Associated Press New Mexico Daybook for Friday, Sept. 23.
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Sept. 23-24. 7 a.m. HISPANIC CONFERENCE — The Hispanic Leadership Network (HLN), a Hispanic center-right advocacy action group, is holding a southwestern regional conference “Rebuilding America’s Dream.” This two-day conference, taking place during Hispanic Heritage Month, will bring together Hispanic grassroots leaders from across the country to engage in an important discussion on the policy issues affecting the Hispanic community.
—Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to speak at 9:15 a.m. Sept. 23.
—Gov. Susana Martinez (NM) will give keynote address Sept. 23, 6:30 p.m.
—Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to attend a networking BBQ at noon, Sept. 24 along with Rep. Steve Pearce.
National, state and local leaders as well as policy experts and decision makers will also speak and participate in the event. Check-In and Registration: All media must check in at the press registration table to receive a press badge. A press badge is required to cover the conference and must be displayed at all times.
Location: Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, 330 Tijeras NW, Albuquerque
Contacts: Mercy Schlapp, 703-470-4794; Jenny Korn, Executive Director of HLN, hlninfo(at)americanactionnetwork.org
Sept. 23. 10 a.m. LAW ENFORCEMENT NEWSER — The United States Attorney’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the District Attorney’s Office for the 5th Judicial District of the State of New Mexico, the Roswell Police Department and the Chaves County Sheriff’s Office will hold a press conference to discuss a major law enforcement operation in Chaves County, N.M. NOTE: All media must present government-issued photo I.D. (such as a driver’s license) as well as valid media credentials. Media should arrive at least 15 minutes before the press conference is scheduled to commence.
Location: National Guard Armory, 1 West Earl Cummings Loop, Roswell
Contacts: Elizabeth M. Martinez at elizabeth.martinez(at)usdoj.gov, 505-224-1469 (office), or 505-239-4060 (cellphone), or Diana Apodaca at 915-892-9631 (cellphone)
Sept. 23. Noon. OPEN HOUSE — Border Network for Human Rights New Mexico office Open House. The new office will serve members living in southern New Mexico with classes on Constitutional and human rights. Other classes, including ESL classes, will be offered to BNHR members at the new facility.
Location: 209 Lopez Road in Anthony, N.M.
Contacts: Cristina Parker, 915-875-9107
Sept. 23. 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. HISPANIC GROUP RALLY — Latinos and other concerned New Mexicans rally in Civic Plaza to counter what they allege is the Hispanic Leadership Network recruitment agenda. The rally is followed by the international 100K Poets for Change who will be performing simultaneously with others poets all over the world.
Location: Albuquerque Civic Plaza, SE Corner of 3rd St. and Tijeras NW
Contacts: George Lujan, SouthWest Organizing Project, 505-400-6403 / George(at)swop.net
Sept. 24. 11 a.m. SOLAR FACILITY DEDICATION — The nation’s first solar storage facility that is fully integrated into a utility’s power grid will be dedicated on Saturday by PNM, U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, federal energy officials and other dignitaries. Expected speakers include PNM president and CEO Pat Vincent-Collawn, Bingaman, Lujan, a U.S. Department of Energy representative, and local and state officials.
Location: Mesa del Sol’s Aperture Center Building, 5700 University West Blvd. SE, Albuquerque
Contacts: Frederick Bermudez, 505-241-4831, frederick.bermudez(at)pnmresources.com