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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 Dec. 3-9.

40 years ago
Dec. 3-9, 1977

As reported in the Pinon News: Travis and Ted Eldrige and Basil Holcomb have been busy the past week riding fence lines, moving cattle, and other jobs, as the Pinon Draw cattle have been getting in Basil’s pasture. They found no fence down or no gates open, so they think some hunter must have left the gates open when they went through, then shut them when they came back.


Members of the Hospital Auxiliary have been refurbishing and dressing used dolls to be sold at the Thrift Shop. The proceeds from the sale of the dolls will go toward the purchase of bronchoscopy equipment for Artesia General Hospital. Persons to clothe the dolls include Jaynie Beadle, JoLyn Bloomer, Jean Bullock, Louise Bush, Toni Bratcher, Cindy Franklin, Jan Johnston, Corinne Lanning, Sally Lanning, Helen Mapes, Marie Morten and Debbie Padon.


Several Artesia area farmers have scheduled a meeting to make plans for joining a parade in Albuquerque next month designed to protest what farmers say are unfair prices for their produce. About 12-15 tractors from the Artesia area are already committed to the parade, farmer Don Thigpen of Cottonwood said. He said area producers will gather at Jackson’s Restaurant to make plans and hear speakers from the original American Agriculture movement. Large tractor parades protesting low farm produce prices have already been held in Colorado and Georgia, and farmers throughout the country have planned others.


Future Homemakers of America students at Lake Arthur High School recently held a “Mr. Irresistible” project to raise money. Each girl ws to give a boy a paper heart before she spoke to him and if she forgot she had to donate three cents. The boy with the most money at the end of the day was crowned for the honor. Brian Lilly was crowned for the honor. Runners-up were Jimmy Salcido and Mark Crook.


Artesia’s girls basketball team proved it could keep up with the biggies as they beat two AAAA schools, Carlsbad and Alamogordo (48-45) to nail down the consolation spot in the Goddard Tournament. The Bulldogs dropped their opening match up to defending AAA state champ Clovis by 10 points, but came on strong to win their last two tournament games. Playing what Coach Ronnie Null called “the best game we have played this year,”

30 years ago
Dec. 3-9, 1987

If a tie game is like kissing your sister, then a tie game when the state championship is on the line must be like kissing your sister when she’s had a bad day. The Artesia Bulldogs and Lovington Wildcats kissed each other up and down the field for four quarters Saturday in Lovington, with the 1987 Class AAA state football title at stake. When the clock had ticked itself off, the teams found themselves mired in a 0-0 tie and co-winners of the state title. New Mexico Activities Association rules specify that any state championship game ending in a tie does not go into overtime. The teams are declared co-champions. An announcement of that fact in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game brought a chorus of boos from fans from both teams. On the field after the game, the teams took turns being presented with the lone first-place trophy. Neither team appeared to be too excited by the situation, and there wasn’t much whooping or hollering by either squad. There was a lot of grimacing going on. “I thought it would be low-scoring the whole game, but I didn’t expect this,” admitted Artesia Coach T.W. Harvey. “You’d like to win, you know, but if you don’t win, the next best thing is a tie. Of Course, we’d rather win, and I’m sure Lovington would, too. They played a super ball game.”


As reported in the Pinon News: Mr. and Mrs. Basil Holcomb were about two miles from their home Monday of last week when their pickup quit and Basil was unable to get it started again, so Mrs. Holcomb walked back to their home to get another pickup to pull the pickup back to the house. After she had been gone quite some time, two hunters, Bob Stafford and Kuebel Apiaries from Boerne, Texas, saw Basil working on his pickup and went to him to see if he needed help. They found the trouble was a short but did not find it, so they tied on to it and pulled it Basil’s house and arrived there just as Mrs. Holcomb did. She was very appreciative, as she hates so much to pull a car.

20 years ago
Dec. 3-9, 1997

Selected to the Southeastern New Mexico Music Educators Association All-District Honor Band recently are Artesia musicians Todd Richardson, trumpet; Luis Marrufo, tuba; Ricky Swafford, French horn; Ricky wiles, baritone; and Luis Perez, percussion. All are students at Artesia High School except Perez, who is a student at Artesia Junior High School. They competed with more than 300 students from throughout Southeastern New Mexico. They will participate in the All-District Honor Concert at Hobbs High School Auditorium.


The Artesia Bulldogs harnessed the Silver City Colts Saturday afternoon 34-31, at bulldog Bowl. It is the 20th state trophy in football for AHS. Head coach Cooper Henderson said he was not surprised by Silver’s output in the first half. “Really it’s what we expected out of Silver,” he said. “We did go into the game saying we were going to have to win it in the second half.” He said the players were very determined to win the game. “I think the big thing is this group doesn’t get rattled,” Henderson aid. “They stay after it.”


As reported in the Pinon News: Mr. and Mrs. Pete Peters of Artesia, had their son, Chase Peters, his wife and two little sons came from a long distance from the Northwest, Tuesday in their trailer house for a visit. They became ill soon after arriving at the peters home in Artesia. They thought it was from the gas so they went to Mayhill to a campground there and soon became all right. Mr. and Mrs. Pete Peters have been going up there each morning to meet them and be with them. They all went to the Weed and Avis area Thanksgiving Day sightseeing and planned to go out somewhere and have Thanksgiving dinner somewhere, during the day.

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