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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.

Officials Explore Options To Expand Psychiatric Hospital To Southern NM

Dec 14, 2017
Diana Alba Soular / Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS VEGAS, N.M. – This town is home to the only state-run psychiatric hospital in New Mexico. And each week, two Doña Ana County sheriff’s deputies transport people who are in crisis on a 350-mile trip north for treatment here.

Doña Ana County taxpayers spend up to $30,300 each year for 52 to 60 of these trips, according to county estimates.

Fragile Behavioral Health System Doesn’t Meet Region’s Needs

Dec 14, 2017
Robin Zielinski / NMPolitics.net

LAS CRUCES – The digital painting by Las Cruces artist Micah Pearson tells two stories — one that’s fictional, one that’s grounded in a painful reality.

It’s an image of a person kneeling, seemingly in anguish, with an array of color splattered against the background.

Mental Health Court Could Lower Recidivism, Cut Costs

Dec 14, 2017
Heath Haussamen / NMPolitics.net

LAS CRUCES – Establishing a mental health court in Doña Ana County, officials say, would help get into treatment people who commit crimes because of underlying mental health conditions. It could also reduce recidivism and cut incarceration costs.

People In Crisis, Deadly Force And The Search For A Better Way

Dec 14, 2017
Diana Alba-Soular / Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES – Juan Gabriel Torres twice drank a beer in front of police officers while in possession of a knife in 2016. The first time, he was arrested. The next time, he was shot dead.

New Mexico's Heritage and Musical Traditions

Dec 7, 2017

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico Deputy State Historian, Rob Martinez Jr., who visits statewide university campuses to bring awareness of New Mexico’s Hispanic culture, musical traditions and general history of New Mexico. He also publishes articles on New Mexico genealogy and culture. For many years he accompanied his late father, Roberto Martinez, in the family band, “Los Reyes de Albuquerque.” Martinez still performs with his brother Lorenzo Martinez.

Moving to 100% Clean Renewable Energy on Campuses

Nov 30, 2017

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Environment New Mexico State Director, Sanders Moore, and Legal Intern, Nansi Singh to talk about the future of Renewable Energy in New Mexico. For over 30 years Environment New Mexico, a citizen-based environmental advocacy project of Environment America, has been successful in tackling our state’s top environmental problems.

Mariachi Memoirs (A Photojournalist's Journey)

Nov 24, 2017

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Photojournalist Barbara Bustillos Cogswell from Tucson, Arizona to share her love of Mariachi music and her video documentary “Mariachi Memoirs (A Photojournalist’s Journey)” with a focus on sharing Mariachi advice with Mariachi music students.

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Las Cruces Gospel Rescue Mission Shelter Director, Randy Smith, and Public Affairs Director, Alycia Carrillo. Founded in 1972, it is the only shelter in the area that offers Christian guidance, food, clothing and lodging 24 hours every day to homeless men, women and children.

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Executive Director of Casa de Peregrinos (Emergency Food Program), Lorenzo Alba Jr. to talk about the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive.

Brewery helps breathe life into downtown Truth or Consequences

Nov 6, 2017
Heath Haussamen-nmpolitics.net

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES — Marianne Blaue and John Masterson discovered this offbeat town by accident in September 2015.

They intended to pass Truth or Consequences as they traveled from Albuquerque to Silver City on vacation, but they were tired. They pulled off and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express.

Masterson found the community’s artist directory in the hotel lobby the next morning. It piqued their interest in a town they knew nothing about except for its funny name.

Immigrants find their place in Luna County

Nov 6, 2017
James Hemphill

IT’S A TYPICAL MONDAY in this dusty New Mexico town 30 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. In a brightly lit classroom at Deming High School, Francisco Manuel Garcia Ruiz, a math teacher recruited from Spain, speaks in rapid Spanish to a group of sophomores. In a room across campus, Annabelle Carbajal, the district’s migrant student coordinator, looks out at the faces of students whose parents work in the nearby fields, telling them she’s there to help.

Farmington works to revitalize Main Street, the city’s ‘heart’

Nov 6, 2017
John Miller-The Taos News

FARMINGTON — Tara Churchill spent hours as a child peering through the window of her family’s lumber store out onto Main Street.

For many years, she watched as the center of her community churned with activity.

Shoppers ambled along the sidewalks each day, and the store’s floorboards would creak as customers stepped through the front door. In the late afternoons, as shadows stretched aslant the town’s low buildings, workers returning from nearby oil fields and coal factories would pass the window on their way to dinner and drinks at eateries as old as Farmington itself.

Raton tries to rise again

Nov 6, 2017
Jane Phillips-The Taos News

RATON – Sparks fly inside the shop at Rocky Mountain Metals, a big warehouse building on the outskirts of this small town near the Colorado border. Men clad in welding masks, jeans and tattoos expertly cut, weld and sand smooth seams on hollow steel frames. It’s a Friday and the workers will knock off work at noon, part of the company’s tradition that gives their employees a little longer weekend. They make between $9 and $18 an hour — and in Raton, where housing and living expenses are comparatively cheap, that money goes a lot further than in other New Mexico towns.

Breweries patch the gaps between oil booms in southeastern NM

Nov 6, 2017
Owner and head brewer Lucas Middleton celebrated the opening of Milton’s Brewery with the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.

In 2015, T. Boone Pickens predicted the price of crude oil would rocket to $70 per barrel by the end of the year. It was a message of hope, delivered at the annual Energy Summit in Carlsbad, for the Southeastern New Mexico community that was feeling the pinch of a worldwide oil glut and a downslope market.

But more than two years later the price of crude hovers around $50 per barrel, never having reached Pickens’ predicted high.

