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Anne and Frank, owners of Anne’s Country Cupboard in Bernalillo

Anne and Frank, owners of Anne’s Country Cupboard in Bernalillo

Growing a little business—Anne’s Country Cupboard

—Signpost staff

So Anne says, ‘’Hey, honey, let’s move to New Mexico and find a little business to run!‘’

And Frank says, ‘’Okay! Let’s go!‘’

And so, just a little over a year ago, the couple who had lived in northern California for almost forty years decided to pull up some very deep roots and transplant themselves to a new home under the wide-open skies of Sandoval County, New Mexico.

A nice house was found, new friends were made, and the couple was enthralled with daily discoveries of the culture and lore of New Mexico.

Now, where was the ‘’little business’’ that they so hoped to find, but as yet had not revealed itself?

The newspapers were perused and phone calls were made.

‘’Hey, sweetie, there’s a furniture store for sale … We like furniture! … hmm … nah. …. So how about a frame shop? We love art! ... hmm ….

“Say, here’s a small specialty food business for sale that might have potential.”

“Yeah, food! We really love food!’’

And so, meetings were held with the owner; they all liked one another; and Anne and Frank loved the products. They felt that this was a business that they would enjoy learning about, and one that could make a positive addition to the community and grow well beyond “local” if they wished—and, oh yes, it already had Anne’s name!

Anne’s Country Cupboard is now settled into a charming old adobe in Bernalillo, just north of The Range Café. (The Chicken Caesar is Anne and Frank’s favorite so far.)

They now work together to produce an assortment of dry food mixes and an award-winning salsa. Their products are sold in stores throughout the Southwest, and in their shop as well.

Anne and Frank now have the continuing joy of discovering New Mexico as they nurture and grow their “little business.”

So, Anne says, ‘’Hey, honey, are you glad we moved here?” And Frank says, ‘’Sure honey. Should have done it years ago. Now let’s have lunch.’’

Anne's Country Cupboard, at 842 Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo, is open from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays (and whenever the Open sign is out).


Detail view of Sandia Mountains ©Gary W. Priester - Placitas Stock Photography

Detail view of Sandia Mountains

New service offers high-quality nature photographs of Placitas area

Looking for a photograph of a dramatic New Mexico sunset for your ad, brochure, or Web site? Placitas Stock Photography, created by and featuring the photography of Placitas graphic designer Gary W. Priester, offers over 100 high-quality images of Placitas, the Sandia Mountains, sunsets, clouds and skies, New Mexico wildflowers and cactus, Cabezon Peak, and more.

All images are available in two resolutions—600 pixels wide at 96 dots per inch for Web sites, and 8.5 inches by 6.25 inches at 300 dpi for printed use. Prices run $25 and $50 and are based on a single-use license, as Priester retains all copyrights to the images.

"I have taken hundreds of photographs of Placitas and the surrounding area," said Priester, "and I have used my images on many of the Web sites and advertisements I have designed. I have received a lot of praise for my images and so it just seemed to make sense to offer them to the community as well."

Images may be viewed and ordered at Further information is available on the Web site or by e-mailing


NM residents leave millions in tax credits on the table

Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish says that New Mexicans are missing out on millions of dollars in unclaimed income tax credits, and she has launched a campaign to make sure that families don't leave money in the hands of the IRS.

“There are tens of thousand of eligible New Mexicans who did not claim the earned-income credit in 2003.” Denish said. “This is refundable credit worth up to $4,300 for qualifying families with two or more children. This is money our families earned and our economy can use.

New Mexico leads the nation in the number of people who do not claim the child tax credit. In 2001 we left more than $2.5 million unclaimed. The child tax credit is worth up to $1,000 per child. Single parents with incomes up to $94,000 and married couples with incomes up to $129,000 are eligible to claim this credit.

Tax credits include the earned-income tax credit, child tax credit, dependent-care tax credit, New Mexico day-care tax credit, and New Mexico low-income comprehensive tax rebate. To find out if you qualify for any of these, and to find the nearest free tax-preparation site, call the Catholic Charities hotline at 724-4624 in Albuquerque, or 1-877-724-4624 statewide.

The IRS special hotline to answer your tax questions is (800) 829-1040. The AARP Tax-Aide program, designed for anyone with an uncomplicated return, can be reached at (888) 227-7669. The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, which focuses on taxpayers earning $35,000 or less and those aged sixty or older, may be reached at (800) 829-1040.


Attorney General Madrid warns of latest efforts to separate New Mexicans from their money

New Mexicans are being contacted by telemarketers offering free movie passes and valuable money-saving coupons in exchange for a nominal shipping and handling fee of only $3.95. Remember the adage, if it sounds too good to be true, it is—well, this appears to be the case with these offers.

We have heard from consumers who have accepted the offer and been charged nearly $300 and received nothing in return. At least three New Mexicans have had their checking accounts debited $119.90 by the company in addition to the $3.95 shipping and handling charge, in spite of the fact that they did not accept the telemarketer’s offer,” Attorney General Madrid said.

It is believed that the telemarketing company is doing business under several different names, including Premier Benefits, Premier Movie Pass, Call One, Call One Communications, and Buyers Union.

Consumers who are victimized and wish to file a complaint are strongly encouraged to contact the United States Postal Inspectors Mail Fraud division at 1-800-372-8347, Option 3. Also, consumers should contact the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357); TTY: 1-866-653-4261.

In addition, consumers should file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office by calling 1-800-678-1508 or log onto, where consumer complaint forms can be downloaded.






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