Senate to vote on stimulus package

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico As Congress debates the size of an economic stimulus package aimed at creating jobs by funding “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects, Clovis is working to get two projects ready for the bill, according to city officials. City Manager Joe Thomas said replacing the Hull Street overpass and improving the city’s wastewater […]

Cannon selected for pilot program

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico Cannon Air Force Base is among five Air Force bases in the country selected for a three-month pilot program designed to market civilian jobs on base. The air base has had a difficult time filling the 50 open civilian positions it has because of its remoteness, according to Cannon […]

It’s their job: Tom Moore, The Print Shop

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Name: Tom Moore Job: Pressman at The Print Shop Background: Moore graduated from Clovis High School in 1970. He studied human relations at Lubbock Christian University for three years before returning to the Portales area. Time on the job: 22 years What does your job entail? I set up presses and prepare them to run […]

Employers seeking students

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Members of the Community Development Corporation Board, in conjunction with Eastern New Mexico University, will hold an Employment Fair to seek students interested in filling area positions. “The whole intent is to find part-time employees,” said Sharon King, interim director of the Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation. The fair […]

Biogas company eyes Clovis/Portales

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers An alternative energy company is slated to build biogas facilities in Curry and Roosevelt counties. New Jersey-based White Hat Energy will build a $36 million biogas facility in Curry County to extract methane gas from cow manure, according to a release from the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. The Clovis facility […]

Feds employee too many, pay to much

Editorial Here’s an easy way to double your salary: Go to work for the U.S. government. GovExec.com reported earlier this month that in 2005 average compensation for federal employees was “double that of private sector workers for the first time,” according to figures released by the Commerce Department’s U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. In 2005, […]

Call center plans to add 80 jobs

Jean Verlich: Freedom Newspapers SEI-CCS LLC plans to add up to 80 jobs by the end of the year to its Clovis bilingual customer care center, nearly tripling the number of employees, according to a company spokesperson. The company received $282,108 in state Job Training Incentive Awards to create 71 of the jobs, according to […]

Past week was one filled with economic euphoria for area

Editorial The past week started with 13 months of uncertainty. It ended with three doses of euphoria in five days. When people reminisce years from now about what was the best single week of good news, the past seven days will rank near the top. First, on Sunday and Monday, we carried the palpable uncertainty […]

Wal-Mart once again paying price for its success

Editorial Who would have thought that one of the nation’s most successful firms, renowned for helping consumers by offering low prices and decent jobs, would become a lightning rod for so many disgruntled people? Once again, during hearings this week at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. in Washington, D.C., we see that mere mention of […]

Letters to the Editor April 5, 2006

Don’t ignore our own pork The duplicitous nature of our arguments never ceases to amaze. All of us, Republicans and Democrats alike, are upset at the astounding, “drunken sailor-ish” spending that’s currently going on in Washington. No offense to drunken sailors, but we demand answers! We demand accountability! We demand restraint! And then the Defense […]

Anti-Wal-Mart campaign hurting poor

Editorial Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young, a longtime civil-rights activist who helped draft the 1964 Civil Rights Act, is facing criticism that he usually has not had to endure. Union activists are calling him a “corporate shill.” One African-American commentator was even more vicious: “How many more times will other Andys and Amoses of our […]

State gets funding to help job transitions

Staff and Wire Reports The U.S. Department of Labor has decided to award the state $1 million in job transition funds since it could be affected by the Pentagon’s plans to close Cannon Air Force Base and transfer jobs from White Sands Missile Range. The funds would be used in eastern New Mexico to support […]

Call centers praised and criticized

By Staff and wire reports More than two dozen call centers operate in New Mexico from Taos to Las Cruces, and have drawn both praise for creating jobs and criticism for low wages and high turnover. Twenty-seven centers with a combined payroll of $625 million operate in the state, according to a survey 15 months […]

Base-closing to affect all

By Liz Sidoti: The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The shifting of troops and jobs from the Northeast to the Sunbelt and the West. The consolidation of scores of Reserve and Guard sites across the map. Mergers throughout the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps to create super-sized multipurpose bases. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld […]

After more than 50 years, Cannon has become ‘us’

By David Stevens: Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico Editor This is personal. We know the economic impact: Twenty-something percent of our communities’ jobs are tied directly to Cannon Air Force Base and hundreds of millions of dollars go through there every year, much of it circulating through our restaurants and car dealerships and flower shops […]

Base has huge economic impact

The Associated Press Southeastern New Mexico suffered a body blow with the Pentagon’s announcement that it intended to close Cannon Air Force Base, part of the Clovis community for more than 60 years. Supporters have vowed an all-out lobbying effort to save the base. “It makes no sense to close Cannon. … To pick our […]

Cannon closure details

The Associated Press PENTAGON SAYS: Close Cannon Air Force Base and distribute active duty and Air National Guard aircraft to Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque and other bases Wisconsin, South Dakota, Maryland, Nevada and Utah. WHY: Cannon’s active duty F-16s will move to Nellis and Hill Air Force bases, which the Pentagon says have […]

Choose your own adventure in rhetoric

By Kevin Wilson Trying hard to invalidate the flip-flop arguments? Or are you trying to prove that Bush is really turning the corner? Like John Edwards said, help is on the way. What follows is the only speech you’ll need this election season. When you come to the items in parentheses, cross out the first […]

Next step could be a tough one for graduates

By David Arkin: PNT Correspondent After four years in the classroom, many newly crowned graduates are eager to take their new knowledge and hit the job market. Not so fast. Getting a good job for some may actually be tougher than that calculus final they just got done taking. For those thousands of college graduates […]

Economy at risk if Cannon goes down

By Darrell Todd Maurina Shutting down Cannon Air Force Base would cost the state of New Mexico at least $122 million each year in value-added income, according to a new study by a research team at New Mexico State University — and that’s on top of $111 million in lost payroll from Cannon and $52 […]