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Domenici documentary premieres at policy conference

A one-hour documentary film on the life and career of retired U.S. Sen. Pete V. Domenici makes its premiere on the final day of the 2011 Domenici Public Policy Conference.



The documentary "DOMENICI" will premiere at the 2011 Domenici Public Policy Conference. (Submitted photo)

The conference, hosted by New Mexico State University's Domenici Institute, takes place Aug. 31-Sept. 1 at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave. The documentary will air on Sept. 1 at the conference's closing luncheon.

"DOMENICI" chronicles not only the life of the former senator, but it also looks at the impact Domenici ? and by extension New Mexico ? made on national public policy.

The film, narrated by ABC News veteran Sam Donaldson, includes commentary from former President Bill Clinton and former senators Robert Dole and Howard Baker, among others. Staff and friends also are interviewed.

The documentary highlights the achievements of New Mexico's longest-serving U.S. senator ranging from the federal budget and energy policy to national defense and nuclear non-proliferation.

"He has made America safer, Russia safer and the world safer," Clinton said in "DOMENICI."

Domenici's impassioned work on behalf of individuals suffering from mental illness also is featured in the film.

"This documentary is an important record of the contributions retired Sen. Domenici made to the people of New Mexico and to every citizen of this nation," said Garrey Carruthers, dean of NMSU's College of Business and director of NMSU's Domenici Institute. "He worked cooperatively for the best interests of the nation. Today's political leaders would do well to emulate the example set by Sen. Domenici."


After the documentary's premiere, it will air on KRWG Las Cruces PBS at 9 p.m. on Sept. 2, and on KOB Albuquerque NBC at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12. Two additional educational videos will be released early next year. The videos will supplement the original documentary by highlighting some of Domenici's work with natural resources, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the LES Uranium Enrichment Plant and Native American endeavors ? significant contributions to the state of New Mexico.

The 2011 Domenici Public Policy Conference costs $50 to attend, with registration and payment available online at domenici.nmsu.edu. The event is free to students. For more information, call the Domenici Institute at 575-646-2066.