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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 Oct. 29 – Nov. 4.

40 years ago
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4, 1978

For the second week in a row, the Artesia Bulldogs got a crack at the number-one-ranked Class 3A prep team in the state, and for the second week in a row, they sent those two teams packing with losses that definitely knocked one out of the top and which should unseat another, leaving the top spot open for the most deserving competitor. But according to Bulldog coach Mike Phipps and his players, the only team which should be top dog is the Artesia Bulldogs, who, fresh off their exciting 21-19 win over the top-ranked Portales Rams in Bulldog Bowl Friday night, now lay official claim to the bragging rights among 3A teams in New Mexico.

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As reported in the Pinon News: It seems that every weekend now is hunting season. Some persons were wondering why so many campers, and trailers with motorcycles were coming into the mountains this weekend and read on their hunting magazine and found it is still bow and arrow season as well as muzzle loading rifle season. The hunters in the area make it very difficult for the ranchers trying to work stock. When driving stock that do not want to leave the range, the hunters in pickups or motorcycles come through the herd scattering them in every direction. A rifle bullet singing near by doesn’t make things easy nor is it pleasant when they get the stock gathered into a little pasture ready to move to the pens and the gate is left open and half or all of the stock gone.

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Lake Arthur’s six-man football team finished its season with a 3-1 record, tied with Roy for the best mark in the state in this first year of operation. Team members are Edward Rubio, Danny Funk, Ignacio Romero, Tokwywki Hannami, Richard Solmon, Jimmy Salcido, Lupe Salmon, David Peurifoy, Jay Nelson, Eric Herring, Juan Chavarria, Mark Crook, Paul Greenwood, Bobby Wylie, Phippip Najar, Roy Merworth (manager), Steve Hopper (head coach), Chip Parsley (assistant coach), and J.F. Lilly (assistant coach).

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Artesia’s 3-3 tie with the Tucumcari Rattlers here Friday throws the District 4-AAA race into a nifty mess, with a lot of tangibles riding on the result of the Portales-Lovington game, which was scheduled to be replayed Saturday afternoon after a hailstorm postponed it Friday night in Portales.

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Dora Fierro has been selected by the Daily Press as the city Employee of the Week. Fierro is a secretary at the Senior Center and has been employed there six weeks.

30 years ago
Oct. 29 – Nov. 4, 1988

There were about 20 seconds left in Friday’s Artesia-Lovington football game when the eerie, spine-tingling, blood-curdling Yeeeeeeee-haaaaaaaah came rolling out of the upper level of the Bulldog Bowl press box. People looked around to see who was getting killed. The screams got louder and louder, and suddenly, Bulldog assistant coach Randy Dickerson bounded down the stairs and charged out the door en route to the sideline, celebrating like mad all the way. You can’t blame Dickerson for whoopin’ and hollerin’, since the Bulldogs were only a few ticks away from erasing Lovington’s playoff hopes and increasing their own. Artesia’s 27-14 Homecoming victory over Lovington bounced the defending co-state champs from the playoffs and signified another rung climbed on the ladder the Bulldogs are ascending right now.

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Making up the 1988 Homecoming Court are Queen Rene Rascon, Maid of Honor Shelli Peyton, Senior Princess Genna Simer, Senior Princess Missy Lain, Junior Attendant Cherry Foster and Sophomore Attendant Diane Williamson. The senior class float, “Mack in the Box,” took second place, while the junior class float, “Can’t Hide Bulldog Pride,” took top honors.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Alton Daugherty’s two sisters, Mrs. Myrtle Culbertson, and daughter, and Mrs. Clara Danley from Albuquerque, Tuesday of last week came to the Danley home near Alamogordo. Mr. and Mrs. Alton Daugherty of near Sacramento planned to go Wednesday of last week to the Frank Danley home for a visit with them.

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The Artesia City Council approved a resolution Monday that sets the sale price of the former Artesia Christian College to the federal government at $820,722.

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“Young Guns,” “Pumpkin Head” and “Dead Ringer” were the featured films at Cinema Twin.

20 years ago
Oct. 29 – Nov. 1, 1998

What a game! The Artesia Bulldogs took on and destroyed the Lovington Wildcats Friday night at the Bowl, 32-15, in what was the deciding matchup for the District 4-AAA championship. At first, it seemed the game might be postponed (as were several games around the state) due to weather, as thunder, lightning and rain were in abundance in the early portion of the game, but the iron-willed Big Orange fans braved the elements and stayed to show their support for the Bulldogs. “I think that’s what makes high school sports so special,” says Bulldog football coach Cooper Henderson.

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Don Conner had some stiff competition in last week’s Pigskin Payoff. Six people had all but one of the 20 games picked correctly. Fortunately for Conner, his picks were perfect, making him the Pigskin Payoff winner.

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Artesia’s teachers honored in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, 1998” are: Pam Allen, Michelle Chambers, Gambra Green, Linda Greenhaw, Anita Gunderson, Michael Hanagan, Elaine Horner, Dennis Jeter, MarySue Kuykendall, Teresa Lewis, Jerry Luck, Steve Markl, Denny Ormseth, Danny Parker, Joseph Shiel and Rebecca Torrez.

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“Antz” and “One True Thing” were this week’s featured films at Cinema Twin.

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Artesia Junior High School, after a great season of fall sports, is happy to have won the 1998 Border Conference Championship. The eighth-grade “orange” football team won the title outright when it beat Hobbs-Houston, 36-28, giving the Bulldogs a 6-0 record in conference play and 7-0 overall.

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