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Looking Back: La Cueva golfer wins but must forfeit prize in 1996

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FLOATING ALONG - Ben Hernandez, left, and his son, Elton, took advantage of Wednesday afternoon’s downpour to put an inflatable rubber raft to work on the water accumulated in Eagle Draw. The elder Hernandez estimated the water was six or seven inches deep beneath his raft. Then he and his son floated merrily away toward the east. The NMSU Agricultural Science Center south of Artesia only recorded .02 of an inch of precipitation during the past 24 hours. (Daily Press 1986 File Photo)
FLOATING ALONG – Ben Hernandez, left, and his son, Elton, took advantage of Wednesday afternoon’s downpour to put an inflatable rubber raft to work on the water accumulated in Eagle Draw. The elder Hernandez estimated the water was six or seven inches deep beneath his raft. Then he and his son floated merrily away toward the east. The NMSU Agricultural Science Center south of Artesia only recorded .02 of an inch of precipitation during the past 24 hours. (Daily Press 1986 File Photo)

Looking back 40, 30 and 20 years ago, the following are excerpts from the Artesia Daily Press from June 5-11.

40 years ago
June 5‐11, 1976

As reported in the Pinon News: Robert Bell reported he saw coyotes chasing one of his calves by the roadside on the north side of Slicker Hill and Jerry Bell and a friend saw coyotes chasing calves on the south side of Slicker Hill at a later date. It has been reported Jack Merritt is having problems with coyotes and bear killing lambs. When the 10-80 formula of poison was prohibited in this area, it caused the ranchers and farmers much concern and it is now beginning to be fully realized as the stock are being killed by the varmints which are getting numerous. The rabid skunks are also getting more numerous all the time it seems.

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Mrs. Twyla Houghtaling was named Woman of the Year by the Eddy County Extension Council last week at the Woman of the Year Banquet held at Artesia Christian College. Mrs. Houghtaling has been a member of the Lakewood Extension Club for the past three years.

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Sweepstakes awards went to the top winners in the Clothing Revue competition during Saturday’s Eddy County 4-H Contests held in Artesia. Sweepstakes winners were Karla Tulk of Hope, Anna Poovey of Carlsbad, Michelle Nelson of Cottonwood, Shelly Harvey of Carlsbad, Janet Jones of Carlsbad, and Lynn Thigpen of Cottonwood.

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Mike Heathington, the 6’4” Artesia Bulldog who led the state in scoring with an average of 25.4 points per game this year, has decided to play basketball next year with the UTEP Miners.

30 years ago
June 5‐11, 1986

Mother Nature turned on her automatic icemaker Wednesday, pelting the Artesia area with damaging hail. Wednesday afternoon’s hailstorm resembled a summer blizzard. Damage to the area was extensive. However, most residents affected by the onslaught are in agreement — the damage incurred was not quite as major as that caused by a similar storm in April 1985.

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As reported in the Pinon News: Mrs. Oma Banell Johnson of Artesia came to Pinon Sunday of last week and had lunch with her aunt, Mrs. Oma Gage. Then, in the afternoon, she helped Mrs. Gage with some things that are hard for her to do, especially without help. Don Merritt worked at the Glenn Stevenson ranch the past week, riding fences, gathering sheep that had gotten out of the pasture and marking lambs. Nickey Gage worked at the Stevenson ranch every chance had had but the Gages were getting ready to mark lambs too.

20 years ago
June 5‐11, 1996

Former Artesia resident Vernon Asbill was hired Wednesday as the new superintendent for the Carlsbad school system. Asbill, who was a teacher, coach and administrator in the Artesia school system from 1970-88, has been superintendent in Cloudcroft for the past eight years. He was chosen Wednesday by the Carlsbad school board, which unanimously picked him over three other candidates.

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Playing a flute and guitar, Native American Vincent Kaydahzinne performed songs in both his native language and English for those attending the Artesia Girl Scouts Day Camp at Camp Tumbleweed earlier this week. Camp director Cindy Logsdon said Kaydahzinne is a Mescalero Apache and also a sculptor of stone. He explained the meanings of the songs he sang and shared stories of his childhood with the girls.

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La Cueva High School golfer Joe Gallego had good and bad luck at the MYCO Bulldog Invitational Golf Tournament last weekend. He aced the par-3, 175-yard seventh hole on Sunday, claiming a $10,000 prize, but is unable to accept the money because of NMAA rules and potential NCAA violations if he goes on to play college golf. Sunday’s hole-in-one contest on the No. 7 hole was sponsored by Letcher, Golden & Associates. Gallego and partner Tanner Gilchrist played in the Third Flight.

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

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