Business digest — March 20

Farm Credit to distribute cash Farm Credit of New Mexico will distribute $9.5 million in cash to stockholders by the end of March as part of its patronage distribution program. The payment is based on each stockholder’s average loan balance during 2011, and reduces member interest rates by about .75 percent. The association recorded net […]

Education column: Program nurtures future teachers

Last week I had occasion to spend time in Lisa Jo McCasland’s family and consumer science classroom at Clovis High School, talking with one of her students. McCasland and six of her students recently returned from Baltimore, Md., where they attended the 23rd annual National Conference of Future Educators Association. The students accompanying McCasland were […]

Religion feature: Program focuses on learning scripture

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Aubrey Barragan, 4, enjoys game time after attending a Faithful Bible Investigators lesson at High Plains Baptist Church, according to Barragan’s mother, Rachel Barragan. Benna Sayyed Editor’s note: This is a continuing series on church outreach programs in the Clovis area. Betty Winn has invited schoolmates and friends to her […]

Reserve program pays off for farmers

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Melrose farmer James Bostwick stands in one of his CRP fields. Bostwick has been farming for over 40 years and in the CRP program for 20 years. Christina Calloway Farmers in Roosevelt and Curry counties participating in the Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve program in 2011 received a combined $9.95 […]

Churches reach out to struggling students

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Priscila Osorio, right, receives tutoring in reading from Peggy McAlister on Wednesday at Central Baptist Church. Osorio also received a writing lesson during which she wrote her thoughts on how she would feel if the sun didn’t shine. Benna Sayyed Priscila Osorio was making Cs and Ds in her classes […]

Rural refinance program to launch

CNJ staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture will launch a single family housing guaranteed rural refinance pilot program in New Mexico to help rural borrowers refinance their mortgages, according to U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. To be eligible under this pilot, borrowers must have made timely mortgage payments for 12 consecutive months. Rural residents can […]

Religion feature: Outreach program aims to help people on road to recovery

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Pastor Melissa Watkins delivers a sermon and prayer at the Celebrate Recovery program at Faith Christian Family Church on Tuesday night. Benna Sayyed Editor’s note: This is the first story in a continuing series on outreach programs of area churches. Penny Hendren decided to change her life after being addicted […]

Udall: USDA Pilot Program to Help Rural N.M. Homeowners

WASHINGTON –U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will launch a new Single Family Housing Guaranteed Rural Refinance Pilot Program in New Mexico to help rural borrowers refinance their mortgages. Currently, approximately 2,000 New Mexico families are enrolled in the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Program. They are now eligible […]

Hoop Shoot organizer aims to teach respect, loyalty

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Benna Sayyed Clovis youth ages 8 to 13 will have a chance to showcase their basketball shot Sunday in a competition aimed at teaching respect, dedication, loyalty and self-esteem. Dean Marney, coordinator of the Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Program in Clovis and exalted ruler of the Clovis-Portales Elks lodge, recently visited Clovis schools […]

On the shelves — Jan. 15

The following books are available at: Clovis-Carver Public Library In conjunction with the City of Clovis floodplain management program, the Library maintains a collection of materials on National Flood Insurance programs, local floodplain maps, design manuals for retrofitting structures, residential repair handbooks, erosion control guidelines, and similar topics. Librarians will be happy to assist users […]