Officials: Bombing range expansion money safe for now

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The $5 million for expansion at the Melrose Bombing Range has escaped cuts in the Legislature. State Sen. Stuart Ingle, R-Portales, said the money is there for now, although he doesn’t know what the governor will propose. Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield said the project has been around since the […]

Hiring freeze part of proposed CMS budget cuts

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Working to cut $600,000 out of a $54 million dollar budget, Clovis Municipal Schools administration focused on keeping all 1,100 employees and keeping the cuts away from students. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said budget cuts were no surprise and the district has been planning for them. “We’ve been trying to […]

No jobs will be lost in CMS proposed budget cuts

Dear Staff, Parents, and Community Members, For the last few weeks, a letter has occupied this space telling you about the money that wastaken from the public education budget this year and replaced with stimulus monies that willdisappear at the end of the 2010-2011 school year. Our concern is that the legislature will not address […]

School board to discuss budget cuts Tuesday

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board has scheduled a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to discuss how the district will handle budget cuts handed down by the Legislature. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said the cuts will equal about $600,000 for the district. Seidenwurm said each site or department with a […]

Senate OK’s budget cuts; bill goes back to House

SANTA FE — The New Mexico Senate has approved a budget-cutting bill that is the central piece in a deficit reduction package being considered in a special legislative session. The Senate approved slightly less in spending cuts than the $257 million previously approved by the House. Now the bill must go back to the House […]

Administrators not sure bill offering schools flexibility will survive

CNJ staff It seemed a bill adopted Wednesday by the New Mexico Senate giving schools flexibility to deal with budget cuts might give districts some hope. Not so, said Clovis Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. Seidenwurm said she doesn’t believe the bill will make it through the House and become law. “This morning, we were hoping that […]

Area leaders fear project cuts

CNJ staff Area leaders are concerned Clovis’ effluent water reuse project may face cuts as the Legislature tries to find money across the state to make up a $400 million deficit. Tuesday, Curry County Commissioner Bobby Sandoval and Clovis Community Development Director Claire Burroughes were among a group that traveled to Santa Fe to try […]

Legislative cuts could mean pain for Clovis schools

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Joyce Baker, a part-time instructor at Clovis Community College, talks about the parts of the heart in an anatomy and physiology class at the college. A 1.5 percent cut would equal about $150,000 for the college. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff Writer A 1.5 percent cut in education spending by […]

Social security cuts worry local seniors

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Douglas Smithers, president of the Clovis AARP chapter, said he thinks a one time $250 payment to seniors will help ease the pain of no cost of living adjustment next year. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Thursday’s announcement by the Social Security Administration that there will be no cost […]

Meetings will address possible state budget cuts

CNJ staff The prospect of looming budget cuts by the Legislature has prompted Clovis Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm to schedule a series of meetings with local and state officials. Penny Bailey, communication specialist for the school district, said Seidenwurm will be meeting with government officials, business leaders and members of the ministerial alliance beginning Monday […]

ENMU braces for state funding cuts

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble said he expects substantial cuts in legislative funding for the school during a special session in October. At Friday’s ENMU Board of Regents meeting in the university Administration building, Gamble predicted ENMU would receive between a $1.2 million and $1.5 million less […]

Cummins Natural Gas Engines cuts workforce

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CNJ Photo: Tony Bullocks Cummins Natural Gas Engine has a 40-year history with Clovis. The company laid off 16 employees last week because of economic hardship. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis’ Cummins Natural Gas Engine laid off approximately 30 percent of its workforce last week. Sixteen employees — a dozen hourly workers assigned […]

County cuts ribbon on Special Events Center

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Curry County Commission Chair, J. Albin Smith gave thanks to the taxpayers of Curry County Monday, during the Special Events Center Open House/Ribbon Cutting ceremony. Smith also gave the history of the Special Event Center. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer After more than a decade of planning and more […]

Democrat’s tax reform just a way to soak the rich

Freedom New Mexico Democrats say it will restore equity and fairness while Republicans say it’s the biggest tax increase in history, $3.5 trillion over 10 years. The brainchild of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., would juggle $1 trillion in tax cuts and tax increases to shift burdens and relief. The so-called […]

Hospital cuts staff

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A financial squeeze has spurred staff cuts and organizational changes at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, according to PRMC officials. Hospital officials said 40 clinical, non-clinical, support services and management positions will be cut effective Nov. 18. “Our revenues cannot sustain our current staff levels,” reads a statement […]

School board approves tight budget

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A frugal budget for the Clovis Municipal Schools was approved unanimously Tuesday by school board members. The roughly $50 million budget fell short of the needs of the 18-school district by about $1.4 million, according to Clovis Schools administrators. Compensation came largely in the form of staff cuts. Fifteen […]

Proposed Clovis budget cuts include adminsitration

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Three full-time and two part-time administrative positions will likely remain vacant at the start of the next school year, in addition to 29 teaching and teaching assistant positions being eyed by Clovis Municipal Schools to compensate for a $1.4 million budget deficit created by an unfunded state salary increase […]

Capital outlay cuts strike CCC, Clovis schools

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Some budget and capital outlay measures squashed by Gov. Bill Richardson on Wednesday have sent ripples through Clovis. His capital outlay cuts totaled about $1.7 million in Clovis and Curry County. The governor vetoed $60 million for infrastructure improvements at colleges and universities across the state. He also pulled […]

Tax increases no solution to budget deficit

Freedom Newspapers Federal deficits finally are getting action in Washington this year. President Bush attacked them in his State of the Union speech Jan. 31, calling for spending restraint. And Democrats are upset that President Bush’s 2003 tax cuts supposedly are not producing enough revenue and will mandate spending cuts in favored programs. “Democrats will […]

General Motors’ job cuts painful but necessary

Freedom Newspapers The United Auto Workers’ top two officials held a news conference recently blasting General Motors’ decision to slash 30,000 jobs and close nine manufacturing plants in North America. “(The) action by General Motors is not only extremely disappointing, unfair and unfortunate, it is devastating to many thousands of workers, their families and communities,” […]