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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.

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.

  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.

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 center. The site is now called the Taylor-Barela-Reynolds-Mesilla Historic Site (TBRM).

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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 publication. Hartley said she is excited about receiving the award.

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.”

  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.

  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.

  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.

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.

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.

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.

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 1st annual Las Cruces Comic Con led him to self-publishing.

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 Center in Mesilla Park.

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 measure on the ballot or have it approved by city council. 

  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.

Volunteer Opportunities in Las Cruces

Feb 15, 2013

February 15, 2013 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Network Volunteer Center Volunteer Coordinator, Genevieve Kirk, and RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) Volunteer at the Munson Senior Center, Allan Daily. They have both served in the Peace Corps and will tell us about the importance of volunteering, opportunities and the commitment to serve in our communities.

February 8, 2013 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with three times Native American Music Award Winner, recording artist, composer and drum maker, Yolanda Martinez. She has been making drums since 1987 and made her first recording in 1992. Carlsbad native, Martinez received her first NAMMY, The Grammy for The Native American Music Industry, in 2005 as Best Female Artist. Her music consists of drumming and chanting, contemporary Native American, country, Latin and folk recordings.

Las Cruces, NM  – February 1, 2013 – On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Performer and Educational Consultant, Rosa Guerrero, from El Paso, Texas bridging the community as an artist, educator, dance historian, and humanitarian. In 1970 she established El Paso’s first ballet folklorico group, The Rosa Guerrero International Folklorico Dance Group.

Carolyn Bunch and Tony Pennock

Jan 11, 2013

January 10, 2013 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with local professional artists, Carolyn Bunch and her son, Tony Pennock. They both recall painting murals as children, and have made it their life’s work.

Bunch moved to New Mexico in the 1950’s, and has been involved in the arts as a public school teacher, an artist and gallery owner of Adobe Patio Gallery. She is currently one of fifteen artists featured at an exhibition at the Adobe Patio Gallery in Mesilla.

What is Multiple Sclerosis?

Jan 4, 2013

January 4, 2013 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Border/Environmental Justice Liaison for the New Mexico Environment Department, Thomas Ruiz. He will talk to us about a global chronic disease of the central nervous system, Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

The National MS Society has been walking since 1988 to help create a world free of MS. To register and to help the Las Cruces Chapter visit their website at “main.nationalmssociety.org.”  Walk MS: Las Cruces will be held at Young Park on Saturday, April 6th starting at 9 a.m.

Rep. Steve Pearce

Oct 16, 2012
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM 2)

Fred Martino interviews Rep. Steve Pearce, the Republican running for re-election in New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District.

Dr. Pat Hynes, New Mexico Space Grant Consortium

Oct 4, 2012

Fred Martino interviews Dr. Pat Hynes, New Mexico Space Grant Consortium.  They discuss Spaceport America and the International Symposium for Commercial Spaceflight.  More information is available at www.ispcs.com

Court Youth Center

Sep 21, 2012

Fred Martino speaks with Court Youth Center Director Irene Oliver-Lewis.

Court Youth Center offers a wide range of after-school, weekend and summer programs in arts production, arts integration, and arts as business, public arts and arts in education. Youth increase their creative learning process, their academic performance, problem solving and group interaction skills in order to internalize responsible decision making and gain a sense of community by incorporating the creative learning process in all aspects of their lives.

That's What I'm Talking About

Sep 7, 2012

This week on Fronteras we present our monthly segment, "That’s What I’m Talking About." The goal of “That’s What I’m Talking About” is to talk to your friends and neighbors to find out what they are talking about in their community. 

This week, Edmundo Resendez talks with Steve Chavira owner of Success Inc. and Managing Director of Building Industry Association of Southern New Mexico and Kathleen Murphy owner of Wild Horse Design and Driftwood Productions. The topic: Motivation.  

That’s What I’m Talking About is a Fronteras segment hosted by Edmundo Resendez. The goal of That’s What I’m Talking About is to talk to your friends and neighbors to find out what they are talking about in the community. The topics can range from politics to everyday life. Today, the topic is, What Inspires You? Edmundo Resendez sat down with a comedy group from Las Cruces to learn what inspires them to do their comedy far away from the bright lights of Los Angeles or New York. 

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