PUENTES

PUENTES
6:30 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Christmas Traditions in the Mesquite District

Irene Oliver-Lewis and Sylvia Camuñez at KRWG FM studios.

  December 20, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra continues with part two of an interview with retired Artistic Producer/Founder of the Court Youth Center and Alma D’Arte Charter High School, Irene Oliver-Lewis, and her sister, local Advocate in Community and Historic Preservation, Sylvia Camuñez. They grew up in the historic Mesquite District of Las Cruces and recall some of their family Christmas traditions. Last week we talked about the different foods their family prepared for Christmas.

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PUENTES
4:09 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Christmas Traditions and Recipe Secrets

Sylvia Camuñez and Irene Oliver-Lewis at KRWG FM studios.

  December 13, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with retired Artistic Producer/Founder of the Court Youth Center and Alma D’Arte Charter High School, Irene Oliver-Lewis, and her sister, local Advocate in Community and Historic Preservation, Sylvia Camuñez to reminisce about their family Christmas traditions. They are descendants of a local pioneer family in the historic Mesquite District of Las Cruces. The sisters grew up with many local customs and traditions for Christmas.

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PUENTES
6:34 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

La Cruces Senior Programs and Services

  December 5, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with City of Las Cruces Community & Cultural Services Director, David Dollahon. The Community & Cultural Services Department of the City of Las Cruces assists in many areas of civic life with programs such as: the Thomas Branigan Library programs and services; the Las Cruces Museum System programs and exhibits; the Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau – local events information; and the Senior Programs meals and support services for seniors.

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PUENTES
10:49 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

Health Sciences Academy in Santa Teresa, NM

Health Sciences Academy in Santa Teresa, NM - www.hsanm.org

  November 29, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Health Sciences Academy (HSA) Founder and Governing Board President, Raphael Nevins. HSA opened this year in August with one hundred and forty 7, 8, 9 and 10th grade students interested in preparing for challenging health science careers. Located at 5340 McNutt Road, in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, HSA is a fully accredited, tuition free, public charter school for students in grades 7 – 12, including an evening program for adults.

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PUENTES
10:16 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Community Service in Action - Part 2 of 2

Dawn Hommer, CEO of Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico, outside of the CAASNM office. (photo by Niki Rhynes for the Las Cruces Sun News)

  November 22, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra continues with Part Two of an interview with Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico (CAASNM) Chief Executive Officer, Dawn Hommer. CAASNM serves over 30,000 low-income New Mexico familes every year through high impact programs that build self-esteem.

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PUENTES
9:16 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Community Service in Action - Part 1 of 2

Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico

  November 15, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico (CAASNM) Chief Executive Officer, Dawn Hommer. She was appointed by the agency’s Board of Directors in 2011, after working for six years with New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center.

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PUENTES
4:56 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Read Write Now - Free Literacy Resources at DACC

Literacy Volunteers Banner

  November 2, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Doña Ana Community College Literacy Coordinator in Adult Basic Education, Susan Ya-Senka. She recruits, trains and places volunteer tutors for students of GED and ESL (English as a Second Language) for Literacy Volunteers of Doña Ana County.

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PUENTES
5:05 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Dance in the Air with Project in Motion's 3rd Annual Above Borders Aerial Festival

Dr. Niki Harings and Lauren Mendoza from Project in Motion at the KRWG FM studios.

November 7, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Project in Motion Dance Company (PIM) Assistant Artistic Director and Massage Therapist, Lauren Mendoza; and with PIM Board Member and New Mexico State University Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Assistant Professor, Dr. Niki Harings. Project In Motion is a non-profit aerial dance company founded in Indiana in 1998, and in New Mexico since 2000 with PIM Artistic Director and NMSU adjunct dance instructor, Hilary McDaniel-Douglas.

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PUENTES
9:15 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Comezón: an itch; a longing; or a small town in NM

Denise Chavez at the KRWG FM studios. 2014

October 18, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with local performance writer, playwright, teacher and cultural activist, Denise Chavez. She is also the director of the longest-running book festival in New Mexico, the Border Book Festival. Her Hispanic heritage has roots in Far West Texas with her Mother, Delfina Rede-Faver-Chavez, and in Las Cruces with her Father, Epifanio E. Chavez.

