Here’s a look at some local news:
The annual New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax Holiday, whereby the state suspends the collection of gross receipts tax on sales of qualifying items, will begin at 12:01 A.M. on Friday, August 3rd and conclude on Sunday, August 5th at midnight. Just in time for the start of the new school year, the law provides a deduction from gross receipts tax for retail sales of qualifying tangible personal property allowing the retailer to sell the items “tax free”. The state has created a list of items that qualify for the deductions and has separated them into categories. Individuals may obtain the list of taxable and nontaxable items for New Mexico’s Gross Receipts Holiday by visiting tax.newmexico.gov, and selecting the “Forms and Publications” tab.
The theme for Deming’s 39th Annual Great American Duck Race is “Racing the Tide Under the Sea”, featuring a duck in scuba gear logo. Several ideas were shared with the public and the popular consensus pointed to the fun theme and logo created by Heather Gomez. The annual event will begin on August 23rd and run through August 26th at the Luna County Courthouse Park that will be transformed into “McKinley Duck Downs”.
The City of Bayard suffered a computer system crash several weeks ago that has resulted in the staff working on everything manually. A new server has been obtained and work is underway to set up the system again. One of the challenges for the staff has been dealing with a delay in information sharing with the Village of Santa Clara regarding the wastewater reuse system between Mining District municipalities.
Kathy Ellis, a graduate student at Western New Mexico University, has been appointed to the State Rehabilitation Council for the Commission for the Blind by Governor, Susana Martinez. Ellis, who was born blind and with other disabilities that prevent her from walking, was sworn in by Sixth Judicial Court Judge Jarod Hofacket, on July 12th. In addition, she continues to study social work and is the president of the organization from the division of the New Mexico Federation of the Blind, and the New Mexico Association of Blind Students. Ellis’s role as a member of the Commission for the Blind is setting goals aimed to improve the lives of blind New Mexican’s and creating awareness of services the state has to offer.