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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. 1-7.

40 years ago
Oct. 1-7, 1978

Artesia football Coach Mike Phipps and Carlsbad Coach Dave Perini weren’t exactly exchanging friendly greeting before Friday night’s game in Bulldog Bowl. The Carlsbad football players upset some people at the start when they exited from the locker room and ran down over the big “A” in the stadium. The Cavemen ended up winning the rivalry, 13-3. City police, whose forces swelled to over 25 uniformed men on duty, said there was virtually no trouble during or after the game.


As reported in the Pinon News: Sunday afternoon, Jim Sturgeon of Tularosa came to the Basil Holcomb ranch reporting he was a bow and arrow hunter and because he could not see the sun and keep his directions, he became lost. He had gone around the Avis Cemetery twice. Basil said it was very hard to convince him of his directions and he was not sure he ever did get straightened out.


Artesia volleyball coach Linda Ferguson chose Kim Billberry and Dana Lee as having the top performances in the two games the girls volleyball team won last week over Hobbs and Portales. Lee had 13 attack points and 14 points overall in the two games while Billberry added 12 attack points and 21 points overall in the same two games. The team goes after its ninth win of the year today when they host Carlsbad.


National Geographic Magazine photographer Buddy Mays of Santa Fe, interviewed Bureau of Land Management cave specialist J.B. “Buss” Hummer near Lake McMillan south of Artesia. Mays photographed inside Coffee Cave, a gypsum cave on the Pecos. The photographer said some of the photographs may be used in a National Geographic article entitled “Life on the Pecos River.”

30 years ago
Oct. 1-7, 1988

Paul Rubado, one of the last graduates of the College of Artesia, and Dennis Rychlik, the first graduate, recently were given the contents of the college time capsule by the mayor of Artesia. The time capsule, which was buried on the college campus in 1969, was unearthed recently during preparation of the campus for takeover by the federal government. The two men plan to display the contents at their next reunion.


Though Artesia football coach Barry Coffman probably doesn’t have any ties to Reynolds Metals Company, he has his own brand of Reynolds Wrap. That comes in the form of sophomore running back Chris Reynolds, who scored three touchdowns in leading the Artesia Bulldogs to a 33-24 victory over the Alamogordo Tigers Friday in Alamogordo.


As reported in the Pinon News: Friday morning, Mr. and Mrs. Basil Holcomb had started to Pinon and on top of the hill east of their house, they saw a telephone repairman working on the line. They stopped and Mrs. Holcomb reported her phone being out. He said he and his helper were working on the line. The Holcombs started on and met the other repairman and had gone a very short distance when they could see debris very thick on the highway and a hole on the west side of the road. They stopped to see what had happened and decided lightning had hit the telephone line by the road side, as the ground was torn up there and on the road. To the east side of the road, it was really torn up. The repairmen were just a short distance away, so the Holcombs went back and told them about it. They had the phones fixed in about two or three hours.


Perry C. Andrews, a former school superintendent at Tularosa, has joined Artesia Public Schools as assistant principal at Park Junior High School. He has worked in education for 17 years. Andrews was born in Memphis, Tenn., and moved to New Mexico in 1956. He graduated from Carlsbad High School in 1960.

20 years ago
Oct. 1-7, 1998

Jackie Spence, owner of Spence farms in the Cottonwood-Lake Arthur area, brought in the first cotton to be baled on Saturday, Sept. 26 at AAGA gin. The bale weighted in at 455 pounds.


Burl Martin was awarded a $15 check by the Artesia Daily Press by guessing winners of 17 out of 20 games correctly last week in the Pigskin Payoff. For the Artesia-Carlsbad game, he guessed the score would be 40-13 Bulldogs.


The 1998 homecoming queen, Cassie Hill, was crowned Friday at Bulldog Pit. Her escort was Lance Crenshaw. Flower Girl, Jenna Klein and ring bearer, Roque Torrez. Maid of Honor was Amy Fiebig, with escort Travis Usherwood; Princess, Kali Alvarado, escort Mateo Alaniz; princess, Rebecca Markl, escort Scott Scroggin; junior attendant, Logan Horner, escort T.J. Harrison; sophomore attendant, Kristen Young, escort Clay Fiebig.


The Artesia Bulldogs won their homecoming bout with the Las Cruces Bulldawgs, 42-13, Friday night but showed that there is plenty of room for improvement. “We’re certainly proud to have another win, but it showed us that we have lots of areas to improve in all three phases of our game,” says head Bulldog football coach Cooper Henderson.


As reported in the Pinon News: Over 100 friends, neighbors, children, grandchildren and relatives gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Irvan Porter. Their home is about 1 ½ miles southwest of Pinon. Irvan built the house. Many came from afar. The Porters were so happy and glad to have everyone of them here. Irvan came to this area when he was 13 years of age and was raised by his grandfather, Owen Prather. Mrs. Porter was the former Lessie Smith, daughter of Alva and Ethel Smith, and lived most of her life here. Congratulations and best wishes are extended to them.


The Artesia High School band brought home two awards from the Tumbleweed Festival in Denver City, Texas. Director Tom Dillon said the band competed among 12 bands from New Mexico and Texas. Artesia was among the top seven bands chosen for final competition. AHS finished in fourth place. Artesia’s Cole Younger was named Outstanding Drum Major for his performance, with a Zorro-type theme.

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

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