“Lunch Shaming” Ban a Big Win for New Mexico Nonprofit

Associations Now

New Mexico recently became the first state in the country to ban “lunch shaming”—the practice of putting negative attention on students whose parents haven’t paid their lunch bills. The issue of “lunch shaming” by schools has proved troublesome enough that New Mexico is tackling the issue legislatively. The bill represents a victory for New Mexico Appleseed, a poverty-focused nonprofit that has drawn attention to the issue.

How One Advocacy Group Is Making the Case for Open Primaries in New Mexico

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The nonprofit advocacy group New Mexico Open Primaries, led by a former Democratic legislator, is one of a handful of efforts nationwide to encourage open-primary voting for independents. An advocacy group in New Mexico is making the case for the Land of Enchantment to embrace them. Currently, political independents don’t have a say in primaries in New Mexico; only registered members of a political party can vote in them.


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Association: Tighter Standards Needed for Elected New Mexico Sheriffs

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New Mexico has some previous experience solving the problem of underqualified officials. After several scandals involving the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission, a series of restrictions on who can hold the elected office of regulatory commissioner were signed into law. Despite the important role that sheriffs play in law enforcement, New Mexico law requires little in the way of qualifications for those elected to the office. A Template to Follow?

Association Rises To The Aid of New Mexico’s Chile Pepper

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The New Mexico chile pepper industry is attempting to protect the integrity of one of the state’s valuable cash crops via a new certification program. The New Mexico Chile Association is bringing the heat to protect the state’s official vegetable, the chile pepper. Chile is a way of life in our state, ingrained in our culture and our economy,” said New Mexico Gov.

With Partnership, Western Growers Adds a New Crop: The New Mexico Chile

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In joining a new partnership with Western Growers, the New Mexico Chile Association will gain additional support on policy issues. Thanks to a new partnership, New Mexico’s spicy chiles could get a little help in Washington, DC. “The New Mexico chile industry deals with many of the same challenges as our counterparts in other western states, including trade, food safety, water, immigration and labor,” Ledbetter explained in the release. “We

New Mexico Police Shooting Shows Void in Mental Health Care, Groups Say

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James Boyd’s death exposed a gap in New Mexico law, critics say. Most states have a variation of New York’s 1999 “Kendra’s Law.” Albuquerque’s version of the law was struck down in 2008 by the New Mexico Court of Appeals, but the recent shooting has led to new calls for a state law. The post New Mexico Police Shooting Shows Void in Mental Health Care, Groups Say appeared first on Associations Now

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.22.21

Reid All About it

New association podcast. Maddie Grant of Propel and Rick Bawcum of Cimatri launched a new podcast, The Association Mashup , which will focus on the intersection of culture and technology. On Sunday, I made a new (excellent) carnitas recipe in the Instant Pot.

Internet Association Hires New Head Lobbyist In California


from University of New Mexico, and a J.D. The post Internet Association Hires New Head Lobbyist In California appeared first on Internet Association. News Press Releases California California legislature New Hire Sacramento state government affairs

Associations Assist Dairy Farmers in Storm’s Aftermath

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storm of 2015, killed dozens of people, but it also killed tens of thousands of cows throughout New Mexico and Texas. A winter storm named Goliath has milk producers throughout Texas and New Mexico picking up the pieces, and the associations that represent them are looking to help out. The storm dropped heavy snow on West Texas and eastern New Mexico and is blamed for killing more than 35,000 dairy cows in those two states alone.

Albuquerque Learns to Love ‘Breaking Bad’

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$ 60M+ The amount that Breaking Bad has spent in New Mexico on goods, services, and wages since the show started in 2007. Nine out of 10 crew members are New Mexico residents, and many of the show’s stars have bought homes in the area. It may be a show about the methamphetamine trade, but its popularity has tourists interested in New Mexico’s largest city.

Conference Circuit: Happy Campers

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Close to 1,300 camp and youth-development professionals are headed to New Mexico for four full days of education, social and issue-based networking, and special events to help them create exceptional experiences for campers, counselors, families, and communities. City: Albuquerque, New Mexico. Rundown Attendees: 1,300. Sessions: 150. Premier Sponsors: 7. The American Camp Association’s 2017 ACA National Conference starts next week in Albuquerque.

Conference Circuit: American Archaeology

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The Society for American Archaeology’s 84th Annual Meeting begins next week in New Mexico. City: Albuquerque, New Mexico. The goal of this fast-paced competition is to inspire new teaching ideas for both new and seasoned archaeology teachers. Rundown Attendees: 4,500 plus. Education Sessions: 275. Posters: 200. Attendance is expected to top 4,500.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.15.21

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He talks about “new platforms and providers… in non-institutional or non-traditional contexts… the growing appeal of non-degree credentials, in a world where skills demands are changing at a faster pace than most colleges can keep up with.” New episodes are posted around 1 p.m.

