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.

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. 

President Obama Speaks On Immigration

Jun 15, 2012

Interview: Jorge Guevara, Local Educator

May 11, 2012

 Local educator, Jorge Guevara talks to Carlos Correa about education around the globe and its comparison to how children are learning around the state. 

NMSU librarian and Professor Molloy Molloy has made it her mission to gather and file information and numbers from local newspaper reports on the daily count of murders in Juarez. She has created what is called the Frontera List- a detailed record of the victims including their name, age, gender and where they were killed. She is also the co-editor of the book “El Sicario, The Autobiography of a Mexican Assassin,” which is being reviewed next week by the Branigan Library and the Fountain theater is showing a movie based on the book as well.  

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico works to maintain and advance the cause of civil liberties across the state. The ACLU Regional Center for Border Rights in Las Cruces focuses on immigrant rights and addresses civil and human rights violations that stem from border related immigration policies. The organizations director Vicki Gaubeca joins us  in the studio to talk about their work and a national civil rights campaign.  

Mujer a Mujer is a domestic violence shelter in Ciudad Juarez that aims to protect and educate women on their human and legal rights in Mexico. An upcoming fundraiser in Las Cruces will help fund the shelter which has been struggling due to the violence in Juarez. Fundraider coordinator Patricia Hernandez joins us  in the studio.

 

The Mujer a Mujer fundraiser dinner will be held Saturday April, 28thfrom six to nine in the evening at the Peace Lutheran Church off Missouri in Las Cruces. For more information call 305-396-1389. 

Latinitas is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering young Latinas through media and technology. Latinitas Magazine is the first digital magazine made for and by Latina youth. Since 2002, they have offered media enrichment programs aimed at empowering girls to express themselves and gain confidence to succeed. Executive Director Alicia Rascon joins us  in the studio. 

Interview: Mesilla Mayor Nora Barraza

Mar 22, 2012

Nora Barraza took the office of Mayor of Mesilla two years ago. Since then she says she has accomplished many goals and has more plans for the town’s future. She joins us in the studio now to talk about the failed vote on a much needed general obligation bond and what recently obtained state appropriations will be used for.   

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