Community Notes: Lujan to visit Friday, art class, Rural Development office hours to start, tax help

Lujan to visit Friday
New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner and congressional district candidate Ben R. Lujan will visit Tucumcari for a noon lunch Friday at the Pow Wow.
Lujan is running for for New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District, which comprises portions of eastern New Mexico including Clovis, Portales and Tucumcari. The seat is currently held by Rep. Tom Udall.
Lujan supporters and those interested in learning more about Lujan’s candidacy are invited to attend the luncheon.
Luján was elected in 2004 to the state’s Public Regulation Commission. For the past three years Luján has served as chairman of the commission.

Help plan Quay County’s Wellness Fair
The Quay County Community Wellness Fair 2008, scheduled for April 26, is holding a planning meeting at noon Friday at the Quay County Extension Office in the basement of the Courthouse.
All are invited and encouraged to attend the brown bag lunch.

Pastel art classes set to start
Artist Sharon Quarles will teach a beginner to intermediate pastel art class at Eastern New Mexico ArtSpace. The class will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursdays beginning Feb. 7 through Feb. 28. Cost is $35 for the four three-hour classes and includes supplies. For more information visit ArtSpace at 201 S. Second St. between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except Thursday when hours are 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., or call Connie at 461-9908.

Rural Development office hours in Tucumcari
The USDA Rural Development will begin holding office hours in Tucumcari, according to a press release from State Director Ryan Gleason.
Rural Development’s office hours will be on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Quay County USDA Service Center, 706 South First St.
“We’ve recommitted ourselves to being a customer-focused agency with an added emphasis on making our programs as convenient as possible.” Gleason said in the release.
“To that end, our employees will be coming to your community to provide the financial services you and your neighbors have been seeking so that you don’t always have to make the trip to our area office in Las Vegas.”
USDA Rural Development provides numerous financial programs for those living in rural New Mexico, including programs which provide financing for a number of housing needs. Among these are guaranteed loans, direct loans, and grants to fix up a house.
They also provide loans to establish or expand a business, financial support to agricultural producers and small businesses for renewable energy projects, and grants for economic development studies.
The agency’s other program include financing of water or wastewater systems, essential neighborhood projects such as senior centers, and constructing and equipping police and fire stations.
For more information, call the Rural Development area office in Las Vegas at (505) 425-3594, ext. 4.

Need help with your taxes?
Members of the Eastern Plains Community Action Agency will be helping qualified residents file their IRS tax returns.
There is no charge but residents must meet federal guidelines for low-income residents.
Eastern Plains CAA will offer e-file and direct deposit (optional) procedures.
They can help with Form 1040 EZ
Form 1040 A, 1040 and some accompanying schedules and New Mexico rebates.
They do not itemize deductions
Their tax services will be available from Feb. 1 to April 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Eastern Plains Community Action Agency, 210 W. Center St. Walk-ins are welcome.
For more information, call (575) 461-1914 exts. 140, 172, 151.