First person: Volunteer receives state recognition

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Millie Lees of Clovis says there is nothing better than doing something for someone else. Millie Lees of Clovis was awarded the K. Rose Wood Memorial Award by the New Mexico Aging and Long-term Service Department for her work with AARP in Clovis and Portales. Because Lees suffered a stroke […]

AARP seeking volunteers to help with income taxes

CNJ staff AARP is seeking volunteers statewide to help others with their income taxes. All volunteers are trained in basic tax law and tax forms as well as how to use computers and software. Volunteers use their knowledge, along with computers and software provided to prepare tax returns for others. Volunteers are asked to serve […]

AARP works to educate senior drivers

By Mickey Winfield: Freedom New Mexico The numbers are alarming when it comes to senior drivers: • 6,512 seniors (65 years old and older) were killed in traffic accidents in 2005 — 15 percent of all traffic fatalities. Experts predict that number will swell to 23,000 annually by 2030. • 79 percent of fatal accidents […]

Free tax help available

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Tax returns are a daunting task for some. But help is available in the area. And not just help, but free help. AARP, ENMU, Tax Help NM and Eastern Plains Community Action Agency are offering free tax help at five locations in Clovis and Portales, according to a press […]

Nov. 8, 2006 Local Briefs

CNJ Staff No injuries reported in morning shooting No injuries were reported in an early-morning shooting Tuesday at a house in the 800 block of Calhoun Street that left holes in a front window, TV, adjacent wall and door, according to police reports. Police responded to a call of shots fired shortly after midnight and […]

1/8 Local Roundup

Candidacy deadline 5 p.m. Tuesday Parties interested in running for office in the March 7 Clovis municipal election must declare their candidacy in the city clerk’s office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to City Clerk Leighann Melancon Four City Commission seats and a judge’s position are up for election in Clovis. The […]

Code talker shares experiences

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers San Juan Pueblo resident Jack Jones was once punished for speaking his native language. Transported by the government from his riverside home in Montezuma, Utah, at 7 years old, Jones learned English in a Colorado boarding school. There he was told his name was Jack; he was warned not to […]

AARP: Private accounts not viable solution

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — The New Mexico chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons is adamant Social Security needs to be fixed, and they are concerned about a day that the federal program’s expenses will exceed revenues. Their message to Portales residents during a seminar Tuesday was that private investment accounts […]

Reporter’s notebook: Tax-Aide volunteers honored

Lucinda Bonney, program director for the Curry County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, strives to personalize the group’s annual banquet by recognizing a different branch of the 157-member organization. This year, Bonney said, the AARP-Tax Aide volunteers stood out. “It really hit me — they have a real impact on our communities. I never realized […]

Do not confuse stock market with gambling

CNJ staff If we’re to believe the AARP’s advertising blitz against partial privatization of Social Security, the U.S. economy is just one big casino. “If we feel like gambling,” declares one full-page newspaper ad, “we’ll play the slots.” But is investing in stocks the same as playing the slots? Is it as risky as taking […]

For love and community

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George Lees and Millie Goslin’s relationship has flourished since meeting through AARP. The couple received the state’s AARP Andrus Award as a pair. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Tova Fruchtman: CNJ staff writer It all started with a prescription drug forum in Portales. As liaison to the state office for the non-profit organization AARP, George […]

District 63 debate touches on broad range of subjects

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Russell Grider, left, and Joseph Campos, D-Santa Rosa, took part in a candidate forum Wednesday at Clovis Community College’s Town Hall. Both are candidates for the District 63 office.(Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer State Rep. Joseph Campos, D-Santa Rosa, and Republican challenger Russell Grider of Clovis sparred for two hours […]

Clovis visionary nominated for AARP award

By Jack King Andrew “Andy” Chitwood of Clovis was honored earlier this year by being one of several people nominated for the Ethel Percy Andrus Award by members of New Mexico’s chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons Inc., said Harold Burris, president of AARP’s Clovis chapter. The Andrus Award, named after AARP’s founder, […]