11/30 Letters to the editor

Law officers deserve better pay Many jobs come with stress. Sometimes these jobs cause severe family problems, alcoholism, drug problems, divorces, and abuses of all kinds. One of our most stressful jobs is that of law officer — a job with few thank-yous that produces old men and women before their time. Most citizens wouldn’t […]

Letters to the Editor Nov. 18

GNP sign of country’s instability Does your job produce a product or support a business that does Does it provide a service or support a business that does Does it provide a government service In Curry County, agriculture produces a product. There are a few manufacturing jobs in Clovis. These contribute to the Gross National […]

Custodians get chance to catch up on odd jobs during Spring Break

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo John Potock, 31, has worked as a custodial with Clovis Municipal School for about two years. Spring break gives Potock the chance to buff the floors in the home economics and other rooms in the school that are usually too busy to be buffed. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer […]

Tenants get ready to move into park

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Industrial Park could have its first tenant operating by next month, according to Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive Director Chase Gentry. Gentry said the Blue Sun-owned Clovis Biodiesel plant should be ready to process vegetable products into biodiesel by January. The plant will produce about 15 million […]

Booming local job market expected in near future

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Darvin Lamm, facility manager at AquaRanch, said preparations for constructing the fish farm are under way. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer As Illinois-based AquaRanch Industries waits for state approval to raise tilapia, a fish from the Nile River region sold for food, some construction for the fish farm has already started, officials say. Facility […]

Land OK’d for plant

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor A heated debate between economic growth and water usage at Thursday’s Clovis City Commission meeting ended decisively. Jobs won. Commissioners OK’d the contribution of up to 25 acres of land at the Clovis Industrial Park for American Renewable Fuels to construct an $80 million biodiesel plant. The motion passed […]

Grady seeks assisted living facility

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Elmer White has a dream. The 70-year-old Grady resident is developing a plan to construct a 12- to 15-unit senior assisted living facility in the northern Curry County village of about 100. White, whose father homesteaded in Grady in 1907, said the majority of residents in the small farm […]

Trade restrictions cost Americans money

By Walter E. Williams: Columnist There are only a handful of products that Americans import that cannot be produced at home and therefore create jobs for Americans. Let’s look at a few of them. We import cocoa from Ghana and coffee from African and Latin American countries. We import saffron from Spain and India and […]

Federal workers see exponential wage increases

By Freedom Newspapers Here’s an easy way to double your salary: Go to work for the U.S. government. GovExec.com reported earlier this month that in 2005 average compensation for federal employees was “double that of private sector workers for the first time,” according to figures released by the Commerce Department’s U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. […]

SEI to add jobs with $300,000 in state funds in Clovis area

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor SEI-CCS LLC plans to add up to 80 jobs by the end of the year to its Clovis bilingual customer care center, nearly tripling the number of employees, according to a company spokesperson. The company received $282,108 in state Job Training Incentive Awards to create 71 of the jobs, […]

New Mexico First seeks college’s priorities

By Paula Cronic: Freedom Newspapers Five recommendations for improving the state’s higher education were the main focus at Friday’s New Mexico First community meeting at Eastern New Mexico University. New Mexico First Associate Director Heather Balas met with nearly 40 Portales and Clovis community and business leaders and educators to discuss the recommendations, stating education […]

Ag Sense: Dairy industry leads state’s agricultural activity

By Victor E. Cabrera: Guest columnist New Mexico residents not directly involved in the state’s growing dairy industry may not realize the dairy business is now the leading agricultural activity in the state and a top contributor to the national milk market. In fact, New Mexico is the seventh-largest milk-producing state, providing 7.1 (4 percent) […]

Ethanol plant news caps off eventful week

Freedom Newspapers The past week started with 13 months of uncertainty. It ended with three doses of euphoria in five days. When people reminisce years from now about what was the best single week of good news, the past seven days will rank near the top. First, on Sunday and Monday, we carried the palpable […]

Public fright powerful tool of control

Walter Williams Syndicated Columnist John Stossel, ABC’s “20/20” anchorman, has a recently released book about the various untruths we accept, many from the media and academic elite. The book is appropriately titled “Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity.” Being a longtime media insider, Stossel is well positioned to talk about the media’s gross lack of understanding […]

Clovis Guard commander touts new mission as civilian-job friendly

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Trailers at the National Guard Armory on Tuesday are prepared to be shipped to Gallup, Santa Fe and Las Cruces to clear out space for new equipment to aid in the new water distribution mission. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The new commander of Clovis’ National Guard said the skills […]

Loss of jobs not sign of industry downfall

By Walter Williams: Syndicated columnist According to some pundits and political hustlers, free trade has led to a loss of “good manufacturing jobs.” Let’s look at it, but before doing so, let’s first see whether we should work ourselves into a tizzy over other job losses. In 1900, 41 percent of the U.S. labor force […]

French protesters have wrong idea

By Steve Chapman: Syndicated columnist French students and unions have been protesting for weeks now over a law making it easier for companies to get rid of employees. Under the measure recently signed by President Jacques Chirac, they may fire workers younger than 26 during their first two years on the job — for no […]

4/5 Letters to the editor

Pork’s still pork, even if it’s for Cannon The duplicitous nature of our arguments never ceases to amaze. All of us, Republicans and Democrats alike, are upset at the astounding, “drunken sailor-ish” spending that’s currently going on in Washington. No offense to drunken sailors, but we demand answers! We demand accountability! We demand restraint! And […]

Simple spring break travel can be rewarding

The existence, or widespread celebration, of spring break seems to be a recent development. I remember spring break from my young adulthood as primarily a college event, nonexistent in high school. Though the rich kids may have gone to Florida, most of us used the time either to look for summer jobs, recommit to previous […]

Campaign against Wal-Mart hurting, not helping poor

Freedom Newspapers Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, a longtime civil-rights activist who helped draft the 1964 Civil Rights Act, is facing criticism that he usually has not had to endure. Union activists are calling him a “corporate shill.” One African-American commentator was even more vicious: “How many more times will other Andys and Amoses of […]