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.
Register for the convention by 10/12/12! Hotel rooms have sold out! If you need a hotel room contact NMPA ASAP. We have more hotel room nights reserved than any convention in the last 10 years - this is shaping up to be a great convention. Don't miss out!
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!
Look for final agendas and announcements in your email inboxes over the next several days.
** Senate candidates Heather Wilson and Martin Heinrich have been invited to participate in a candidate forum during the luncheon. (The Governor will not be attending due to a scheduling conflict) Ken Paulson of the First Amendment Center will conclude our Saturday sessions. **
Better Newspaper Contest
Announcements have been sent out to winning newspapers. General Excellence will be announced at the banquet. With over 1,550 entries this marks the largest contest in NMPA history. Get ready for a great awards banquet.
Open Meetings Act Key to Suit
A Supreme Court hearing in former Rio Rancho City Manager Jim Palenick's lawsuit against the city hinges on issues of timing, money and how best to uphold principles enshrined in the state's Open Meetings Act.
The city is asking the high court to reverse a Court of Appeals opinion that supported Palenick's assertion that he is due more than $120,000 in back pay because a city can't retroactively correct an Open Meetings Act violation nearly a year after the wrongdoing occurred. Read more.
Daily Lobo unveils new iPad app
The student newspaper of the University of New Mexico has released a new mobile app.
The Daily Lobo recently made public a free iPad app joining a growing number of college newspapers targeting students using tablets and smartphones.
Jim Fisher, director of UNM student publications, says developers are still working to fix a few bugs in the app. He said developers also are working on an app for Android tablets and those using HTML 5.
New Mexico Magazine back in the black
New Mexico Magazine expects to end the fiscal year in the black for the first time in recent years, although the state won't yet say by how much.
The glossy magazine published by the Department of Tourism lost about $700,000 in each of the 2010 and 2011 fiscal years.
The oldest state tourism magazine in the U.S., New Mexico Magazine operates as an enterprise fund, which means it is supposed to pay for itself through newsstand sales, subscriptions, advertising sales and other revenues. Read more
State suspends Questa School Board
The state Public Education Department (PED) has suspended the authority of the Questa school board, citing harassment, micromanagement, conflicts of interest and even fistfights.
According to a letter sent to the board Tuesday (Sept. 18), the PED found the board's failures to meet the requirements of law, standards or rules "sufficiently severe and numerous as to give reason to warrant an immediate suspension of the authority of the board unless or until the failures are corrected." Read more
Letter Raises Open Meetings Question
Two county commissioners say their colleagues - a majority of the body - violated the state Open Meetings Act in late August when they signed a letter "formally requesting" that County Manager Tom Zdunek take over union negotiations involving some sheriff's employees.
Commissioners Wayne Johnson and Michael Wiener, both Republicans, say the letter is evidence of a "rolling quorum" and that it should have been discussed in a County Commission meeting.
New Mexico's open-meetings law prohibits "rolling" or "walking" quorums in which a majority of a governing board discusses public business or takes action through a series of telephone calls or email conversations. 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 the week of October 8th. Insertion orders will be sent out once plans have been finalized with the SOS office.
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.