Jim O’Neill to talk taxes with Albuquerque Press Women and Friends

Jim O'Neill

Jim O’Neill

“Taxes and Politics” will be the topic of the November meeting of Albuquerque Press Women and Friends, Monday, November 13, at 11:30 AM, at Golden Corral (5207 San Mateo NE). Our speaker will be Jim O’Neill, one of the state’s most prominent and trusted tax experts. He’ll talk about the New Mexico tax system in the context of the upcoming legislative session, its effect on economic development and the state’s position in the competition for businesses and jobs.

Jim O’Neill is President of O’Neill Consulting LLC, founded in July 2001 and specializing in providing advice on New Mexico state and local taxes and tax legislation.

O’Neill was Assistant Secretary and Director of Tax Policy for the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department from 1984 through his retirement in 2001. He was involved in developing the Department’s regulations and rulings, coordinating and presenting the Department’s position on program issues to the Legislature and being one of the Department’s voices to the community.

Since leaving his state position he has been active in New Mexico tax issues, consulting for clients such as the New Mexico Municipal League, the New Mexico Association of Counties and private businesses. In 2003 he was Chief of Staff of the New Mexico Blue Ribbon Tax Reform Commission.  In 2010 he served on the New Mexico Government Restructuring Task Force. He is a founding board member and first Secretary-Treasurer of the New Mexico Tax Research Institute.

Albuquerque Press Women and Friends welcome everyone. Individuals are responsible for their own lunch. Non-members will be charged $5 at the door.

Press Women Communications Contest is Open

New Mexico Press Women’s 2018 Communications Contest is now open to receive
entries. The contest is open to anyone working on a broad range of communications media – news and feature writing, editorials, headlines, editing and page design, photography and graphics, radio and television, web and social media, advertising, public relations, speeches, collegiate materials, and fiction and non-fiction books.

Work must have been published/presented during calendar year 2017.

Entry fees are $10 for the first entry and $5 for each succeeding entry for NMPW
members and $15 for the first entry and $10 for each succeeding entry for non-members.

Those entering hard-copy books are required to include an additional $15 to cover the cost of shipping books to judges.

Complete information for entering the just-about-all electronic 2018 competition on the
Communications Contest page of the NMPW web site – NewMexicoPressWomen.org – and also at the National Federation of Press Women web site. On both sites, click on competition/contest tab and find 2018 Communications Contest information and guidance on how to enter.

Entry deadlines are January 23 to take advantage of the early bird discount. All entries must be entered by February 6, 2018.

Winners will be notified in April so they may attend NMPW’s state conference in Santa

For more information contact 2018 Communications Contest chair Carolyn Carlson at

Media Literacy in a Fake News World

Northern New Mexico Press Women sponsored a seminar on Sept. 23 that was so great they wanted to share the information. Titled “Media Literacy in a Fake News World” it gave lessons on how to discern the truth in the midst of conflicting stories and confusing ‘facts.’

Consider this guide from the Library Policy and Advocacy Blog.

How to spot fake news

How to spot fake news

There is much more in this brochure prepared by the group

The seminar was sponsored by the Santa Fe Public Library, the Society of Professional Journalists – Rio Grande Chapter, NM Foundation for Open Government, New Mexico Press Women, The League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County and the Facebook Community It’s-the-Peoples-Data the seminar offered great tips to use in your search for the truth.

Santa Fe Press Women host “Media Literacy in a Fake News World”

Santa Fe South Side Library

Northern New Mexico Press Women presents “Media Literacy in a Fake News World” at 1 p.m. Sat., Sept. 23 at the Santa Fe Public Library Southside branch, 6599 Jaguar Drive, Santa Fe.

Panel moderator Inez Russell Gomez, editorial editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican, will lead the conversation about fake news with Albuquerque Journal North editor Mark Oswald, Taos News editor Staci Matlock, PBS Newshour correspondent Kathleen McCleery and author James McGrath Morris.

The event is free and is sponsored by the Santa Fe Public Library, New Mexico Press Women, the Society of Professional Journalists (Rio Grande Chapter), Santa Fe chapter of the League of Women Voters, the Foundation for Open Government and It’s the People’s Data.

For information send an email to nnmpresswomen@gmail.com. To contact the Santa Fe Public Library, Southside branch call 505-955-2820.

Writing Contest Honors Jacob von Kutzleben

Jacob von Kutzleben

Jacob von Kutzleben

Everyone is invited to enter the Jacob von Kutzleben Memorial Scholarship Writing Contest.

This contest commemorates the dreams of von Kutzleben, a New Mexico State University student who was killed in a car accident. His family sponsors the contest in honor of von Kutzleben, a criminal justice major who also wrote science fiction and urban fantasy.

For details about the writing contest and prizes please visit the website.