It’s their job: Chelsea Pinedo

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Name: Chelsea Pinedo Job: Receptionist at Fitness and More Gym and server at Pizza Hut. Time on the Job: Three weeks at Fitness and More, and one week at Pizza Hut, though she previously worked at Pizza Hut for nine months before starting back to work for them again. […]

Labor bill receives lukewarm reception

By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers A bill that would help farm and ranch laborers injured at work has gotten a lukewarm reception in the Legislature, and local lawmakers predict it has too many hiccups to pass. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, and others said a bill that would amend the Worker’s Compensation Act to include […]

Immigration laws do little to deter illegal immigrants

Editorial We still don’t know enough to assess certain aspects of last week’s dramatic raids on six meatpacking plants owned by Swift & Co. The raids, conducted in six different states including one near Amarillo, led to 1,282 suspected illegal immigrants being arrested and more than 100 being charged with various serious crimes, including identity […]

Precincts gear up for general election

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Gearing up for the general election, precinct workers have been brushing up on rules and regulations at an election school that was held on Wednesday and Thursday in the Roosevelt County Courthouse. During the school, precinct workers are briefed on laws, and what is to be done on election […]

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, […]

New skatepark to open July 15

PNT Staff The foundation has been laid — literally — for the new Portales skatepark at Portales Recreation Center. The opening is scheduled for July 15. Portales Skatepark Organization member Lorenzo Baca said the concrete has been poured and the slab already has ramps, a pyramid and a fun box for skateboarders and skaters. Portales […]

Public salaries now averaging higher than private sector

Editorial An alarming study by the libertarian Cato Institute suggests that a new class is being created in America — a government working elite with special privileges, quickly outpacing the private sector in the salaries and benefits it receives. The study found that average federal government workers’ total compensation — salary and benefits — now […]

Bill coming due soon on public pension crisis

Editorial When it comes to the mounting nationwide pension crisis, it’s best to follow the advice, “At first, do no harm.” Nationwide, unfunded public and private pension liabilities are at an unfathomable $800 billion. That’s the amount of benefits owed, beyond the funds available to pay them. USA Today reported last month that “taxpayers will […]

Letters to the Editor for April 23, 2006

??r: Immigration is growing into a major issue. Demonstrations have been held in hundreds of cities. When people take to the streets it is often a sign of democracy beginning to flourish. Democracy requires the public be informed and involved, and movements must be inclusive and vibrant. Segments of the business community want access to […]

Making life a little more bearable

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By Sharna Johnson, Freedom Newspapers Tucked away in fire trucks, ambulances and emergency rooms, the brightly colored bears are valuable tools for helping children deal with traumatic events. Called “Hugga-Bears,” the soft, pillowy animals are often successful in drying up tears and helping a child smile in the midst of an otherwise bad situation, according […]