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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 Oct. 15-21.

40 years ago
Oct. 15-21, 1977

The Artesia Historical Museum hosted a number of out-of-state visitors from Prescott, Ariz., Thursday afternoon. The visitors, a group of senior citizens, said they found the exhibits in the museum very interesting and well-prepared.

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Local arts and crafts buffs gathered in Central Park Saturday afternoon to display some of their works to local and area residents. Displays included macramé, quilts, paintings, and some jewelry.

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Even though they beat Kirtland Central 20-7, Bulldog coach Mike Phipps felt Friday night’s game was an indication of Artesia’s strengths and weaknesses, which are of particular interest to the Bulldogs’ next opponent, the Portales Rams.

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Bulldog running backs got a thumping look Monday at a new piece of training equipment unveiled on the practice field. Known as Smitty’s Blaster, the machine helps runners learn how to run low to the ground. The machine cost $750 and was jointly paid for by the Artesia Quarterback Club and the Parents and Boosters Club. Coach Mike Phipps said he had wanted one ever since the second game of the season, when his players ran upright instead of low.

30 years ago
Oct. 15-21, 1987

Jerry Burk, Central Valley Soil and Water Conservation District president, presented the Outstanding Farmer award to Bob Mayberry and the Outstanding Supervisor award to David Torres Jr.

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Downtown merchants recorded a victory today when the State Highway Commission voted 5-1 on a motion that will allow the city to maintain angle parking on Main Street between First and Sixth streets.

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This one had some of the earliest substations yet. The Artesia Bulldogs, having suited up nearly everybody they could find, probably could have pulled a daddy or two out of the bleachers and sent them in for a few plays. But there are some things Bulldog coach T.W. Harvey just won’t do. Regardless, the Bulldogs used them all in rolling over the Tucumcari Rattlers by a 41-8 count Friday in a district game at Bulldog Bowl.

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As reported in the Pinon News: The Gage family have been very busy the past few days gathering sheep, cutting out the lambs, and shipping them Tuesday and Friday of the last Week. Mrs. Winnie Mae Gage is a teacher in the Cloudcroft School this year, and Mrs. Cindy Goslin is a secretary for the school. Congratulations re extended to each of them.

20 years ago
Oct. 15-21, 1997

Billy Van Curen of Artesia helped the Eastern New Mexico University men’s cross country team get 40 points by finishing in ninth place with a time of 46:21 in the West Texas A&M University Buffalo Stampede, which was a five-mile event Saturday in Canyon, Texas. He was fourth among ENMU runners.

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Artesia High School football linebackers Matt McLellan, Chris Goodman, Jimmy Hamilton, Michael Araujo and Mark Garcia cooked bacon for the annual parents’ breakfast prepared by football players in the Home Economics wing at the high school.

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The Artesia Racquet and Health Club is about to undergo extensive remodeling to repair damage caused by an April 2 fire. The fire at the club, which was opened in 1980 and is owned by Peyton Yates, was caused by a faulty sauna heater, according to Peggy Malatesta, Yates Drilling Company accounting manager.

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Robbie Burgess won the Pigskin Payoff last week. He missed four games.

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A group of Artesians took to the sidewalks outside City Hall Monday and Tuesday to protest the demotion of Artesia Police Chief Ernest Chavez. Carrying signs bearing slogans like, “Honk! Support Chief Chavez,” “Reinstate Chief Chavez,” and “Artesia, the Land Fairness Forgot,” the protesters reported receiving many honks in support of the march.

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