Grassroots community development group strives for lasting change

Nov 6, 2017
Pine Ridge Reservation-Jerry Matthews

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, with a diverse landscape of grassy plains, hills and wooded areas, covers more than 2 million acres in southwestern South Dakota. It is home to the Oglala Lakota Nation. Federal statistics estimate the reservation’s population to be more than 20,000, while the tribe and various organizations on the reservation estimate the number of people living there closer to the 40,000 mark.

Where’s the young West?

Nov 6, 2017
Bent County, Colorado-bentcounty.net

ACROSS THE WEST, more young people are moving out of rural communities than in. In every decade since 1980, most rural counties in the 11 Western states lost 20-somethings, without an influx of other young adults to make up for the loss, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau migration data by the Bozeman-based Headwaters Economics.

Why save the small town?

Nov 6, 2017
Questa-Margaret Wright-Santa Fe New Mexican

QUESTA – The old mine isn’t far from downtown. After nearly a century carving molybdenum from the land around Questa, today the only mining-related jobs in this northern New Mexico hamlet are restoring what miners spent the last 100 years taking apart. Chevron ceased operations for good in 2014, laying off around 300 people in this majority-Hispanic town of 1,700. Though what’s next for Questa is unclear, few question the mine’s future. This time, the jobs aren’t coming back.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Doña Ana Arts Council Executive Director, Kathleen Albers, to talk to us about the 46th Annual Renaissance ArtsFaire on Saturday, November 4th -10-5, and Sunday, November 5th -10-4 at Young Park, 1905 Nevada Avenue in Las Cruces. FREE admission for children 12 and under. Also a FREE shuttle bus is available from the Mesilla Valley Mall Southwest Parking lot, 700 S. Telshor Blvd., Las Cruces.

When the oil and gas industry takes a dive, or when extractive industries tank, so do economies in rural areas, where a lot of the jobs come from drilling, or mining, or power plants. A business incubator is helping entrepreneurs on the Navajo Nation with the idea that local skills and talents—and cash flowing in and out of local businesses—are key to independence from environmentally damaging corporations. 

Elemental: A One-Woman Art Show by Jo-an Smith

Oct 26, 2017

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Las Cruces artist, Jo-an Smith, recognized as both a jeweler and a painter. In 1976 she joined the Cutter Gallery as a goldsmith and held her first art show there.

The Indian Health Service—the federal agency tasked with providing health services to Native American communities—has long been the go-to health care provider for tribes in New Mexico and across the country.

But in recent years, that has started to change, and a growing number of tribes are deciding that managing their own clinics and behavioral health programs will help build healthier, more resilient communities.

Oil and gas drilling and mining companies come to rural areas offering jobs and cash, but they also dig into the land, pull resources out of it and create pollution. There are some folks in these regions who say the trade off isn’t fair in the long run. One organization is working on the Navajo Nation to stabilize the boom-and-bust economy of extraction by boosting local entrepreneurs and small business.

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico State University Alumna, Irene Oliver-Lewis, 2017 NMSU Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient for the College of Arts and Sciences. 50 years ago she was a freshman at NMSU and worked at the Alumni office. As a three-time Aggie, she earned her Associates in 1974, Bachelor of Individualized Studies in 1975, and Master of Arts in 1978.

Anthony Moreno

  

With the recent drought in the West, ranchers may be forced to find more sustainable options.  And some researchers are looking to a breed of cattle from the past to find the answers.

Jon and Susie Eickoff are used to working together and going home together. Jon says over three decades; they have only been apart a couple of times.

“Except for a business trip to Houston, Texas and a stint that I spent in the hospital for ten days, I can say that in thirty years those are the only times we have not been together,” says Jon Eickoff

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with El Caldito Soup Kitchen Board of Director’s President, Gabe Anaya. El Caldito has been providing meals for the homeless and less fortunate in Las Cruces and surrounding communities since 1984. He says they are now part of Food Rescue under the Feeding America network throughout the nation. Their websites are www.foodrescue.net and www.feedingamerica.org.

A Community that CAREs - The Big Event

Sep 9, 2017

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with President and Executive Director of CARE (Cancer Aid Resource & Education, Inc.), Yolanda "Yoli" R. Diaz, to talk to us about September Cancer Awareness Month and the 2nd Annual “The Big Event - La Gran Fiesta…A Community That CAREs.” September brings awareness of 8 different types of cancer: childhood cancer, gynecological cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, leukemia/lymphoma, multiple myeloma, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, and thyroid cancer.  

September is Hunger Action Month

Sep 7, 2017

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Executive Director of Casa de Peregrinos Emergency Food Program, Lorenzo Alba Jr. He says that "Feeding America" partners throughout the nation have designated September as "Hunger Awareness Month." Casa de Peregrinos calls it "Hunger Action Month." Wear orange on September 14th, "National Hunger Action Day," to raise awareness about hunger in our area.

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Director of Holy Cross Retreat Center, Fr. Tom Smith. This is the 60th Anniversary of Holy Cross Retreat Center in Mesilla Park. The main event to commemorate the anniversary is the Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts held each year on Labor Day weekend. He says they serve and help people with their “Franciscan Hospitality.”

Votes For Women

Aug 25, 2017

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with ViAnn Beadle, member of the group “Indivisible Las Cruces,” and with Cassandra Calway, “Las Cruces Coalition for Reproductive Justice” Board member.

Healing Ourselves As We Age

Aug 17, 2017

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico Ayurveda Physician and Curanderismo Practitioner, Athena B. Wolf. She says these ancient healing systems are still being used to heal imbalances associated with aging such as osteoporosis, prostrate problems, heart disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

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