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Past Calendar

Date & Time        Place        Description
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Garrett's Desert Inn
311 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Legislative Reception. LWVNM is again organizing a legislative reception during the session. All New Mexico state legislators and all League members are invited to attend.

In the 2017 Special Session the Legislature appropriated $400,000 to hire a firm to conduct a study of the New Mexico tax structure. Richard Anklam, President and Executive Director of the New Mexico Tax Research Institute, will address the study and the proposed tax reform legislation. This is also a chance to chat with legislators and League members from around the state.

Monday, January 22, 2018
520 Navajo Road
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Pre-League Day Social Gathering. Join us for our first ever pre-League Day gathering at the home of Lynn Jones. The purpose is two-fold. We have heard that some League members do not participate in League Day because they do not know what to expect at the Roundhouse. League leaders will explain the activities during the legislative session and how to be involved. Also, this will be a social occasion with plenty of time for informal conversation and to enjoy the goodies supplied by board members.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Fuller Lodge
2132 Central Avenue
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Legislative Preview. The 2018 session of the legislature begins on January 16th. Join us for a preview presented by our legislators, Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard and Senators Carlos Cisneros and Richard Martinez. Chief Justice Judith Nakamura (or a substitute) will discuss the pretrial release and detention rules issued by the New Mexico Supreme Court this year as well as the need for increased funding for the judiciary.

This event is co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Come at 6:30 pm for refreshments. Everyone is welcome.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Mesa Public Library
2400 Central Ave, Upstairs Conference Rm, Los Alamos, NM
Lunch with a Leader. Our speakers for the December Lunch with a Leader are Becky Oertel, Cristina Olds, and Anagha Dandekar. All three are representatives from "Voices of Los Alamos," a progressive, local group that meets monthly and is focused on making positive changes at the state and federal level. December Lunch with a Leader.
Saturday, December 9, 2017
New Mexico State Capitol, Room 322 (enter on the East side only). Workshop on Effective Citizen Advocacy at the Legislature. The League of Women Voters of New Mexico is sponsoring its annual workshop, Effective Citizen Advocacy at the Legislature. The public is invited. Learn tips from legislators and a professional lobbyist on how to interact with legislators, speak at hearings, and advocate for your cause.

Senator Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, District 25
Senator Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, District 23
Jim Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Disability Rights New Mexico, an independent private non-profit organization authorized through federal law to protect and promote the rights of persons with disabilities.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Mesa Public Library
2400 Central Ave, Upstairs Conference Rm,
Los Alamos, NM
Lunch with a Leader. Julianna Koob, Legislative Advocate, and Marshall Martinez, Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood will discuss reproductive services at the November Lunch with a Leader.
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Bldg 5, Wallace Rm
4000 University Dr, Los Alamos, NM
Forum: Spent Nuclear Fuel Disposal from Power Reactors. The League of Women Voters of New Mexico is conducting a study of the storage, transport, and disposal of the high level nuclear waste produced by power plants and currently located in 78 separate installations across the county. Join us for this free event. Come at 6:30 for refreshments!
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Mesa Public Library
2400 Central Ave, Upstairs Conference Rm, Los Alamos, NM
Lunch with a Leader. Join us for October's lunch with a leader to hear County Clerk Naomi Maestas and Elections Manager Gloria Maestas from the Los Alamos County Clerk's office discuss the voting process.
Monday, October 16, 2017
Mabry Hall, Jerry Apodaca Education Bldg,
300 Don Gaspar Ave., Santa Fe, NM
New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) Hearing on Science Standards. In 2015 the NM Public Education Department (PED) convened focus groups to examine those standards; they recommended their adoption for New Mexico. It is within the purview of the PED to update the standards; but the department did not act on the recommendation. In September the PED published the draft "NM STEM-Ready Standards," which is largely based on the NGSS, but with some significant revisions and some additional standards for "New Mexico flavor." The revisions include replacing "4.6 billion years" with "geologic" for the age of the earth; substituting "climate fluctuation" for "regional climate change" and "biological diversity" for "the process of evolution." Read the Analysis of NM STEM-Ready Standards indicating language omitted by PED.

Copies of the proposed rules may be accessed through the New Mexico Public Education Department's website on the Public Notices page, or may be obtained from Jamie Gonzales by contacting her at (505) 827-7889 during regular business hours.

The League strongly encourages everyone to either speak at the hearing and/or send comments by mail to Jamie Gonzales, Policy Division, New Mexico Public Education Department, Room 101, 300 Don Gaspar Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, or by email at The public comment period will last until 5 p.m. on October 16.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Mesa Public Library
2400 Central Ave, Upstairs Conference Rm,
Los Alamos, NM
Lunch with a Leader. Jennifer Sublett and Lynn Bjorklund from the US Forest Service will delve into the Forest Service history, management, goals, and budget at the September Lunch with a Leader event. This information will help the LWV with a study regarding the transfer of federal public land to New Mexico.
Thursday, September 7, 2017
The home of Rosmarie Frederickson
1372 47th St. (off Sandia in the Western Area.)
Social Gathering for Members and Friends. Long-time League members, recent new members, and inquiring non-members are invited to a Social Gathering to get to know fellow League members, or, for those who have not joined yet, to find out what the League is all about. Members are encouraged to bring a friend! There will be wine, beer, juice, and water as well as hearty hors d'oeuvres.

