Operation Purple Program offers summer camps for military youth

By 27th SOW Force Support Squadron Operation Purple camps are a time for having fun, making friends and reminding military kids that they are the nation’s youngest heroes. The mission of the Operation Purple program, sponsored by the National Military Family Association, is to empower military children and their families to develop and maintain healthy […]

Changes to Air Force leave program take effect

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — The changes to Air Force Instruction 36-3003 on Military Leave include revised rules for determining the first and last day of chargeable leave, emergency leave requests, permissive temporary duty and educational leave of absence, said officials. The leave rule for determining the first and last day of chargeable leave […]

Program helps autistic children learn, grow

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Saul Duenas, left, tries to get ENMRSH autism interventionist Steffany Garcia to guess a clue during a charades portion of a board game Thursday afternoon at the Duenas residence. Garcia sets up a program to reinforce the importance of following instructions, and said board games are one of many components. […]

TRICARE Young Adult Program on way

American Forces Press Service FALLS CHURCH, Va – Qualified TRICARE dependents up to age 26 can soon purchase TRICARE coverage on a month-to-month basis. To qualify to purchase TRICARE Young Adult (TYA) coverage, dependents must be under 26, unmarried and not eligible for their own employer-sponsor health coverage. TYA will initially offer a premium-based TRICARE […]

Literacy programs merging

Liliana Castillo The Curry County Literacy Council is being absorbed by the Adult Basic Education program at Clovis Community College. The New Mexico Coalition for Literacy’s budget was cut 57 percent by the Legislature. That means the coalition will be providing limited funding to each of the 26 literacy councils in the state. By combining […]

Positions available in Senior Companion Program

CNJ staff The Senior Companion Program of Clovis and Portales has positions available for Senior Companion volunteers. Applicants must be age 55 or older and will receive a stipend and mileage reimbursement. Information: call Nancy Harper at 356-8576, extension 18, or visit the Community Services Center at 1100 Community Way in Portales.

Ag training sessions available

CNJ staff The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development is conducting free training sessions for its Rural Energy for America Program and Value Added Producer Grant program. Eligible applicants for REAP include agricultural producers and rural small businesses. Eligible applicants for VAPG include independent producers, farmers or rancher cooperatives, agricultural producer groups and majority-controlled producer-based […]

Program implements language improvement initiatives

USAF: Andy Morataya Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz speaks at the Department of Defense Language and Culture Summit on Jan. 26 in Alexandria, Va. Schwartz told the audience that the best way the U.S. armed forces will achieve the necessary level of language skills and cultural competencies is through a holistic joint […]

Organic products featured on program

Information on using organic products on the yard, cooking with sunflower products and using fabric to decorate handmade cards will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Curt Jaynes is the owner of GardenSource Nursery and Landscaping in Portales, and he’s going to talk about using organic products […]

Clovis man graduates from leadership program

CNJ staff Garrett Crow, superintendent of Davtek Corporation in Clovis, is among 29 statewide professionals recently graduating from the Leadership New Mexico Connect New Mexico “The Next Generation of Leadership” Program. Open to anyone age 25 to 40, Leadership New Mexico’s Connect New Mexico Program is designed to offer young professionals the opportunity to develop […]

Education digest —

Scholarship program deadline Feb. 25 The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Survivor College Scholarship Program deadline is Feb. 25. The possible lifetime award is up to $10,000 per student offered in increments of $2,500 per year. Application packets can be obtained by calling 866-500-3272 or 1-800-ACS-2345. To be eligible to apply for the scholarships, the students […]

Education column: Food program aims to build foundation for culinary careers

If you ever happen to wander down the halls in A Building at Clovis High School, I have to warn you it’s a risky business at certain times of the day. Often, the most delectable aromas are emanating from the food lab. The lab is an oversized, fully equipped, professional kitchen shared by teachers in […]

Fringe flowers featured on program

Sheryl Borden Information on candles, choosing happiness after a divorce and making fringe flowers will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. and noon Thursday. Rita Fuentes is an independent consultant with PartyLite in Plymouth, Mass., and she says that not all candles are created alike! It’s what you can’t see that […]

Humane society starts spay, neuter program

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Animal Control Officer Michael Field spends outdoor time with a golden lab Wednesday at the Animal Shelter. Shelter employees euthanize a majority of the animals that come to the shelter each month. Liliana Castillo The newly created High Plains Humane Society, with the help of two grants totaling $8,000, […]

County to launch alcohol abuse program

CNJ staff This month, Curry County is launching an alcohol abuse program to area elementary students involved in afterschool programs. Titled “Protecting You, Protecting Me,” the program is part of MADD’s latest nationwide effort to prevent alcohol use by youth, according to a press release. The program includes eight classroom-based lessons for each grade level […]

AFAS grant program lessens education cost concerns

By 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs Concerned about the soaring cost of higher education for your children? Perhaps the Air Force Aid Society can help. Under its General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program, the Society awards $2,000 each to selected applicants. The program continues to be offered to dependent sons and daughters of […]

Kona lends ear to tutor program

Cannon Connections photo: Liliana Castillo Chris Beach, left, and Kona, middle, listen as Jake Jackson reads a Spiderman book at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Liliana Castillo Kona, a large Burnese mountain dog, sits patiently listening as the children he towers over read books to him. Kona is a certified therapy dog who lends a non-judgmental […]

Quilting tips featured on program

Sheryl Borden Information on accuracy in quilting, making snail or box-pleated ruching and preparing brownies will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Debbie Caffrey of Debbie’s Creative Moments will show step-by-step how to test for accurate seam allowances and correct alignment of triangles in quilting projects. She […]

Dog lends ears to reading program

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Chris Beach, left, and Kona, middle, listen as Jake Jackson reads a Spiderman book Wednesday at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. Beach and Kona listen and help children read for two hours every Wednesday. Liliana Castillo Kona, a large Burnese mountain dog, sits patiently listening as the children he towers over […]

Our people: Community provider

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Courtesy photo Mario Chavez died in an accident in 1989. He was 23 and a father of four. Clovis resident Johnny Chavez was born and raised in Clovis. He has spent time on several community committees including city commission for eight years. Even as a college student attending Eastern New Mexico University, Chavez enjoyed working […]