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PUENTES
5:59 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

NMSU Hosts Salvadoran Ambassador to the U.N.

Dr. Ruben Zamora at KRWG FM studios.

  Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the United Nations, Ambassador Dr. Ruben Zamora. In August he was appointed to the United Nations after serving as the Salvadoran Ambassador to the United States since April 2013. Ironically, 30 years earlier, he was prohibited from even entering the country. Prior to studying law at the University of El Salvador, he was in the seminary for a while; and later received a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Essex in England.

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PUENTES
5:15 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Part 2 - Bishop Emeritus Ricardo Ramirez

Bishop Ricardo Ramirez with Emily Guerra at a StoryCorps interview.
Credit StoryCorps

October 4, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra continues with part two of a two-part interview with Roman Catholic Bishop Emeritus of Las Cruces, the Most Reverend Ricardo Ramirez. He became the first Bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces in 1982, and retired last year. On this segment he recalls growing up in Texas, and the time he spent in the seminary in Mexico. Ramirez says “he did not know he would become a Bishop, it is a service of love.” 

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PUENTES
5:27 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Bishop Emeritus Ricardo Ramirez - Part 1

Bishop Emeritus Ricardo Ramirez at KRWG studios.

  September 27, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra profiles Hispanic leaders in the community. Her guest is Roman Catholic Bishop Emeritus of Las Cruces, the Most Reverend Ricardo Ramirez. In 1982 he became the first Bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces and retired last year. Although retired, he remains extremely busy. He was born in Bay City, Texas on September 12, 1936; and was ordained to the priesthood on December 10, 1966 in Houston, Texas. Ramirez is a member of the congregation of St. Basil, more commonly known as the Basilian Fathers.

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PUENTES
5:59 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

When Hunger Hits Home

September is Hunger Action Month

  September 19, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra profiles Hispanic leaders in the community. Her guest is Casa de Peregrinos Emergency Food Program Executive Director, Lorenzo Alba, Jr.; 2012 alumni of Leadership Las Cruces. His advice for students to succeed is to “listen” and “get involved.”

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PUENTES
6:52 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Heart of Las Cruces Representative

Miguel G. Silva - City of Las Cruces Councilor-District 1

  September 13, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra profiles Hispanic leaders in the community. Her guest is Las Cruces City Councilor District 1, Miguel G. Silva, representing the “Heart of Las Cruces.” He is also an English Adjunct Professor at Dona Ana Community College and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from New Mexico State University; and the current Chair of the Animal Services Center of Mesilla Valley Board (ASCMV).

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PUENTES
5:54 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Advancement for Families Through AVANCE

September 5, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with AVANCE-New Mexico Regional Director, Josie Ramirez; and AVANCE Citizen Advisory Board President, Oscar Vasquez Butler. Avance is a Spanish word meaning progress or advancement. AVANCE is a national two-generation education nonprofit organization dedicated to parental involvement and child development by providing innovative education and family support services to hard-to-reach families for forty years.

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PUENTES
5:11 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Creating Healthy Food Zones

Healthy Food Choices

  August 29, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service Coordinator for ICAN (Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition), Kari Bachman, to tell us about an effort to explore Healthy Food Zones around schools or other locations likely to be frequented by children, such as parks, playgrounds, or youth centers; and an also an effort to provide healthy food trucks.

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PUENTES
10:04 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

A Franciscan Oasis

Holy Cross Retreat Center

August 22, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Holy Cross Retreat Center Director, Fr. Tom Smith, a Franciscan for more than forty years. He says the center is like an “Oasis in the Desert,” situated within 90 acres of pecan fields in Mesilla Park, an ideal place for conferences, planning and business events.

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PUENTES
5:17 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Healthy Aging

  August 16, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with State of New Mexico Aging & Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) Cabinet Secretary, Gino Rinaldi, serving more than 200,000 New Mexicans every year. He has been with the department since January 2013 and is experienced in the field of long-term care and social services.

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PUENTES
6:08 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Back to School Immunizations

Immunize Our Kids

  August 8, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with New Mexico Department of Health Immunization Program Coordinator, Debby Hanus, RN, to discuss immunizations. All children attending day care and school require immunizations. According to the NMDOH, “childhood immunizations are the most effective preventive health intervention, resulting in a 90% reduction in vaccine preventable diseases since the 1950’s.”

