No obligation to stick with job

Kent McManigal: FNM columnist Curry County employees really want a pay raise. Is there anyone who doesn’t? Even libertarian opinionizing isn’t as profitable as you might imagine (and yes, I’m being silly). There is no reason to feel an obligation to continue to work in a job that doesn’t pay what you think you are […]

County employees hoping for pay raise

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Deputy Assessor Jessica Rosenblad reviews a file Wednesday at the Curry County courthouse. Rosenblad is a two-year county employee. Sharna Johnson The money would help, but for Stephanie Hicks, it’s more about a show of appreciation. A single-mother working two jobs to support herself and her son, Hicks said even […]

First person: Elementary students raise money for Relay for Life

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CNJ photo: Kevin Wilson Sterling Barth, 7, left, is the captain of the $1,000 Barry Kids, and 12-year-old Damon Back is the co-captain. Barth, who is holding the 2010 Humanitarian of the Year award from the El Desayuno Kiwanis Club, started the club to raise money for Relay for Life. Kevin Wilson Sterling Barth, 7, […]

Weekly update — Oct. 24

Texico school boss gets raise Texico Schools Superintendent R. L. Richards has received a raise of nearly $26,000 a year, according to a three-year contract approved by the school board in September. Richards is to be paid $138,700 annually through June 2013. The increase started in July. Richards’ previous contract was not due to expire […]

Letter to the editor: Elections will raise serious issues

Elections will raise serious issues As we come upon the elections there are three questions I would ask of any candidate: • What do they intend to do about the 250,000 homeless vets who are the heroes of the Democrat wars of the 20th century? Especially the 90,000 who have terminal illness and need Hospice […]

Roping event to honor Curry County farmer

Argen Duncan A team roping event set for October aims to honor a Curry County farmer, benefit children and raise money for agriculture advocacy. The inaugural Charles Petty Memorial Team Roping Event is to raise money for the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, a lobby group for farmers and ranchers, and the New Mexico Baptist Children’s […]

City commissioners begin work toward tax extension

Sharna Johnson Clovis commissioners began the process Thursday to raise $7 million by renewing an existing gross receipts tax. Cash generated by a bond sale will be used to improve and repair the wastewater treatment plant. The tax is earmarked to retire the bond and amounts to 1.225 percent on the dollar. An ordinance approving […]

Celebrity waiters to help raise money for Red Cross

CNJ staff Honorary and celebrity waiters, including city officials, will help raise money for the American Red Cross. They will serve patrons from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cotton Patch Cafe. They include City Manager Joe Thomas, Clovis Community College President John Neibling, Clovis and Curry County Chamber of Commerce President Tom Phelps […]

Letter to the editor: Residents should give poly-carts chance

Residents should give poly-carts chance While those opposed to poly-carts raise valid points in recent letters to the editor, it’s time someone spoke in defense of our Public Works Department. I was as upset as anyone when we lost our beloved dumpster. Now I see the benefits of the poly-cart. For those who despise the […]

Bill lessens pay gap for troops

By Tom Philpott: Military Update A House panel has voted to give the military a 1.9 percent pay raise next January. That would be a half percentage point higher than what the Obama administration wanted simply to match private sector wage growth. The House armed services subcommittee on military personnel panel also endorsed increases next […]

Raising baby chicks no easy feat

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist I hear some cities are changing their covenants to allow residents to raise chickens in their backyards. It sounds great. People can have mini-farms in their backyards. I, however, don’t plan to participate because one spring and summer I was a chicken herder. My mom ordered a set of 25 […]

Pay raises, fee increases proposed

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist The Obama administration proposes to spend three percent more next year on support programs for war-strained military families. But officials are urging Congress to stop adding extra dollars to the military pay raise every January and find a way to raise TRICARE fees for the first time in 15 years. […]

Business digest: Leal’s to raise funds for United Way

Leal’s to raise funds for United Way The Leal’s Mexican Restaurant crew is gearing up to give to United Way on Thursday, when 10 percent of sales will go towards United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s fundraising drive. The organization, which funds charities in Curry and Roosevelt counties, reported last week it is at $481,137 […]

Womanless beauty pageant to raise funds for formal wear charity

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Holly Calkins, right, and her mother Erica Calkins look through dresses Saturday at Monarch Formals. Holly Calkins needed a dress for a father daughter ball held at Cannon Air Force Base. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The contestants in the womanless beauty pageant don’t have to sing or dance […]

Education feature: Students raise money for one of their own

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Courtesy photo Chase Caron, far left, was chosen as the target of Operation Caring by the sixth graders at Ranchvale Elementary School. Carson has a tumor on his brain stem. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer When November and Operation Caring rolled around, sixth graders at Ranchvale Elementary School knew what they wanted to do. […]

Religion Digest: Cookbooks being sold

Cookbooks being sold Women of the Church of God Anderson are selling cookbooks to raise money for the group’s activities. The money will fund activities, missions and Christmas baskets for the underprivileged. Paula Stevens with the group said the cookbooks are made up of local recipes from Portales, Melrose, Clovis and Friona. The cookbooks are […]

Cookbooks being sold

Freedom New Mexico Women of the Church of God-Anderson are selling cookbooks to raise money for the group’s activities. The money will fund activities, missions and Christmas baskets for the underprivileged. Paula Stevens with the group said cookbooks are made up of local recipes from Portales, Melrose, Clovis and Friona. They are $12 and can […]

U.S. agriculture secretary backs dairy relief proposal

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File photo By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture has committed to temporarily raise the price the federal Department of Agriculture will pay for dairy products, providing the director of the U.S. Office of Management and the Budget approves the move. In a meeting with U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and […]

Cyclists ride again for charity

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PNT Photo: Eric Butler Tatiana Cook, 19, a student at Dartmouth, uses her uniform to show routes for the Bike & Build cycling trips this summer. Cook’s group started in Boston and arrived in Portales Wednesday. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico For a second time this summer, a group of bicyclists passed through Portales […]

Animals can be just as stubborn

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist When our two daughters were in 4-H they bought a few good ewes, mostly Suffolks and Hampshires, planning to raise their own show lambs. They needed a good ram, of course, and some folks down the road had a high-powered Suffolk. He was big and long and had muscles in […]