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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.

Forever Homes for Sheltered Dogs and Cats

Apr 8, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Coalition for Pets and People Outgoing Chairperson, Joanne Ferrary, and Incoming Chair, Kelly Barker. Operation SPOT, Stop Pet Overpopulation Today, will hold a pop-up clinic on April 22nd and 23rd at the former Banfield Hospital at PetSmart on Lohman Avenue in Las Cruces. The Coalition for Pets and People, through a grant from PetSmart Charities, will be offering FREE spay, neuter, microchip,...

Down Riverside Road: Growing Up in the Borderland

Mar 24, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES , bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Storydancer and retired educator for the Las Cruces Public Schools for 20 years, Terry Alvarez, who knows many ways to tell a story. She enjoys telling stories through dance and music to communicate a sense of fun while stressing family and educational values. She does this with her first novel, “Down Riverside Road: Growing Up in the Borderland,” and also hopes to influence young adults to...

New Venue for Las Cruces International Festival

Mar 18, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico State University International and Border Programs Associate Provost and Associate professor, Dr. Cornell H. Menking. It’s that time of year again for our local and international people in the community to share and experience different cultures from across the globe at the Las Cruces International Festival. A completely new outdoor venue will provide more opportunities for food...

6th Annual Las Cruces Arts Fair

Mar 10, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Las Cruces Arts Fair Chairperson and Board member of the Doña Ana Arts Council, Marcia Starich, and Gourd Artist and Las Cruces Arts Fair participant, Kathe Stark. For over 4,000 years indigenous artists of the Americas have used a hard-shell squash or gourd as an art medium. Although many cultures still use gourds for utilitarian purposes, the ancient tradition has evolved from creating eating...

Centennial Commemoration of Pancho Villa's Raid

Mar 4, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Columbus Historical Society Volunteer and Freelance Writer, Kara Naber, and Columbus Chamber of Commerce Events Organizer, Norma Gomez. On March 9 th , 1916, Mexican revolutionary, Pancho Villa and several hundred of his men attacked the Village of Columbus. Soldiers of the U.S. 13 th Cavalry fought and drove the raiders three miles across the border into Mexico. During the fight, 18 U.S....

Recycled Materials in Spanish Colonial Art

Feb 25, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Spanish Colonial Artist, Carlos J. Otero from Albuquerque. He is a member of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society of Santa Fe and exhibits his retablos and bultos at the Spanish Market. Spanish colonial art began in 1598 as a type of folk-art with a mix of Spanish and indigenous styles. The early Spanish explorers of the Southwest were some of the first Spanish colonial artists. For over 300 years...

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with the Director of the Center for Latin American Border Studies (CLABS) and New Mexico State University History Professor, Dr. Iñigo Garcia-Bryce. In 1979 CLABS was created at NMSU to bring awareness to students and the community on issues concerning Latin America and the U.S.-Mexico Border. An important function of the center is hosting lectures, workshops and conferences. Dr. Garcia-Bryce says...

February 12, 2016 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES , bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with President of the Friends of the Taylor Family Monument, Cynthia Garrett; and Las Cruces Spanish Market Entertainment Chair, Erlinda Portillo . Last year the Spanish Colonial Arts Society of Santa Fe came to Las Cruces to share traditional Spanish Art and to help the artists continue with their craft. Garrett says nearly fifty artists will take part at the 2nd Annual Las...

Push For Open Primaries In New Mexico

Feb 12, 2016

Host Intro: Open Primaries, a national leader on election reform, the group is working on a campaign to build support in the state House Judiciary Committee to approve HJR 12, the Open Primary Elections Constitutional Amendment. Edmundo Resendez spoke to former New Mexico State Representative and founder of New Mexico Open Primaries Bob Perls about the latest efforts in the legislature. Cut: Interviews Host Outro: That was Bob Perls with New Mexico Open Primaries speaking with Edmundo Resendez.

Las Cruces Spanish Market Includes Lecture Series

Feb 12, 2016

11:00AM-1:00PM, Saturday, February 13 La Posta De Mesilla The Art of Painting Saints Joseph Chávez Spanish Market Artist Tickets $21/person (Cost includes a buffet lunch) 9:00-9:45AM, Saturday, February 20 Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces How Local Hispanic Artists Can Participate in Spanish Market Charlie Carrillo and Carlos Otero Spanish Market Artists Free to the Public 1:30-2:30PM, Saturday, February 20 Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces Santos and Santeros of New Mexico Dr. Elizabeth Zarur New...

