Bills seek to rein in exempt jobs

By Kate Nash: The 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 number of […]

Senate passes protection bill

By Steve Terrell: The 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 bill been […]

Business feature: Temp agency connects employers with employees

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Lexie Myers is the owner of Snelling Staffing Services in Clovis and Portales. She moved to Clovis from Fort Sumner in 1985. Snelling Staffing places people into a temporary role with an employer. Myers said times were tough back in the 80s for farmers so her family moved to […]

Poster contest closed to public

Freedom New Mexico Because of increased cases of influenza-like illness, Roosevelt General Hospital has decided not to allow the public to judge posters created by Portales sixth-graders in honor of Infection Control Week, said Director of Marketing Gay Weese. In order to keep the flu from spreading, people are discouraged from coming to the hospital […]

New dealership arrives in Clovis

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico On Monday, General Motors filed for bankruptcy. Also on Monday, a Clovis Hyundai dealership opened shop. Hamilton Hyundai opened its doors with about 10 employees on hand to sell a fleet of 30 vehicles. Gary Hamilton, owner of the new franchise on Mabry Drive, said he hopes those numbers […]

DA employees recognized

Freedom New Mexico Two employees with the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office have been recognized by the New Mexico District Attorney’s Association. Assistant District Attorney Ben Cross was recently named 2008 Community Prosecutor of the year for community service work in the area. Cross has directed the Abolish Chronic Truancy program for the district attorney’s […]

CSF take-over bill survives House vote

By John Sena: The New Mexican Hopes that Santa Fe will have a four-year public university next fall were kept alive Monday as the House of Representatives voted 49-16 for a bill authorizing a state institution to take over the College of Santa Fe campus. However, the proposal still faces a major hurdle: Clearing the […]

Hospital board policy change approved

By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico The Roosevelt General Hospital Board has approved a policy prohibiting employees from serving on the board of directors. The policy was adopted on a 3-1 vote Tuesday. Board members Fred Anthony, Terry Cone and Dr. Lonnie Alexander voted for the policy. Peggy Davis was the lone vote against. The […]

House bill guarantees wages

By Sandra Baltazar Martinez: The New Mexican House Labor and Human Resources Committee members approved a bill aimed at protecting New Mexico employees from wage theft. House Bill 489 sponsored by State Rep. Miguel Garcia, D-Albuquerque, was approved with a 4-2 vote Tuesday. Among other provisions, the bill aims to guarantee that workers get their […]

Christmas just another work day for some

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer While most people are opening presents and eating a big meal with loved ones Christmas Day, many others are hard at work. Still, a lot of those dedicated employees say they don’t mind. Gayle Richerson, director of patient care at Roosevelt General Hospital, said she has worked on Christmas […]