Call center opens in Clovis

Freedom Newspapers The SEI call center in the works since May opened Monday with eight technicians and two supervisors, according to company officials. Located in the former ClientLogic Building on Seventh Street, the technology-based Customer Care Service, or computer help desk, supports inbound customer requests related to technical issues with computer hardware and software. Susan […]

County praised for fire response

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The monstrous grass fire last week at the Melrose Bombing Range that consumed 35,000 acres was the hot topic at Tuesday’s Curry County Commission meeting. Road Superintendent Danny Davis recounted to the commissioners details of his department’s involvement in fighting the blaze. Davis said he assisted in fighting the […]

Privatizing pension agency would benefit taxpayers

Freedom Newspapers The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. took another step down the slippery slope last week, according to an Associated Press story. The federal agency announced it has assumed the pension assets and claims of Falcon Products Inc., a manufacturer of commercial furniture. The two plans taken over by the agency cover about 2,300 current […]

Eastern New Mexico organizations absent from state reference guide

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico charities are absent from a non-profit charity list created as a reference guide for state employee donations. The list includes more than 100 charities, however, almost half of all the charities listed are based in Albuquerque or central New Mexico. United Way of Eastern New Mexico […]

Medical center implements smoking ban on property

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Plains Regional Medical Center will no longer permit tobacco use on its property to promote public health, according to a hospital official. The smoking ban begins today. The hospital, part of the Presbyterian Health Care Services system, has disbanded its designated outdoor smoking areas, hospital officials said. “We wanted […]

Firearms matter of personal responsibility

Freedom Newspapers It seems hardly a week goes by that one group or another tries to pit one of our rights against another. It’s usually the result of someone claiming an absolute right or misreading the Constitution. The latest example is one we’ve seen before. It wasn’t long ago that legislators in Oklahoma passed a […]

Flu season approaching

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The month of October brings pleasant changes in the form of shorter days and cooler weather. The beginning of fall, however, is also the onset of flu season. Chris Minnick of the New Mexico Department of Health said flu shot shortages were not expected to be a worry this […]

Southwest Cheese starting production

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Construction on the $200 million cheese plant started in early 2004. (File photo) Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Southwest Cheese received their first delivery of milk Tuesday, although by the end of the year it will only be operating at 30 percent of capacity, according Southwest Cheese Company Chief Executive Director Maurice Keane. The plant […]

Southwest Cheese to get grant for new employees

Southwest Cheese will receive $294,665 from a state job-training initiative to train 73 new employees, said a state economic development department press release. The cheese company was previously awarded $718,456 for 79 employees by the Job Training Incentive Program in March 2005. The company has hired 88 employees to date, state officials said. Scheduled to […]

‘Mind trick’ not taught in journalism class

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist We once were a frivolous bunch, the five guys who get together for our annual stag trip. As frisky pups we would pass the evening discussing life’s important topics: golf, gambling, Melanie Griffith. Years pass, men mature, interests change: gambling, golf, Sandra Bullock. The seasoned, wiser gentlemen who gathered for […]

Some public offices plan skeleton crew

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Essential public services will be available during the Base Realignment and Closure regional hearing on Friday, but many public offices will operate on skeleton crews and others will be shut so employees can participate in the rally and events. “We have so many people who are just essential people, […]

Clovis survived railroad office closing

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist O n Nov. 18, 1987, Santa Fe Railroad spokesman Richard Hall announced the division offices in Clovis and La Junta, Colo., would shut down and consolidate in Albuquerque during the latter half of 1988. Sure enough, Clovis suffered a closure on June 27, 1989, but we lived through it. After […]

80-year-old has been Roden-Smith employee for 60 years

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Cleo Mullis of Clovis has worked at Roden-Smith Village for over 60 years, at both the original store on Fourth and Main streets in Clovis and the second location at Hilltop Plaza. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A complete living room set, with patterned pillows placed across a coordinating couch, […]

Commission approves pay raise

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer City employees will receive a little more than half of a pay raise package outlined in April by city management. City officials said the uncertainty presented by Cannon Air Force Base’s appearance on the Base Realignment and Closure list prompted them to scale back the pay plan. “I promised […]

City approves service rate hikes

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission approved recommendations Thursday that could generate upwards of $700,000 toward raises for city employees. The commission approved the recommendations of the city’s revenue review committee, which include a hike in some city services and the transfer of funds earmarked for drainage to the general fund. […]

Poor procedures waste tax dollars

By Ned Cantwell Here’s the main difference between government employment and private industry, as I see it: Let’s take a fictional company. We’ll call it Gadgets Inc. No, that’s boring. Let’s call it gadget.com. We’ll locate it in Deming because Deming needs some economic stimulation, its Duck Race not withstanding. So gadget.com is doing pretty […]

Hair salon aiding Relay for Life

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Employees at Visible Changes hair salon on 21st Street are decorating a pine tree, normally reserved for holidays, with paper star and moon cutouts that are symbolic of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life campaign. (CNJ photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Tucked behind lanes of swivel chairs, mirrors and shears […]

City pay-raise plan outlined

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A possible solution was presented to fund a salary increase for city employees at Thursday’s City Commission meeting. City Manager Joe Thomas said $1.1 million is needed to fund the salary increases. The city’s revenue review committee concluded a reallocation of a tax levy, capitol outlay cuts for the […]

3/22 Business Digest

Southwest Cheese to hold job fair Southwest Cheese will hold a career fair from noon to 7 p.m. March 31 at Clovis Community College. Potential candidates will be able to learn about the company, the plant and jobs becoming available in May. Computer terminals will be available for interested applicants to submit an application on […]

Michigan firm not justified in firing smokers

Freedom Newspapers Nineteenth-century migrants to the West often advertised for schoolteachers with the requirement that they be of “good moral character.” Teachers were expected to attend church and avoid smoking and drinking. Today private conduct usually is a workplace consideration if somehow that conduct brings some quantifiable disrepute to one’s employer. But it is a […]