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 […]