Thursday morning briefing: Music, books and teacher salaries

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. Music, music, music There’s a Wind Symphony and Symphonic Band performance at 3 p.m. Sunday at Eastern New Mexico University’s Music Building. Can’t beat the ticket price — it’s free and open to the public. It features “Variations of a Korean Folksong,” an Oswalt […]

Shame on those jealous of success

By TIbor Machan: CNJ columnist Most top executives draw pretty reasonable salaries, maybe up from $250K to several million per year. This isn’t unlike how professional baseball and football players are hired and compensated, especially the stars among them. Some people are sought out eagerly and promised exorbitant pay, including bonuses above the regular salary, […]

Time for salaries to come down

By Karl Terry: FNM columnist Will our ailing economy finally bring salary figures back into reality? With regular folks hit hard by the current downturn the outcry over CEO salaries has turned pretty ugly. Automaker CEOs got the message pretty quickly after each of the Big Three hopped individual private jets to Washington in order […]

Commissioners opposed to salary increases

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo New Curry County Adult Detention center administrator Lois Patricia Jones-Bean discussed allowing volunteers into the detention center with Clovis’ Joe and Elva Padilla during Tuesday’s meet and greet at the Curry County Courthouse. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Curry County commissioners agreed Tuesday not to raise elected official salaries, […]

City personnel pay discussed

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer A city committee is comparing city employee salaries with cities similar to Clovis to see if the pay and benefit of some city employees need adjustment. But Employee Compensation Review Board committee member and city commissioner Robert Sandoval said the committee will have to take the city’s budget into […]

Four-day school week approved in Tucumcari

By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers The Tucumcari schools board of education voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve a four-day school week. Beginning Aug. 22, students will attend classes four days a week. Middle school and high school students will attend classes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Elementary school students will attend school […]

5/25 BRAC letters to the editor

Many airmen have fond memories of Cannon In regard to the letter written by Floyd Shumpert of Dallas and his experiences as a young airman at Cannon Air Base: I can only relate that my time here as a “base ape” was entirely the opposite. Almost from the first day I arrived at CAFB I […]

County officials nix raise proposal

By Ryan Lengerich, CNJ staff writer The Curry County Commission on Tuesday shunned a motion to increase salaries by 13 percent for newly elected officials, saying a restrictive budget would make pay hikes fiscally irresponsible. County Sheriff Roger Hatcher introduced the motion, saying he believes elected officials deserve more money. “We have some of the […]

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 […]

New roadblock encountered over records

By David Stevens, editor Our newspaper’s efforts to find out how much public officials get paid around here has hit another road block, this time from the Internal Revenue Service. Several weeks ago, our reporters contacted officials at all the public entities in Curry County and asked for records documenting employees’ pay. It seemed like […]

Some want to see pay, others see no point

Project: Reader Reaction Curry County officials recently declined the Clovis News Journal’s request for employee salary information. County Attorney Steve Doerr said the records requested do not exist. A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked if the newspaper should sue the county to force release of the information. Some responses: “I can’t understand why the […]

Curry County continues history of secrecy

David Stevens Welcome to Curry County, where Big Brother rules. It isn’t a motto the chamber of commerce would want to adopt, but the moniker is accurate for a community whose government bodies seem serious about closed-door meetings, hiding public documents and limiting or impeding the flow of information. Two weeks ago, I complained about […]

Some reactions to pay raise based on untruths

Letters to the editor Editor’s note: Clovis city commissioners on Jan. 8 voted 5-3 to raise salaries for commissioners and the mayor by $2,000 each. I normally don’t respond to letters to the editor, but after reading those from Denver Jones and Ben Moralez (Jan. 8 CNJ), I feel I have to respond. I respect […]

Tax hike for police may not be wise

A petition with 800 signers to raise police salaries was presented to the Clovis City Commission on Thursday. This is a very small number compared to the city population of 33,000 citizens who pay the taxes. A commissioner suggested a property tax increase as the answer. During the presentation, Clovis salaries were compared with Roswell, […]