Oak Ridge Boys hit close to home

Thanks to three generous co-workers (they are modest, so email me for names), Portales residents Steve and Betsy Chaves and I received complimentary fourth-row tickets to celebrate Steve’s latest 29th birthday at the Oak Ridge Boys concert in Clovis. Since the Chaves’ original plans included karaoke, I tried talking Steve into crashing the stage and […]

Pyle elected to third term on insurance board

CNJ staff Curry County Manager Lance Pyle was elected Wednesday to serve a third term on the New Mexico Insurance Authority Workers’ Compensation Board of Directors. The board is comprised of eight members representing 31 of the state’s 33 counties. On the board since 2007, Pyle represents Curry, Eddy, Grant, San Miguel and Valencia Counties, […]

Letters to the editor: Clovis in need of improvements

Clovis in need of improvements I would like to respond to the article in CNJ when they voted to buy the Chaparral golf course. I think it is about time the city had a full 18-hole course. Now our high school kids will have a full course to hold their tournaments. I agree with the […]

Government workers part of community

As did many husbands on Valentine’s Day, I took my wife to one of her favorite restaurants. That place being overcrowded, with a two hour wait predicted, we went instead to another of her favorite dining establishments. We did not complain about the prices, nor the expectation that, with good service, we would leave a […]

Weekly update — Feb. 13

Curry awarded safety grant Curry County has been awarded $20,000 as an incentive for improving workplace safety, according to a press release. The award, from the New Mexico Association of Counties, was given to six counties in recognition of reduced workers compensation claims in fiscal year 2009/2010. Curry County experienced a 46 percent reduction in […]

Five workers to be laid off after EPCOG contract loss

Sharna Johnson The Eastern Plains Council of Government’s loss of a contract for the Eastern Area Workforce Development Board (EAWDB) means five Clovis workers will lose their jobs. EPCOG bid to continue its role as the administrative and fiscal agent for the EAWDB, however competing bidder New Mexico Tech Net was selected. But at least […]

Police blotter — Nov. 7

Samplings of recent calls received by Clovis-area law enforcement officers, according to reports: Around 8 p.m. Oct. 22 an officer responded to a residence in the 700 block of Seventh Street for a report of child abuse. Social workers told officers they needed officers present for a home visit. The officer noted there were four […]

Officials say voting traffic steady

CNJ staff By mid-afternoon Tuesday, it had already been a busy day for election workers. Curry County Clerk Connie Jo Lyman said her office phones have been ringing non-stop with voter questions and poll workers are reporting continuous traffic. “Every report we’re hearing is that it is very steady, so we may have a good […]

Letter to the editor: City workers quick to clean up

City workers quick to clean up I recently had a concern and called the city to ask for help with something I noticed around Mitchell, Sixth and Main streets. Recently with all the rains we’ve had, the weeds have had a chance to grow at a faster pace and they did just that. Just to […]

City leaders concerned Portales street lights safety risk

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Freedom New Mexico: Clarence Plank Vehicles traveling through the intersection of South Avenue C and West First Street Wednesday in Portales. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Clovis and Portales leaders are concerned traffic lights in Portales may present a safety risk to workers — an issue they plan to take up with the state, […]

Census Bureau seeking workers

Freedom New Mexico The U.S. Census Bureau is seeking workers in the Clovis and Portales areas to assist with the 2010 count. Salaries are in excess of $10 an hour with employment through the end of May. Anyone interested in this employment can go to the following locations at the following times for information: Portales: […]

Trucking companies adding about 100 jobs in Portales

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Western Dairy Transport LLC Chief Executive Officer David Shelton stands with his trucks at its new Portales location. With Greatwide Logistics Inc. trucking company also expanding in Portales, around 100 net new jobs are expected. By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Two trucking companies are bringing around 100 jobs to […]

State workers ordinary people, too

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist The holidays are, most definitely, a time when we take stock of and count our blessings. They are also a time when we figure out how we shall allocate limited resources to cover the ways we wish to express our love, be it gifts, parties, or travel expenses to share […]

Ag workers seek compensation

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico is hearing a debate over whether agriculture workers need to be included in the state-run workers compensation system. A group of civil rights organizations is suing to have New Mexico agricultural workers included. However, many in the agriculture industry have said their employees are already covered and […]

Construction zone speed enforcement patrols begin Monday

On Monday, June 1st, 2009 Officers of the Clovis Police Department will be conducting Speed Enforcement Patrols on West Brady Avenue from Hull Street East to South Prince Street in the designated construction zones. Officers will be specifically targeting speeders in these construction zones. The construction zones will be clearly marked and will see a […]

Local postal workers organize food drive

The National Association of Letter Carriers is gearing up for its 17th annual food drive May 4-9. Andres Montoya, coordinator of the drive in Clovis, said last year’s drive netted 8,647 pounds as part of a nationwide drive that gathered more than 73 million pounds. Montoya said this year’s goal is 12,000 pounds. Nonperishable food […]

Public, private job sectors unbalanced

Freedom New Mexico Based on news stories about teacher layoff notices and tough times at city halls and the state capitols, one would think that the government and its workers are suffering disproportionately during this down economy. Actually, the truth is quite the opposite. Government continues to grow, and its workers continue to gain significant […]

Early census operations starting now in local communities census workers will be visible on neighborhood streets using GPS handheld computers

The Census bureau will launch a massive operation beginning next week to verify and update more than 145 million addresses as it prepares to conduct the 2010 Census. Although the count is still a year away, workers will be going door to door, verifying addresses to ensure the accuracy of next year’s Census delivery lists.

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 […]

Bingaman, Udall and Teague: Chino mine workers eligible for federal assistance

U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall, and Representative Harry Teague, today applauded news that the U.S. Department of Labor has determined that workers laid off from the Chino mine are eligible for federal assistance. The New Mexico lawmakers urged then-Labor Secretary Elaine Chao in a December letter to quickly approve any application made for […]