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The New Mexico Economic Recovery Council is urging small businesses and nonprofit corporations that have been hard hit by the COVID-19 public health emergency to apply for an emergency loan program now available through the New Mexico Finance Authority. Businesses can be eligible for loans up to $75,000 and carry an interest rate currently set at 1.625 percent, fixed for the life of the loan. In addition, the loans do not require a personal guarantee or collateral and may be used to cover rent, payroll, and other expenses. On order to be eligible applicants must be organized under Section 501(c)3 or 501(c)6 that has closed or reduced operations due to the public health order along with other criteria. The applications are being processed on a first-come, first-served basis and be accessed by visiting the New Mexico Finance Authority website at nm finance dot com.

The office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, has announced that applications are being accepted for positions on the Board of Regents for several schools and universities including Western New Mexico University. Applicants for the positions must be registered voters in New Mexico and the governor’s appointees to boards of regents must be confirmed by the New Mexico state Senate. The duties of the regents include overseeing the financial management of the university, its investments, property holdings and other duties. The deadline for submitting applications is 5 :00 on Wednesday, September 9th.

The Luna County 2020 Census Complete Count Committee is hosting a Census Parade in Deming this tomorrow, August 28th at 5:00 P.M. starting at the Luna County courthouse. The parade route will head north on Gold Street towards Main Street then work its way back to the courthouse through South Pearl Street. Organizers are promoting the importance of being counted in the 2020 census that will decide the amount of critical funding the area will receive for the next 10 years. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

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