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BEST OF THE YEAR – Bulldog catcher James Baker, left, receives congratulations from coach Mike Allen and vice versa Monday upon learning Baker has been chosen as the Player of the Year in District 4-AAA and Allen as district Coach of the Year. Allen’s selection makes it two in a row for the coach, and Baker has swept his three-year high school career by being picked annually to the district’s first team. (Daily Press 1977 File Photo)

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

40 years ago
May 14-20, 1977

The traditional wind and rain that annually besets the New Mexico prep track and field championships prevailed again this weekend and may partially have contributed to the failure of the Artesia Bulldog track team to qualify more than three persons for Saturday night’s championship finals.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Linda Parker reports she and Johnnie have their trailor house set west of Sacramento, the water piped into it and are living at home. Mrs. Parker drives from Sacramento to Pinon and attends the post office. Mrs. James Owen Coupland works in the post office when Mrs. Parker cannot be here.

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Jeffrey Lynn Bowman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bowman, has been selected as one of the Top Ten Seniors for 1977 at the University of Texas at El Paso. Bowman, a 1973 graduate of Artesia High School and a former Bulldog football player, was recognized recently with nine other UTEP seniors for his academic achievement and participation, and leadership in university and civic activities.

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Perry Conner and Lynn Parker, both of Artesia, teamed up Saturday and Sunday to compete in the doubles competition at the New Mexico State Men’s Bowling Tournament in Las Cruces and came home with the second-place trophy. Conner and Parker bowled a 1,433 series to win second place and $600, only two points behind the 1,435 series that won the doubles championship. The Artesia team was one of 425 competing at the state tournament.

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The Artesia High School natatorium was filled with water today, but not for an opening day swimming spree. The contractor, Jourdon Construction Co. of Hobbs, filled the 400,000 gallon pool as a safety measure to discover any possible problems before laying the tile around the pool. The projected opening day is still around Sept. 1.

30 years ago
May 14-20, 1987

The Artesia Kiwanis Club has awarded four scholarships to graduating seniors. They are Jody Salgado, Kandi Rountree, Stanley DeMerritt and Cory McCarrell. Each graduate will receive $500, which may be used to attend the college or university of his or her choice. The students were guests of the club Thursday.

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Student Council elections were held last week at Park Junior High School for the next school year. The 1987-88 Park officers are Wade Mulcock, secretary, Veronica Lagunas, president, and Wesley Null, vice president. Brandon Devine, Kim Gonzales, Clay Wilburn, Deena Pounds, Cristy Crenshaw, Cherry Foster, Netta Taylor, Christie Stark and Denise Simer will be representatives next fall when they join the high school Student Council as sophomores.

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Children from three second-grade classes at Yucca Elementary School got a first-hand explanation of the political process from Gov. Garrey Carruthers Tuesday. During the afternoon town meeting at the college campus, Carruthers divided the students into two groups, or political parties, one called “the good” and one called “the better.” One student commented that now he understood how Carruthers got to be governor.

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Members of the 1987 Class 3A state baseball championship team — the Artesia Bulldogs — saw recognition of that fact emblazoned on the “City of Champions” water tower west of town this week. The likeness of a baseball and the year — ‘87 — were painted earlier this week but officially unveiled Tuesday afternoon. After most of the picture-taking, the players, coaches and managers all signed the numbers designating the year it took place.

20 years ago
May 14-20, 1997

Artesia Webelos Lee Hummel, of Pack 270, and Joshua Rolan of Pack 243 earned their Arrow of Light Awards at the recent Scout Blue and Gold Banquet. The Arrow of Light is the highest award a Scout can earn in Cub Scouts.

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Representing Artesia High School at the Class 3A State Tract Meet in Albuquerque this weekend are Aundrea Bullock, Elise Boneau, Krista McKamey, Joyce Smith, Shannon Garcia, Jessica Sanchez, Cami Chambers and Lisa Matthews. The eight girls have qualified in 10 different events. Members of the Bulldog boys’ track team that will compete in this week’s state meet are Shaun Fear, Seth Bush, Matt Whitmire, Aaron Kennemur, Jason Cahill, Josh Miller, Corey Bower, Eric Ebarb, David Borges, Chris Olivas, Joseph Araujo, Patrick Haynes, Gabriel Turner, Josh Sneed, Arturo Salinas, Ray Kennemur and Kirk Robbins. The 17 boys have qualified in 15 events.

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Representing Artesia High School at the Class 3A State Tennis Tournament in Albuquerque this weekend are Stephanie Bailey, Daniel Zamarron, Loralee Hammer, Josh Olguin and Amanda Johnson. The Bulldogs qualified one singles player and two doubles teams for state.

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As reported in the Pinon News: It has been reported that the Pinon Cattle Company has not gotten the water in the Pinon line to go to the old Harbert place. They have some cattle there, but are having to pump water from the Springs and the well in Pinon Draw. No one seems to know why they can’t get the water to go through the pipe from the Pinon Water Co.

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Election results of the new FFA officers were announced at the FFA Banquet held recently. Artesia chapter FFA 1997-98 officers are Jake Hill, vice president; D. Robert Harvey, reporter; Kami Joy, secretary; Kami Casabonne, treasurer; Joshua Sallee, sentinel; and Brandon Joy, president.

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