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liHAtllillJ$1 ]l itHJINllaHilla limlaammJ imimiimalaimmaim,e L I0 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD Bill aids mployed New Mexicans A Picture From The Past FRIDAY' APRIL 24' 20:i i Submitted by SEN. JEFF BINGAMAN'S OFFICE/Washing- ton, DC U.S. Senator Jeff B.ingaman reintrqduced a bipartisan bill that would change the tax law to ben- efit small business owners. Sena- tor Orrin Hatch is the Republican cosponsor. Christy Ortiz Ortiz to facilitate cancer survivorship support groups Under current law. corpora- tions and other business entities are able to deduct health insur- ance premiums as a 'business ex- pense' and to forego payroll taxes on these costs. However, self em- ployed individuals are not al- lowed this same deduction and thus, are required to pay self-em- Courtesy submission Christy Ortiz, a survivor laerself, has completed training to be .able to facilitate cancer survivorship support groups in H~dalgo County. This training was provided by People Living Through Can- cer (PLTC), an organization that provides cancer support training and seryices to anyone that is a survivor of the experience of living through a cancer diagnosis, whether they are a patient, a caregiver, a loved one, or a friend of someone who has been affected by cancer. PLTC, founded 25 years ago by 5 cancer survivors, provides referrals and support throughout the entire state of New Mexico. Christy is currently developing a network of resources, support, and information that might assist former, current, and future survivors of this wide-spread disease right here in Hidalgo County. If you or a loved one 'has or is dealing with this disease and you would like support or the opportunity to help, please contact Christy at 575-542-3166 or 520-507-0455 or send a message to hidalgospirit @ yahoo, com. Submitted by EDMUND SAUCEDOILordsburg ployment tax __2 the payroll tax for the group -- on health insur- ance premiums. Because of this inequity, health insurance is more expen- sive for self-employed workers. At a time when the number of uninsured Americans is grow- ing at an alarming rate. Bingaman believes Congress should be working to find ways to reduce the cost of health in- surance. "Currently, self-employed individuals are the only segment of the business population who are taxed on their purchase of health insurance," Bingaman said. "This bill would bring us one step closer to addressing our nation's growing uninsured problem," Bingaman said. Roughly 3.8 million work- ing families in the United States paid self-employment tax on their health insurance premi- ums. It is estimated that there are about 100,000 sole-propri- etors in New Mexico, though it is unclear how many of them are purchasing health insurance. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, self-em- ployed workers spend upwards of $12.000 per year in 2006 to provide health insurance for their family. Because they can- not deduct this as an ordinary business expense, those that spend this amount will pay a 15.3 percent payroll tax on their premiums resulting in over $1,800 of taxes annually. H ve sometblnf snex .net I I Photo courtesy MAYOR CLARK SMITH/Lordsburg U, t, ANNy AIIIOIIOIII|, LOI~O|IIUHG~ #I~W MEIICO U.S. Army Airdrome, Lordsburg, 1930s . ; ~r Lordsburg once boasted the only government airport in New Mexico, and like all government ports'it ha~ its radio station, meteorlogical station, etc. Col. Charles A. Lindbergh dedicated the field in 1927 during his historic visit to Lordsburg. Many noted fliers of the United States have vested the airport over tl~ years. SRAM Corporation title sponsor of next week's annual Tour of the Gila Cycling event Information courtesy NM TOUR- ISM DEPTISanta Fe Regarded as one of the tougher stage races in North America, the 23rd annual Tour of the Gila returns April 29-May 3, 2009. with SRAM Corporation as the new title sponsor. "We are honored to wel- come the SRAM Corporation as title sponsor," said Michael Cefletti, Secretary of the New Mexico Tourism Department. "We are dedicated to the con- finued expansion of the Tour of the Gila, an important step in the process of proving the eco- nomic viability of New Mexico in the sporting world. The folks in Silver City are to be com- mended for their efforts in sup- porting what has become one of New Mexico's more popular competitive athletic events and one that continues to have a huge economic impact in Grant County." The SRAM Tour of the Gila is the biggest and most presti- gious cycling event in New Mexico, annually attracting 450 to 550 participants to Silver City from all over North America and the world. In pre- vious years, cyclists from 32 states and 13 foreign countries have participated, with 50 per- cent of them coming from Colorado, Texas, Arizona and California. "SRAM had been searching for a road cycling event to at- tach its name to for a few years" said David Zimberoff, Global Marketing Director for the SRAM Corporation. "The Tour of the Gila represents the type Of performance and passion that fits perfectly with our brand. We have provided Neutral Race Support for a few years now, and feel like its time to increase our presence given the amount of teams riding SRAM compo- nents now. We are very excited to become the title sponsor for L this event, and look forward to a very strong promotional rela; tionship for many years." Co-sponsors of this year'~ event include the New Mexico Sports Authority (a program o~ the New Mexico Tourism De- partment), Tim Schoeny, the Town of Silver City, Holiday Inn Express, Champion Sys- tems, Gila Hike & Bike, South~ west Bone & Joint Institute Gila Regional Medical Center, Sparks Clinic, Dr. Gall Willo% James Hamilton Constructio~ Douglas Gorthy DDS, Econo Lodge, Comfort Inn, Commu- nity Foundation for Greater At2 lanta, Hidalgo Medical Ser~ vices, New Mexico Spok6tte[ Racing Team, and Permian BaS- sin Bicycle Association. For more information, con~- tact Lanny Olson, Tour of the Gila Sponsorship Director, 575-590- 1076. or visit www.t0t!rpfthegila.com. mun (21 Maverick Road) oin onal seminar a Learn how to harness wind and solar energies, Federal incentives for green energy production and USDA grants and funding. Meet with: USDA Representative Clyde Hudson 1st Savings Bank Representative Jeremy Gardner Green building materials by KC Panels Wind and Solar Information by Red Rooster Energies Solar Pump Information by Elbrock Water For more information call FIE; O OF THE MONTH NOMINATION FORM The full name of who you are nominating for HERO of the month: Does the person you are recommending meet the following criteria, please check all that apply: 1) Lives and/or work in Hidalgo County. 2) ts involved in the Hidalgo County community (e.g. involved in pro-community activities, etc} 3) The nominee can be anyone that meets the criteria, including consumers, providers, students, teachers, etc. There is no age limit. 4) Recognized for outstanding work, achievement, awards and/or contributions, 5) A positive role model; this person leads by example. 6) Advocates for the community as a whole as well supporting others in the community, regardless of need. 7) Goes above and beyond the call of duty or work. Name of person making recommendation: Your phone #: Brief description of why you feel this person should be nominated: To nominate someone that you feel should be recognized as a Hero of the Month, you can fill out this form or get another one from the Hidalgo County Herald. drop them off atthe Herald, email your nomina- tion to _ call 1-877-SHEROES. come to our monthly meeting on the 3rdl Thursday from lpm-330pm, or simply tell it to one of the TCA providers. Nominate your Hero today! ', m