Everybody’s business: Hiring employees big decision for business

Imagine the risk and pressure of starting up and running a business by yourself — no paid employees to help you. Can’t be many of those businesses, can there? Fact is, America has over 21 million, one-person businesses according to the latest figures available from the U.S. Census. The good news for a lot of […]

Conflict arises on veteran hiring

Executives from more than 20 companies traded ideas on hiring more military veterans in this tough economy, and easing their transition into civilian careers, during a special “Veterans Employment Summit” last week hosted by the House Veterans Affairs Committee. Before a single idea could be shared, however, executives watched uncomfortably for 10 minutes as their […]

Businesses lack confidence to start hiring

Freedom New Mexico President Barack Obama’s overture to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was received politely, even if it doesn’t lead to any change. Obama gave a speech Monday to the Chamber, defending his tax-gobbling policies and asking business leaders to gobble up their own assets. In doing so, he revealed a lack of understanding […]

Curry County hires new jail administrator

Keith Norwood of Belen is the new administrator of the Curry County jail. Norwood’s appointment was announced late Wednesday by County Manager Lance Pyle. Norwood has 25 years experience with the New Mexico Department of Corrections. He retired in December as the deputy bureau chief of internal audits, standards and compliance, according to his resume. […]

Board votes to make hiring practices priority for interim superintendent

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education decided in a 4-1vote Tuesday to make investigating school hiring practices a priority for Interim Superintendent G.C. Ross. Charges of discriminatory hiring practices were leveled at Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm during the board’s April 28 meeting by the Concerned Citizens of Curry County. […]

Watson murder trial handed over to jury

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Roosevelt County farmer William “Billy Joe” Watson’s fate was handed over to a jury late Monday. Watson is accused of hiring an Aryan Brotherhood gang member to kill local rancher Jimmie Bo Chunn. Attorneys finished final arguments earlier in the day and the jury had not reached a verdict […]

State hires 21 despite hiring freeze

By Kate Nash: The Santa Fe New Mexican State government in the past seven months has hired 21 new employees despite an ongoing hiring freeze, state personnel records show. The records obtained by the Santa Fe New Mexican under the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act show that three people were added to the payroll […]

Freeze means freeze: Lawmaker’s bill cracks down on state hires

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican A lawmaker upset over the continued hiring of state employees after a Gov. Bill Richardson-imposed hiring halt has introduced a measure that sets out stringent criteria for exemptions to the rule. Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort, R-Sandia Park, is carrying a bill (SB 215) that would only allow the state […]

School board meets in executive session, takes no action

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education met in executive session Tuesday to discuss the recent resignation of Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm. The board took no action before adjourning after about an hour. Seidenwurm announced last week she will resign on June 30. Board members said the closed session was held to discuss plans […]

U.S. Census Bureau hiring census workers

CNJ staff The Census needs help. U.S. Census Bureau’s Denver Regional Census Center is recruiting for hundreds of temporary part-time jobs in New Mexico, according to a news release. Positions hired now will take part in early operations in 2009 that support the upcoming 2010 Census. Cathy Illian, director of the bureau’s Denver Regional Census […]

Commission approves hiring of animal removal firm

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The sheriff’s office will hire a service to remove dead large, dead animals from public lands and right-of-ways after commissioners gave their blessing Tuesday to Curry County Sheriff Matt Murray. Last week when a dead calf turned up at the Texico Cemetery, which is public land, Murray said deputies […]

CCC Board of Trustees approves architect contract

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis Community College Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved hiring an architect to design the proposed Norman and Vi Petty Performing Arts Center on Main Street. Board members approved a $48,000 contract with Albuquerque architectural firm Van H. Gilbert Architect PC. “It will provide a main venue for our […]

Republicans seek investigation into ’temporary’ hires

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Republican lawmakers have asked the state attorney general’s office to investigate the Richardson administration’s practice of hiring temporary exempt employees. A March 18 letter from Sen. Kent Cravens, R-Albuquerque, signed by two dozen other GOP lawmakers, said Gov. Bill Richardson’s practices have resulted in “numerous unauthorized hirings.” Lawmakers […]

Rush for summer jobs starts

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By Ryn Gargulinski School’s out for summer — and the race is on for jobs, according to Matt Barela, employment representative for New Mexico’s Labor Department. As with hitting the books, it pays to start early for the job hunt, said Barela. “Summer is really, really busy,” he said. “A lot of the jobs are […]

Reader Reaction: Readers split over city-manager call

Compiled by CNJ Editor David Stevens A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked, “What do you think about the city hiring Joe Thomas as city manager without looking for outside applicants?” Some responses: “JOE GOES BACK A long way in this city … The City Commission (and its residents) were very happy with Raymond Mondragon’s […]

Business feature: Holiday hiring season here

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Dilliard’s employees Amina Fuseini (left) and Lina Jano sort Christmas items Monday night at work. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer With Thanksgiving just a little more than a week away, local businesses and national retailers are beefing up their staffs in preparation for the extra work loads in the coming […]

Limbaugh’s comments clearly not racist

Walter Williams Rush Limbaugh’s comment on ESPN regarding Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Donovan McNabb was: “I don’t think he’s been that good from the get go. I think what we’ve had here is a little of social concern from the NFL. The media has been desirous that a black quarterback do well.” Kweisi Mfume, NAACP’s president, […]