Association Supply Chain Advocacy

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Industry Brainstorming – Creating new and unique activities for the Supply Chain to collaborate and create a growth focused business environment. In a dynamic global economy, new impediments and opportunities will continually surface. Recently, the Soft Drink Industry faced an onslaught of proposed Soda Taxes in Santa Fe , New Mexico and in Cook County , Illinois. Association Supply Chain Advocacy can be a game changer for members.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 10.1.21

Reid All About it

I’m on vacation next week—hiking in the Santa Fe area of New Mexico—so this Brain Food covers all the events I could find (and that came my way) for the next two weeks. New cybercrime tactic: shortened LinkedIn URLs are now used as phish hooks.

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No Paper Needed: Anthropology Association Builds New Review System

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By building a new digital system intended to cut the time needed for academic reviews of books, the American Anthropological Association hopes to refine digital workflows and save money. This week, the American Anthropological Association announced it is working to launch a new digital process for scholarly book reviews, upgrading what can sometimes be a clunky process with something a little easier to manage.

Best Benefit Ever: Environmental Protection for Bicyclists

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What does IMBA offer those new and loyal members? The association leads volunteers and members in conducting field research ; offers insights into how to negotiate with stakeholders about the preservation of untamed, natural areas; and has supported initiatives to preserve wilderness in California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon, and Virginia. Prompted by a successful membership drive, we look at what keeps a bicycling association’s wheels spinning.

Report: The Story Machine Learning Tells About Nonprofits

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Meanwhile, benefits and insurance nonprofits tend to get the best funding in the Midwest and a handful of other isolated states around the country (Nevada, New Mexico, Arkansas, New Jersey). Youth character development groups were often very common in major cities, while New York City had a strong focus on cultural organizations.

Conference Circuit: Picture Perfect

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Professionals in the biological communications field are headed to New Mexico next week to learn new skills from fellow life sciences and medical photographers, explore creative ideas, and develop new visual communications strategies. Location: Santa Fe, New Mexico. Rundown Entry Fee for Visual Media Competition: $30 member/$50 nonmenber. Best of Show Prize: $500. Registration Fee: $85.

Interview with an Expert Series: Associate Executive Director, Myke Kudlas

Blue Sky eLearn

Eventually, my love of eLearning brought me to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as the organization’s first Director of Instructional Technology. Is there anything new or revolutionary in eLearning that you know that other people should be aware of? What trends or new ideas to you expect to implement in the coming years? Revisions are not as flashy as creating a new course, but they are a lot more efficient.

Pharmacists: The Missing Link to More Cost-Effective Healthcare?

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A new report from the National Governors Association argues that states could help their residents’ healthcare dollars go further by giving pharmacists a larger role in patient treatment. A new NGA policy paper, “The Expanding Role of Pharmacists in a Transformed Health Care System,” released last week, argues that regulations governing pharmacy practice should change to allow pharmacists to make full use of their clinical training.

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Is Minimum-Wage Opposition Beginning to Soften?

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The New Mexico Restaurant Association, which has generally opposed hikes in the minimum wage, might be willing to support a statewide increase to $8.30 A preemption provision would block individual cities from increasing their minimum wage apart from the rest of the state; such a rule existed in New Mexico until it expired in 2008. An Alternate Strategy Waiters and bartenders are among the lowest-paid workers in the U.S. economy.

Monday Buzz: Is Joining Easy?

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On the MemberClicks blog, Callie Walker notes that it’s essential to consider these points—otherwise a failure to design with potential new members in mind could cost you. “If The New York Times reports that advertisers like Hefty and Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey have used the idea of people being sick of the election as a way to stand out in the market. It’s important to design your association’s website so potential members can take quick action.

How Associations Are Telling Their Stories

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Sometimes it involves a name change, sometimes a refreshed look and feel, and sometimes it may involve adding a new feature or resource. The Ohio Craft Brewers Association unveiled a new logo this week. The updated look incorporates a new brand identity for OCBA that is focused on showcasing the “craftiness” of craft beer. In other words, the new logo and design are helping OCBA better tell its story.

Light Up Navajo: Association Helps Bring Power to Homes for the First Time

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This spring, the American Public Power Association (APPA) undertook an initiative to bring power to homes in the Navajo Nation, a territory that covers parts of New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona (with Arizona making up the largest portion). More than 15,000 homes in Navajo Nation lack access to electricity, and it’s costly to put them on the grid. But a campaign backed by the American Public Power Association helped put a dent in that number.

Firearms Group, Suicide Prevention Group Join Forces to Save Lives

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The four states involved—Alabama, Kentucky, Missouri, and New Mexico—saw these AFSP chapters build relationships with the local gun industry, helping vendors and shooting range owners alike spot the signs that come with suicide risk. The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced this week it was launching a national antisuicide campaign with the help of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. It comes months after a successful pilot program between the groups.

Conference Circuit: A Fresh Helping for Produce Professionals

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November 5-8: The American Folklore Society will be sharing its story , along with the stories of its members, during its annual meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico. An association representing groups from all parts of the fresh-produce food chain holds its annual harvest. Plus: A pragmatic meeting that might not be what you’d expect.

