1/9/08 Local Briefs

STAR sponsoring writing contest
The teen group at the Portales Public Library, Some Teens Are Reading, is organizing a teen writing contest. Students in sixth through 12th grades are eligible and may submit original work in the following categories: Essay, Poetry, Short Fiction, and One-Act-Plays.

Interested writers should contact Heather Christensen at the library for complete submission guidelines and deadline information. The Portales Public Library will host a teen writing workshop at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Eastern New Mexico University English instructor Carol Erwin will lead the workshop. Participants should bring a writing sample, a pencil and a creative mind.

Fire victim fund started
A benefit fund for the Kenneth and Kasie Linger family, who lost their home and possession in a Dec. 30 fire has been established at Portales National Bank branches.

According to a bank spokesperson, persons wishing to make a donation to the fund can do so at any of the bank’s branches. Checks should be payable to Roosevelt General Foundation. They should note the family name on the check or when making the donation.