State workers’ union not pushing pay issue

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

New rehearsal hall for opera on horizon

By Anne Constable: The Santa Fe New Mexican The Santa Fe Opera is seeking legislative approval for an agreement with the state to lease and eventually purchase a yet-to-be-built open-air rehearsal hall and the land it sits on. Speaker of the House Ben Lujan, D-Nambe, introduced this week House Joint Resolution 8, which would give […]

Raise, ‘Wellness’ plan get OK

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist Military members will get a 3.9 percent pay raise in January. But the fiscal 2009 defense authorization approved by Congress on Saturday does not include a House-passed plan to set military pay raises through 2013 a half percentage point higher than private sector wage growth. The new defense bill will […]

Team examines travel pay process

By Tech. Sgt. Drew Nystrom: Air Force Reserve Command Public Affairs Robins Air Force Base, Ga. — Air Force Reserve Command officials here hosted a total force team of financial experts from around the Air Force Aug. 11 through 14 to improve delays in processing travel vouchers. The team, under the direction of Richard P. […]

City commissioners approve pay raises

CNJ staff Clovis city commissioners voted unanimously Friday morning to approve a pay raise for employees during a special meeting to approve the final budget for fiscal year ending June 2009. The commission also approved a $59.7 million budget. The pay raise, which is an adjustment to the budget, will amount to between 3 and […]

Amateur rodeos have unexpected results

Glenda Price Summertime in the Southwest is rodeo time. We’ve got 4-H rodeos, high school and junior rodeos, amateur punkin’ rollin’s and, of course, the professional productions. In the old days we had many amateur rodeos — the kind where you can pay your entry fee and get your number half an hour before the […]

Commissioners approve pay increase for county manager

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Commissioners and Curry County administrators toured the Special Events Center Tuesday morning after the county commission meeting. Work on the center is about 85 percent complete according to project supervisor Randy Kamradt. By CNJ staff writer: Sharna Johnson Curry County Commissioners decided to award County Manager Lance Pyle a $14,500 […]

Clovis man arrested after ATM malfunction

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A Clovis man was charged with a felony Wednesday when he tried to retrieve his ATM card from a bank machine with his pocket knife. Manuel Beltran, 56, said he was trying to withdraw money from an ATM at a retail store to pay bills. “I put the card […]

U.S. House passes Ute Water Project funding bill

Gabriel Monte A bill authorizing federal funding for the Ute Water Project has passed what area officials call a major milestone. The House voted 301-124 Thursday to pass the bill authorizing the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to spend $327 million on a project that would pipe water from the Ute Lake Reservoir to eight eastern […]

CCC employees to receive pay raise

CNJ staff The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees renewed college president John Neibling’s contract during Wednesday’s monthly meeting. Neibling’s contract is up for renewal annually. Neibling, in his third year at CCC, will also receive a pay increase because of state legislation that increases state employees pay by 2 percent. Neibling said his salary […]

‘Foreign’ comedy on tap

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Freedom New Mexico: Karl Terry Betty Meeks (played by Amber Glasgow), left, explains to Catherine Simms (Tasha Irvin) that Charlie (Ryan Jason Cook), seated, can’t understand their conversation during a dress rehearsal for Eastern New Mexico University’s production of &#822 Steven Roberts, a part-time theatre instructor at Eastern New Mexico University, calls himself a Larry […]

Retirees also deserve pay changes

By Tom Philpott Older military retirees like Marine Corps Master Sgt. Lanny Bauer, 68, of Stockton, Calif., do not begrudge current service members for a string of annual pay raises that have exceeded wage growth in the private sector. Every dollar they get is deserved and likely is needed to keep quality volunteers in wartime, […]

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 […]

Residents pay respects

Cannon Connections photo: Tony Bullocks Joseph and Sarah Maleski of Cannon AFB search Saturday afternoon at the Traveling Vietnam Wall for a gold tag that is engraved with the name of A1C Eric M. Barnes who was killed June 10, 2007, in Iraq. By Gabriel Monte, Cannon Connections The haunting notes of “Amazing Graze” groaned […]

Motorcyclists ride to wall

By Sharna Johnson A procession of more than 100 motorcycles rumbled through Clovis on Sunday to pay homage to fallen soldiers. One-by-one they filed into the parking lot at Clovis High School, dismounting their metal steeds and making way to the American Veterans Traveling Tribute to pay respects. The connection between motorcycles and veterans is […]

Local women sentenced for permitting truancy

CNJ Staff Two Clovis mothers will have to attend parenting classes and pay court fees after being convicted of allowing their children too many unexcused absences from school, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s office. A 42-year-old woman was ordered to ensure her child is in school the remainder of the school […]

New study suggests pay changes

By Tom Philpott: CNJ Columnist A new Department of Defense study of military compensation finds no pay gap exists today between service members and civilian peers. But the study, conducted over the last two years, advises Defense leaders to adopt a new tool for comparing military and private sector compensation so that service members learn […]

Rumble of respect

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Clovis resident and Vietnam Veteran Larry Franklin participates in the Ride of Honor Sunday at the Traveling Wall Memorial at Clovis High School. Riders guided their motorcycles along the Vietnam Wall Memorial replica to pay their respects. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A procession of more than 100 motorcycles […]

Residents pay their respects

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Joseph and Sarah Maleski search for a gold tag that is engraved with the name of Airman 1st Class Eric M. Barnes on Saturday afternoon at the American Veterans Traveling Tribute. Barnes was killed June 10, 2007, in Iraq. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The haunting notes of “Amazing […]

Consumer spending crucial in tax rebate plan

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico It’s still up in the air whether the United States is heading for a recession. Likewise, it’s in the air if rumored stimulus packages would do anything to slow or stop one. President Bush on Friday pushed for an economic stimulus package, consisting of as much as $150 billion […]