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(Daily Press 1987 File Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from Nov. 19-25.

40 years ago
Nov. 19-25, 1977

The stingy Bulldog defense shone in a 21-7 win over the Tularosa Wildcats. Apparently, all the things Bulldog coach Mike Phipps has been saying to his defense all week sank in, as the Artesia defense gave a demonstration of its own version of metamorphosis Friday night in Tularosa, transforming itself into a brick wall upon two occasions inside their own five-yard line to stop the Wildcats cold. This, combined with two aerial thefts by defensive back Roy Terpening helped the Bulldogs hold the Wildcats to only 237 yards total offense for the game while the ‘Dogs racked up 548.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Allen Lee, an Artesia man, accidentally shot himself in the foot while hunting in the Mayhill area the first of the hunting season. He was taken to the Gerald Campion Memorial Hospital in Alamogordo where he was joined by his grandmother, Edna McGuire and two aunts, Oma Gage of Pinon and Mrs. Bill Johnson form Artesia. It was thought at first his foot would have to be taken off, but he responded to treatment so well that the doctors felt sure they would save his foot. Over the mountain area, the hunters seem to be a very nice group. They have left a few gates open and one gate was torn down. It has been reported the hunters are finding very few deer and still less bucks, as there have been very few reported being killed.

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Artesia residents who have junk cars on their property can expect a notice soon from the police department informing them the vehicles will have to be moved. The city council decided to enforce a 1970 city law which prohibits the parking of “dismantled, non-operational, junked, wrecked or discarded” vehicles in open residential areas. Councilman Floyd Economides, in supporting enforcement of the law, said, “If we have to go to court for our rights, it wouldn’t be the first time.”

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Floyd Davis killed an eight-point buck early Saturday morning near Mayhill. Davis, who said he was in camp getting ready to go hunting, fired two shots at the buck and then chased and retrieved the eight-point in bare feet.

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Bruce Waugh had a 16-4 record this week to win the $10 first prize in the Daily Press Football Contest. Bruce, 17, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Waugh and is a senior at Artesia High School, where he is very active in basketball. He wants to play college ball at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

30 years ago
Nov. 19-25, 1987

Quick action by a Sack ‘N’ Save manager and security guard may have saved the life of a Levelland, Texas, man who was found overcome by exhaust fumes in his motor home in the Blue Quail Shopping Center parking lot.

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Artesia High School chorus students named to the All-State Choir this year are Alisah Newman, Jodi McFadin, Mary Beth Yates, DeeAnn Mason, Rene Aguilar, Nicole Prout, Brent Herren, Leslie Spicer, David Martin and Micah Johnson.

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Taking the honors in the recent Cub Scout Pack 243 cake bake are D. Robert Harvey and father Danny Harvey in the Thanksgiving Past and Present category; Johnny Raga and father Larry Raga in the Trailblazers category; and Kirk Martin and Casey Martin (tie) and father Larry Martin for Father-Son Activities. The pack raised $909 in an auction and had an attendance of 183. Cake judges were Judy Yates and Joe Huckabee. Huckabee donated certificates for free hamburgers to honorable mention cake bakers. Auctioneer was Jack Battin.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Large crowds attended services of the Church of Christ in Perk Canyon Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings of last week with Condy Billingsley of Clovis as guest speaker. Condy was minister for the church of Christ in Pinon many years ago and has been back many times since leaving. He and his wife, Lorene, were loved by all the knew them.

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Artesia tailback Michael McPherson did a terrific impersonation of Artesia tailback Michael McPherson, the Bulldog defense came up with some timely derring-do, and no, it probably wasn’t roughing the kicker. Still, coach T.W. Harvey’s Bulldogs made their 1987 Class 3A playoff debut a successful one with a come-from-behind, 32-21 victory over the Bloomfield Bobcats in a quarterfinal matchup at Bulldog Bowl. The win sends the Bulldogs into a semifinal battle this week with the Silver City Fighting Colts.

20 years ago
Nov. 19-25, 1997

A groundbreaking will be taking place in Lake Arthur for a new elementary school. Located in the school complex, the new elementary will house grades kindergarten through fifth. It will replace a wing of the current school that was built in the early 1950s.

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The Bulldogs showed the remaining squads in the Class 3A playoffs why they are ranked No. 1 in the state. They used offensive firepower combined with a punishing defense to beat Ruidoso, 45-20, at Bulldog Bowl Saturday in the Class 3A quarterfinals. Artesia will now prepare for its semifinal matchup against Taos, a 27-21 winner against Kirtland Central Saturday in Taos.

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As reported in the Pinon News: The Prather family has been very busy working sheep. Mrs. Derlene Gabaldon of the Pinon area has been quite busy helping them work sheep and other things on the ranch. A number of ranchers spent the past week working cattle among whom were: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Bell with the help of Don Frieline, Johnnie Parker and John Hines helped gather their cattle for sale of the calves. Also Mrs. Margaret Merritt gather some of the calves for sale.

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