Bills seek to rein in exempt jobs

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican The issue of exempt employees on state government’s payroll hasn’t gone away this session, despite layoffs of 59 of the governor’s political appointees in January. Sen. John Ryan, R-Albuquerque, again is pushing a measure that would limit the number of exempt state employees to about 400. “The […]

Legislation protecting government employees passes

By Steven Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican The state Senate once again has passed a bill designed to protect government employees from retaliation for reporting official wrongdoing — something backers said Wednesday is long overdue in New Mexico. Sen. Sue Wilson-Beffort, R-Sandia Park, sponsor of Senate Bill 96, told fellow senators that had the […]

Legislative tidbits: Furlough Frito pies

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 23 Furlough Frito pies The Communications Workers of America Local 7076 has set up a fund to help ease the financial burden on state employees who have been furloughed. Today, Fox’s Uptown Cafe in the Bataan Memorial Building will serve Frito pies for a donation to […]

Business feature: Businesses taking steps to avoid flu

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jade Gallegos, a Clovis Community College student who runs the information desk under the work-study program, said a lot of visitors stop to use a hand sanitizer station near the door. The college is one of a number of local organizations taking steps to prevent the spread of H1N1 flu. […]

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 […]

Executive order bans texting while driving for federal employees

By Samantha L. Quigley: American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON — In an executive order issued Oct. 1, President Barack Obama banned federal employees from text messaging while behind the wheel on government business. “With nearly 3 million civilian employees, the federal government can and should demonstrate leadership in reducing the dangers of text messaging while […]

Jail employees placed on administrative leave

CNJ Staff Two jail employees are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the mistaken release of an inmate Saturday. County Manager Lance Pyle said the two were placed on leave Monday while the jail conducts an administrative investigation. John “ToyToy” Garcia, 33, was released by mistake Saturday when jail staff […]

Letters to the editor: Post office remodel would cost public

Post office remodel would cost public It is plain to see something is rotten in Denmark, as the old saying goes. A group of six postal employees, some from Albuquerque, stood in various places in the lobby of the Gidding Street Post Office on July 16 and offered little or no information about the planned […]

Scrapbooking garners Cannon employee award

USAF photo: Airman 1st Class James R. Bell Debbie Baldwin, 27th Special Operations Medical Dental Group, was recognized by the Society of American Indian Government Employees for her efforts in documenting Native American cultural events. By La Dona Beevers: 27th SOW Public Affairs A scrapbook highlighting Native American heritage was pivotal in earning an employee […]

Federal employees group considers closing

CNJ staff The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Curry County chapter faces potential closure. Joe Urban, who has been president of the chapter for more than 20 years, said New Mexico NARFE President Mary Ellen McKay and Vice President Tom Anderson will meet with him Monday for further planning. Urban said he has been […]

Business feature: New dealership arrives in Clovis

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Hamilton Hyundai has a stock of about 30 vehicles. Owner Gary Hamilton said the dealership has 10 employees as of Monday, and he hopes to increase that total to 17 over the next few months. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer On Monday, General Motors filed for bankruptcy. Also on Monday, a Clovis Hyundai dealership […]

Education digest: Clovis employees switching positions

Clovis Municipal Schools announced that six employees have moved to different positions with the system, according to a news release. Each position will begin with the start of the 2009-2010 school year.• Tamara Moore Callahan, special education liaison, will moved into the position of Executive Director of Student Support Services.• Esther Steinle, assistant principal of […]

County commission prohibits jail notary service

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Tying the knot behind bars just got a little more difficult in Curry County. Commissioners voted Tuesday to prohibit county employees at the jail from notarizing documents for non-employees, including marriage licenses for inmates. The policy was proposed by County Manager Lance Pyle, who told commissioners he was, “concerned […]

DAs employees recognized

Clovis, NM: The New Mexico District Attorney’s Association announced today that Assistant District Attorney Ben Cross and Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s District Manager Kevin Spears were named the 2008 New Mexico Prosecutors’ Community Prosecutor of the Year Award and the 2008 New Mexico District Attorney’s Association Administrative Employee of the Year respectively. The New Mexico […]

CSF take-over bill survives House vote

By John Sena: The New Mexican Hopes that Santa Fe will have a four-year public university next fall were kept alive Monday as the House of Representatives voted 49-16 for a bill authorizing a state institution to take over the College of Santa Fe campus. However, the proposal still faces a major hurdle: Clearing the […]

House bill guarantees wages

By Sandra Baltazar Martinez: The New Mexican House Labor and Human Resources Committee members approved a bill aimed at protecting New Mexico employees from wage theft. House Bill 489 sponsored by State Rep. Miguel Garcia, D-Albuquerque, was approved with a 4-2 vote Tuesday. Among other provisions, the bill aims to guarantee that workers get their […]

Feb. 13, 2009 Legislative tidbits

Days remaining in session: 36 Measuring state workers: A measure by freshman Sen. Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, would measure the productivity of state government employees. An analysis of Senate Bill 158 says labor productivity is defined as “the output per worker-hour of labor.” Further, the bill says “labor productivity would be calculated using Bureau of Labor […]

Changes made to tuition policy for CCC employees

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Clovis Community College employees are going to get a choice when it comes to their tuition waivers. Wednesday, The college Board of Regents approved the change, along with a new way to pay for employee travel. The college pays up to four credit hours a semester in tuition for […]

10/21 Business digest

United Way goal increased Cargill employees have set their United Way donation goals to $80,000 this year, according to a Cargill press release. The goal is a 15 percent increase from last year’s $68,500 donation, according to the release. The campaign starts Nov. 3. and donations will help residents in Friona, Hereford and Clovis, according […]

Cannon wastewater treated, reused

USAF photo: Airman Maynelinne De La Cruz esse Frogge, an employee at the 27th Special Operations Wing Wastewater Treatment Plant, right, explains to Clovis High School students about the wastewater treatment process. By Staff Sgt. Richard Williams: 27th SOW Public Affairs Water is the fundamental element of life. Without it people would not survive. Most […]