Minimum wage hike bad idea

Freedom Newspapers We applaud the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors for opposing state-lawmaker efforts to hike the minimum wage. By a vote of 8-5, with four abstentions, the board last week sent a strong message that government should not be in the business of telling private business owners what to pay their […]

THE MATCH GAME: Pairing employees with employers is a challenge

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Carl Hall of Clovis applies for a job Wednesday at the Clovis Civic Center. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Three years have passed since Lasonia Grissom of Clovis received her degree in criminal justice. Her long search for a job in her field ticks on and on, and continued […]

Workforce assessment tricky job

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer More than half of 29 Clovis employers who participated in a Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce survey believe the area lacks a skilled workforce. Survey respondents also indicated that communication is the skill most lacking in job applicants and work ethic and drug use are the two biggest issues […]

Labor department employees use real-life experience to help others

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New Mexico Department of Labor employees Matthew Barela, left, and Luis Flores work with veterans at the New Mexico Department of Labor. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Matthew Barela came back home to Clovis in 1993 changed forever after his spinal cord was injured in a land mine explosion in […]

New Year’s baby arrives early

Nicole and Adrian Chavarria of Tucumcari hold their newborn daughter, Angelina, on Monday at Plains Regional Medical Center. Angelina was the first baby born at PRMC in 2006. (Staff photo: Andrew Chavez) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Chavarria family wasn’t expecting a new arrival until later in the new year. But on Sunday, […]

Davis-Bacon wage act should remain suspended

Freedom Newspapers One of the smartest things President Bush did to reduce recovery costs in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita was to suspend Davis-Bacon Act rules in the hardest hit states. But Congress is frantically trying to overrule the president, which would add billions of dollars to the already staggering recovery costs. Davis-Bacon, […]

Workers allege malfeasance

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Chris Edstrom talks about the troubles he had with his former employer, Arizona-based Alex Transportation, with his checks bouncing Tuesday at his home in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The troubles with his former employer started about two months ago when his payroll check bounced. Working for Arizona-based Alex […]

Finding niche in workforce challenging

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist I recall, as a child, riding back from my grandparents’ homes late at night. We would pass by small river towns in western Pennsylvania, with blast furnaces of the steel mills sending up glowing red, blue or yellow sparks against the dark sky. Piles of coal and slag dotted the […]

New Mexico gets funding to help job transitions

Staff and wire reports The U.S. Department of Labor has decided to award the state $1 million in job transition funds since it could be affected by the Pentagon’s plans to close Cannon Air Force Base and transfer jobs from White Sands Missile Range. The funds would be used in eastern New Mexico to support […]

Governor suggests applying for funds

CNJ staff WASHINGTON — The New Mexico congressional delegation and Gov. Bill Richardson on Wednesday said the state should tap federal jobs transition aid while still pursuing a strong bid to overturn the Pentagon recommendation to close Cannon Air Force Base. The Department of Labor on Wednesday announced the availability of almost $50 million to […]

Paralegal profession seeing growth spurt

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Paralegal Shannon Cassidy goes through files at Randall Harris’ law firm Friday in Clovis. Many schools and universities are offering paralegal courses that can certify successful graduates in less than two months. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The clock is ticking and the paperwork is piling up. Two-hundred pages […]

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 […]

City officials credit low unemployment rate to an influx of business.

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Bethany Hanner of Clovis searches for jobs online Thursday at the New Mexico Department of Labor in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor The parking lot of the state labor department’s Clovis branch was virtually empty Thursday afternoon. Inside the building, Bethany Hanner — a 20-year-old who lost her […]

City agrees to intervene in rate hike

Jack King Clovis city commissioners on Thursday gave approval for the city to formally intervene in a hearing before the state Public Regulation Commission on New Mexico-American Water Company’s request for 27 percent rate increase. On behalf of Clovis’ city government, the interveners will attempt to limit the rate increase, said City Attorney Dave Richards. […]

Labor Day: A day well spent

By Darrell Todd Maurina Many Clovis residents were able to enjoy all or part of Monday with their families, participating in everything from sporting events to yard work to picnics in the park. Here’s a sampling of how Clovis spent Labor Day 2003: The day found Richard Krell hard at work sprucing up his home […]

Most agree: Work ethic still important

By Janet Bresenham As many prepare to cease their labor today on Labor Day, some people see a shift in the modern work ethic and the willingness to work. One who sees a change but still considers a strong work ethic important is Barbara Norris of Clovis. “When you’re out and around some places, there […]

Let government learn to watch its balance sheet

It’s Labor Day: a holiday that has been set aside to provide a day of rest for the American worker. Today, most of us will relax, perhaps spend some time at Ute Lake or Ned Houk Park or barbecue some steaks. Tuesday morning we’ll return to our work, as past generations did after their Labor […]

Good paying summer jobs hard to find

By Mike Linn This time of year has numerous recurring events — rising temperatures, graduation services and students entering the job market. The glut of job seekers, most entering the labor pool between May and August, receive no guarantees: Labor Department officials say many employers are willing to hire for temporary positions, yet others feel […]