Here’s a look at some local news:

All persons conducting business in Luna County, outside the incorporated boundaries of the City of Deming or the Village of Columbus, must renew their business registration or apply for a new business registration on or before June 30th. Luna County Ordinance No. 5 provides for a penalty of $25 per month and/or a 90-day jail sentence and/or $300 fine for each violation. Persons engaged solely in farming and ranching or whose annual gross sales do not exceed $500 are exempt from the ordinance. Please call the County Clerk’s Office at 575-546-0491 for more information.

Four alumni were recently inducted into the Western New Mexico University School of Education Hall of Fame 2019 for their outstanding career achievements. The inductees, Max G. Padilla, Emma V. Saucedo, Barney P. Brienza and Olivia L. Ogas, were honored with a luncheon on campus in May. According to WNMU School of Education Associate Dean Dr. Debra Dirksen, “The School of Education Hall of Fame inductees are WNMU alumni who demonstrated a primary interest in classroom teaching and devoted most of their careers to classroom teaching. They have inspired in students a willingness to learn, imparted knowledge, instilled confidence, and maintained a respect for learning.”

USDA is providing Grant County with assistance through an initiative called Rural Economic Development Innovation or (REDI). USDA’s Innovation Center created REDI to support recommendations identified in the Report to the President from the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity. According to a release from the USDA, “McClure Engineering will partner with the Southwest New Mexico Council of Governments in Grant County. The Planning will help increase the amount of export-oriented small businesses in Grant County and the number of businesses that provide recreational activities to Gila National Forest tourists. Planning will also help expand opportunities to secure capital from investors and diversify the local economy.”