Pay boosted for ENMU

By William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Eastern New Mexico University employees and faculty will earn at least 5.5 percent more for the 2006-2007 school year. The Board of Regents approved adding at least 1 percent to a state-funded 4.5 percent pay raise for ENMU faculty and made the 5.5 percent total raise effective for all […]

3/12 Letters to the editor

Students have right to attend school I read Victoria Rae Bryant’s letter to the editor in Tuesday’s CNJ with amazement. (“Principal squelching students’ rights”) I didn’t realize students had rights. Back when I was in high school, the only right I had was that the doors were open when I was supposed to be there. […]

Wage increase would restrict growth

By Walter Bradley: Guest columnist Today we are experiencing a vibrant, robust economy. We have growth in jobs, unemployment under 4 percent and higher wages. According to the New Mexico Labor Department, Curry County ranks 18th in the state with an average wage of $11.42 an hour. In polling businesses in our area, the average […]

Hundreds walk for cancer cure in area’s annual Relay for Life

By William Thompson Anna Winslow, a freshman at Portales High School, said she was walking in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life Friday night because she loves her grandmother so much. “My grandmother has had cancer three times,” Wallace said, “I’m doing this for her.” Wallace was joined by hundreds of area residents as […]

UNM presidental buyout disturbing

By Ned Cantwell: State columinist Life is good, right? OK job pays the bills. Car runs, usually. Just got the roof fixed to keep dry if it ever rains again. That’s pretty much me. I spend my time dealing with 14 New Mexico editors who are just ordinary nice men and women except that — […]

Wage hike support split on party line

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Local legislators exhibit a party-line split in the debate over whether to raise up the state’s minimum wage. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, and Sen. Gay Kernan, R-Hobbs, think if the minimum wage were raised from $5.15 to $7.50 as proposed, job cuts would result. “I think it hurts the […]

Battle brewing over minimum wage

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Erminia Robles, right, a manager at Foxy Drive-In, makes $6 an hour. She said she’ll stay at the Clovis restaurant regardless of whether the minimum wage is raised. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Judy Crisp spends six days a week inside a cramped cigarette shop on a bumpy Clovis side […]

Church spreading Word through rubber wristbands

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Mike Griffin wears four wristbands, including one that glows in the dark. “My problem is selling them; I just give them away.” said Griffin, referring to the wristbands that are sold for $2 apiece. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Rubber wristbands: Trendy fashion accessory or clever way to spread a […]

Pay raise needs no authorization bill

Tom Philpott Active duty members, Reserve and Guard personnel, academy cadets and midshipmen are assured a 3.1 percent pay raise in January. However, other key pay and benefit gains proposed for 2006 truly are in limbo as Senate leaders tussle over the politics of passing a defense authorization bill. Concern that the bill is in […]

United Way to raise $412,005 for Clovis

CNJ staff With a food fiesta, United Way of Eastern New Mexico last week began its 2005 fund-raising program to raise over $400,000 for Clovis. During the food fiesta, people were encouraged to visit 20 area restaurants that supported the United Way. Clovis raised $392,000 last year with a donor base of 3,000 to 4,000, […]

Commission approves pay raise

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer City employees will receive a little more than half of a pay raise package outlined in April by city management. City officials said the uncertainty presented by Cannon Air Force Base’s appearance on the Base Realignment and Closure list prompted them to scale back the pay plan. “I promised […]

KENW shoots for big haul in auction

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Call it shopping at home, but for a worthy, entertaining and educational cause. The 29th annual KENW-TV Tele-Auction will take over the area airwaves June 6 through June 11 as 2,000 items are auctioned, ranging from $5 “Steal of the Night” items up to a vacation for two […]

Top five local stories of 2004

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Curry County saw 11 homicides in 2004. Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked readers to help us identify the top news stories of 2004. Here are results from our Web site poll: 1. Homicides were too frequent: 38 percent Curry County experienced 11 homicides in 2004, including 10 in the city. The most recent […]

City year in review: Police granted raise after much debate

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Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey fought for raises for his officers, as seen here at a Public Safety Committee meeting in October. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Clovis City Commissioner Isidro Garcia didn’t like the idea of funding a giant pay increase for Clovis police. The $714,000 was unbudgeted money, […]

Other city employees need a raise too

by Dave Baker, Guest Columnist Did the Clovis Police Department need the raise it received? You better believe it did. Did officers deserve that raise? Of course, without a doubt! Clovis police do an excellent job every day for the citizens they protect and serve. With this concept of “needing” and “deserving,” what happened to […]

Letters to the Editor: Trash collectors targeted for critcism

I don’t know how hard it is to be a refuse collector/driver. I imagine driving a truck that picks up the dumpsters is easy, picking up the green dumpsters and dumping them in the truck is hard, as well as doing the alley cleanup. As a consumer, I get tired of waiting a month or […]

County approves pay increase for sheriff’s deputies

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Curry County Sheriff Roger Hatcher talks to his deputies about the pay raise they will receive during a meeting Tuesday at the sheriff’s office. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Ryan Lengerich Following a flurry of passionate pleas by county law enforcement and fierce debate by Curry County leaders, sheriff deputies were awarded a pay increase […]

Personnel shortage always a problem

Project: Reader Reaction Curry County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a pay increase for sheriff’s deputies. Sheriff Roger Hatcher asked commissioners to consider the issue, citing concerns the deputies would leave the county to fill city positions. City police received a raise earlier this month. Prior to Tuesday’s approval, a Project: Reader Reaction question asked if […]

Most agree: Police pay hike a good thing

Project Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked “What do you think about the police pay raise city commissioners approved on Thursday?” Some responses “I’d rather pay our police enough to do the job right rather than hiring someone cheap who can’t do their job. They are the ones who protect us.” — […]

Irresponsible pay raises a tradition in U.S. Congress

Freedom Editorial How many times have you heard an exchange similar to this at work: The boss will be out of the office for a few days and tells an employee she’ll be in charge during the absence. When this information is relayed to other employees, someone will good-naturedly exclaim that this means raises for […]