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Fronteras-A Changing America (Radio)

Saturdays at 5pm on KRWG-FM
  • Hosted by Fred Martino; Emily Guerra

Feature reports from throughout the Southwest and interviews focusing on the people and issues affecting our growing border communities.

Tortugas Pueblo Traditions

3 hours ago

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with the current President for “La Corporación de Los Indigenes de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Tortugas Pueblo” (The Corporation for the Indigenous of Our Lady of Guadalupe), Arianna Fierro, and their Secretary, Jeannette Castillo.

Believe Again!

Dec 2, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Jill Smith, Co-director of the Christmas holiday program – “Believe Again” – at University United Methodist Church in Las Cruces. She says that the line in the movie, “The Polar Express,” that says “but soon we had to grow up,” was the inspiration for their Christmas program this year. Rekindle the magic of Christmas with “Believe Again” a FREE event to the public. Performances will be held on...

Farm Fresh Mobile Farmer's Market

Nov 18, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with La Semilla Food Center Donor Relations and Communications Manager, Elena Acosta. Many of our communities that do not have access to healthy foods have high levels of childhood poverty and high rates of diabetes compared to the national average. So La Semilla decided to bring fresh foods to families that are living in underserved areas with the “Farm Fresh Mobile Farmer's Market,” a retrofitted...

Operachi: A Fusion of Opera and Mariachi Vocals

Nov 4, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with University of Texas at El Paso Assistant Voice Professor, Dr. Juanita Ulloa. She is American born and was raised primarily in Mexico City, but also lived in Panama and Madrid, Spain. Her experience as a lyric mezzo-soprano and her love of Mariachi Mexican songs brought about a new singing style for women called “Operachi,” a fusion of opera and Mariachi. Ulloa, also known as “The High Priestess...

Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) has partnered with the Americas Network for Chronic Disease Surveillance (AMNET) and the Burrell Institute of Health Policy & Research (BIHPR) to host the XIII AMET-BCOM International Conference on Chronic Diseases from November 8 to November 11 on the BCOM campus at 3501 Arrowhead Drive in Las Cruces on the New Mexico State University campus. Around 200 medical professionals and researchers from...

Día de Los Muertos - Day of the Dead

Oct 28, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Founder and retired Artistic Director of the Court Youth Center and Alma D’Arte Charter High School, Irene Oliver-Lewis, to talk about a cultural and religious tradition that dates back to the Aztecs and the indigenous people of Mexico. For centuries throughout Mexico and Latin America the spirits of the deceased are honored in a celebration called “Día de Los Muertos,” (Day of the Dead). The...

Sustainability - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Oct 21, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico State University Manager of Environmental Policy and Sustainability, Joni Newcomer. In 2010 the Office of Sustainability at New Mexico State University was created to empower the student community to care about the environment in which they live and work, and to carry it into their personal lives and future generations. Newcomer helped develop ten sustainability initiatives:...

Savor a Hot Bowl of Soup and Collect a Handmade Bowl

Oct 14, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with recently appointed El Caldito Soup Kitchen Board of Director’s President, Gabe Anaya, where he has been volunteering for 17 years. El Caldito has been providing meals for the homeless and less fortunate in Las Cruces and surrounding communities for more than 30 years. They also receive help from the Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces with the “Empty Bowls” annual luncheon which PGLC first organized...

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Mesilla Valley Radio Club members, Robert Bennett and Robert Truitt to talk about the current exhibit at the Branigan Cultural Center. Amateur radio, also known as ham radio, began with the invention of the radio in the late 19 th century, and is still very relevant in this century. The first amateur radio club was organized in 1909 in New York; and in 1949 the Mesilla Valley Radio Club began...

Transit: A Wise Investment for Us All

Sep 21, 2016

Commentary: Wise communities invest in themselves, providing the public resources necessary to allow residents to live prosperous, healthy lives. Regional transit is one of those key investments in a successful future. The ability to move freely and safely through our community is a personal freedom supported by public investment. For the great majority of people, this investment is realized through the building and maintenance of public streets and roads, the enactment and enforcement of...

The Right to Migrate or Not to Migrate

Sep 9, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Las Cruces City Councilor, Olga Pedroza, and Diocese of Las Cruces, Bishop Oscar Cantú, to talk about a community forum on immigration policies organized by the Las Cruces City Council and local community leaders. Immigration affects everyone in our community and the entire nation. Although New Mexico is so close to the border of Mexico, local residents still have mixed feelings about...

Saving The Coyote: An American Original

Sep 2, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with The Southwest Environmental Center (SWEC) Executive Director, Kevin Bixby. SWEC’s mission is to protect and restore wildlife and their habitats in the Southwest. He says that one of the most persecuted animals on the planet is the coyote, “people shoot ‘em on site just as a matter of principle.” Bixby says another thing they are trying to do is “to stop something called wildlife killing...

UMWSW - Women Veterans Monument Groundbreaking

Aug 26, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES , bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with United Military Women of the Southwest ( UMWSW ) President, Karen Woods, retired from the Navy. UMWSW is a non-profit organization in Las Cruces that supports women veterans who have served or are currently serving our country. Women have served our country since the American Revolution. At that time women did not wear uniforms, but the Army hired them as nurses, cooks and laundresses, and as...

A Walk for a Day of Remembrance

Aug 19, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Alzheimer’s Association Southwestern Regional Manager, Steven Montaño to bring awareness of Alzheimer’s, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. According to the 2016 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures Report, there are over 5 million Americans living with this incurable disease; 37,000 are in our own state of New Mexico. He says the best way to bring awareness is through the ...

