The beginning gardener’s quick guide to success

By Larry Stebbins Gardening in the Rockies can be daunting for beginners. Here are some tips to get started: Choose a very sunny location, eight hours or more of direct sun each day. Plant in good soil. Visit your garden daily to check on water needs and to check on bugs. Harvest when your crop […]

Local gardeners anxious for spring

By Andrea Sutherland CSMNG writer Hundreds stood in line outside Horace Mann Middle School March 10 for a seat at the March Veggie Garden Class hosted by Pikes Peak Urban Gardens. “They’re going to need a bigger place next time,” said Karen Brand, first-time community gardener. Brand said this was the second workshop she attended […]

Home Front Cares: Helping veterans return from war

By April Speake Executive Director, The Home Front Cares I remember in the days following 9/11, the power of America pulling together with fierce patriotism. We were ready to “be all we could be” and to “aim high” to defend our soil and defeat terrorism around the world. There was an outpouring of public support […]

Summer veggies start with spring prep

By Scott Prater CSMNG Writer When asked for her recommendation on how many servings of vegetables a person should consume on any given day, Staff Sgt. Vanessa Arthur doesn’t hesitate to respond. “When considering nutrition, we like to combine fruits and vegetables into one group,” said Arthur, Schriever’s Health and Wellness Center diet therapist. “People […]

Local decorator helps military families make a house a home

By Nel Lampe CSMNG writer Military families arrive at a new base or post, find post quarters or an apartment in a nearby complex, and then begin the wait for household goods to arrive. Everyone is anxious to get into the new quarters or apartment and make it a cozy home. Sometimes, that’s a big […]

Military pay exclusion related to combat zone service

1. What geographic areas are considered combat zones? Arabian Peninsula Areas, beginning Jan. 17, 1991 — the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, the part of the Arabian Sea north of 10° North latitude and west of 68° East longitude, the Gulf of Aden, and the countries of Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi […]

Excludable income for military members

Compensation for active service while in a combat zone isn’t included in gross income. The exclusion for a commissioned officer — other than a commissioned warrant officer — is limited. If you receive tax-free combat pay, you can include it as earned income: When determining the Earned Income Credit (EIC) When determining the additional child […]

New tax information

Last year President Barrack Obama signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance reauthorization, and Job Creation Act into Law. This “Act” extends the “Bush” tax rates for individual, includes a temporary employee payroll tax cut, patches the Alternative Minimum Tax, extends certain deductions and 2009 stimulus credits, and temporarily modifies the estate tax provisions. The Act […]

One-Stop tax form ordering from the IRS

The Internal Revenue Service makes it easy to get copies of every federal tax form that you need to do your taxes. All it takes is a toll-free telephone call and the forms are on the way, IRS officials said. There is a tax form or schedule to cover almost any tax situation that you […]

Holiday gifts don’t have to break the budget

By Scott Prater CSMNG Ah the holidays; a time for celebrating and enjoying the company of friends and family. Unfortunately for many of us, this holiday season comes in the midst of a stagnant global economy, where prices continue to rise and salaries remain fixed. “This phenomenon doesn’t have to be unpleasant for folks, however,” […]