Everybody’s business: Dispelling myths about tax obligations

A new year approaches and one is ending. The annual ritual of reporting income and expenses to the federal government will soon be upon us. Take time this month to prepare for tax time over the next four months. Here are a few tips that may reduce stress and dismiss myths of tax obligations. • […]

Dairy owners say drought shriveling profits

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Cass Anderson feeds cattle on his family’s dairy near Portales Thursday afternoon. Due to droughts around the West, prices for hay are up while quality and quantity are down, putting stress on dairy finances. Argen Duncan While dairy cattle are holding up well in the hot, dry weather, the drought is […]

Stress tips featured on show

Information on relieving stress, repurposing the garage and making knotted jewelry will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Laura Dellutri will head to the kitchen and show all the new things busy moms (and dads) can do to save time and stress when it comes to taking […]

Relic boxes, candy bark treats featured on program

Sheryl Borden Information on creating relic boxes, making candy bark treats and new products for relieving stress will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and noon Thursday. Crafter Marisa Pawelko will show how to create relic boxes, which are miniature time capsules that can capture special memories for any occasion. […]

PTSD disability ratings increased

By Tom Philpott: CNJ columnist More than 4300 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans who were diagnosed in service as suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, but got low military disability ratings, have won an agreement with the Department of Defense to upgrade those ratings retroactively to 50 percent. The higher rating will represent an important win […]

High plains crops present opportunities, challenges

By Sangu Angadi: AgSense An increasing demand for healthy cooking oil (low in saturated fat) and a growing importance in biodiesel production are driving the interest in oilseed crops in the High Plains. Growing oilseed crops also offers rotational benefits including better weed management opportunities. The residual meal after extraction of oil from most oilseeds […]

Stress taking toll on U.S. military forces

Freedom New Mexico Thursday’s shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, shocked many people who might not have previously thought about just what the ongoing war is doing to the young men and women we keep sending into battle. Nearly 4,400 of them have died in Iraq and Afghanistan, and thousands more have been injured in this […]

Local non-profit offers discrete substance abuse help

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Non-profit Junctions aims to help local residents who suffer from alcohol or substance abuse issues. By Eric Butler: Freedom New Mexico The stress of deployment overseas can come with a cost to individuals and their families — not only during the time the service member is gone, but before and […]

Deployment stress results in gray hairs

By Anita Tedaldi: FNM columnist Gray hair is taking over my dark brown head at a rapid pace. It’s an invasion that I fight with all my might, but one that is met with large obstacles, such as the expense of getting to a salon every six weeks to keep the enemy at bay. I […]

Health officials urge caution, not panic, in face of flu

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Gov. Bill Richardson spoke to a crowd of Clovis officials and media Monday morning at Clovis Community College. He said the reason for his visit was to bring the message of what the state is doing about the H1N1 virus. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer New Mexico health officials […]