12-23 Business digest

CNJ staff USDA opens public comment to regulation changes The U.S. Department of Agriculture started accepting public comment Monday on a new regulation changing adjusted gross income qualifications for disaster and commodity programs, according to a USDA press release. Changes include reducing qualifications for disaster and commodity programs from an adjusted gross income of $2.5 […]

Better to be Shott than Nott

By Don McAlavy: CNJ Columnist I got my dratted Federal Income Tax form in the mail the other day, as did millions of others. It reminded me of what someone said: “This is a country of faith. On the installment plan you can buy what you can’t afford. On the stock market you can sell […]

Bingaman: $1.7 million to help New Mexico low-income families weatherize homes

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman announced today that the state of New Mexico has been awarded more than $1.7 million from the federal government to help low-income residents make their homes more energy efficient and resistant to extreme heating and cooling costs. “Weatherizing is a great way to cut energy costs. But many families […]

City receives grant to repave streets in south Clovis

CNJ Staff The city received about $350,000 Tuesday from the state to repave several streets in the south Clovis area, according to a city press release. The city applied for the Community Block Grant to fund street improvements for low-income residential areas. Public works director Harry Wang said the city hoped to get about $500,000 […]

PNM offers low-income a plan to help with rising costs

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Public Service Company of New Mexico is offering a payment plan to help low-income customers with winter utility bills that will be due after March 15. That date marks the end of a program that protects people from having their bills cut off in the winter. The payment plan is […]

Governor signs property tax break for low income seniors

The Associated Press SANTA FE — More New Mexicans can qualify for a property tax break under legislation signed into law by Gov. Bill Richardson. The measures expands eligibility for a property tax valuation freeze provided to lower income New Mexicans age 65 and older. Currently, those with a modified gross income of $18,000 — […]

Yes, we can still count on death and taxes

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Local columnist It’s usually best for me to avoid much writing — or thinking — about the following subject. It’s just not healthy for me, and I’m fatalistic about the whole mess anyway. Alas, the monster’s long out of the box, never to be tamed. I love our country with all […]

Rural home loans available

Federal Government Funding Available For Home Loans in Rural New Mexico Albuquerque, NM, January 14, 2008 – USDA Rural Development State Director Ryan Gleason reminded rural New Mexicans that the agency he leads has financing for the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (GRH) and other housing programs. In making the announcement, Gleason said, “While […]

Business Feature: Tax deductions often overlooked

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Tax forms are available at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. By Sarah Meyer: CNJ staff writer Filing federal and state taxes gets more complicated every year, experts say. This year is no exception, with several changes for filing federal and state income tax. “Unless you keep up with the law, you […]

Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico

The Food Bank of Eastern New Mexico needs volunteers to sort canned goods, label and pack boxes; for office help and clerical work; and for warehouse work. The food bank provides wholesome, nutritious foods to agencies that feed or provide food to the ill, infants and elderly that are at 80 percent or below low […]