Clovis man found guilty of identity theft

By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers Ricardo Mendez, 37, of Clovis was found guilty of accessing a computer with the intent to commit a crime and two counts of theft identity on Friday by 9th Judicial District Judge Joe Parker. District Attorney Brett Carter said Mendez was placed on adult probation for four years. Mendez and […]

Cheese plant relying on local labor

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Construction at the Southwest Cheese Plant is 25 percent complete. The plant is scheduled to open in October 2005. Staff photo by Eric Kluth. By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Victor Orlowski cut about 60 hours of road time a month off his schedule when he came to Clovis to work at the Southwest Cheese […]

Some top administrators have vehicles provided

Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Taxpayer-bought automobiles, free memberships to Gym X and tuition waivers are the main incentives — besides paychecks and benefits — for public employees working in Curry County. Most of Curry County’s high-ranking public employees drive in cars paid for by the public agency they serve. City and county officials serving […]

Some city jobs come with long hours

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“We need to add police and firefighters and we need to add sanitation workers to speed trash pickup, and employees to do upkeep on our alleys.” Raymond Mondragon, city manager By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Clovis officials say overtime and longevity are the most important factors in determining the size of employees’ salaries. Assistant […]

Extras for public employees include health insurance, retirement plans

Editor’s note: A summary of benefits offered employees of Curry County’s public entities: City of Clovis The city offers its employees three health-insurance plans, life insurance and two retirement plans. The city pays between 61 percent and 84 percent of health insurance depending on the plan chosen. Dental and vision coverage cost extra. The city […]

Educators top pay scale

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By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor From the first day of classes to the last day of finals — and the hot summers in between — top-level educators in Curry County are charged with running our schools. They sit atop education’s vast pyramid, and are the highest-paid public servants in Curry County, earning more than […]

Bilingual employees becoming a necessity

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Blanca Rios, owner of Blanca’s, rearranges the quinceañera display Monday at the store. Rios, who is bilingual, said being able to speak Spanish has helped her business grow. CNJ photo by Eric Kluth. By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer From bilingual haircut signs at Wal-Mart to Spanish radio ads by local auto dealers, local business […]

Burlington Northern unsure if expansion will include Clovis

Staff and Wire Reports FORT WORTH, Texas — Officials with Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp. said profit rose nearly 25 percent in the April-June period on record shipments and higher prices, and they will hire 2,300 new employees this year to handle anticipated growth. Burlington Northern officials have not decided where those employees will work […]

County manager’s contract renewed

By Jack King: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County Manager Geneva Cooper’s contract will be automatically renewed today for one year. A May 1, 2001, contract, signed by Cooper and county commissioners, ran until today; it has an option to automatically renew for a one-year term unless either Cooper or the commission delivered a notice of […]

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 […]