Rumsfeld proposes shutting 33 major military bases

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon proposed Friday shutting about 180 military installations from Maine to Hawaii including 33 major bases, triggering the first round of base closures in a decade and an intense struggle by communities to save their facilities. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld also recommended a list of scores of other domestic installations — […]

Cannon has huge economic impact

The Associated Press Southeastern New Mexico suffered a body blow with the Pentagon’s announcement that it intended to close Cannon Air Force Base, part of the Clovis community for more than 60 years. Supporters have vowed an all-out lobbying effort to save the base. “It makes no sense to close Cannon. … To pick our […]

Cheese plant receives state funding

CNJ staff SANTA FE — Southwest Cheese Company has been awarded $718,456 in state funding, officials said. The grant will go to help fund 79 new jobs with an average annual salary of $35,800, according to a news release from Economic Development Department Secretary Rick Homans. “JTIP (Job Training Incentive Program) is a crucial part […]

Technology responsible for job losses

By Walter Williams Now that the elections are over, there’s little political gain for demagoguery about jobs, but let’s prepare ourselves for the next time. Losing a job means a financial crunch and readjustment regardless of the source of job loss. If it’s not from an economic downturn, the loss might be a result of […]

Call center could add 600 jobs to Clovis

By Eric Butler: Freedom Correspondent Clovis may be close to landing a new call center that would employ 600 people. Clovis Industrial Development Corporation Director Chase Gentry said Wednesday the building that once housed the ClientLogic call center is close to finding a new client. The center, vacant since MCI withdrew from the site in […]

Outsourced jobs only half the story

Thomas Sowell Jobs have become a big issue in this election year — which means it is optimistic to expect a rational discussion. Nothing is discussed more irrationally than “outsourcing.” It is obviously completely misleading to discuss how many jobs American companies are sending to other countries without even mentioning how many jobs foreign countries […]

Military medical jobs to be civilianized

Tom Philpott Starting with the Navy next July, the services will begin a multi-year effort to replace thousands of uniformed medical personnel in base hospitals and clinics with federal civilian hires and, in some cases, private contractors. This is part of the Bush administration’s plan to “transform” the military, in this case by converting 10 […]

Gambling won’t promote city growth

Letters to the editor I take strong exception to Kit Pettigrew’s letter to the editor about the benefits of using the Hotel Clovis as a gambling casino to revitalize downtown and Clovis in general. The way to revitalize downtown and the key to the growth and continuing financial health of the city and county is […]

Still many good people left in the world

Ned Cantwell: State columnist Just after noon on Sunday I got the word that my sister Lois had died in Maryland. She was my oldest living sibling and her death was not totally unexpected. Makes no difference. Even the expected carves at your heart. Lois was an accomplished woman, a good woman. And as the […]

Kerry’s proposals mix good ideas with boondoggles

Sen. John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, in recent days has begun fleshing out his economic proposals. From our free-market perspective, there are some aspects of his program that are praiseworthy and others that bear criticism. Predicting how he might apply his policies as president is difficult, however, because of Sen. Kerry’s troubling […]

Trade, outsourcing and truth about jobs

Steve Chapman I read a grim news story about the economy the other day, which noted the strange phenomenon of “a nearly jobless recovery.” Reported the Chicago Tribune, “If this were a normal recovery, the economy would have added 3.5 million jobs since it hit bottom 22 months ago. … Instead, it has missed that […]

Limiting outsourcing will have penalties

Thomas Sowell Every political campaign seems to have some buzzword, and this year’s buzzword is “outsourcing.” Since the economic recovery has not yet reached the stage when new jobs are being created to the extent expected and hoped, the idea that American jobs are being sent overseas has political mileage, whether or not it has […]

Bush, Kerry seem to be in a scarily similar economic page

Freedom Newspapers In theory, a national campaign for president should bring to the fore important issues affecting the nation. But in reality, the early signs are that not much of a serious debate will take place as Democratic Sen. John Kerry cranks up his campaign against President George W. Bush. The presumptive Democratic nominee is […]

Economy at risk if base goes

By Darrell Todd Maurina Shutting down Cannon Air Force Base would cost the state of New Mexico at least $122 million each year in value-added income, according to a new study by a research team at New Mexico State University — and that’s on top of $111 million in lost payroll from Cannon and $52 […]

Economy not cause of job losses

The more I hear about our “bad economy” and the loss of jobs in this country, the more sick to my stomach I become. What Americans should realize is that a good portion of job loss in this country is likely the aftermath of the North American Free Trade Agreement enacted by our former president […]

Poverty an exaggerated concept in U.S.

Walter Williams It might have been Ross Perot who first used the expression that America is turning into a nation of “hamburger flippers,” in reference to the decline in good paying manufacturing jobs replaced by low-pay service sector jobs. Here’s my question: If millions of high-paying jobs are leaving the country only to be replaced […]

Wheat, Ron

Ron Wheat Service: Have been held. Ron Wheat, 64, of Portales died Friday, Dec. 26, 2003, at his home. Born July 15, 1939, in Alva, Okla., to Freda and Blaine Wheat, he joined the National Guard, then the Army, and later the U.S. Marine Corps, for whom he was bulldogger on the rodeo team. Discharged […]

BNSF to provide 35 new jobs in Clovis

By Jack King Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad has received a contract from the state Job Training Incentive Program Board for $350,000 to provide 35 new jobs at its Clovis railyard, said Theresa Varela, program manager of the state’s Job Training Incentive Program. The railroad company applied for and received the contract in November, Varela […]

BNSF on track for changes

By Jack King Burlington Northern Santa Fe is eliminating a crew change in Clovis for some of its trains, although it’s not yet clear what the change will mean for Clovis. Also, BNSF has lost a labor dispute, which will mean more high-paying union jobs at its Clovis yard — but how many of those […]

Cheese plant will bring jobs, but worries for some

By Glen Seeber Cheese is the bait. Jobs are the target. Chase Gentry, executive director of Clovis Industrial Development Corp., said a proposed cheese-processing plant could directly and indirectly produce more than 1,000 jobs if it opens as planned in 2005. But some area residents have concerns about the plans. “We need the economic value […]