Political strategist Tarin Nix will speak briefly about how citizens can interact with the NM Legislature and Councilor Rick Reiss will talk about the state government from the County's perspective. After their short presentations, they will answer your questions about NM politics.

Besides refreshments and socializing, we'll also answer questions about the League--what we don't do (endorse candidates or parties) and what we do (study and lobby on issues).

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Mesa Public Library
2400 Central Ave, Upstairs Conference Rm,
Los Alamos, NM
Lunch with a Leader. Douglas Carver, the Executive Director of the New Mexico Mexico Ethics Watch will be the August guest for Lunch with a Leader. He will discuss the proposed constitutional amendment regarding the establishment of an ethics commission.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Mesa Public Library
2400 Central Avenue, Upstairs Conference Room
Los Alamos, NM
Lunch with a Leader. Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard. LA League member and our State Representative, Stephanie will discuss the three sessions of the Legislature. The first was the Special Session called last fall, then the 60 day session, and finally the last Special Session in May. She will go over the high and low points of the sessions, discuss bills she promoted, and answer questions.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
County Clerk's Office
1000 Central Avenue
Los Alamos, NM
Recreation Bond ballots due to the County Clerks office. The mail-in ballots must be received at the County Clerk's Office by mail or in person May 23rd no later than 7 p.m.

For information on the Recreation Bond visit the Los Alamos Bond Projects 2017 website or view the one-page summary.

Saturday, May 20, 2017-Sunday, May 21, 2017
Santa Fe Hilton LWV New Mexico Convention. Members are invited as delegates and observers to participate in the biennial Convention. Complete details appear in the Spring La Palabra. Henrietta Saunders, LWVUS Treasurer and liaison to LWVNM opens the Convention at the noon luncheon. Valerie Plame is the Saturday banquet speaker.

Registration including luncheon is $75 before April 20. Banquet tickets are $50. Please send your check to LWVSFC, 1472 St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505.

Questions? Contact or 505 982-9766. Historic Hilton Hotel Reservations 1-800-774-1500 / 505-988-2811. Use LWV for discount code.

Saturday, May 20th
11 AM-Noon Registration - Hilton Hotel
Collection of Silent Auction items

12 PM-1:30 PM Lunch
Speaker: LWVUS Liaison Henrietta Saunders
Hilton Hotel, Canyon 1

1:45-5:30 PM First Plenary Session

6 PM Cash Bar reception - Hilton Hotel Bar

7 PM Banquet
Speaker: Valerie Plame, of Global Zero
Hilton Hotel Canyon 1

Sunday, May 20
8:30-9 AM Registration

9 AM-Noon Second Plenary Session

10:30-10:45 Break and Silent Auction ends

Noon Convention Adjournment

Note: 2017-2019 Board Meeting with Lunch will start in the Canyon Room 15 minutes after Convention adjourns.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
11:40am - 2:30pm
Mesa Public Library ANNUAL MEETING. The LWVLA annual business meeting will begin at 1pm following the "Lunch with a Leader" presentation. At that time the League will reviews its positions, decide on the program for the following year, approve the budget, and elect a new board. Please mark your calendars!
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Mesa Public Library Lunch with a leader. Sandra Fish will discuss New Mexico in Depth. This talk will precede the ANNUAL MEETING which will begin at 1pm.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Mesa Public Library Lunch with a leader. NM Chief Justice Charles Daniels will discuss bail reform in NM--working to improve public safety while protecting individual rights.

RSVP by 3/19 for catered lunch.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
6 Mariposa Court Fund Drive Party.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Mesa Public Library Lunch with a leader. Andrea Cunningham, formerly the LAC public health nurse manager, will discuss the role of public health in the county.

RSVP by 2/19 for catered lunch.

Thursday, February 9, 2017
10:30am - noon
State Land Office, 310 Old Santa Fe Trail, SF LWVNM League Day at the Legislature. League Day is an opportunity for League members to familiarize themselves with our state government, attend committee meetings, and speak with our legislators.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Garrett's Desert Inn, 311 Old Santa fe Trail, SF LWVNM Legislative Reception. All New Mexico state legislators and all League members are invited to attend this reception. It's a chance to chat with legislators from around the state.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
all day
Municipal Building, Los Alamos; White Rock Library Election Day for School Board and UNM-LA advisory board.
Monday, February 6, 2017
926 Circle Drive Program Planning Meeting. Join us to discuss the possibilities for future local/statewide league studies or for action based on current positions.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Office of County Clerk Ballot fo LAPS GO Bond & UNMLA Mill Levy Due.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Pinion Elementary School
90 Grand Canyon Drive
Los Alamos, NM
(White Rock)
School Board and UNM/LA Advisory Board Candidate Forum. Candidate Forum for Los Alamos Public School Board and UNM/LA Advisory Board.

Refreshments at 6:30pm.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Mesa Public Library Lunch with a leader. Karen Williams

RSVP by 1/14 for catered lunch.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
7 - 9pm (6:30pm for refreshments)
Fuller Lodge Legislative Preview. Our legislators, Representative Stephanie Garcia Richard and Senators Carlos Cisneros and Richard Martinez, will participate as well as State Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto and LWVNM Vice-President Dick Mason.