It’s Their Business

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Staff photo: Tony Bullocks CNJ staff Name: Clovis Cutz Location: 1010 West 21st St. What they do: Barber haircuts, some women’s chemical services such as permanents, color and highlighting. They plan to start pedicures and manicures late this year. Who’s in charge: Christina Vasko is the owner. Employees: Three. How long in business: Since November […]

April 19, 1921

Car thieves were targeting a carnival in town. Cars were stolen on two successive nights. One was recovered, but had been stripped of parts. … As workers paved the north end of Main Street, The Clovis Journal encouraged business owners to do away with “unsightly awnings” in hopes of achieving a “metropolitan appearance.” … The […]

Call center ups capacity

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More than 100 employees at the SEI customer care center in Clovis provide technical support round-the-clock for such clients as McDonald’s. (Freedom Newspapers: Andy DeLise) By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Housed inside the 45,000-square-foot SEI call center is a replica of the computer system in a McDonald’s restaurant. It is capable of simulating an […]

Ag Expo going bilingual

By Casey Peacock: Freedom Newspapers The New Mexico Ag Expo is going bilingual. A three-hour dairy seminar presented in Spanish will focus on presenting information to dairy managers and workers as part of the first day of the 15th annual Expo Feb. 27-28 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The seminar features three presentations that will […]

Clovis Fire Department battles employee retention

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ Staff Writer City officials are evaluating an employee compensation plan proposed by the Clovis Fire Department in response to retention problems, according to Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas. On the cusp of receiving his paramedic’s registration — a three-year investment — firefighter Joel Gershon will receive a raise of 75 cents […]

Employer encourages staff to quit smoking

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Rebecca Holt of Clovis, co-chairman of the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, was challenged by Ronald Dickson, owner of R&D Truck Service Center, to quit smoking 17 years ago during the Great American Smokeout. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Ronald Dickson will issue checks today to his employees at […]

Business exploring broadband options

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Employees of a local telecommunications company are learning to use computers to talk on phones, according to a Clovis Community College press release. ENMR-Plateau Telecommunications employees are being trained in the new technology, called Voice over Internet Protocol, at Clovis Community College in preparation for customer use, according […]

Form regulation changes could rev up economy

By Freedom Newspapers While the movers and shakers in Congress, always with an eye to November elections, are deciding higher-profile matters, a small but significant reform that deserves support is wending its way through the committee process in Congress. HR5242 would give small-business owners a chance — for the first time — to correct unintentional […]

Letter to the Editor: Reader: Wal-Mart exploits communities

Once again Glenda Bly is spewing forth her rantings without doing her homework. I would like to clear up the misinformation she gave in last Sunday’s letter to the editor regarding Bill Richardson and Wal-Mart. Americans want good jobs, affordable health care and a better life for their families. Big, powerful corporations like Wal-Mart are […]

Wal-Mart ruling a victory against government interference

A federal judge ruled last week that the state of Maryland can’t use health insurance laws to punish Wal-Mart. The state law in question would have required nongovernmental employers with 10,000 or more workers to spend at least 8 percent of payroll on health care or pay the difference in taxes, according to The Associated […]

SEI to add jobs with $300,000 in state funds in Clovis area

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor SEI-CCS LLC plans to add up to 80 jobs by the end of the year to its Clovis bilingual customer care center, nearly tripling the number of employees, according to a company spokesperson. The company received $282,108 in state Job Training Incentive Awards to create 71 of the jobs, […]

Chamber votes against minimum wage increase

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce has taken an official position to oppose increase in the minimum wage, according to Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Ernie Kos. The decision was reached during the Chamber’s regular monthly meeting Wednesday. The current federal minimum hourly wage is $5.15. State legislators earlier […]

Clovis work force shows surprising skill

CNJ Staff A program geared toward certifying potential employees has shown the Clovis work force to be more skilled than initially thought, according to information presented at a joint committee meeting Tuesday for the Eastern Area Workforce Development Board. A program that tests prospective employees in the areas of mathematics, reading and locating information administered […]

Having a blast: Fireworks family affair

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More than 1,000 fireworks peppered the clear Clovis skies Tuesday at Greene Acres Park during the city’s annual Smoke on the Water fireworks display. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The quartet drags five, heavy tarps from the trailer, and a city of fireworks is exposed. “Mainly, the tarps protect the […]

Bird droppings making way from roof to offices inside county courthouse

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Curry County Maintenance Supervisor Lee Delk said about 50 pigeons call the roof of the Curry County Courthouse home. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The melodic, soft cooing of numerous pigeons can be heard emanating from the Curry County Courthouse. Although the birds’ calls are musical, the proliferation of pigeon […]

Iraq situation too terrible to keep up

Freedom Newspapers Was it only two weeks ago that the United States killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, the Iraqi government finally got all its ministers in place, and things seemed to be looking up? It is hardly a surprise that al-Qaida or other insurgents would unleash a wave of violence […]

Ammonia leak causes evacuation

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers The DairiConcepts plant west of Portales was evacuated Tuesday morning for about an hour, and two plant employees were treated at the Roosevelt General Hospital after an accidental release of ammonia, according to a company press release. The employees were sent to the hospital for undisclosed reasons and released within […]

Curry County employees get salary hike

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Several Curry County employees will be smiling all the way to the bank next month because of pay raises. The salary hikes will bring county salaries in line with others for similar positions across the state. A Curry County salary survey found 33 employees’ salaries were at the bottom […]

County waives policy

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The aunt of a county employee will continue her work as a temporary poll worker as county commissioners waived a nepotism policy in a special meeting held Thursday, thus condoning her employment while eschewing a state statute that prohibits nepotism. The waiver was also granted last year, according to […]

Locals report business as usual

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Hundreds of local residents showed support Monday for “the Great May 1 Boycott” or “A Day Without an Immigrant.” As part of a nationwide campaign, immigrant supporters were hoping to prove immigrants play a large role in the workforce. The impact on local businesses was not clear as most […]