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Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from Nov. 26-Dec. 2.

40 years ago
Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 1977

Richie Price fired a 77 and a 71 last week to win the Artesia Country Club championship. Price is a senior at Artesia High School where he is a member of the basketball team, and has been playing golf for eight years.

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Bill Felton has been named Employee of the Week by the City of Artesia. As pumper for the city’s water department, Felton, is responsible for maintaining a constant pressure in the water lines serving the city. He has worked for the city of Artesia for four years.

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As reported in the Pinon News: H.A. Stringfield and sons, Herschel and Mike, came from Alamogordo and helped Basil Holcomb pull the sucker rods from his well and put in new leathers Sunday of last Week. When they got the well to pumping it pumped only about two gallons of water a minute, so Basil wanted the Stringfields to come back this past Sunday to again help pull sucker rods and tubing as he thought he would have to put in a new cylinder, but Friday morning, Basil started the well and it started pumping the usual amount of water. Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Strindfield and Mike went to Clovis Friday afternoon for the 7 p.m. football game and did not get home until 3 a.m. Saturday morning, so they were dreading to have to get up and drive to the Holcomb ranch and work on the well, so it was rather a delightful surprise when they received the word that the well was alright. Basil was not sure what caused the well to begin pumping as it should.

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The new members of the Artesia Rotary Club had an opportunity to meet the district governor Wayne F. Johnson of Hobbs at the noon luncheon Tuesday. They are Donald B. Lewis, president, David Barrett, John C. McCabe, Bill Krogman, Bill Tracey and David Kirby.

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Artesia quarterback Toby Rhodes, along with 24 other seniors, played their last game as Artesia football players in Albuquerque Saturday against the Chargers. Artesia lost to a New Mexico AAA team for the first time ever, 27-20, along with a chance for a fourth straight state championship.

30 years ago
Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 1987

The early betting in Las Vegas — this is a hot item there, you know — is that the Artesia Bulldogs are about a year away from being Totally Fine. For this year, though, Bulldog boys basketball coach Jim Wilburn probably would settle for good and Competitive or, possibly, Able to Give Anybody Considerable Trouble. The varsity and junior varsity teams in the AHS boys basketball program kick off their season this week. And Wilburn along with JV coach Don Osborne, is looking at a young team still semi-wet behind the ears. Five lettermen return from last year’s 8-15 varsity team. But most of them are the mainstays of the 1986-87 JV squad that went 20-3.The five; Spencer Scott, Javier Valenzuela, Art Gamboa, Kullen Burk and Michael Norris, all played mostly JV last year but picked up enough varsity playing time to letter.

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Artesia’s oldest standing commercial building, the Mansion Mall, at Fourth and Main, is being restored by building owner James Ray Everage. A formal opening for the building and its businesses will be conducted on Dec. 3

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As reported in the Pinon News: A truckload of pipe ws reported wrecked Thursday on a turn in the road and a culvert in a creek near the Farrell Van Cleve ranch home east of Pinon. The truck turned over smashing the cab and scattering pipe. A truck turned over there several years ago. The driver of Thursday’s truck reported his brakes were not too good so he was trying to miss Cloudcroft hill. He ws en route to Las Cruces.

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Members of the Artesia High School football team gave Mayor Ernest Thompson, a round of applause at Tuesday’s practice after he read them a proclamation declaring Nov. 30 through Dec. 5 as Big Orange Week in Artesia. The proclamation also declared Dec. 5 as Beat Lovington Day. All Bulldog fans are urged that day to wear their orange clothing and flay their Bulldog flags. The Bulldogs tangle with the Lovington Wildcats Saturday in Lovington for the 1987 Class AAA state football championship.

20 years ago
Nov. 26-Dec. 2, 1997

The high school girls basketball team began the season the best way it can: with a win. Artesia beat Las Cruces Onate, 46-46, Tuesday in Las Cruces in the season opener. Head coach Don Shell said he was pleased with his team effort. “It was a great team effort on our part, and a good team effort on Onate’s part,” he said.

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For the second straight week the high school football team completely dominated its opponent in the AAA playoffs. Artesia, ranked No. 1 in the final Associated Press poll, out ran, out passed, out blocked, out played and outscored Taos, 52-6.

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A local student has helped decide the future direction of the National FFA Organization this month at the 70th National FFA Convention. Drawing more than 44,000 members and guests, this is the world’s largest annual youth convention. Christopher Scott, 17, treasurer of the New Mexico FFA Association represented the state as an official delegate to the convention in Kansas City, Mo.

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As reported in the Pinon News: The cook that has cooked for the senior citizens in Cloudcroft, Mrs. Sue Geckler, recently retired. She will be greatly missed. They had a going away party honoring she and her husband. The seniors all agree that she was an excellent cook and they hated to see her go.

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