The WNMU School of Business is providing free tax services for the community through VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. The program is a part of Tax Help New Mexico and offers free tax preparation assistance to low-income families and individuals as well as seniors. Students work as volunteers at the WNMU site, one of the state’s 48 locations. All students are accounting or business majors that can also use their experience as a three-credit course. Student volunteers are required to pass an exam testing their knowledge of tax preparation prior to working for Tax Help. The free services are available to families and individuals with an annual household income of $60,000 or less, and for those who are 65 years or older. For more information visit https://wnmu.edu/tax-help-new-mexico-program-returns-to-wnmu/
The state’s first 2023 case of rabies in a fox has been reported in Sierra County. According to the New Mexico State Public Health Veterinarian, Erin Phipps, the fox was found behaving aggressively in a residential area. Fox rabies was first detected in New Mexico in the Glenwood area of Catron County in 2007, and has spread into Grant, Hidalgo, and Sierra Counties. A few cases are confirmed by the state each year, primarily in southwestern New Mexico. Anyone in southern New Mexico who sees a wild animal that is sick, recently dead, or acting aggressively or abnormally should report the animal to the New Mexico Department Game and Fish.
Military and Veterans Day will be celebrated at the 2023 Legislature in Santa Fe on Monday, February 20th at 12 noon in the State Capitol Rotunda. The ceremony will feature guest speakers including DVS Cabinet Secretary-Designate, and the Adjutant General of New Mexico. In addition to the ceremony, there will be informational tables and displays in the East and West Wings of the Rotunda from 8:00 A.M. to 12 noon.