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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 Nov. 5-11.

40 years ago
Nov. 5-11, 1977

A new law partnership is being formed in Artesia with the arrival of George A. Graham Jr., an attorney who has practiced in Santa Fe and Truth or Consequences. Graham said he is phasing out his law practice in Truth or Consequences and will join longtime Artesia attorney Bill Siegenthaler in a law partnership, which they hope to get started around Jan. 1, 1978.

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“Ten-four, Bulldogs.” That’s the new slogan for the Artesia Bulldog football team following Friday’s 55-7 whipping of the Lovington Wildcats, and credit for its origination must go to defensive backfield coach Mike Allen, who has learned that thinking up catchy slogans is smarter than making bets with his defensive backfield. What the phrase means is that this year, the Bulldogs will be going after the 10th state football title in the town’s history and at the same time will be plugging for the fourth one in a row under head coach Mike Phipps. Pretty neat, huh?

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mr. and Mrs. Basil Holcomb were working on the ranch several days ago when they found a shepherd dog apparently lost. They talked to it and it jumped into the pickup. They thought pinon nut hunters had lost it, but found no one hunting a dog. When they got saddle horses and started to work cattle they learned the dog had been trained on a ranch and knew how to work stock. The Holcombs decided Leon Ham had left his dog when he moved to Lubbock, Texas. Basil mentioned it to the Eldriges, who live on the Pinon Draw ranch. They knew Ernest Harwell of Dunken had been hunting his dog, so they told him and he came immediately to the Holcomb ranch to see if it was his dog and learned it was. He was very happy to get it back. He reported he had been hunting it nearly a year.

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City fire officials and contractors began filling the swimming pool at the new natatorium Thursday afternoon. A fire hose was connected to an outside hydrant and was placed in the shallow end of the recently completed pool and began the time-consuming task of filling the 430,000-gallon capacity pool. Officials at poolside said it would take 25-30 hours to fill the hole. Once full, it will be another two to three weeks before the water will be balanced and chlorinated for use.

30 years ago
Nov. 5-11, 1987

A bonfire kicked off 1987 Homecoming activities for Artesia High School. Students got a chance to practice their snake-dancing techniques by circling the flames. A snake-dance up and down Main Street followed the bonfire. Queen Vanessa Orosco was crowned, and despite a drenching rain that fell on Bulldog Bowl, a 36-0 victory over NMMI made the memorable week complete.

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As reported in the Pinon News: It has been reported that Mrs. Shirley Jacobs, who lives on the Reed Farm on Perk Canyon, east of Weed, had Mrs. Shirley Akers’ restaurant at Weed leased and the report is, the food is good. A fire was reported at the Pinon Ranch Wednesday of last week. The Pinon fire truck went and put out the fire. It started about thirty minutes after a welding job was finished, so the men thought a piece of the hot iron fell in some trash and set it afire. There was no wind so here was not too much damage although it got very close to a building and a gas tank.

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The Artesia Board of Education voted Monday to allow high school girls to participate in a softball program funded entirely by private donations but denied a request from a parent to allow ninth-grade boys to play high school team sports.

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Johnny Puckett of Valley Pest Control will implement a plan to rid the city of its pigeon population after receiving authorization for the project and $2,000 from the City Council Tuesday. “In six months, I will have the population — I will never be able to give 100 percent because there isn’t a barn in the country that doesn’t have a few pigeons — outside the city,” Puckett said.

20 years ago
Nov. 5-11, 1997

The high school football team successfully defended its District 4-AAA title with a dominating 45-0 win against Tucumcari in Tucumcari Friday. The Bulldogs, ranked No. 1 in the latest Associated Press poll, will have a bye in the playoffs. Head coach Cooper Henderson said the coaching staff was real pleased with the finish. “I felt like we played well in all aspects of the game,” he said. “I think we looked better than the week before as far as total team effort.”

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mr. and Mrs. Pete Peters brought sandwiches and had lunch with Mrs. Oza Holcomb Tuesday of last week. They enjoyed the day together so much. The doctor gave Mrs. Holcomb orders to do nothing for a month while she recovers from a back injury.

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Twenty-five years ago, Roy Logsdon wanted to be a police officer. “My dream was to become a police officer,” Logsdon said Friday. “That never panned out.” Instead, he was encouraged by former Artesia City Supervisor Joe Howell to become a volunteer firefighter. Today, he is the Artesia Fire Department chief.

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