Tax aid offered to low income, senior citizens

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Silvia Macias, left, of Clovis has her taxes prepared Thursday by volunteer Ann Sweat of AARP tax aide at Roy Walker Recreation Center. This was Macias’ first time using the free service and Sweat has been a volunteer tax preparer for four years. Tonjia Rolan Low income and senior citizens […]

Affordable Housing Plan defeated

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Brad Heath of Clovis signs in to vote at Precinct 18 while precinct clerk Pat Moody assists at Zia Elementary School during the affordable housing referendum Tuesday. Heath brought along his son, Brad Heath, 8, to provide him a lesson on his civic duty to vote. Sharna Johnson The mood […]

Ethnic fair returns

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CNJ file photo Cash Brown of Houston gets his vehicle ready for last year’s Ethnic Fair car show. Brown has brought a car to the show since 2003. The Ethnic Fair is scheduled for Saturday on Main Street in Clovis. Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer It’s about ethnicity, no doubt. But it’s also about entertainment […]

Pair returns to Baptist Children’s Home as house parents

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Tara Naranjo trains Sundae at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home. She and her husband, Mark, work at the home, where both were members of the horse drill team as youth and where Mark grew up from age 12. Argen Duncan In a corral at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s […]

Columnist follows signs, returns to writing

By Grant McGee: Local columnist In August 2008 I wrote what I thought was my last column for Freedom New Mexico. Well, surprise, surprise, surprise … I’m back. I never said I’d never be back. I closed my last column with simply, “That’s it … for now.” There were a number of reasons I stopped […]

Pro rodeo rider returns home

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Texico’s L.J. Jenkins ropes his bull before participating in Thursday’s Pioneer Days rodeo. Jenkins, 20, received a score of 87 for his ride. By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Monetarily speaking, L.J. Jenkins really didn’t need to participate at the Pioneer Days rodeo on Thursday night, even if bull riding is […]

Grady friend returns for graduation

From Freedom New Mexico correspondent Martha Hardwick:

May 12, 2008 Best Bet on TV

What: How I Met Your Mother Where: CBS When: 7:30 p.m. What it’s about: Britney Spears returns as Abby, who is now dating Barney, and the pair, realizing how much they currently dislike Ted, decide to flaunt their romance in front of him at the bar. Barney, however, goes a bit overboard and does something […]

Power returns to Portales

Power was out for 36 minutes across Portales on Friday morning.

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 […]

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 […]

Education feature: Accounting class offers tax help

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Avien Desantos, left, helps Ruby Mattox of Clovis file her taxes Wednesday at Clovis Community College. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The well-lit room in Clovis Community College exudes the efficient air of an office. But the people here, seated behind computer screens, are students on the path to […]

United Way ahead of 2005 fund-raising

CNJ Staff United Way of Eastern New Mexico is outdoing itself this year, outperforming last year’s fund-raising drive with a little less than a month to go, according to Executive Director Erinn Burch. Sitting at approximately 59 percent of the goal, Burch said $310,237 had been raised as of Wednesday. This year’s goal for Curry […]

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 […]

Retailers: Returns, exchanges ordinary for season

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The Master’s book-store owner Tammy Garner, right, helps Tammy Jacobs of Melrose exchange a Bible on Monday at the book store in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Stores were bogged down Monday with returns and exchanges of gifts gone awry, as anticipated by those in the retail industry. The […]

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 […]