Freedom Communication announces pay cuts

Freedom New Mexico IRVINE, Calif. — Freedom Communications, Inc. announced a five percent across-the-board

Cummins Natural Gas Engines cuts workforce

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By Sharna Johnson: Freedom New Mexico Clovis’ Cummins Natural Gas Engine laid off approximately 30 percent of its workforce last week. Sixteen employees — a dozen hourly workers assigned to the shop floor and four office workers —were let go, according to a company spokesman. The reduction brings the plant’s workforce to 39 employees. Cummins […]

ENMU president expects funding cuts

By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer Eastern New Mexico University’s president predicts the school will be able to weather legislative funding cuts this year, but will have problems if decreases continue in subsequent years. At Monday’s board of regents meeting, President Steven Gamble said he anticipates a 5 percent funding cut all around in the […]

Proposed tax increase could mean trouble for those in all brackets

Editorial Democrats say it will restore equity and fairness while Republicans say it’s the biggest tax increase in history, $3.5 trillion over 10 years. The brainchild of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., would juggle $1 trillion in tax cuts and tax increases to shift burdens and relief. The so-called tax “reform” […]

Clovis hospital cuts staff

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A financial squeeze has spurred staff cuts and organizational changes at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis, according to PRMC officials. Hospital officials said 40 clinical, non-clinical, support services and management positions will be cut effective Nov. 18. “Our revenues cannot sustain our current staff levels,” reads a statement […]

Crisis overtakes Bush’s agenda, rearranging second-term landscape

Tom Raum: Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — Hurricane Katrina swamped President Bush’s second-term domestic agenda, reordering his priorities and changing the political landscape. His open-ended commitment to rebuild New Orleans and the Gulf Coast has become his No. 1 domestic imperative. Swept away was Bush’s pledge to cut the budget deficit in half. His centerpiece […]

Medicare on minds of many in Portales

By Tony Parra The push has already begun to try to stop New Mexico legislators from making more cuts to Medicaid funding in the 2005 legislation, which begins in January. Some of the push is coming from Portales. Delores Penrod, a retired Community Services Center worker for almost 35 years, presented a resolution to Mayor […]

Commissioners start trimming for 2004-05 budget

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County commissioners and county officials began trimming the proposed 2004-2005 budget on Tuesday in the regular commission meeting to make ends meet. The revenue money Roosevelt County has is not generating enough interest to offset its expenses, Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin said. Hardin said the amount for revenue was $2.8 […]

House helps curb 135-mile rule cuts

David Arkin Things are looking up — by about $70,000 — for one of Eastern New Mexico University’s most important programs. The House’s budget package, which was approved earlier this week, restores about $400,000 for the 135-mile program. That money would be dispersed among schools that utilize the program. ENMU’s share of that pie would […]

Budget shortfalls lead to staff cuts

By Mike Linn Portales schools will lose two administrative positions and five years worth of savings to balance their budget, officials said on Monday. The Portales Municipal School Board approved the tentative budget by a 3-1 vote, citing unfunded government mandates to raise teachers’ salaries as reason for the cuts and draining of cash reserves. […]