Legislature may see ‘dramatic’ facelift in 2013

Tuesday was the official filing day for New Mexico’s primary election. Political blogger Joe Monahan tells us the state Legislature is “poised for its most dramatic facelift in two decades.” He also reports the lawmaking game is not as much fun as it used to be and writes: “The bull market days of an overflowing […]

Bill tracker

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Tonjia Rolan Local area legislators have introduced 14 new bills since Jan. 26. The deadline for filing legistlation was Feb. 1. House and Senate bill progress has been updated to reflect information available 5 p.m. Monday.

Filing day Tuesday for municipal elections

CNJ staff Tuesday is filing day for municipal elections across eastern New Mexico, with an 8 a.m.-5 p.m. window to file for office. The following is a list of items of residents who have made public announcements of their intentions to run in Clovis’ March 6 election. • The mayor’s race. Incumbent Mayor Gayla Brumfield […]

Curry County primary filing list

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, the following had candidacy for office in the Curry County primary election: • District 64 state representative: Incumbent Anna Crook, Republican; Wade Lopez, Democrat • Magistrate Judge, District 1: Johnny Chavez, Democrat; Incumbent Duane K. Castleberry, Republican • Magistrate Judge District 2: Genaro Soto, Democrat; Incumbent Richard Hollis Jr., Republican […]

Candidates for June primary filing Tuesday

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Tuesday, seven elected offices go up for grabs in Curry County. Democrat and Republican candidates are required to file with the clerk’s office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The filings are to compete in the June 1 primary elections. Winners in June will be the choices presented on […]

Candidate filing to open at 8 a.m.

Candidate filing is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Clovis City Clerk’s office for March city elections. The election is for municipal judge and each of the four city commisison districts. All candidates must be registered voters and never convicted of a felony. Candidates for the commissioner positions must be residents of the […]

Texas Tech letter provided to Leach

The Associated Press The text of a letter, dated Dec. 23, from Texas Tech officials provided to Mike Leach that was included in a court filing. Leach, who was fired Wednesday, did not sign the letter nor agree to abide by the guidelines set forth in it. ——— Dear Coach Leach, As you know, we […]

Xcel delays submitting energy rate revision

Freedom New Mexico An Xcel Energy spokesman said Wednesday the company has postponed filing its revised rate increase request. Spokesman Wes Reeves said the revised request will be significantly lower than the 6.2 percent increase orginally sought last December. Reeves said the new filing could be presented Friday to the state Public Regulatory Commission.

Area taxpayers filing earlier this year

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks 2008 Tax forms at the Clovis-Carver Public Library Tuesday, the day before tax day. By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom New Mexico correspondent To tax-filing procrastinators, Lloyd Harrison says “haste makes waste.” These are words of warning from Harrison, a Portales tax preparer with Anchor Accounting. He advises folks to begin early […]

Act makes claim filing too tedious

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist In the last decade, the Department of Veterans Affairs has doubled the number of disability claim processors on staff, and yet the average time to process a claim has climbed during that period from four months to six. From January 2007 through June 2008, as VA added 2,700 claim processors […]

Tax help volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to help provide free tax help for simple returns to low and moderate income families and for senior citizens. Volunteers must want to learn about tax filing and be willing to work at least 20 hours per week from February through April. Volunteers will be trained and certified in January. Tax help […]

Four vying to be next mayor of Clovis

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ city editor Four people have declared their intention to run for mayor of Clovis in the March 4 election. Mayor David Lansford has held the position for 12 years. In November, he announced he would not run again for personal reasons. Those who have declared their intention to run for mayor […]

Taxpayers have two extra days to file this year

By Tonya Garner: Freedom Newspapers Procrastinators have two extra days to file their tax returns this year. Since the traditional April 15 filing day falls on a Saturday, the Internal Revenue Service has extended the deadline for most Americans to 11:59 p.m. on Monday. Jerry Carlton, U.S. Postal Service supervisor in Clovis, said the deadline […]

Business feature: New year, new tax laws

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer A new tax season often means new tax laws. This year is no exception. There are a number of changes that may assist taxpayers in filing their taxes and may qualify some for larger deductions and less taxes. IRS Spokesperson Bill Brunson said this year’s changes are just business […]

Extension a possible lifeline for taxpayers

STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS If you’re among the 10 million taxpayers who won’t meet the Thursday tax-filing deadline, now is the time to ask the Internal Revenue Service for an automatic four-month extension. Portales CPA Terry Cone knows about those extensions. He is recommending people who have complicated returns to file, but haven’t met with […]