Colorado Press Women Invite NMPW Members to a Fall Conference

Weekend event planned in historic Trinidad

Colorado Press Women will host a weekend getaway Oct. 4-6 at the historical city of Trinidad in southern Colorado. Trinidad, 10 miles from the New Mexico border and on the Santa Fe Trail, was founded in 1862 soon after coal was discovered in the region. Currently, it’s undergoing redevelopment and historical preservation under the name of La Puerta de Colorado (The Gateway to Colorado).

Dana Crawford, known for spearheading the preservation of one of the oldest blocks in Denver and the creation of Larimer Square, has purchased a handful of buildings downtown and is working as a consultant on the redevelopment.

Currently in the planning stages, activities for the weekend may include a visit to the city’s newspaper office, a meeting with a city representative who will explain the town’s growth and its destination for artists, tours of the A.J. Mitchell Museum of Western Art and the Trinidad History Museum, and a trolley or walking tour through the city’s historic district.

On Friday, Oct. 4, attendees may want stop at the site of the 1914 Ludlow Massacre (about 10 miles north of Trinidad on I-25), to learn how John D. Rockefeller’s Colorado Fuel and Iron Company’s guards and the Colorado National Guard machine-gun fired into protesting miners and their families.

Meals will be at area restaurants, including the infamous Italian restaurant Rino’s that features singing waiters. CPW member Lee Anne Peck has relocated to the area and will entertain the group at her home for Sunday brunch. Twenty miles west of Trinidad on Scenic Highway 12, Peck will feed members brunch at her home in Weston, Colorado, before they travel to I-25 via LaVeta and Walsenburg. Fall colors will be in full view.

More details will be announced closer to the event. Email Sharon Almirall at salmirall@yahoo.com by August 20 to indicate interest in attending the CPW weekend. The organizing committee needs rough numbers to research accommodations and reserve tours. Registration costs will be minimal, designed to cover the group meal at Lee Ann’s house, group tours and other minor expenses. All other costs will be direct pay to vendor (hotel, restaurant meals, museum entry, etc.). Spouses and guests are welcome.

2019 NMPW Communications Contest Results

Awards for finalists were presented to those who attended the annual conference banquet on April 27. Certificates and Sweepstakes awards will be mailed to those who did not attend the banquet. Click the link to download the list of awards.

Congratulations to all the finalists! The Sweepstakes winners (entrants with the highest total number of points) were as follows:

Individuals:

First Place, Wendel Sloan

Second Place: Diane Joy Schmidt, Claudette Sutton (tie)

Third Place: Sherry Robinson

Honorable Mention: Colleen Keane

Organizations:

First Place, The Eastern New Mexico News

Second Place, New Mexico Political Report

Third Place, New Mexico In Depth

Honorable Mentions: Tumbleweeds, LPD Press

Conference Registration Update

The 2019 NMPW Conference registration DEADLINE is midnight, Monday, April 22. See conference details on our Conference page.

The banquet speaker will be the award-winning novelist Judith Van Gieson. Three of her thirteen mystery novels have been optioned for movies. She will discuss her experiences with the film industry.

Join us to celebrate New Mexico Press Women’s 70th anniversary. We will be honoring eight long-time members at the banquet.

National Communications Contest

Entries that won first place in the NMPW Communications Contest can be forwarded to compete in the National Federation of Press Women’s Communications Contest if the following qualifications are met:

  • The entrant must be a current member of NFPW (the national organization) by February 22 (join at https://nfpw.org/join).
  • If the entrant was a current member of NMPW (the state organization) as of January 31, 2019, NMPW will pay for one first-place entry to be sent on to the national contest. If the entrant won first place in more than one category, she/he can have additional entries sent on to national by paying the $23/entry fee for each additional entry at our online store .
  • If the entrant was not a current member of NMPW (the state organization) as of January 31, 2019, she/he must pay the $23/entry fee for every first-place winner she/he wishes to sent on to the national contest. Pay at our online store.

Communications Contest Entry Workshop

If you would like guidance with the electronic entry process for the New Mexico Press Women’s Communications Contest, you are welcome to attend a free workshop on January 5 from 12:15 until 1:15. This will follow the Southwest Writers meeting at the Center for Spiritual Living, on the northwest corner of Louisiana and Claremont (north of Menaul). This is a very broad contest that includes all types of communications, and state winners can move on to national competition. For more information on the contest categories, deadlines, and submission requirements, see newmexicopresswomen.org/2019-communications-contest. All submissions, including books, must be done electronically via the contest entry website. NMPW board members will be available to guide you through the process. We will have a few computers available, but please bring your own laptop if you can.