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Stolen bows and arrows hurt disadvantaged kids

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ARTESIA — The president of the Eddy County Shooting Range Archery Division is asking area residents to be on the lookout for some archery equipment that was stolen in late October.

Kathy Kolt said around 50 bows were taken along with 100 or more arrows. She added the cost is in “the thousands of dollars.”

Kolt said the theft hurts  disadvantaged kids in the Artesia area. She said the kids, “don’t have any problems with me, they do fantastic.”

“They’re running their brains out there and kids are very adaptable and they learn that quick at any age. People in wheelchairs can even do archery,” Kolt said.

Kolt said most kids that participate in the archery shoots come from single-parent households.

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Kolt said the archery program has been around for nearly a decade and the thefts took place last month at the range on Funk Road aren’t the first time that thieves have stolen property from the range.

She said a trailer was taken three years ago. “We don’t have a stealing problem, we have a drug problem,” Kolt said.

“The last time it was stolen, it was a drug problem. I had my washer and dryer stolen a month ago, that was a drug thing,” Kolt added.

“If we could kick meth, maybe we wouldn’t have half the problems that we have, and meth is taking a terrible toll,” she said.

Kolt said the archery program is there to keep kids occupied and off drugs. “Especially if they come from a broken family.”

Kolt said if anyone has any information on the stolen equipment, she can be reached at 425-221-7700. She added that people can also contact the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office.