Everybody’s business: Hiring employees big decision for business

Imagine the risk and pressure of starting up and running a business by yourself — no paid employees to help you. Can’t be many of those businesses, can there? Fact is, America has over 21 million, one-person businesses according to the latest figures available from the U.S. Census. The good news for a lot of […]

County wasted tax money on investigation

Most of us have disputes at work at one time or another. Sometimes employees complain about the boss — and vice versa. These issues are usually resolved when the adversaries sit down and talk. Or maybe staff meetings are held and policies are reviewed and changed. In some cases, there’s no way to work things […]

Tempers flare over question of raise for county manager

Robin Fornoff Confusion over whether County Manager Lance Pyle was included in a recent 2 percent cost of living raise granted all county employees had tempers flaring Tuesday among Curry County commissioners. The question was raised by Commissioner Dan Stoddard regarding a Dec. 20 vote to grant the raise to all employees. Stoddard said it […]

Jail employees reprimanded after hearings

Freedom New Mexico It appears more than one Curry County jail employee has been fired and others have been either demoted, suspended or hit with salary reductions. The information was part of a brief press release issued Friday by County Manager Lance Pyle. Pyle declined to identify employees affected, citing personnel policy. He also declined […]

Education digest — Dec. 1

School employees receive awards Clovis Municipal Schools and two school employees have received awards for maintenance operations, according to a state news release. CMS was one of 18 schools to receive a Ben Lujan Maintenance Award, the release said. Fifteen individual award winners included Clay Burch and Dimas Moreno of CMS, the release said. The […]

Col. Elton addresses civilian employees on cuts

By 2nd Lt. Stephanie Strine: 27th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs

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 […]

City officials announce pay increase

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Mayor Gayla Brumfield thanked city employees for their work during a press conference Tuesday at City Hall. City officials announced a 2 percent pay increase for city employees. Liliana Castillo Clovis city officials announced Tuesday in a press conference that they will be bringing a 2 percent pay increase […]

Official: Average wage not indication of what average worker earns

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CNJ graphic: Sharna Johnson Sharna Johnson According to the state, the average weekly wage in Curry County for private industry employees was $551 in 2010, but those who work closely with local wage information say it’s not an indication of what the average person in the area earns. An employee making the average wage would […]

Pet grooming growing trend

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Alice McMath, a groomer for Pet Care in Clovis, trims a Shih Tzu named Shelby Friday. McMath said she has been in the dog grooming business for more than 20 years and sees a lot of passion in people towards their pets. Alisa Boswell Pampered pets may be the new […]

Federal pay freeze also impacts NAF employees

Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs SAN ANTONIO — The recently implemented two-year pay freeze for federal employees applies to Department of Defense nonappropriated fund, or NAF, employees in crafts and trades and pay-banded pay schedules. Under legislation signed in December 2010, the pay freeze impacts basic pay, special pay rates and cost-of-living […]

Plateau recognizes employees

Each year ENMR Plateau recognizes those employees who reach certain milestones in their career at the cooperative. Those recognized in December were: 30 years • Jimmy L.Liles, Wireline Area Supervisor, Logan • Richard Martinez, Wireline CO.Quality Assurance Technician, San Jon • Bruce W. Scott, Manager- Wireline Service Areas, Clayton 25 years • Cip Encinias, Wireline […]

No obligation to stick with job

Kent McManigal: FNM columnist Curry County employees really want a pay raise. Is there anyone who doesn’t? Even libertarian opinionizing isn’t as profitable as you might imagine (and yes, I’m being silly). There is no reason to feel an obligation to continue to work in a job that doesn’t pay what you think you are […]

County employees hoping for pay raise

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Deputy Assessor Jessica Rosenblad reviews a file Wednesday at the Curry County courthouse. Rosenblad is a two-year county employee. Sharna Johnson The money would help, but for Stephanie Hicks, it’s more about a show of appreciation. A single-mother working two jobs to support herself and her son, Hicks said even […]

Pentagon urges employees to leap into fitness

American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — Uniformed and civilian Air Force members are encouraged to represent the Defense Department in the presidential fitness challenge this fall as our country continues to focus on health and wellness. The DoD’s civilian personnel policy office is sponsoring “Leap Into Fall,” a fitness challenge for all uniformed and civilian […]

Employees encouraged to cash in on ideas

By Maj. Jennifer S. Spires: Air Force Office of Business Transformation ARLINGTON, Va. — Highlighting a new Department of Defense-led program designed to produce money-saving ideas that improve the way the DOD operates, Air Force Undersecretary and chief management officer Erin C. Conaton is encouraging civilian and military employees to share their ideas online at […]

New employees will be automatically enrolled in TSP

By April Rowden: Air Force Personnel Center RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — New legislation that called for automatic enrollment of newly hired and eligible civilian federal employees, as well as certain rehires, into the Thrift Savings Plan began Aug. 1. This automatic enrollment feature is in compliance with the June 22, 2009, TSP Enhancement […]

Potter Park pool reopens

Potter Pool reopened Tuesday after vandalism Friday prompted the city to close it for cleaning. Sometime Friday night, vandals got through a door mistakenly left unlocked, according to a police report released Tuesday. The suspects took a fire extinguisher from the office wall and sprayed it into the pool, the report said. The damage was […]

AADD gets you home safely

By 2nd Lt. Stephanie Strine: 27th SOW Public Affairs What is AADD? Airmen Against Drunk Driving is an organization at Cannon Air Force Base that assists Cannon military members, dependents and civilian employees who have been drinking or are with others who have been drinking and need a ride home — no questions asked. With […]

Business digest: Businesses to be notified of credits

Businesses to be notified of credits The Internal Revenue Service will begin sending postcards to 25,709 New Mexico businesses this week to notify them of benefits of small business health insurance tax credits. Tax credits of 25 percent of premium costs will be available for small businesses that purchase health insurance for employees if there […]