South Dakota School Group Wades Slowly Into Mascot Debate

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That’s a level far higher than most states—only Alaska and New Mexico have higher percentages of Native Americans in their populations. Rather than taking a bold step in its handling of the controversial issue, the South Dakota High School Activities Association has chosen a measured approach of advising schools against using Native American mascots, instead of banning them.

International Bottled Water Association Backs Curbside Recycling Partnership

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Areas of Growth This year the Recycling Partnership plans to develop recycling programs with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection as well as with the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Recycling Partnership, which already has the backing of a number of corporations and trade groups in setting up local curbside recycling programs nationwide, has a new supporter: the primary trade group for the bottled-water industry.

Electronic Billboards: The Rise of a Digital Emergency Tool

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” Already, the billboards have come in handy during Boston’s heavy snowfall earlier this year, in Georgia during an ice storm last year, and in New Mexico during a gas shortage. Look up: That flashy electronic billboard may be important to your safety. Outdoor advertising groups are working to relay emergency messages on the signs when needed. Today, there are 5,500 electronic signs —a small portion of the total 400,000 billboards nationwide.

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Association Aims to Widen the Playing Field for History Ph.D.s

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With a new grant, the American Historical Association is expanding its initiative to create more professional opportunities for history doctorates outside of academia. Mellon Foundation—a nonprofit that makes grants to institutions focused on higher education, cultural affairs, and performing arts—will support projects at the Columbia University, the University of Chicago, the University of New Mexico, and the University of California, Los Angeles.

In First Appearance at NCAA Convention, Student-Athletes Make an Impact

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Their seats at the table—one on the NCAA’s 24-member Division I Board of Directors, two on the 40-member Council, and 15 on the 80-member “Autonomous Five” panel—came courtesy of a new governance structure that was unveiled last summer and approved in the fall. Even though we have a small percentage of the vote, it’s sort of symbolic in a way,” said Kendall Spencer, chair of the Division I SAAC and a former track and field student-athlete at the University of New Mexico. “It’s

Radiologic Technologist Association’s New Museum Tells Its Members Story

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The solution: a brand-spanking-new interactive museum attached to ASRT’s headquarters. To preserve that collective legacy, ASRT has added to its headquarters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a 4,500-square-foot museum. The post Radiologic Technologist Association’s New Museum Tells Its Members Story appeared first on Associations Now

Partnerships Take Affordable Food Program Nationwide

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Meanwhile, the New Mexico Farmers Marketing Association introduced Double Up Food Bucks as a pilot program in the state last year. With the new funding, NMFMA will expand it to 90 sites in the state, which has the third-highest level of child food insecurity in the country. “We’ve Through partnerships with local organizations, the national nonprofit Fair Food Network is expanding its program that increases accessibility to healthy food.

Spotlight on Diversity Part 1: How One Association’s Women Are Leaning In

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Just ask Ceela McElveny, chief communications and membership officer at the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who started a “Lean In Circle” for executive-level women colleagues a year and a half ago. Great Ideas Headed to ASAE’s 2015 Great Ideas Conference in Orlando, Florida? Check out Ceela McElveny’s session “Women, Leadership, and the Rise of ‘Lean In’ Circles.”

Recovery in Colorado: Groups Move in as Floodwaters Retreat

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Only New Mexico ranked higher than Colorado in 2012 in the number of acres on federal land that produce oil and gas—and area residents worried about the state of the wells within the flood zone. After a week of downpours and record flooding, rescue efforts continue and cleanup is underway in Colorado. Associations and CVBs are doing what they can to help.

State Dealer Groups, Tesla Motors Find Room for Compromise

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The company, which is looking to invest $4 billion to $5 billion in a “gigafactory” that would produce lithium-ion batteries, is looking to build in one of four states—Arizona, Texas, Nevada, or New Mexico. New Jersey: The Garden State became the epicenter of the tussle— and the target of a tough blog post from Tesla CEO Elon Musk—when its Motor Vehicle Commission issued a ruling last month that would have forced the stores to convert to showrooms April 1.

State Dealers Groups, Tesla Motors Find Room for Compromise

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The company, which is looking to invest $4 billion to $5 billion in a “gigafactory” that would produce lithium-ion batteries, is looking to build in one of four states—Arizona, Texas, Nevada, or New Mexico. New Jersey: The Garden State became the epicenter of the tussle— and the target of a tough blog post from Tesla CEO Elon Musk—when its Motor Vehicle Commission issued a ruling last month that would have forced the stores to convert to showrooms April 1.

Study: Why Business Travel Costs Vary Significantly by City

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Event planners and business travelers alike should be aware of the additional costs that come with launching an event in a coastal city, a new study finds. A big city or coastal locale might seem like the best way to draw in attendees, but a new report shows that those locations often come with a big additional cost. For example, New York City has higher meal and hotel costs but below-average car rental costs.

Strategic Communications Power Membership Value at the American Public Power Association

Association Adviser

Another goal is to keep members informed about advocacy priorities, new technologies, and business and operations trends. So our tagline “Powering Strong Communities” evolved and has become a key part of our new brand. Our new website was launched on September 20 and reflects the focus on community while better telling our story and making content more accessible and easy to find. But adopting a new brand requires a culture change in some ways.