Ending the Backlog of Untested Rape Kits

Aug 12, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico State University Graduate in Psychology, Jessi Lail. She is a concerned resident and advocate to help end the backlog of untested rape kits in New Mexico. Last year, over 5,000 untested sexual assault evidence kits were discovered in state warehouses and crime labs in New Mexico, some dating back over 30 years. According to Lail it could take several years to clear the backlog. In...

A Borderland Solidarity Economy

Aug 5, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico State University Associate Professor in the Sociology Department, Dr. Julie Steinkopf Rice. Earlier this year she brought the Borderlands Economy Project to our region to bring community members together to volunteer their time and energies and build a solidarity economy. The project originated in Latin America in the mid-‘80’s out of the poverty and economic needs of their people....

Driven by History - 7,000 miles and more to go

Jul 29, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico State University Professor of History and Preservationist, Dr. Jon Hunner to talk about the second part of his “Driven by History” journey to our nation’s parks in celebration of the National park Service Centennial. He has driven more than 7,000 miles visiting parks in the Southwestern part of the country. To find out more of Hunner’s adventures and view his photos, follow him on...

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Dońa Ana County Associated Sportsmen President, John Cornell to talk to us about the re-introduction of The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act, which will help protect wilderness areas within the National Monument. In 2014, President Barack Obama established the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument; but only Congress can designate an official wilderness area through...

hOur Time - A free exchange of services.

Jul 15, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Coordinator for Doña Ana Communities United (DACU), Kari Bachman, who has been organizing hOur Time, a local Time Bank for labor or skill sharing services. There is nothing new about neighbors helping each other by sharing services or working without charge. This is one of the concepts of a Time Bank, an individual can provide one hour of service, for example an hour of gardening, and offers it...

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration South Central Region, Yolanda Garcia Olivarez, appointed by President Barack Obama. In 1953, Congress created the SBA-The U.S. Small Business Administration to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small businesses and ensure them a “fair proportion” of Government contracts and sales of surplus property. In order to...

Lynn Middle School - A Community School Model

Jun 17, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES , bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Assistant Director of Engage New Mexico, David Greenberg, to take a look at Community Schools. In 2013, the State of New Mexico passed a Community Schools Act and was adopted by Albuquerque Public Schools. A Community School is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources in order to help improve student learning and facilitate stronger families and...

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES , bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico State University Professor and Director of Starlight Theatre Company of Las Cruces, Dr. Ginger Scarbrough Andersen; and with Starlight Theatre Performer, Bridget Andersen. Ten years ago “Starlight Children’s Theatre Company, the first youth theatre company in Las Cruces was founded. It is now called Starlight Theatre Company of Las Cruces. Their primary focus is musical theatre with...

A Book of Place - "Walking the Llano"

Jun 2, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with University of Texas at El Paso Professor Emerita of English and American Studies, Shelley Armitage about her new book: “Walking The Llano: A Texas Memoir of Place.” After walking 30 miles of the Texas Panhandle plains she was driven to write about a rediscovered past and history. She says “her book speaks to all communities and speaks to the importance of all of our histories and the lost lives...

Driven By History and Preservation

May 27, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico State University Professor of History and Preservationist, Dr. Jon Hunner. He is helping to plan NMSU’s National Park Service centennial celebration, and will be on the road to research parks nationwide. “Driven by History” and his love for preservation, you can say that Dr. Hunner is an aficionado of our National Parks; so much so, that while on sabbatical this summer and fall he...

Share Your Stories and be Part of Local History

May 20, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES , bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with City of Las Cruces Branigan Cultural Center Curator of Education, Dr. Elizabeth ‘Beth’ Stone and Las Cruces Museum System Exhibits Manager, Jessica Johnson. The last program of the “Latino Americans: 500 Years of History Series,” will be to gather ideas from community members about local history, culture and identity for a new long-term exhibit at the Branigan Cultural Center. Dr. Stone says...

Reading for Fun This Summer

May 13, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES , bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico Bilingual Educator from La Union, Patricia Minjarez for over 30 years. She shares her reading passion with her students by sharing great literature, and has dedicated herself to making sure her students have books that they can take home to start their own libraries. With school almost being out for the summer, there are plenty of activities to do besides playing video games that...

Where Nature and Nuture Mingle

May 5, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Gourd Artist of Picacho Hills, Wanda Sparks, to talk to us about their annual Art in the Garden, where gardeners and artists of Picacho Hills in Las Cruces combine their talents. Eight years ago residents of Picacho Hills shared their gardens with four artists for their first outdoor art show. This year 18 artists will display their art at five different gardens, as well as indoors at the...

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Speaker and Educator, Ruth Rivas, from El Paso, Texas, and Founder of “Spice is Not Nice” a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to bring awareness and educate the public about spice and other synthetic drugs. On June 20, 2012, her son, Adam Hernandez, lost his life to this highly addictive and deadly hallucinogenic drug. Adam was in the Navy, and like all branches of the service, they...

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Co-Director of Sol y Arena, and Associate Dance Professor at New Mexico State University, Frank “Paco” Gilpin. Flamenco and Spanish dances have been popular in Santa Fe, NM for over 50 years. Thirteen years ago Paco and his wife, Lucilene de Geus, Co-Director of Sol Y Arena, brought Flamenco dance and classes to Las Cruces. For the last two years, with their help and expert instruction, several...

Dichos - Sayings or Mexican Idioms

Apr 14, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES , bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Theater Artist and Community Arts Advocate, Irene Oliver-Lewis. Fourteen years ago, in honor of her parents, Cecilia Fitch-Oliver and Fred Frietze Oliver, she wrote and performed a one-woman play called “Cecilia-isms — Dichos de Mi Madre” (sayings of my Mother). Her recent retirement as Artistic Producer and Founder of the Court Youth Center and Alma D’Arte Charter School has allowed her to...

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