School board approves tight budget

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A frugal budget for the Clovis Municipal Schools was approved unanimously Tuesday by school board members. The roughly $50 million budget fell short of the needs of the 18-school district by about $1.4 million, according to Clovis Schools administrators. Compensation came largely in the form of staff cuts. Fifteen […]

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 […]

Some city jobs come with long hours

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“We need to add police and firefighters and we need to add sanitation workers to speed trash pickup, and employees to do upkeep on our alleys.” Raymond Mondragon, city manager By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Clovis officials say overtime and longevity are the most important factors in determining the size of employees’ salaries. Assistant […]

School districts in money crunch

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS School districts across New Mexico say they are making do with less state money than expected this year by cutting positions and dipping into reserves, according to a survey conducted by the Albuquerque Journal. Those cost-cutting measures come during a year in which the state increased its draw from a state […]

Police deserve more respect from city

I am the wife of a sergeant in Clovis’ police department. He’s worked as a patrolman, detective, narcotics officer, undercover officer, administrative sergeant and now a patrol sergeant. The raises my husband has received were few and far between. Now that the employees in the police department have decided they work too hard for not […]

City candidates give views in forum

By Jack King Infrastructure issues topped the concerns about which callers quizzed mayoral and city commission candidates in a broadcast election forum on radio stations KTQM/KWKA Tuesday — raises for city workers ran a close second. Unopposed incumbent City Commissioner Robert Sandoval didn’t attend the forum because he was recovering from heart surgery. He sent […]

Unopposed for City Commission District 1: Randal Crowder

By Jack King Randal Crowder Age: 53 Employment: Builder, developer, partner in American Self-Storage. Contact: 763-3901 Political experience: Chairman of the city’s Water Policy Advisory Committee. What is your experience and background? Born and raised in Clovis, Vietnam veteran, married with two children, builder, developer and general partner in American Self-Storage. Four-time president of the […]

Unopposed for City Commission District 3: Robert O. Sandoval

By Jack King Robert O. Sandoval Age: 67 Employment: Retired, formerly worked for the U.S. Postal Service. Contact: 763-5823 Political experience: Currently a city commissioner, 30 years of community service. What is your experience and background? I was appointed as commissioner in March 2003 when Commissioner Robert Moreno passed away. In the past year, I’ve […]

Clovis residents favor better pay for cops

Clovis residents have been informed there are not enough police officers on staff and this shortage could result in an escalated crime rate. At a recent city commission meeting, Commissioner Kevin Duncan suggested property taxes be increased to help pay for raises for existing officers and to hire new recruits. I am in favor of […]

Clovis approves preliminary budget

By Jack King The Clovis City Commission on Wednesday approved a preliminary budget of $27 million for the upcoming fiscal year. The amount is approximately $3.3 million less than last year’s final budget, but city officials said they probably will add more spending before the final budget is submitted to the state’s Department of Finance […]