AARP delivers stance on Social Security

By Kevin Wilson The New Mexico chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons is adamant that Social Security does need to be fixed, and they are concerned about a day that the federal program’s expenses will exceed its revenues. Their message to Portales residents in attendance was that private investment accounts are not the [...]

Perhaps America has had too much civilizing

Freedom Newspapers In mid-April of each year, anyone with more than a modest income must make a reckoning with the federal and state governments. Most of us groan about it, but how often do we contemplate why we must pay such high taxes — which for most people range from 40 percent to 50 percent [...]

ENMU to receive funds

By Tony Parra Eastern New Mexico University administrators received news from the United States Department of Education that its College Success Program would receive $336,121 to help low-income first-generation ENMU students. Nico Cameron, director of CSP, said she wrote the grant for the funding during the summer and on Monday U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici announced, [...]

Proposed townhouses to go up in Portales

By Tony Parra A proposed affordable housing unit of 72 townhouses is in the works to go up on property just east of the Roosevelt General Hospital, according to Beverly Bennett, Vista Nueva Realty realtor. Bennett is working with Jonathan Reed of Jonathan Reed and Associates, a housing development firm from Albuquerque, on the proposed [...]

Seniors receive news on prescription drug cards

By Tony Parra Senior citizens attended an informational seminar on Friday morning at the Portales Senior Citizens center to see if someone can help them with the increasing costs. Buffie Saavedra, the program manager of the Aging and Long-term Service Department of New Mexico, traveled to Portales to answer seniors’ questions about the Medicare prescription [...]

Man found guilty of EBT theft

By Tony Parra =Ricardo Mendez, 37, of Clovis was found guilty of accessing a computer with the intent to commit a crime and two counts of theft identity on Friday by 9th Judicial District Judge Joe Parker. District Attorney Brett Carter said Mendez was placed on adult probation for four years. Mendez and Julia Tapia, [...]

Prudence is needed in robust housing market

By Randy Johnson Double, double, toil and trouble: Is there really a bubble? With apologies to Shakespeare, this is a good question. A bubble traditionally has been defined as a situation where the price of an object rises because of an expectation that it will keep rising, not because the rise is based upon fundamental [...]

Mom’s days of being the tax lady are finally over

Helena Rodriguez Just when I had come to think the only things definite in life are death, taxes, long lines at Wal-Mart, Dick Clark, American Idol, the Dallas Cowboys making the Super Bowl at least once a decade and Mom being firmly planted on the couch doing taxes for other people up until Midnight on [...]

Taxes could rise on gas, cars, homes

Staff and Wire Reports Staff and Wire Reports SANTA FE — A tax reform commission has recommended no change in the tax on food but proposed higher taxes and fees on gasoline, motor vehicles and homes. The Blue Ribbon Tax Reform Commission voted 16-7 on Tuesday to approve a package of tax change recommendations, which [...]

Third party may have been involved with alleged embezzlement

By Mike Linn Special agents are exploring the possibility that a third person was involved in a scheme to steal funds meant for low-income Portales residents. On Friday, two employees of the Portales Income Support Division were arrested attempting to withdraw money from a fraudulent account at an ATM machine on Eastern New Mexico University’s [...]