Clovis survived railroad office closing

By Don McAlavy: CNJ columnist O n Nov. 18, 1987, Santa Fe Railroad spokesman Richard Hall announced the division offices in Clovis and La Junta, Colo., would shut down and consolidate in Albuquerque during the latter half of 1988. Sure enough, Clovis suffered a closure on June 27, 1989, but we lived through it. After […]

80-year-old has been Roden-Smith employee for 60 years

Cleo Mullis of Clovis has worked at Roden-Smith Village for over 60 years, at both the original store on Fourth and Main streets in Clovis and the second location at Hilltop Plaza. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A complete living room set, with patterned pillows placed across a coordinating couch, […]

Commission approves pay raise

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer City employees will receive a little more than half of a pay raise package outlined in April by city management. City officials said the uncertainty presented by Cannon Air Force Base’s appearance on the Base Realignment and Closure list prompted them to scale back the pay plan. “I promised […]

City approves service rate hikes

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The Clovis City Commission approved recommendations Thursday that could generate upwards of $700,000 toward raises for city employees. The commission approved the recommendations of the city’s revenue review committee, which include a hike in some city services and the transfer of funds earmarked for drainage to the general fund. […]

Poor procedures waste tax dollars

By Ned Cantwell Here’s the main difference between government employment and private industry, as I see it: Let’s take a fictional company. We’ll call it Gadgets Inc. No, that’s boring. Let’s call it We’ll locate it in Deming because Deming needs some economic stimulation, its Duck Race not withstanding. So is doing pretty […]

Hair salon aiding Relay for Life

Employees at Visible Changes hair salon on 21st Street are decorating a pine tree, normally reserved for holidays, with paper star and moon cutouts that are symbolic of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life campaign. (CNJ photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Tucked behind lanes of swivel chairs, mirrors and shears […]

City pay-raise plan outlined

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A possible solution was presented to fund a salary increase for city employees at Thursday’s City Commission meeting. City Manager Joe Thomas said $1.1 million is needed to fund the salary increases. The city’s revenue review committee concluded a reallocation of a tax levy, capitol outlay cuts for the […]

3/22 Business Digest

Southwest Cheese to hold job fair Southwest Cheese will hold a career fair from noon to 7 p.m. March 31 at Clovis Community College. Potential candidates will be able to learn about the company, the plant and jobs becoming available in May. Computer terminals will be available for interested applicants to submit an application on […]

Michigan firm not justified in firing smokers

Freedom Newspapers Nineteenth-century migrants to the West often advertised for schoolteachers with the requirement that they be of “good moral character.” Teachers were expected to attend church and avoid smoking and drinking. Today private conduct usually is a workplace consideration if somehow that conduct brings some quantifiable disrepute to one’s employer. But it is a […]

City workers feel slighted

Kevin Musick, traffic control supervisor with Public Works, listens to attorney Eric Dixon talk about the need for city employees to receive a pay raise during a revenue review committee meeting Tuesday at City Hall. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Several city employees left a Revenue Review Committee meeting […]

Stores implement double coverage

By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer New Mexico convenience store employees will not have to brave the graveyard shift alone any more. Starting today, convenience stores must have two employees working between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. or only allow customers access to clerks through safety features such as bulletproof glass under a new regulation […]

City year in review: Police granted raise after much debate

Clovis Police Chief Bill Carey fought for raises for his officers, as seen here at a Public Safety Committee meeting in October. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Clovis City Commissioner Isidro Garcia didn’t like the idea of funding a giant pay increase for Clovis police. The $714,000 was unbudgeted money, […]

Other city employees need a raise too

by Dave Baker, Guest Columnist Did the Clovis Police Department need the raise it received? You better believe it did. Did officers deserve that raise? Of course, without a doubt! Clovis police do an excellent job every day for the citizens they protect and serve. With this concept of “needing” and “deserving,” what happened to […]

Residents share memories of random acts of kindness

Monica Delk has made more than 90 lapghans for residents at Laurel Ridge Healthcare facility (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal solicited stories from area residents detailing random acts of kindness they have seen others perform. Here are some of their stories. Monica Delk has […]

Try to be kind to community leaders

By Jim Sitterly When anyone steps to the plate to assist in public affairs or work as an elected official, the first thing they should do is have their head examined. I attended my first meeting in the capacity of a volunteer committee person working on the city financial situation. I found it interesting in […]

City searching for revenue

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis has enough money to stay within budget for fiscal year 2005 which begins July 1, even with the $715,000 annual pay increase approved for police early last month. But it can’t fund other employee raises or pay for improvements to infrastructure without cutting expenses or […]

City workers: We deserve raise, too

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor Less than 12 hours after Clovis police received a hefty pay increase, roughly 100 city employees protested Friday by taking a sick day. City employees were protesting the fact there is no plan to increase wages of all city employees, though several said they were happy the city commission […]

Candidate profie: Rhonda Bookout

•Republican Rhonda Bookout faces Democrat Rachel Toney in the Curry County treasurer’s race. Current treasurer Linda Hall is retiring at the end of the year. Name: Rhonda Bookout Occupation: Clerical worker Political party affiliation: Republican Birth date: March 4, 1953 Hometown: Clovis Family: Married to Lance Bookout for 16 years; one daughter, Sarah; one son-in-law, […]

New tax breaks soon to close ‘pay gap’

Tom Philpott Civilian employers of Reserve and National Guard members who are mobilized longer than six months could be offered new tax breaks soon to close a “pay gap” between employees’ military income and lost civilian wages. Senate Republicans, before adjourning for fall elections, yielded to threats from Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., to block a […]

FrozFruit will close its doors at the end of October

CNJ staff A longtime frozen fruit manufacturing company in Clovis will close its doors at the end of the month. FrozFruit, with its 18 full-time and 15 part-time employees, will close its Clovis branch because the plant has aged too much, said Lesley Bartholomew, public relations manager for Wells’ Dairy. Wells’ Dairy, a national ice […]