Sonya Chavez, the U.S. Marshall for New Mexico will speak to Albuquerque Press Women and Friends at their regular meeting on Monday, January 14 at 11:30 a.m. at Mimi’s Restaurant (4316 The 25 Way). Chavez is the first female to serve in the capacity of U.S. Marshall in New Mexico. The U.S. Marshall’s Service is the oldest law enforcement agency in the United States. Among other duties the Marshall’s Service protects judges and hunts violent fugitives.
Chavez spent 22years with the FBI before her appointment as U.S. Marshall. Much of her professional career in the FBI was centered on investigation of the largest and most violent street gangs in the country. She spent several years in Chicago working on complex investigations. In 2006 Chavez returned to New Mexico as leader of the FBI’s violent gang and southwest border initiatives. She also oversaw the Division’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Program and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Initiative.
Before joining the FBI Chavez worked as a television news reporter and anchor for CBS and NBC news affiliates, was the director of marketing at the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce and press aide for Governor Bruce King.
Albuquerque Press Women and Friends are a group focused on people who work in the field of communications. Meetings of APWF are open to everyone, but non-members will be charged an additional $5 at the door. No reservations are required and attendees order from the menu.
New Mexico Press Women is supporting the Santa Fe Council for International Relations in their Journalism under Fire conference scheduled for December 5 – 7.
For detailed information and registration please visit their web page Journalism under Fire, The council is offering a variety of ticket structures.
- For CIR members ($50/year), the Coffee Only Ticket is $150. Single-day Coffee Only Tickets are $52, and are available until we sell out. There are a limited number of tickets at these prices.
- for CIR members ($50/year), the three -day Ticket with Meals is $250.
- for CIR members who are at the $125, $300 and above annual levels, there are even better savings on your Coffee Only Ticket and the EarlyBird Ticket that includes breakfast and lunch. Not one of these members? Join or upgrade your membership here.
- High School and College Students, and NM journalists, can now buy 1-day Coffee Only Tickets for $8.
For all tickets, please visit https://journalism-under-fire.eventbrite.com. For the latest on our program, please click here.
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.
The theme of New Mexico Press Women’s 2019 conference is “A Salute to the New Mexico Film and Media Industries.” It will be held at the beautiful, serene Four Hills Country Club’s Canyon Club on April 26-27. So far, our confirmed speakers include Alisa Valdes (author of The Dirty Girls Social Club), Craig Butler (writer and director of The Righteous and the Wicked), and Don Bullis (author of No Manure on Main Street).
Special pre-registration is open until November 30, 2018, with prices the same as the 2018 conference: $125 for NMPW members and $160 for nonmembers. (Nonmembers can save by joining NMPW for 2019 at a fee of only $15.) Mark your calendar and register now at our online store.
SPECIAL NOTE: The New Mexico Writers organization offers scholarships for writers for purposes such as attending writing-related programs. If you would like to apply for a grant to cover your registration for the 2019 NMPW conference, you can find out how at the NMWriters scholarship web page.
The Albuquerque Museum’s Author Festival is offering four outstanding workshops on Friday, November 2, 2018. See the 2018Author Festival Flyer for more information. The last day to register for the workshops is September 30, so don’t put it off!