Clovis takes a day to pray

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Christian School’s Ashley Ramirez, 9, sang praise songs during Thursday’s National Day of Prayer rally in front of the Curry County Courthouse. Nineteen third-graders came from the school to lead the pledge of allegiance. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer For about an hour and a half, a portion […]

High Plains Praire Chicken Festival attracts variety of people

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Nancy Phillips, of Albuquerque, watches lesser prairie chickens perform their mating ritual Saturday from a van near Milnesand. The 7th annual High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival concludes today. By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico A half-hour before daylight Saturday on the prairie west of Milnesand, eight people waited in bleary-eyed […]

During uncertain times one should turn to God

By Judy Brandon: CNJ Religion Columnist We do live in uncertain times. The news sound bites and stories are depressing: government scandal, adultery, violent protests, the Iraq war, messages from terrorists, bad economic forecasts and murders. It seems that bad news dominates the news. With 24 hour newscasts, the troubles of this country and the […]

Jan. 24, 2008 Mario

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Name: Mario About: Mario is 5-years-old and weighs about 6 pounds. He likes to lick people and is very friendly. He likes to get into tight spaces. So he saw this bucket, jumped in head first, then shimmied his way all around until he was sitting upright. All of the while, never knocking the bucket […]

Wage law passed: Waiting governor’s signature

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Lawmakers moved quickly to help the state, cities and counties avoid millions of dollars in overtime pay for police, firefighters and some other workers. The Legislature is sending Gov. Bill Richardson a bill that’s to fix a problem that occurred last year when the state enacted a higher minimum […]

Minimum wage going up Jan. 1

Sarah Meyer, CNJ News editor New Mexico employees working at minimum wage jobs will get a 65-cent per hour pay raise Tuesday, but local business owners say the increase is likely to cause more problems than it solves. The state minimum wage jumps to $6.50 an hour beginning Tuesday from the current federal minimum wage […]

Nov. 23, 2007 Religion Digest

Healing hour held on Main Street Beginning at the 11 a.m. service on Wednesday, St James’ Church, 1117 N. Main St., will be holding a public service of healing hour during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist, to continue every fourth Wednesday of each month. Information: 763-4638.

School lockdown ends quickly

By Marlena Hartz and Sharna Johnson A lockdown at Clovis High School was removed around 2 p.m. Friday after officials discovered a suspicious teen reported to police was only a student preparing for after-school baseball practice. “It turned out it was a baseball player,” Clovis Police Lt. Jim Schoeffel said. “Baseball bat; baseball season. … […]

Raising wages will not impact poverty

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist About a fortnight ago, Mrs. Williams alerted me to an episode of Oprah Winfrey’s show titled “Inside the Lives of People Living on Minimum Wage.” After a few minutes of watching, I turned it off, not because of the heart-rending tales but because most of what was being said was […]

Saving daylight calls for rebellion

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Here at the Ministry of Pesky Problems we’ve stated again and again that we’re not putting up with daylight-saving time anymore. If the powerful daylight-saving time lobby wants to make something of it, so be it. This straightforward decree came about because the entire civilized world went totally wacko this […]

Governor opposes new wage proposal

By Barry Massey: The Associated Press SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson opposes a proposal heading to the Senate that would boost the state minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $6 in 2007 and then phase in additional increases for some experienced workers. Under a measure approved Monday by the Senate Finance Committee, a […]

Senate panel OKs wage measure

The Associated Press SANTA FE — A House-passed proposal to increase the state minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.50 an hour over the next two years cleared a Senate panel on Saturday. The Senate Corporations and Transportation Committee endorsed the measure on a party-line 5-4 vote, with Republicans opposing the bill sponsored by House Speaker […]

House OKs wage increase

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — A proposal to raise the state minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.50 an hour over the next two years cleared the House on Monday. With 10 days left in the annual legislative session, the measure headed to the state Senate, where an alternative proposal — $7.50 […]

Few will benefit from mandated wage hike

Freedom Newspapers New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and many Democratic lawmakers are intent on raising the state’s minimum wage from $5.15 an hour to $7.50 an hour. The bill now before the Legislature is one that should fail, however. Folks just can’t make a decent living on $5.15 an hour, Richardson and company argue. The […]

Panel OKs phased-in $7.50 wage

By Deborah Baker: The Associated Press SANTA FE — An increase in the minimum wage to $7.50, phased in over two years, squeaked through a House committee on Thursday over the objections of Republicans who labeled it anti-business. The legislation heads to the House floor for a vote. It’s a modified version of a measure […]

Wage hike support split on party line

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Local legislators exhibit a party-line split in the debate over whether to raise up the state’s minimum wage. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, and Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, think if the minimum wage were raised from $5.15 to $7.50 as proposed, job cuts would result. “I think it hurts the […]

Battle brewing over minimum wage

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Erminia Robles, right, a manager at Foxy Drive-In, makes $6 an hour. She said she’ll stay at the Clovis restaurant regardless of whether the minimum wage is raised. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Judy Crisp spends six days a week inside a cramped cigarette shop on a bumpy Clovis side […]

Advocates represent interests of victims of crimes

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Victim Advocate’s Grace Orozco, left, and Patti Johnson discuss a domestic violence case Friday at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers “In the criminal justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups — the police who investigate crime, and the district attorneys who […]

Marshall coach setting sights on Boston Marathon

CNJ staff Although Marshall Junior High coach and teacher Jason Hennessy has completed only two marathon races, the 24-year-old Albuquerque native is on track in his desire to qualify for next year’s Boston Marathon. Hennessy ran in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on Saturday in San Diego, finishing 583rd overall out of 20,410 runners with […]

Minimum wage tool of discrimination

By Walter Williams Sens. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Rick Santorum, R-Pa., both introduced proposals to increase the minimum wage from its current $5.15 an hour. Sen. Kennedy’s proposal would have raised the minimum wage to $7.25 in three steps over 26 months, while Sen. Santorum’s would have raised it to $6.25 in two steps over […]