Press release: Clovis schools seek nominees for teacher, support staff of year

Do you know an exceptional employee at Clovis Municipal Schools that is making a positive difference in the lives of our students? Nominate that person for Clovis Schools Teacher of the Year or Support Staff of the Year for 2012-2013. Who may nominate? Anyone. Clovis Schools’ employee, parent, student, community member! Nomination forms are available […]

Change to county grievance procedure tabled

Robin Fornoff Curry County commissioners were poised Friday to delete a grievance procedure from their employee personnel policy. Then, four department chiefs objected and the measure failed in a flurry of confusing motions and procedures. “This is ridiculous,” said Commissioner Frank Blackburn, who minutes earlier had aligned himself with Commissioner Robert Sandoval to leave the […]

Recall election jeopardizes union reforms

If a national symbol exists for the movement to rein in the power of public employee unions, it is Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker. He pushed aggressive measures to curb the power and influence of government unions and now faces a union-funded recall campaign, which, if successful will empower unions and expand their power in […]

Fifth jail employee facing termination

CNJ staff Another Curry County jail employee was notified Monday they are facing termination, according to County Manager Lance Pyle. The employee is the fifth to face being fired since the Nov. 13 escape of inmate Narcizo Soto Jr., 35. A sergeant was fired two days later. Three others were served Friday with notice of […]

Everybody’s Business: Difference between employees, contractors can mean hundreds of dollars

What is the difference between an independent contractor and an employee? This is one question that does not get asked often, but should. The choice can mean a difference of hundreds of dollars to the business owner. And the answer is … it depends. According to the Internal Revenue Service, there are three categories that […]

Everybody’s Business: Businesses need disaster plan

Every business is faced with situations involving employees, products, services, customers, supplies, etc. and all these take up valuable time. Planning for events that may or may not happen continues to be delayed. Such as what happens when and if there is a natural disaster. Of course with the recent earthquake in Washington. D.C., the […]

Business digest: Railroad employee honored

A Clovis employee of BNSF Railway was recognized as one of the company’s Safety Employees of 2010. Locomotive Engineer Rick Spears, who has been part of the Clovis site safety team for more than 10 years, was honored at an April 6 awards ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas. He serves as chairman and facilitator for […]

Former BNSF employee awarded $1.9 million

CNJ staff A Texas jury found BNSF Railway negligent Friday and awarded $1.9 million to a Clovis man for back injuries sustained working for the company. James Phillips’ award came following a four-week trial held in Fort Worth, Texas, in which the 30-year railroad employee made a case that degenerative disc disease in his mid- […]

Police blotter — Feb. 6

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 1 a.m. Jan. 27 an officer responded to a business in the 2000 block of Main Street for a report of burglary. The owner told the officer he got a call a call from his alarm company notifying him the alarm […]

Agency determines school employee can pursue complaint

Russel Anglin The state human rights bureau determined a school employee has sufficient evidence to pursue a complaint against Tucumcari Public Schools. Carrie Moritomo, public relations officer with the State of New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, confirmed a determination of probable cause issued Aug. 23 in response to Diane Trujillo’s formal complaint alleging she […]