Wal-Mart suit a huge stretch for justification

T he decision by a San Francisco judge to certify a lawsuit by several women alleg- ing that Wal-Mart discriminated against them in pay and promotions as a class action covering virtually all current and former female employees — up to 1.6 million plaintiffs — seems like a huge stretch. Whether the class action is […]

Businesses close for day to remember Reagan

By Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER Federal, state and city offices will be closed Friday to observe a day of remembrance for the life of President Ronald Reagan. A funeral service for Reagan will be held Friday at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Reagan’s body will then be flown to California, where it will […]

New roadblock encountered over records

By David Stevens, editor Our newspaper’s efforts to find out how much public officials get paid around here has hit another road block, this time from the Internal Revenue Service. Several weeks ago, our reporters contacted officials at all the public entities in Curry County and asked for records documenting employees’ pay. It seemed like […]

Research backs up city employees’ claims of being underpaid, says consultant

By Jack King In a recent survey, Clovis city workers indicated they feel they are underpaid — and research validates their feelings, a human resources consultant told city commissioners Thursday night. Mike Swallow of Personnel Systems and Service has been hired by the city of Clovis to do a wage and benefits study. As a […]

Four teachers named employees of the month

By CNJ STAFF Four Clovis School District employees from two schools were honored as employees of the month at Tuesday’s board meeting. Kindergarten teacher Robyn Ericson has taught 14 years at Mesa Elementary, she said at the meeting. “I love teaching kindergarten,” Ericson said. “You are expecting one thing but they give you something 10 […]

Many could benefit from tax hike money

Letters to the Editor Now that we will all be taxed even more — since voters on Tuesday approved an increased gross-receipts tax — maybe the city will tackle the following issues: 1. Fix city streets (or at least paint the lines on existing streets). 2. Improve maintenance at city parks, such as purchasing paint […]

Suicide stays with shop staff

By Darrell Todd Maurina The co-owner of Beaulieu Brothers Pawn City said Tuesday many employees were still upset after the Friday death of William H. Windley Jr., who witnesses said shot himself in the store. “In 28 years of running this store, we’ve never had any kind of problem like this,” Al Beaulieu said. “It […]

Cheese plant to be 10th in employee numbers

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Soutwest Chees hard hats await major participants int he groundbreaking cermony for the new cheese plant Friday afternoon. CNJ staff photo: Glen Seeber. CNJ STAFF When the Southwest Cheese Plant gets into full production, with an employment of 220, it will rank at 10th place among Clovis’ major employers. The top employer is Cannon Air […]

Some reactions to pay raise based on untruths

Letters to the editor Editor’s note: Clovis city commissioners on Jan. 8 voted 5-3 to raise salaries for commissioners and the mayor by $2,000 each. I normally don’t respond to letters to the editor, but after reading those from Denver Jones and Ben Moralez (Jan. 8 CNJ), I feel I have to respond. I respect […]

Suspected shoplifter corralled

By Darrell Todd Maurina A half-dozen qick-thinking young employees from the unloading dock corralled a razor-wielding man with shopping carts late Thursday night at Wal-Mart, kept him from injuring customers, and finally forced his surrender shortly before police arrived. “I’ve been in Wal-Mart for 12 years and I’ve never run into a shoplifter with a […]

OSHA probes silo death

By Darrell Todd Maurina The general manager of AGP Grain Marketing’s elevator operations in Texas said the man who died Thursday in a Farwell grain elevator perished in wheat only 8 to 12 feet deep. Ben Brandvik said much of his time over the last few days has been spent trying to make sure employees […]

Health-care bill could cost more than percieved

Freedom Newspapers House and Senate negotiators reportedly haven’t been able to agree on several issues in a bill that would provide an open-ended prescription drug benefit under Medicare and (maybe) offer hope of reform in the troubled program. Good. The proposal under consideration, which the White House apparently thinks is the key to buying a […]

Minor fire fought at restaurant

FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS Clovis firefighters extinguished a blaze in the bathroom of the Kripple Creek Restaurant, 2400 N. Prince, about 3 p.m. Thursday. No injuries were reported and damage was minor, officials said. Lt. Mike Inge of the Clovis Fire Department said seven employees and an undetermined number of diners were in the building when a […]

Civic center money should go for city pay raises

Letters to the editor The answer to giving our city employees raises and bringing them up with other communities on a better pay scale is simple. It’s right before our eyes, only the city commission does not want the citizens to see it or talk about it. Take the $1.2 million designated for a civic […]

Police Blotter 8/1

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Clovis police met Monday morning with a business owner who had a surveillance tape of her employees taking cash for purchases, putting the money beside the cash register, but not putting it in the register. The owner estimated a total loss of […]

State workers plan rally for Friday

By Gary Mitchell PORTALES — A small group of pro-union state workers brought their cause to the area Wednesday evening at the Portales Public Library, urging fellow workers to join and add clout to its collective bargaining process. A bill signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson in March will put aside the current system […]

Patriot Act gives government too much power

Give the government additional power and government officials will use and abuse it. That’s the nature of government, and a key reason the nation’s founders believed in strictly limiting the size and scope of government and separating powers so that different branches of government would check and balance other branches. Unfortunately, that lesson often is […]

Commission adjusts budget to fund pay increase

By Jack King Curry County commissioners Tuesday approved a line item budget change that will make it possible to fund a 1 percent pay increase for county employees for one year. The vote was 3-2. Commissioners Pete Hulder and Kathrynn Tate voted against the budget cut, following a debate that highlighted an on-going debate about […]

County expects standing room only

By Jack King Curry County commissioners are expecting a large turnout for today’s discussion of plans for a county special events center — so large, they’ve moved part of the meeting from the commission chamber to the courtroom of District Judge Teddy L. Hartley on the second floor of the Curry County Courthouse. The commission […]

Clovis approves preliminary budget

By Jack King The Clovis City Commission on Wednesday approved a preliminary budget of $27 million for the upcoming fiscal year. The amount is approximately $3.3 million less than last year’s final budget, but city officials said they probably will add more spending before the final budget is submitted to the state’s Department of Finance […]