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(Teresa Lemon – Daily Press)

Artesia Public Schools special education students learn the basics of fishing this morning at the Artesia High School old boys’ gym. Casey Harthorn, retired biologist from the New Mexico Game and Fish Department, contracts with the state to conduct fishing clinics for schoolchildren and brought his prowess to Artesia today to teach students from Central, Roselawn and Yeso elementary schools, Park Junior High, and AHS in preparation for the real thing tomorrow at Lake Van. The students were taught how to assemble a fishing pole, tie a hook, and cast out to reel in “the big one.” Along with a morning of fishing, Harthorn will provide other activities, including making fish casts and seeing things through microscopes, just in case the fish aren’t biting.