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 […]

Club notes — Jan. 15

Altrusa of Clovis Altrusa International of Clovis held its monthly evening program meeting on Jan. 9 at Muffley’s Back Door. President Kathy Travis called the meeting to order. Altrusa members present were Pat and Bob McCullough, Gaye Cook, Carolyn Muffley, Mary Weigl, Judith Glikas, Kathy Travis, Nancy Taylor, Sylvia Bean, Glenda Hileman, Emily Cooke, Stephanie […]

Christmas program haunting

It’s Christmas and the music’s just got to get out. And get out it did, as those sitting near me at Andy Mason’s Christmas Concert will attest. Those around me probably wished I had been singing a solo (so low they couldn’t hear me) but I’m sure my reindeer antlers with the flashing red lights […]

Holiday dinner tips featured on program

Information on making a festive holiday turkey dinner, using new tools for crochet, and a program called Fuel Up to Play 60 will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday and noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.) Home economist and spokesperson, Connie Moyers represents Western Research Kitchens in Los Angeles, […]

Incentives offered to designated drivers

CNJ staff The Curry County Sheriff’s Office, along with numerous sponsors, is conducting the Designated Driver Program for the seasonal holidays. This program is designed to curb drinking and driving by rewarding designated drivers with gift bags containing items provided by the sponsors. Participating licensed liquor establishments will identify volunteer designated drivers and provide them […]

Honors — Dec. 4

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Ice The Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program of New Mexico’s Aging and Long Term Services Department congratulates Certified Ombudsman Volunteer Fern Ice of Clovis as the recipient of this year’s Gerald F. McBride Commitment to Excellence Award. [image #1, align=left, size=medium] Ice has served as a volunteer Ombudsman for more than 10 years, advocating for the […]

Cannon’s Angel Tree

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Laura Smith: Courtesy photo An Angel Tree currently sits in the Cannon Air Force Base BX with the names of the children of Cannon personnel. Program coordinator Laura Smith said the program’s goal is to give the children of struggling military families a winter coat and at least two toys for Christmas. Alisa Boswell Cannon […]

CMS foundation awards grants

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools Foundation presented $24,999 in grants Nov. 17 for the Educator Initiative Program. Since December 2007, the Foundation has awarded teachers nearly $86,695 in grants. The following grants were awarded this year: • Jr. Wildcat Transition Camps, Yucca Middle School, $4,000; Marshall Middle School, $4,000 • Jr. Wildcat math and […]

Salvation Army, CNJ launching Empty Stocking program

Kevin Wilson The stories have different starting points. One family came to Clovis from Arizona to care for sick parents, and medical expenses wiped out their savings. Another family is uncertain if their place of employment may be closing. The ending points are all the same for about 300 families. They’re coming to the Salvation […]

Shoutouts — Nov. 13

Curry County volunteers honored A dinner was held on Nov. 4 to recognize all the volunteers in Curry County for their service and to award the volunteer who contributed the most time. Approximately 150 people attended, representing the volunteer stations and Senior Centers where they volunteer to help improve out community and five elementary schools […]

Chamber seeking sponsors for airmen

CNJ staff The Clovis Curry Chamber of Commerce is seeking sponsors for its Sponsor an Air Commando program. The program was established to give airmen a chance to have a home away from home, according to a press release from the chamber. There are now more than 30 airmen on the chamber’s list, waiting to […]