A major milestone at White Sands National Monument

Feb 4, 2016

February 5, 2016 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with White Sands National Monument Chief of Interpretation, Becky Burghart. This year marks 100 years of the National Park Service. The Park Service has set aside 59 nature sites throughout the Nation – like the dunes of the White Sands National Monument here in New Mexico. The idea of protecting and setting aside special places like White Sands National Monument, Yosemite,...

January 23, 2016 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Executive Director, Ben Gabriel; and Artist-In-Residence, Meg Freyermuth. Last year the Friends of the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and the Bureau of Land Management-Las Cruces District selected Freyermuth as their first Artist-In-Residence not only for her quality of works, but also for her passion of painting landscapes. She is a...

Free Workshop on Sharing & Preserving Family History

Jan 11, 2016

January 11, 2016 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Taylor-Barela-Reynolds-Mesilla Historic Site Curator Lisa M. Pugh. Thirteen years ago long-time Mesilla Residents, New Mexico State Representative J. Paul Taylor and his wife, historian and photographer, Mary Daniels Taylor, donated their home and two commercial properties to the Museum of New Mexico to preserve the history of Mesilla by creating a museum and an interpretive...

Superhero Training for Parents Conference

Nov 13, 2015

November 13, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Ngage New Mexico Community Engagement Coordinator, Lucia Veronica Carmona, and with Success Partnership Director, David Greenberg, to talk to us about a bilingual Superhero Training for Parents Conference to better equip parents to help their children grow and be successful students. Carmona explains that at the conference they “expect to celebrate families, celebrate our...

November 5, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico State University Dance Sport Assistant Professor, and “Look Who’s Dancing” Director, Hannah Cole. A report from the “Alzheimer’s Project Journal” in 2012 states that for centuries dancing has been known to be a very beneficial activity for good health, stress reduction and a sense of well-being. The Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City conducted a...

October 30, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES , bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with La Semilla Food Center, Co-Founder and Director, Aaron Sharratt . La Semilla Food Center is a non-profit community farm in Anthony, New Mexico which has been planting seeds in the community since 2010, solely devoted to fostering a healthy Paso del Notre region food system. “La Semilla” in Spanish means the seed. Sharratt says that at La Semilla thousands of elementary and...

Hearing, Speech and Language Clinics at NMSU

Oct 23, 2015

October 23, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico State University Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders Department Head, Dr. Marlene Salas-Provance, and with SPED/CD Assistant Professor Dr. Breanna Sherrow whose area of expertise is in reading disabilities. Individuals of all ages in the community can receive services offered by the College of Education, Department of Special Education and...

Jardin de Los Niños, 2015 Non-Profit of the Year

Oct 16, 2015

October 16, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Jardin de los Niños Executive Director Audrey Hartley and Jardin Board President Tony Montenegro. In Spanish, Jardin de los Niños, means the children’s garden. It is a non-profit organization serving homeless and near homeless children in Las Cruces for over 20 years. They recently received the “New Mexico Educational Non-Profit of the year by the Albuquerque Business First...

La Llorona Festival a Prelude to Dia de Los Muertos

Oct 12, 2015

October 12, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Host-Emily Guerra meets with The Borderland Fridas Co-Founder Pamela Enriquez-Courts. Rather than having another “Day of the Dead” event this year, a small group of artists from Las Cruces, Anthony and El Paso, known as The Borderland Fridas, decided to create a new event and tradition with “La Llorona Festival.” One of the oldest Hispanic folklore legends is “La Llorona” (the weeping woman) who drowned...

October 2, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with “Oye! Celebrating Visions for the Future,” committee members and founders, Brandi Lozada-Johnston and Margaret Bernstein, bringing awareness of our environment. "Oye" is a “30 hour Eco Festival" to bring awareness of innovative ideas that promote the preservation of our planet, and to inspire Eco-city living in Las Cruces. Seven blocks of downtown Las Cruces will be part of the...

