Educators seek budget solutions

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rep. Dennis Roch talked about the New Mexico Legislative Education Study Committee and its plans for education at the meeting Saturday. Liliana Castillo State budget concerns had eastern New Mexico educators huddled in Portales on Saturday to try and come up with a game plan to avoid job cuts and […]

Oasis closing for furloughs

CNJ staff Oasis State Park will close for five days this winter and spring as part of Gov. Bill Richardson’s plan to reduce state spending by employee furloughs. The park is set to be closed Thursday, as well as Jan. 15, Feb. 9, March 2 and March 23, according to a news release from Oasis. […]

Officials split on inmate furloughs

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Area officials are split on whether a system of releasing jail inmates on furloughs is working properly. District Attorney Matt Chandler said his office stridently and uniformly opposes furloughs unless an inmate’s life literally depends on it. “We don’t like them. The furloughs are not coming from us… “We […]

Concerns about inmate furloughs addressed

CNJ staff Interim Administrator Carlos Ortiz says the Curry County jail is fully staffed and he is addressing several serious issues recently discovered with furloughs. Ortiz’ disclosures were part of a presentation Tuesday to county commissioners. It is the first time in years the jail has had all positions filled, Ortiz told commissioners. Ortiz said […]

Press Release: Land commissioner refuses to force furloughs

SANTA FE – Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons today said he will not implement unpaid furloughs for employees of the State Land Office, as Governor Bill Richardson has proposed to help remedy the state’s budget deficit.

Richardson orders furloughs to deal with budget

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson has ordered five furlough days for workers in executive branch agencies under his control. Richardson made the announcement as he signed bills Thursday to help the state deal with a $650 million budget shortfall. The governor signed a budget-cutting bill but used his […]

Freedom Communications implementing furloughs

Freedom New Mexico IRVINE, Calif. — Faced with continuing industry weakness in advertising spending, Freedom Communications Inc., parent company of Freedom New Mexico, announced on Friday a company-wide furlough program. Hourly and salaried associates at all levels of the company will take five days off work, without pay, between April 1 and June 30. “We […]