Commission approves hiring of animal removal firm

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The sheriff’s office will hire a service to remove dead large, dead animals from public lands and right-of-ways after commissioners gave their blessing Tuesday to Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray. Last week when a dead calf turned up at the Texico Cemetery, which is public land, Murray said deputies [...]

CCC Board of Trustees approves architect contract

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis Community College Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved hiring an architect to design the proposed Norman and Vi Petty Performing Arts Center on Main Street. Board members approved a $48,000 contract with Albuquerque architectural firm Van H. Gilbert Architect PC. “It will provide a main venue for our [...]

Republicans seek investigation into ’temporary’ hires

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Republican lawmakers have asked the state attorney general’s office to investigate the Richardson administration’s practice of hiring temporary exempt employees. A March 18 letter from Sen. Kent Cravens, R-Albuquerque, signed by two dozen other GOP lawmakers, said Gov. Bill Richardson’s practices have resulted in “numerous unauthorized hirings.” Lawmakers [...]

Rush for summer jobs starts

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By Ryn Gargulinski School’s out for summer — and the race is on for jobs, according to Matt Barela, employment representative for New Mexico’s Labor Department. As with hitting the books, it pays to start early for the job hunt, said Barela. “Summer is really, really busy,” he said. “A lot of the jobs are [...]

Reader Reaction: Readers split over city-manager call

Compiled by CNJ Editor David Stevens A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked, “What do you think about the city hiring Joe Thomas as city manager without looking for outside applicants?” Some responses: “JOE GOES BACK A long way in this city … The City Commission (and its residents) were very happy with Raymond Mondragon’s [...]

Business feature: Holiday hiring season here

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Dilliard’s employees Amina Fuseini (left) and Lina Jano sort Christmas items Monday night at work. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer With Thanksgiving just a little more than a week away, local businesses and national retailers are beefing up their staffs in preparation for the extra work loads in the coming [...]

Limbaugh’s comments clearly not racist

Walter Williams Rush Limbaugh’s comment on ESPN regarding Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Donovan McNabb was: “I don’t think he’s been that good from the get go. I think what we’ve had here is a little of social concern from the NFL. The media has been desirous that a black quarterback do well.” Kweisi Mfume, NAACP’s president, [...]