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PUENTES

Emily Guerra covers the people and issues important to our growing Hispanic communities.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Street Art: A Public Conversation

Aug 10, 2017

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Founder of the Murals of Las Cruces Project and the City of Las Cruces Museum Curator, Norma Hartell, and local artist, Meg G. Freyermuth. They talk to us about street art appreciation and a controversial mural painted by a Santa Fe artist, Kevin Allende, known as Kausr, depicting the three Kardashian sisters, before they were famous, as three Native American crops, corn, beans and squash, before being genetically modified (GMO).

Support for Las Cruces PAL Boxing

Aug 3, 2017

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Las Cruces PAL Boxing Coach Louie Burke and members, Janet Badillo, 14 years old, and Isaiah Ingram, 13 years old.

Back to School with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Jul 27, 2017

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region, Regional Director, Dawn Starostka.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit organization that has been changing lives of boys and girls since 1904 by matching them with caring adults to guide them on a path to success. A program that also helps kids succeed is the annual “Back 2 School Bash” with back packs, school supplies and clothes donated by the community.

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Bellissimi Gattini (Beautiful Kittens) Fundraiser Volunteer, Dr. Guillermo Acosta (New Mexico State University Post Doctorate Fellow), to talk to us about a fundraiser on National Lasagna Day - July 29th to benefit The Cat’s Meow Resource & Adoption Center. Why Lasagna? It’s Garfield’s favorite meal.

Stories for Grownups

Jul 20, 2017

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Storytellers of Las Cruces Vice President, Judith Ames, and Storydancer, Terry Alvarez, to tell us about the 3rd Annual “Stories for Grownups” to be held this Saturday, July 22 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church Great Room (behind the church), 2000 South Solano Drive. This year’s tellers are Jesse and Juba Addison, a storytelling duo, Judith Ames, Terry Alvarez, Florence Hamilton and Gloria Hacker.

A Fair Trade Store for Mayan Weavers

Jul 13, 2017

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with local author and New Mexico State University Anthropology Professor Emeritus, Dr. Christine Eber. In the early 2000’s, with the help of former students and colleagues, she started a project in Las Cruces called “Weaving For Justice” as a part of “Sophia’s Circle,” a non-profit art and cultural organization, to help women from Chihuahua and Chiapas, México sell their weavings through fair trade in the United States.

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with local author and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University, Dr. Mike Tapia, to talk to us about his new book “The Barrio Gangs of San Antonio, 1915-2015.”

NM Pharmacists Allowed to Prescribe Contraceptives

Jun 22, 2017

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with local volunteer leaders for “Young Women United,” Monica Girón and Charlene Bencomo to tell us about new medical regulations that recently went into effect in New Mexico.

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Western New Mexico University Special Assistant to the President for Cultural Affairs, Faye McCalmont. She says a first-time special event in Silver City at WNMU, Fiesta Latina, will be held Father’s Day weekend, June 16th to 18th. The Grant County Commissioners, through a proclamation presented to the WNMU Cultural Affairs Department, declared this Father’s Day weekend as “Fiesta Latina Weekend.”

Empowering Communities in Doña Ana County

Jun 1, 2017

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Coordinator for the (EC) Empowerment Congress of Doña Ana County, Victoria Quevedo.

Astronomy to Steampunk Fiction

May 26, 2017

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with local Author and Astronomer, David Lee Summers. His 10th novel, “The Astronomer’s Crypt” was recently released. It is a contemporary horror novel that tells the story of a haunted observatory based on his experiences working at Apache Point Observatory (run by NMSU) and Kitt Peak National Observatory (where he currently works).

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Las Cruces High School HOSA/Future Health Professionals Chapter Advisor, Joanie Anderson; and with LCHS student and former HOSA New Mexico State Officer, Aretha Deng, to talk about the opportunities available to LCHS students interested in pursuing medical careers. LCHS and Oñate High School are the only two HOSA chapters in Las Cruces.  

American Association of University Women at NMSU

May 11, 2017

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with The American Association of University Women (AAUW) New Mexico State University (NMSU) Affiliate Club Advisor and NMSU employee, Susan DeMar, and NMSU Geography major and President of the club, Jessica Greenamyer, to talk about gender pay equity and education for women and girls.

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Border Servant Corps (BSC) Executive Director, Kari Lenander, and BSC Program Coordinator, Sophia Sepp. Founded in Las Cruces 20 years ago, BSC promotes and demonstrates justice, kindness, and humility in U.S./Mexico border region through the exploration of community, simplicity, social justice, and spirituality. Their mission is to provide an opportunity for volunteers to work for justice, serve their neighbor, and walk humbly with their God.

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico LULAC District II Director, Dr. Juan B. Garcia from New Mexico State University-Alamogordo with information about the 88th Annual State LULAC Convention.

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the largest and oldest Hispanic civil rights organization in the United States. It was founded in Corpus Christi, Texas in 1929 with a focus on education, civil rights, health and employment.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

Apr 20, 2017

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Sovereign Health of El Paso Operations Manager, Mario Mendoza, and with Marketing Communications Coordinator, Cynthia Barrera, to talk about the Nation’s #1 public health problem – alcoholism and related issues.

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