Job fair organizer expects high attendance

CNJ staff When unemployment goes up, so does the attendance at a job fair. That’s the hope for this year’s New Mexico Workforce Connection career expo Thursday at the National Guard Armory in Clovis. “The last few times, we hit anywhere between 300 and 400,” said Matt Barela, a manager at Clovis’ Workforce Connection branch […]

Protecting environment everyone’s job

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist There on my Facebook page, larger than life, it appeared. “Become a Fan of: Stop the Wolf Killing Bill in Utah.” Though I don’t live in Utah, I find that, at least according to Facebook, I can weigh in on this conservation minded issue. So I did, and as a […]

Job creation numbers grossly inflated

Last week marked the first anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, popularly known as the Obama stimulus package. The White House, not surprisingly, put on a full-court press, releasing a report that claimed the stimulus saved the country from having a recession degenerate into a full-blown depression, “saving or creating” some 2 million […]

Press release: Bingaman talks job creation

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reports about a variety of issues, including a jobs bill being debated in the Senate. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman022210m.mp3

First person: Parks director looking ahead

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Rob Carter is leaving Clovis after nine years of working as the director of the parks and recreation department. Rob Carter is leaving Clovis after nine years of working as the director of the parks and recreation department. He said he was glad the department grew during his time and […]

Working holidays part of first responders’ job description

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Firefighters Jon Fails, left, and Nate Joy are two staff members at the Clovis Fire Department who worked on Christmas. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico The Christmas and New Year’s holiday may be a long weekend for many this year, but not for some dedicated professionals. Work doesn’t take […]

Friday Roosevelt County jail interim administrator’s last day

Freedom New Mexico Friday was Roosevelt County Detention Center Interim Administrator Charles Perez’s last day on the job.County Manager Charlene Hardin said Perez submitted a letter of resignation Nov. 6. She said Perez indicated he wanted to return to law enforcement. “We will have the information about the new administrator on Monday,” Hardin said. Perez […]

Recession not over until job recovery secure

Freedom New Mexico Washington intervention isn’t saving or creating jobs, so more is coming. Figures released this month showing unemployment nationally at 10.2 percent suggest those who proclaimed the end of the recession when GDP rose 3.5 percent during the third quarter were more than a little premature. Is a “jobless recovery” really a recovery? […]

Fed’s claim of job creation poor wording

Freedom New Mexico Washington claims 640,000 to 1.5 million jobs have been created or saved by the $787 billion economic stimulus plan. With only about 15 percent of the money spent so far by those intended to receive it, at this rate America might implausibly end up with more new jobs than available workers. Has […]

Roosevelt detention center administrator leaves for new job

Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt County Detention Center administrator has left to take another job. County Manager Charlene Hardin said former administrator Don Burdine’s last day was Saturday. Assistant Administrator Charles Perez is filling in until the county hires a permanent replacement for Burdine. “I just got an opportunity to join with some Realtors on […]

Ortiz vies for jail administrator position

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Lt. Holly MIttlemark talks with an inmate at the Curry County Adult Detention Center Thursday afternoon. Communicating with the inmates on a regular bases is critical to maintaining control of the jail according to Interim Administrator Carlos Ortiz. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Interim jail administrator Carlos Ortiz has […]

First person: Again with animals

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Eric Lucero is the new Animal Control Officer for the city of Clovis. Lucero previously worked with animal control from 1998-2004. Eric Lucero began his second stint as an Animal Control Officer with the city of Clovis on Aug. 24. Lucero said he enjoys serving the community with his work. […]

Federal job sector needs to scale back

Freedom New Mexico The federal government “needs” to hire 270,000 more employees in the next three years. We’re told this, unsurprisingly, by the federal government, which surveyed 35 agencies representing 99 percent of its workforce. We wish they’d asked us instead. Such a purported need might seem like a solution to 9.7 percent national unemployment, […]

Enforcement not job for rail companies

Freedom New Mexico More evidence that our government officials now consider themselves rulers rather than public servants: Federal officials are ordering private rail companies to become de facto law enforcement arms in this country’s troubled drug war. Companies face stiff fines if their efforts don’t satisfy the feds. The Justice Department already has sued Union […]

Not state’s job to enforce evacuations

A Texas county judge is right to worry about the “drastic” state law that allows government officials the power to arrest people who choose to stay home when evacuation orders are issued. House Bill 1831, which goes into effect Sept. 1, allows Texas county and city officials the “use of reasonable force” to remove people […]

Job fair set for Saturday

The Java Loft at 21st and Prince streets will play host Saturday to a job fair. Brad Gonzales, a NewsChannel 10 representative stationed in Clovis, said the job fair is a tie-in with the network’s affiliation with amarillojobspot.com. It is

First person: Job search leads Clovis man to senior centers

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Nick Coronado spends his spare time reading and playing video games with his son. Nick Coronado left construction nine months ago in search of a more consistent income. Two months later, he was hired by the City of Clovis Older Adults Department. Now Coronado, 37, works at both the Friendship […]

Religion digest: 12 certified for Christian job corps

Twelve women and men became nationally certified site coordinators for the Christian Women’s Job Corps and Christian Men’s Job Corps during a training event held May 4-7 at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home in Portales. Area participants included Judy Lolmaugh of Tucumcari, Connie Dixon of Elida, Margot Thompson of Clovis, Sistar Yancy of Clovis, […]

First person: Clovis volunteer toils behind the scene

Andy Ford was named the Clovis Municipal Schools’ volunteer of the year for his dedication to Zia Elementary School’s recycling program. Ford, 60, took charge of the dirty job of cleaning trash out of the school’s can collection trailer nine years ago. Backstage: The award was very nice. There are some people who do things […]

First person: Mortician finds comfort in helping grieving families

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Katy Marteny took her passion for helping people to mortuary school in Nebraska. She works as one of the few female funeral service practitioner in Clovis. Katy Marteny, 24, is one of the few female funeral service practitioners in Clovis. She took her passion for helping people to mortuary school […]