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(Daily Press 1978 File Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from March 26 –April 1.

40 years ago
March 26 – April 1, 1978

Brownfield’s baseball team brought a team batting average of .419 to town for the Artesia Invitational Baseball Tournament and proceeded to hit exactly that against the Bulldogs in the semifinal game Friday night, pushing their way past the Bulldogs 11-5 and into the championship tilt against Roswell Saturday night. “Billy Horner pitched the game of his life tonight, and if we had just played good defense behind him, we would have won it,” said a disappointed Mike Allen after the game. “We just didn’t back him up when he needed it, and the score should have been 5-2.”


As reported in the Pinon News: bob Brown, owner of the former Pinon Draw Ranch, was at the ranch the past week. The ranch belonged to frank Garst in the early 1890s as Edith Atkins remembers. It was Joe Gardner, Sol Van Cleve, and John Stephens ranch at one time, then the David Gentry, Ed Gage and John Gentry ranch, the Van Welch ranch, Breedlove, then Pinon Draw Ranch, and now Mr. Brown changed the name to the Mesa Verde Ranch.


While children were hunting for decorated eggs hidden by their parents on Easter day, a local service station owner and his friend, a furniture salesman from Albuquerque, did a little hunting of their own. The tow men, like the children, were spilling with excitement and extremely enthusiastic about their hunt. There was only one difference between the two hunts: while the children searched in lumps of grass for eggs, the two men searched cracks in rocks and holes in the ground for rattlesnakes. Ivans is probably the best-known snake hunter in the area. He has hunted the reptiles in this state, Texas and Oklahoma. He said there is nothing he would rather do.


Riding the strong play of Randy Russell, who kept his unbeaten singles steak alive at 6-0, the Artesia tennis team won its fourth match of the year and third against district opponents Monday with a 6-3 win over the NMMI Colts on the Artesia courts.

30 years ago
March 26 – April 1, 1988

Curtis Economides was the hottest of the hot Wednesday night at Tumbleweed Bowl. Economides rolled a 300 during Sportsman’s Trio League play that night, helping himself and teammates Mike Phipps and Marion Baldwin — the team is known as the Three P’s — get their names sent off to the American Bowling Congress. The ABC will honor the trio because they exceeded the High Team Scratch game of 725 by rolling a 741, and because they exceeded the 2000 High Team Scratch Series by rolling a 2043.


Mikey Chavarria’s bat and arm helped propel the Artesia Bulldogs into the championship game Saturday of the 13th Annual Artesia Invitational Baseball Tournament. Chavarria pitched five-hit ball, struck out 17 St. Pius batters and hit a two-run homer to lead the Bulldogs to a 6-3 victory over the Sartans Friday night. He went the distance and raised his record to 3-0 with the five-hitter he threw at St. Pius. Chavarria’s 17 K’s were one short of Dera Clark’s school record of 18.


The barge-like vessel floating in the middle of Lake McMillan — complete with round life-preservers and serviced by tugboats that carry visitors from the shore — is an unusually nautical sight for fishermen and boaters at the lake this spring. But the craft is no pleasure boat. It is a hydraulic cutterhead suction dredge, operated by the Yuma Projects division of the federal Bureau of Reclamation. Its job is to dredge a channel through Lake McMillan to carry water into the new Brantley Reservoir.


As reported in the Pinon News: the juniors and seniors went to the Weed School for the annual school prom Saturday evening.


James Trujillo of Artesia Glass and Mirror cleaned up broken glass this morning before replacing a window at Associated Properties, 701 W. Main Street. The window was broken when high winds blew through the city Monday night. Peak wind gusts of 65 mph were record overnight at the Artesia Municipal Airport.

20 years ago
March 26 – April 1, 1998

Workers prepared a massive air handling unit to be hoisted onto the roof of the new Bulldog Pit gymnasium Wednesday afternoon. The unit is part of the gym’s evaporative cooling system. School superintendent Mike Phipps said the interior of the gym is 98 percent complete, with outside site work due to be complete in about a month. He said an official opening will be planned for the gym with the public invited to tour the facility.


The New Mexico High School Coaches Association has announced that graduating seniors Chris Owens and Angelica Bratcher will play in this summer’s North-South All-Star basketball games in Class AAAA-AAA.


As reported in the Pinon News: Mrs. Oza Holcomb is now getting better with her broken back and hopes to be able to do more and a better job collecting and reporting the news.


“We have a score from the Kentucky-Stanford game…” was the announcement made during the baseball game. It got heads to turn, and the undivided attention of the fans while they waited for Stanford’s score. And the announcer let them wait, drawing laughs from the press box, and a gasp of anticipation from the crowd. Who is this entertaining announcer? Heard at many of the at-home Bulldog sporting events, some people may not know, but it is the voice of one of the Bulldogs’ coaching staff. Ridge Bowden is the man behind the voice.

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