RGH board eligibility questioned

By Sarah Meyer: PNT Staff Writer The Roosevelt General Hospital Board of Directors is considering a policy that would prohibit hospital employees from running for election to the board. James D’Agostino, hospital administrator, said during Tuesday’s meeting that other public entities in the county do not allow employees to run for board positions. The proposed […]

Local Briefs Aug. 12, 2008

City offices closed for funeral Portales city offices will close shortly before 10 a.m. today so that employees may attend the funeral of longtime Portales police officer Preston Wilkerson, according to City Manager Debi Lee. She said there will be at least one person on duty at City Hall. Other departments should reopen at 1 […]

Caring Campaign

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By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer A group of Eastern New Mexico University employees are reaching out to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan — especially those who have ties to the university. The offices of academic affairs and academic services have started a care package campaign to let the troops know they haven’t been […]

Clovis city commissioners approve raises

Freedom New Mexico Clovis city commissioners voted unanimously Friday morning to approve a pay raise for employees during a special meeting to approve the final budget for fiscal year ending June 2009. The commission also approved a $59.7 million budget. The pay raise, which is an adjustment to the budget, will amount to between 3 […]

County proactive on losses

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Roosevelt County Commissioners took action Tuesday they hope will lead to loss prevention related to insurance claims by employees, which the county manager says are climbing at an alarming rate. Bruce Swingle of the New Mexico County Insurance Authority gave commissioners a presentation on a relatively new program aimed […]

2-19-08 It’s Their Job

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Name: Aileen McAlister Job: Florist and owner Butterfly Floral Time on job: 26 years Background: Past farmer also a former president of the New Mexico Florist Association. She has done numerous design shows for other florists from 1985 to 2005. Q. Describe what your job entails? A. She takes care of a range of business […]

Improving baseball should start at top

By Kevin Wilson Imagine you’re the boss of one of America’s most public companies, with a payroll in the billions going to roughly 1,200 employees. Now imagine your most productive employees are suspected to be illegal drug users. And you’ve got to go to Washington, D.C. to talk about what’s going wrong with your business. […]

Minimum wage boost hits Tuesday

By Sarah Meyer: Freedom New Mexico New Mexico employees working at minimum wage jobs will get a 65-cent pay raise Tuesday, but local business owners say the increase is likely to cause more problems than it solves. The state minimum wage jumps to $6.50 an hour beginning Tuesday from the current federal minimum wage of […]

11-20-07 It’s their job

Name: Michelle Goodwin Job: General manager, Tower Twin Theater Time on the job: Since June 2005 Background: Before starting work at the theater, Goodwin worked at Garvey Processing as a data clerk and scale house operator. Q. Describe what your job entails. A. Operate the movies, sell tickets, sell concessions, set up special movies for […]

11-8 Local Briefs

City offices to close All city of Portales offices will be closed from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. today. The closure is to allow employees to attend the funeral of Ray Terry, the husband of City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry.

Dairy owners ask county to take road

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Owners of a Roosevelt County dairy destroyed by a tornado March 23 appealed to Roosevelt County commissioners to take over maintenance of and improve the road that serves the dairy because of safety concerns. Mike and Cindy Mitchell, managing partners of Grande Vida dairy, told commissioners that with the […]

Call center ups capacity

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By Jean Verlich: Freedom Newspapers Housed inside the 45,000-square-foot SEI call center is a replica of the computer system in a McDonald’s restaurant. It is capable of simulating an entire day’s operation for one of the fast-food restaurants. Although there is no food or cooking equipment, there is a fully functional cash register. The system […]

Officials work to educate public about TB

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Sparked by the recent news of a DairiConcepts employee who contracted tuberculosis, health and public safety officials are working to educate and promote awareness of the disease in the community. Community Resources executive director Terry Teti, is working to put in place a plan that encourages employers to requires […]

Seminar hosts lectures in English, Spanish

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer The New Mexico Ag Expo is going bilingual. A three-hour dairy seminar presented in Spanish will focus on presenting information to dairy managers and workers as part of the first day of the 15th annual Expo Feb. 27-28 at the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds. The seminar features three presentations that […]

City raises, incentive plan get approval

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT Staff Writer Joe Ramirez and his employees at the city water department are often called out at all hours of the night to take care of emergency situations. Those circumstances sometimes make it hard to retain employees. Ramirez, the utility supervisor for the City of Portales, expects a new incentive pay […]

Congress should help small business have fewer fines

Editorial While the movers and shakers in Congress, always with an eye to November elections, are deciding higher-profile matters, a small but significant reform that deserves support is wending its way through the committee process in Congress. HR5242 would give small-business owners a chance — for the first time — to correct unintentional paperwork mistakes […]

New state employment laws shouldn’t be used to target Wal-Mart

Editorial A federal judge ruled last week that the state of Maryland can’t use health insurance laws to punish Wal-Mart. The state law in question would have required nongovernmental employers with 10,000 or more workers to spend at least 8 percent of payroll on health care or pay the difference in taxes, according to The […]

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 […]

Safety in Iraq is becoming a responsibility U.S. can’t handle

Editorial Was it only two weeks ago that the United States killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, the Iraqi government finally got all its ministers in place, and things seemed to be looking up? It is hardly a surprise that al-Qaida or other insurgents would unleash a wave of violence in […]

Ammonia release causes evacuation of local plant

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer The DairiConcepts plant west of Portales was evacuated Tuesday morning for about an hour, and two plant employees were treated at the Roosevelt General Hospital after an accidental release of ammonia, according to a company press release. The employees were sent to the hospital for undisclosed reasons and released […]