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(Daily Press 1977 File Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from Aug. 20-26.

40 years ago
Aug. 20-26, 1977

Coaching at Artesia High School this year are: football, Mike Phipps, assisted by Mike Allen, T.W. Harvey, Ronny Maskew, Charles Norton and Vernon Asbill: baseball, Mike Allen, assisted by Jerry Brown and Don Osborn; basketball, Rusty Heskett, assisted by Don Osborn and Charles Norton; tennis, John Gunderson; golf, Len Flaming; girls’ basketball, Ronnie Null, assisted by Linda Ferguson; and volleyball, Linda Ferguson.

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New faces at Artesia High School this year will include Linda Ferguson, volleyball coach, assistant basketball coach and girls’ physical education; Robert Winter Jr., water safety instructor; Debbie Hopson, girls’ physical education; Susan Muncy, speech-English, drama and auditorium manager; Bill Surface, band director; and David Huey, assistant band director and orchestra director. Two transfers will be Charlotte Matlock from Park to teach English and Bernice McDonald from Zia to teach chorus.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Rains fell over the mountain area Thursday night of last week which were greatly appreciated by the ranchers of the area. They are hoping the rains will continue to fall and make grass for their stock. Several ranches report they had planned to begin sending cattle to the sale ring, but will delay now to see if the rains will make feed. Much of the range lands were more bare and bleak than in winter.

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“It looks like hell,” was the way city councilman Floyd Economides described a now-idle building on the south side of Main Street at Third. “If I said what I really thought about it, I’d get hung,” said a merchant who works nearby, who preferred to remain anonymous. “I think it ought to be fixed. In fact, the whole downtown area needs work.” The two-story building, originally built in 1906 by Artesia’s fourth mayor, E.C. Higgins, has since been used for such things as a shoe store and an antique shop.

30 years ago
Aug. 20-26, 1987

Four former Artesia High School baseball players – Cory McCarrell, Shaun Standard, Ryan Faulkenberry and Clay Faulkenberry – will be playing baseball at Hillsboro Junior College in Hillsboro, Texas, during the 1987-88 school year. McCarrell, a catcher, and Clay and Ryan Faulkenberry, outfielders, have two years’ eligibility. Standard, a catcher/outfielder, played one year at College of the Southwest.

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Hungry members of both the Artesia High School and NMMI varsity football teams were treated to a watermelon feast behind the field house Friday following their scrimmage at Bulldog Bowl. The watermelons were donated by Haldeman Farms.

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They looked very good, but the price tag might have been too high. Artesia High School’s varsity football team turned in a solid performance in Friday’s preseason scrimmage against the NMMI Colts. That made Bulldog head coach T.W. Harvey very happy. But the price included the loss of starting defensive end Brian Mansell, who tore up his right knee early in the scrimmage and is out indefinitely. That made Harvey unhappy.

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It’s a difficult job being secretary at Artesia High School. There are 688 students and 45 teachers to distract you, and a school bell rings nine times every working day — to say nothing of the telephone. But Ineta Russell makes it look easy. Just another day on the job. As school opened today, she entered her ninth year in the high school principal’s office and her 17th year with the Artesia Public Schools. Russell grew up in Nacona, Texas, and after graduating from high school, went to work as a secretary at Nacona Leather Goods. During the five years she was there, she met and married her husband. When Russell was transferred to San Angelo, Texas, she took a job with General Telephone, working there four years. In 1960, Russell was transferred to Hobbs. A year later, she was transferred to Artesia. “I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, New Mexico,’” she said. “But now we’ve been here 26 years and both our children were raised here. So Artesia is our home.”

20 years ago
Aug. 20-26, 1997

Football Spotlight: Hit of the day – Mark West read a screen perfectly. The running back did not see him coming until West hit him and leveled him out. Catch of the Day I – the team was running one-on-one with secondary vs. receivers in a fade route downfield. Jason Decker laid out and caught the ball in a perpendicular position in the air. Catch of the Day II – the defense was in man coverage and the offense ran a play action pass to Jared Bowen, who was bent to the ground below his knees to scoop up the ball and score. Block of the Day – The play was 624X, and it called for Jimmy Hamilton to run a blindside block back to the inside. The opposite player never had a chance. Sparkplug of the Day – Michael Parra for keeping the secondary going during practice and keeping the defense going all day.

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Oza Holcomb has been the chronicler of Sacramento Mountain ranching families for 43 years. Visitors reading her reports and comments in the Pinon News in both the Artesia and Alamogordo Sunday newspapers have brought her friends from around the country. One woman visiting from Oregon read her column and called to tell her how much she enjoyed it: “It was just like home news,” she said. To those who, because of frailty, illness, or the death of a spouse, have had to leave the mountains, Oza keeps alive the lives and memories of the neighbors and friends to whom they had to say “goodbye.”

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As reported in the Pinon News: Wednesday evening the usual crowd except Mrs. Margaret Merritt who had gone to town and failed to get back in time to go, gathered at the Robert Bell home for bible study, that they all enjoyed very much. Also there was some good singing. Ralph Skelton was the teacher and, as usual, he did a very good teaching and explaining.

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