Ray Powell to Speak on “Our Land, Our Legacy”

Ray Powell

Ray Powell

Former Land Commissioner Ray Powell will speak to Albuquerque Press Women and Friends at 11:30 a.m. on March 12 at the Golden Corral (5207 San Mateo NE) on issues involving the New Mexico Land Office. As a former land commissioner Powell brings a unique perspective on the part the NM Land Office plays in the lives of New Mexicans.

Powell served as the elected State Land Commissioner for three terms from 1993-2002 and from 2011-2014. He was the president and vice-president of the 22-member Western States Land Commissioners Association from 1996-1998.  He worked closely with federal cabinet members, governors, members of Congress, and tribal leaders to improve public policy on trust lands nationwide.

A veterinarian by profession, Powell served two terms as a member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Committee on Foreign Animal and Poultry Diseases. In this capacity he gained significant expertise in understanding the impacts of disease and other pathogens on our human and domestic and wild animal populations. He served as a member of the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Regulation and Licensing from 2002 – 2010. He was the chairman of the Board for much of his tenure.  He worked tirelessly to enhance the humane treatment of animals.

Powell is a native of Albuquerque and attended Albuquerque Public Schools. Powell is married to Jean Civikly-Powell, a professor emerita of Communication at the University of New Mexico.

Please join Press Women and Friends as we learn about issues facing the next NM Land Commissioner. Reservations are not required and individuals are responsible for their own meals. Non-members will be charged an additional $5.

Native America Calling Host to Speaks at Albuquerque Press Women

Tara Gatewood

Tara Gatewood

Tara Gategood, host of Native America Calling will speak to Albuquerque Press Women on Monday, February 12 at 12:30 p.m. The meeting is held at the Golden Corral. (5207 San Mateo NE). She will be discussing her call in show on KUNM and the concerns her listeners have and how well they track with information available in the main stream media.

In 2005,Tara joined the Native airwaves with the now 22 year old nationally syndicated call-in radio show Native America Calling. Each weekday she leads thought-provoking conversations with invited guests and callers on issues specific to Native American and Alaska Native communities and the people they connect to.

For more than 20 years she has worked in Indian Country in the arenas of art, music, health and community development. She has morethan 19 years of experience as a journalist. Beyond radio broadcasting, her palette of story sharing also includes working in Washington, D.C., South Dakota, Minnesota, Massachusetts and New Mexico. She reported and photographed for several news organizations and her past works can be found in the Boston Globe, Aberdeen American News, St. Paul Pioneer Press, Transmission Magazine, Albuquerque The Magazine and Native Peoples Magazine.

She is a member of the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) and is a former board of directors member of UNITY: Journalists for Diversity. She is the recipient of several NAJA awards for her work in print and broadcast journalism. She was also named one of the National Center for American Enterprise Development (NCAIED) 2015 “Native American 40 Under 40” Award winners. She is also the voice of the Indigenous Foundation music programheard on Santa Fe New Mexico’s KSFR 101.1 FM each Saturday.

Everyone is welcome at Albuquerque Press Women events. Individuals are responsible for their own meals. No reservations are required. Non-members will be charged an additional $5.

A Public Defender Looks at the Bail Bond Issue

Public Defenders has the very difficult job of representing people accused of crimes who cannot afford independent counsel. On Monday, January 8, Richard Pugh the District Defender for the Second Judicial District in Bernalillo County will speak to Albuquerque Press Women and Friends at 11:30 a.m. at the Golden Corral (5207 San Mateo NE).

For the last four years Pugh has been the District Defender in Bernalillo County. He will discuss current changes in the court system and the use of bail under the recently passed state constitutional amendment.

Previously Pugh worked in the Roswell office, Albuquerque felony division, and as a public defender contractor. Pugh has tried more than 60 felony cases throughout several judicial districts and is on the Board of the New Mexico Criminal Defense Attorneys and the National Association of Public Defenders Workload Committee.

Everyone is welcome and individuals are responsible for their own meals. No reservations are needed. Non-members will be charged an additional $5.