Sing, the Dean’s Round Table, Student Foundation, Leadership Board and Baptist Student Ministries. Her honors include outstanding counselor for Buff Branding, Resident Assistant of the Month, Resident Assistant Ace Award, and intramural team captain.

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Members of the Artesia FFA Dairy Foods Team won the state contest for 1996 and will represent New Mexico at the National FFA Convention in November. Team members are Josh Sallee, Daryl Savage, Joy Farrar and Drew Hendricks, who was high individual overall for the day. With Artesia FFA members also representing New Mexico in the Agricultural Issues Contest, 22 members from Artesia will be attending the National FFA Convention in Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 13-16.

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