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Lesley Poling-Kempes

Ladies of the Canyon tells of amazing women

Abiquiu resident Lesley Poling-Kempes has won numerous awards for both her fiction and non-fiction writing. On March 4, at 1:00 p.m., Ms. Poling-Kempes will speak at the Placitas Community Library about her recent book, Ladies of the Canyon: A League of Extraordinary Women and their Adventures in the American Southwest. Released in 2015, Ladies of the Canyon won the Reading the West Book Award for nonfiction, the WILLA Literary Award, the Southwest Book Award, the Silver Medal for US History from the Independent Publishers Association, the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for biography, and is a WWW Spur Award finalist.

Ladies of the Canyon is the true story of remarkable women who left the security and comforts of genteel Victorian society and journeyed to the American Southwest in search of a wider view of themselves and their world. Educated, restless, and inquisitive, Natalie Curtis, Carol Stanley, Alice Klauber, and Mary Cabot Wheelwright were plucky, intrepid women whose lives were transformed in the first decades of the twentieth century by the people and the landscape of the American Southwest. These ladies imagined and created a new home territory, a new society, and a new identity for themselves and for the women who would follow them. Join them for an exciting afternoon in the company of Lesley Poling-Kempes and these amazing women.

Leadership New Mexico’s announces Bernalillo selection

~Patty Komko, President, Leadership New Mexico

Leadership New Mexico is pleased to announce that the Denise King from Bernalillo is among the 25 leaders from 15 communities across the state selected to participate in the 2016-2017 Leadership New Mexico Program.

The Local Government Leadership Program curriculum is designed to provide local leaders the opportunity to explore the critical issues facing New Mexico and participate in skill-building workshops. The program seeks to prepare local officials with the background and knowledge necessary to undertake civic responsibility and instill in them a passion for effective and ethical public service.

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