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 […]

Potter Park pool reopens

Potter Pool reopened Tuesday after vandalism Friday prompted the city to close it for cleaning. Sometime Friday night, vandals got through a door mistakenly left unlocked, according to a police report released Tuesday. The suspects took a fire extinguisher from the office wall and sprayed it into the pool, the report said. The damage was […]

Business digest: Businesses to be notified of credits

Businesses to be notified of credits The Internal Revenue Service will begin sending postcards to 25,709 New Mexico businesses this week to notify them of benefits of small business health insurance tax credits. Tax credits of 25 percent of premium costs will be available for small businesses that purchase health insurance for employees if there […]

Bills seek to rein in exempt jobs

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican The issue of exempt employees on state government’s payroll hasn’t gone away this session, despite layoffs of 59 of the governor’s political appointees in January. Sen. John Ryan, R-Albuquerque, again is pushing a measure that would limit the number of exempt state employees to about 400. “The […]

Legislation protecting government employees passes

By Steven Terrell: The Santa Fe New Mexican The state Senate once again has passed a bill designed to protect government employees from retaliation for reporting official wrongdoing — something backers said Wednesday is long overdue in New Mexico. Sen. Sue Wilson-Beffort, R-Sandia Park, sponsor of Senate Bill 96, told fellow senators that had the […]

Legislative tidbits: Furlough Frito pies

The Santa Fe New Mexican Days remaining in session: 23 Furlough Frito pies The Communications Workers of America Local 7076 has set up a fund to help ease the financial burden on state employees who have been furloughed. Today, Fox’s Uptown Cafe in the Bataan Memorial Building will serve Frito pies for a donation to […]

Business feature: Businesses taking steps to avoid flu

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jade Gallegos, a Clovis Community College student who runs the information desk under the work-study program, said a lot of visitors stop to use a hand sanitizer station near the door. The college is one of a number of local organizations taking steps to prevent the spread of H1N1 flu. […]

Hiring freeze part of proposed CMS budget cuts

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Working to cut $600,000 out of a $54 million dollar budget, Clovis Municipal Schools administration focused on keeping all 1,100 employees and keeping the cuts away from students. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said budget cuts were no surprise and the district has been planning for them. “We’ve been trying to […]

Jail employees placed on administrative leave

CNJ Staff Two jail employees are on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the mistaken release of an inmate Saturday. County Manager Lance Pyle said the two were placed on leave Monday while the jail conducts an administrative investigation. John “ToyToy” Garcia, 33, was released by mistake Saturday when jail staff […]