Save the Date! Oct 25 - 27. Tamaya Resort and Spa.
Foundation golf tournament at Twin Warriors on Thursday afternoon.
Advertising sessions Friday afternoon.
General sessions all day Saturday.
Awards Banquet Saturday night.
Vendors, silent auction, raffle prizes and more.
Two great promotions: Register three employees to the workshops and the fourth is free! Bring more employees to the workshops than you did last year and be entered to win an iPad!
Session agendas will be sent out in early September.
** Governor Susana Martinez has been invited to be the keynote luncheon speaker. Ken Paulson of the First Amendment Center will conclude our Saturday sessions. **
Better Newspaper Contest
Entries are currently being judged by the Kentucky Press Association. We will have results in early September. With over 1,550 entries this marks the largest contest in NMPA history. Good luck to all who entered. The Saturday night banquet will be a can't miss event.
Newspapers partnering with Google surveys
Starting Sept. 1, online readers of Clovis Media Inc. will be asked to take a short survey to access full versions of stories.
The company that owns the Clovis News Journal, Portales News-Tribune, Quay County Sun and Cannon Connections is partnering with Google to implement a survey component on its sites. Read more
AG's Office: City's draft documents are public domain
The city of Santa Fe and other New Mexico governing bodies cannot keep "draft documents" secret merely because they are not considered final, according to a letter issued Wednesday by the state Attorney General's Office.
The letter comes nearly five months after City Attorney Geno Zamora asked the office for guidance amid a dispute over records requests from The Santa Fe New Mexican. Read more
Violation detailed in Town of Taos' concealed report
Taos Town Manager Oscar Rodríguez has released to The Taos News a report detailing a violation of the Subcontractors Fair Practices Act that occurred when Silva's Excavation performed work on the town's Eco Park project.The Taos News submitted formal records requests for the final report. Read more
College board conflict: Tso alleges members violated state open meeting rules
A San Juan College Board member made allegations Tuesday, Aug. 7, that the board has been acting in violation in the Open Meetings Act. Matthew Tso voted against a plan to redistrict the voting boundaries for College Board members, and later stated it was because the board did not allow for public input on the process. Read more
Open government advocates welcome court ruling
SANTA FE, N.M.-Citizens have a right to access public records kept by an independent contractor on behalf of state or local governments in New Mexico, the state Court of Appeals ruled in a decision welcomed by open government advocates.
The court's ruling is important for preserving government transparency, particularly in an era when governments are privatizing many public services, Dolph Barnhouse, a lawyer for the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government said Monday.
At issue in the case was the reach of one of New Mexico's main governmental sunshine laws, the Inspection of Public Records Act. Read more
Santa Fe's 'Onion' ceases publication
The national satirical-news weekly, The Onion, has ceased publication in Santa Fe.
The latest local publisher, John Clema, confirmed Thursday that the final Santa Fe edition was distributed on Aug. 2, but hinted that he is working on a way to begin publishing again.
RDR soccer poll
The Daily Record sports department is proud to announce its newest weekly feature - Tuesday on the Pitch.
Each week, the Daily Record sports department will post a poll both on the newspaper's website and on the newspaper's Facebook page with a list of games.
Owners of 'Reporter' buy third weekly
The Portland, Ore.-based owners of the Santa Fe Reporter have purchased the Independent Weekly of Durham, N.C.
Mark Zusman and Richard Meeker, publisher and editor, respectively, of Portland's Williamette Week, acquired the Reporter in 1997 from Hope Aldrich.
Aldrich, a former writer at the Reporter, purchased the Santa Fe weekly from Richard McCord, who founded the paper with Laurel Knowles in 1974.
Public needs information please, Taos County
As the reign of terror continues at the Taos County Administrative and Judicial Complex, the latest casualty is the public's right to know.
Ever since Jacob Caldwell was axed as county manager July 10, it's been nearly impossible to get answers in a timely manner and sometimes, we're not able to get them at all.
The Taos News has made at least a dozen requests for information, often about basic county operations, some formal, some informal.
But county's staff has gone out of its way to delay or wriggle out of providing certain information that should take only minutes to produce. Read more
Martinez finds new spot to post workers' salaries
SANTA FE, N.M.-Gov. Susana Martinez has begun posting the names and salaries of classified state employees at a new online location after a judge ruled last month that she remove the names from the online New Mexico Sunshine Portal.
Martinez added the names of classified workers, their titles and salaries to the Sunshine Portal last year. That added to a previously available list of employees exempt from civil service protection.
Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council sued, saying the law authorizing the Sunshine Portal called only for the exempt employees to be included. Read more
Political advertising guidelines With an election season upon us it is important to be aware of advertising guidelines. Policies and guidelines should be made clear in rate cards, sales materials and in discussions with potential advertisers.
Any person or organization must specify the name of the sponsor that authorizes the publication of advertisements. Click Here for statutes
The Secretary of State office and NM Press Service are once again working together to print all constitutional amendments and bond issues for the November ballot. Legal notices will begin running in October. Once finalized ads will be sent out to each newspaper required to print the notices.
Public Notice promotion
Thanks to Maria Lopez Garcia and the Rio Grande SUN we have new promotional ads letting the public know they now have several options to find notices: in print, the NMPA website, sunshineportlanm.com and now newmexico.gov. The state websites do not upload our content, they only provide a link to the existing website. Please run the ads as space permits. Not only does it let the public know where to find these notices, it will also be instrumental in the upcoming legislative session to make legislators aware of how the newspaper industry has made these notices accessible and a clear message to any outside interests that have thoughts of creating new public notice websites that newspapers already have that covered. No other medium can deliver public notices to the public in print and online like newspapers can. Find the ads online at NMPA Public Notice Ads.
There are a series of upcoming webinar training sessions offered through Inland Press. NMPA members are afforded special member prices through co-sponsorship of these convient training sessions. Please take a look at the upcoming topics on the left hand side of this newsletter. Clicking on the title will bring you to the registration page and provide additional information.