New PRC Commissioner to speak at Albuquerque Press Women and Friends

Cynthia Hall

Cynthia Hall

Cynthia Hall, newly elected commissioner to the Public Regulation Commission will speak on “Demystifying the Public Regulation Commission” at the regular meeting on December 12 at 11:45 a.m. at the Claim Jumper restaurant (5001 Jefferson NE).

The PRC is one of the most important commissions in New Mexico. It regulates issues related to utilities, telecommunication and transportation. Hall is a former staff attorney for the commission. She will speak about the challenges the PRC faces in controversial areas such as coal versus renewable sources of energy in the state’s energy picture.

Everyone is welcome. Non-members will be charged an additional $5 over the $15. meal. A $10 salad bar option is also available.

Albuquerque Press Women and Friends is formed primarily of people interested in or working in some aspect of the communications industry. It is a good place to meet people interested in the many facets of the business of communication in New Mexico.

 

Alan Webber, Janice Arnold Jones Will Speak on Nov. 14

arnold-jonesalan_webberCome talk over the election results and coming legislative session with lively speakers Alan Webber and Janice Arnold Jones on Monday, November 14 at 11:45 at the Claim Jumper restaurant (5001 Jefferson NE.) We order lunch from the menu.

Both Arnold Jones, a republican, and Webber, a democrat, have been candidates for governor of New Mexico in the past. They are both articulate, witty and keen observers of the political scene in the state. It’s a perfect opportunity to recover from the national election and to take another look at what is on the horizon for New Mexico in the coming legislative session.

Webber’s career includes an extended stint as managing editor and editorial director of the Harvard Business Review; co-founder and co-editor-in-chief of Fast Company magazine; and other service in business and government. He now heads a nonprofit organization called One New Mexico.

 Arnold Jones is a former New Mexico state representative whose most celebrated accomplishment was single-handedly introducing webcasting into the New Mexico legislature. A champion of open government, she is a former business owner of two tech-related businesses and has also been a candidate for Congress and an Albuquerque city councilor.

Everyone is welcome. Non-members will be charged an additional five dollar fee.

Lenton Malry will speak to Albuquerque Press Women and Friends

Lenton MalryAlbuquerque Press Women (now renamed Albuquerque Press Women and Friends) will present well-known local civic leader Lenton Malry, who has a new autobiography published by UNM Press, titled “Let’s Roll This Train.”  Malry will be speaker for the regular montly meeting on Monday, Oct. 10, starting at 11:30 a.m. at Claim Jumper Restaurant at Jefferson east of I-25.

Malry served as New Mexico’s first African-American state representative from 1968 to 1978 and Bernalillo County’s first African-American Commissioner – serving as commission chairman in 1983-1984 and 1987-1988.  He was also the first African American to earn a PhD in education from the University of New Mexico.

Malry was influential in changing New Mexico from a state where in 1962, covenants were still in place restricting African-Americans from purchasing a home, to a state where diversity is respected and celebrated.

He taught in Albuquerque Public Schools and was Albuquerque’s first African-American principal; he retired from APS in 1987.

Malry has served our community on a number of boards and commissions including, as a past-president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and on the boards of the United Way, the UNM Cancer Center, Heights Psychiatric Hospital and the Albuquerque Air Quality Board.

Malry has been married to his wife Joy for 56 years and they have a son Lenton Jr.

At this luncheon, guests order directly from a menu and pay the restaurant.  There is a $5 fee for nonmembers of APW&F.