Their view: New Mexicans tax returns due on Monday

The IRS says time is up for 73,500 New Mexicans whose 2010 tax returns are due and E-file ends:

Ethnic fair returns

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By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico It’s about ethnicity, no doubt. But it’s also about entertainment and education. The Ethnic Fair, in its 19th year in Clovis, runs next week, with the brunt of events Sept. 25 along Main Street. The fair’s mission statement is to provide a way for ethnic groups in the area [...]

Couple returns to children’s home as houseparents

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Argen Duncan In a corral at the New Mexico Baptist Children’s Home, Mark Naranjo, 28, holds the young horse’s lead rope as his wife, Tara, works with the animal’s saddle as part of its training. The horse, Sundae, fidgets as firecrackers pop nearby, but the Naranjos remain unfazed. Today, the two are house parents at [...]

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 [...]

Editorial: Cap-and-trade bill promises paltry returns

Democratic dissension, Republican opposition and growing public skepticism may derail Congress’ potentially economy-crippling carbon cap-and-trade bill, perhaps saving Americans billions of dollars. The bill’s author, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., is opposed by centrist Democrats, who fear the Draconian regulations would severely harm their constituents. Congress members representing the steel industry and coal and nuclear power [...]

Intern returns from Washington, D.C.

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By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University senior political science student Erin Griffith spent her summer as an intern for Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M.Her thoughts on the experience: Life on the Hill: “It was a one-of a-kind experience. We got the chance to shadow Senator Bingaman and see what his days are [...]

Roosevelt County election returns — 100% precincts reporting

Roosevelt County Election Returns 100% — 23 of 23 precincts reporting — unofficial results Click here for statewide results from the New Mexico secretary of state’s website RepublicanPresidentJohn McCain 1,127Ron Paul 148 U.S. SenatorSteve Pearce 684Heather Wilson 602 U.S. RepresentativeDistrict 3Marco E. Gonzales 335Daniel K. East 842 State SenatorDistrict 27Stuart Ingle 821 District 42Gay G. [...]

Power returns to Portales

PNT Staff Power was out for 36 minutes across Portales on Friday morning. Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said a piece of equipment that regulates voltage caused the problem. Reeves said 5,301 customers were impacted by the outage.

Tax laws favor military members

By Tom Philpott: Military Update If tax laws mirror a nation’s values, then America clearly values its military personnel, and more so today than a few years ago. Combat-zone tax exclusions, combined with changes to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and child tax credits, have reduced or even wiped out the tax liability of [...]

Time to file or get an extension

Tony Parra and Mike Linn 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 [...]