September 24, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES , bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with Southwest Festival of the Written Word Co-Chair and Publicity Chair, Jeannie Miller. She has been involved with the Festival since its inception six years ago, and tells us why it is important for the community: “because, you know, readers need writers, and writers need readers. And a community if it doesn’t read, it’s lacking something. And so, for the community it’s a chance...

September 18, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES , bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with El Caldito Soup Kitchen Volunteer Board Vice President, Gabe Anaya . Founded in 1984, El Caldito Soup Kitchen served a mid-day meal only two times a week to the homeless and less fortunate in Las Cruces. In 2004, they expanded to serving mid-day meals five days a week. When Anaya started volunteering sixteen years ago they served 80 to 120 meals a day. He says their need has...

Critics Question El Paso Electric's Reasons For Rate Hike

Sep 12, 2015

El Paso Electric says its requested base rate increase is necessary to recover costs accrued from building new facilities… but critics say several alternatives were overlooked. A recent proposal filed by El Paso Electric (EPE) could result in a 9 percent increase, on average, to total residential bills if approved by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC). Over the last few years, El Paso Electric says it built $1.3 billion dollars in new facilities needed to meet customer demand...

Local Leaders Question El Paso Electric Rate Hike

Sep 5, 2015

El Paso Electric’s recent request for an increase on base electric rates has many Las Cruces residents wondering if a rate increase is truly unavoidable. A recent proposal filed by El Paso Electric (EPE) could result in an electric rate increase of approximately $8.6 million dollars if it is approved by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission (NMPRC). According to El Paso Electric’s website, it’s a 9 percent increase, on average, to total residential bills. Since 2009, El Paso Electric...

Special Education on the Cutting Edge

Sep 4, 2015

September 4, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES , bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with Department Head of Special Education and Communication Disorders at New Mexico State University, Dr. Marlene Salas-Provance . She says more educators are needed in our community to specialize in Special Education. The field of Special Education has come a long way in the last 40 year, children are no longer kept out of schools, and there are now special classrooms for children...

Strong Opposition To El Paso Electric Rate Hike

Aug 30, 2015

It’s summertime in Las Cruces and increased air conditioner usage has many residents expecting high electric bills. But those bills could be even higher next summer if a proposed rate increase is approved. Residents in Las Cruces can expect as much as a 9% rate increase, or $8.6 million dollars, if a recent proposal filed by El Paso Electric ( EPE ) is approved by the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission ( NMPRC ). El Paso Electric cites $1.3 billion dollars in new facilities to meet...

Love for Comics Leads Author to Self-Publishing

Aug 28, 2015

On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with local comic, writer and entrepreneur Jason Salas. His desire to sell his comic strip, “Perk at Work,” at last year’s 1 st annual Las Cruces Comic Con led him to self-publishing. Salas’ free “Introduction to Self-Publishing” workshops help people determine if not using a publisher is a good option for them. He is also developing an extended seminar to provide folks with resources and a deeper knowledge on the subject...

On this edition of PUENTES , bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with the Director of Holy Cross Retreat Center, Franciscan Friar Rev. Tom Smith, to talk to us about what is new at the center, as well as ancient traditions. Nearly 800 hundred years ago in Italy, the founder of the Franciscan Order of Friars, St. Francis of Assisi became a saint. He is known as the patron saint of animals and the environment (The Ecology Saint); and is also the patron saint of the Holy Cross Retreat...

In Depth: Las Cruces Minimum Wage Increases To $8.40

Jan 1, 2015

Las Cruces starts the new year with a new minimum wage. The wage increases by 90 cents today...going from the state-mandated $7.50 an hour to $8.40. It’s the first of three planned increases, which should result in a $10.10 minimum wage in 2019. The city council altered the law’s original schedule, which would have increased the wage to $10.10 two years earlier in 2017…a law proposed by the nonprofit group Communities in Action and Faith…or Café…which collected petition signatures to get the...

In recent years, money’s influence in politics has been heavily debated in both national and local governments. More questions on campaign finance were raised this year when employees donated directly to their superior’s campaigns. Dona Ana County residents have raised concerns over county employees contributions to local campaigns. Specifically, a donation Commissioner Rawson received from County Manager Julia Brown. According to 2014 campaign finance reports, Brown donated almost $500...

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