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Statement On Aslyum For Emilio Gutiérrez Soto

Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto was denied asylum in the United States last week after nearly a decade of living in New Mexico. Gutiérrez Soto wrote for El Diario del Noroeste and fled his country, with his son, in 2008 after receiving a tip that his life was in danger due to his reporting.

The El Paso Times reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials plan to deport Gutiérrez Soto and his son.

The National Press Club and other journalism organizations issued a statement

Here is the statement of the SPJ Rio Grande board:

Journalists — a group of people whose rights are constitutionally protected in the United States — face an increasingly dangerous and too often fatal task in Mexico, and their killers usually go unpunished. It’s exactly under such circumstances that our nation’s asylum system should act. We’re dismayed that Emilio Gutiérrez Soto’s asylum petition has languished for years and that our federal government now intends to send him back to Mexico — a move that could be a death sentence. We plead for an immediate reversal of that decision.

Board Elections Now Open

If the elections in Albuquerque and Las Cruces are not enough for you, we have elections of our very own coming up soon.

The Society of Professional Journalists Río Grande Chapter will choose its board of directors for 2018 in December. Board members, who serve terms of one year, are key not only to leading the chapter but in advocating for journalists in New Mexico and West Texas.

And we need all the advocates we can get.

If you or a member you know are interested in taking an active role in building the chapter, please consider running for a seat on the board.

We will accept nominations starting today, Nov. 8, until Friday, Dec. 8.

On Sunday, Dec. 10, members will receive ballots via email. Voting will be open until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16. I will report the results of the election on Sunday, Dec. 17.

Our bylaws call for up to six at-large members and five officers to be elected by a majority of the membership:

    • A president who “presides at meetings of the chapter membership and board of directors. Appoints committee chairs and committee members. Serves as official spokesperson for chapter.”
    • A vice-president for communications who “is the officer in charge of chapter communications, which can include newsletters, website, other electronic communications or any other appropriate tool.  May appoint members to assist with the internal communications work, including a newsletter editor.”
    • A vice-president for development “in charge of membership development may appoint other members to assist with contacts of prospective members and membership campaigns.”
    • A secretary who “writes and maintains official minutes of all regular and special call board meetings. Handles correspondence as directed by the president. Notifies national office annually of names of new officers and date that they will take office.”
    • A treasurer who “collects dues, pays bills. Prepares budgets. Maintains financial records of the chapter including an annual financial statement of income and expenses. Files any financial reports required. Submits books to chapter’s Audit Committee for annual audit.”
To submit a nomination, please send me an email at Be sure to specify if you are running for a particular post or for an at-large seat. And please include a brief bio to include on the ballot as well as a headshot (some of us remember faces better than names).

JOB: Helicopter Pilot (KRQE)

KRQE News 13, the leading TV and digital news operation in Albuquerque, New Mexico is looking for a full-time helicopter pilot to fly Sky News 13, an AS350B2 Eurocopter series aircraft.

You will be responsible for ensuring all operations involving the company aircraft are in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations, the Sky News 13 Procedures Manual, and all local,
state and military regulations.   In addition, the ideal candidate
must meet all company insurance requirements.


The pilot is responsible for flying Sky News 13 to breaking news and events occurring in the Albuquerque market in a responsible and safe manner. He or she is responsible for making sure the aircraft remains clean and mission ready with all required maintenance. The pilot will work with news managers to coordinate coverage.

The pilot maintains accurate records of daily flight activity, including departure and arrival time, destination and news story name are kept. The pilot will participate in special projects and perform other duties as assigned.


The pilot applicant must possess a minimum of 2,000 – 2,500 helicopter flying time, 100 hours of AS350B2 experience and 5000 hours of turbine time. Previous ENG experience preferred.

To express your interest in this position submit your resume online at  The application deadline is open until the position has been