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PUENTES
10:32 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Saving Tortugas "A" Mountain

Tortugas "A" Mountain from Aggie Memorial.

  July 25, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service Coordinator for ICAN (Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition), Kari Bachman, to tell us about an effort to save Tortugas Mountain from being developed. Also called “A” Mountain, Tortugas Mountain is at the entrance of “The Organ Mountains,” our newest National Monument recently proclaimed by President Barak Obama.

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5:51 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Sagrado - A Sacred Homeland

Dr. Spencer Herrera with his new book at the KRWG FM studios.

  July 18, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Dr. Spencer R. Herrera, New Mexico State University Associate Professor of Spanish. He recently co-authored a book – Sagrado: A Photopoetics across the Chicano Homeland, with poet, Levi Romero and photographer, Robert Kaiser.

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PUENTES
10:35 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

White Sands National Monument - Gypsum Sand

White Sands National Monument

July 11, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with (WSNM) White Sands National Monument Chief of Interpretation, Becky Wiles Burghart to give us a brief history of WSNM, the world’s largest gypsum dune field, covering 275 square miles over the Chihuahuan Desert in the Tularosa Basin of southern New Mexico. The monument can be enjoyed all year-round. They receive approximately 490,000 visitors a year from around the world and locally. Enjoy a Full Moon Night on Saturday, July 12 at 8:30 p.m.

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PUENTES
6:09 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

Ngage New Mexico - Improving Education

  July 5, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Executive Director of Ngage New Mexico, Frank Rene Lopez. He has over 20 years’ experience working with nonprofit and community organizations, and is also an experienced attorney and former educator.

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PUENTES
5:54 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Best Children's Books

Dr. Anita Hernandez at KRWG FM studios with a few of the award-winning children's books.

  June 27, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with (NMSU) New Mexico State University Associate Professor, Dr. Anita Hernandez. She was recently selected as the Coordinator of the Children’s Choice Awards, and also has been NMSU’s Kidd Literacy Chair in the College of Education for four years.

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PUENTES
5:10 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Active Seniors

  June 21, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Owner and Publisher of “Southwest Senior,” Keith Whelpley, to talk to us about seniors and an active senior friendly community. He is also the co-host of “Speak Up, Las Cruces” on KOBE 1450AM. 

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PUENTES
2:52 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Diabetes Awareness

Susan Oliver,SNMDO Board President; Jodi Avalos, RN Program Development Coordinator; and June Donohue, SNMDO Executive Director.

  June 14, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Southern New Mexico Diabetes Outreach (SNMDO) Executive Director, June Donohue; SNMDO Board President, Susan Oliver; and RN Program Development Coordinator, Jodi Avalos, with information about diabetes awareness, prevention, and management.

SNMDO is a non-profit community outreach program which provides free diabetes screenings, classes, and support groups. The next meeting of the Youth Support Group will be Tuesday, June 17th.

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PUENTES
6:24 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Alfredo Corchado - A Bridge Between Two Countries

Alfredo Corchado, author of Midnight in Mexico (now in paperback), with his editor, Lauren Villagran at KRWG FM studios.

  June 6, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra revisits with the Mexico Bureau Chief for the Dallas Morning News and Author of “Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey through a Country’s Descent into Darkness,” Alfredo Corchado; and with the Border Bureau Chief of the Albuquerque Journal, Lauren Courcy Villagran, and is also the Editor of Corchado’s “Midnight in Mexico.” He says many things have happened since the book was published in 2013.

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PUENTES
6:13 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

From Out of the Shadows - Historian of Mexican American/Latina Women

Dr. Vicki L. Ruiz at KRWG FM studios.

May 30, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Distinguished Professor of History and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Dr. Vicki L. Ruiz, award-winning scholar and educator; and author of Mexican American history.

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PUENTES
2:13 pm
Sat May 24, 2014

A Good Bus Ride Read

Joe Conway, author of Greyhound Therapy.

  May 24, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Business Consultant and fiction writer,  J. R. “Joe” Conway, to tell us about his first book, “Greyhound Therapy,” as he says, “a good bus ride read.” His world premier book launch, signing and reception of “Greyhound Therapy” will be held on Saturday, May 31st from 3 to 5 p.m. at Casa Camino Real, home of the Border Book Festival (BBF), 314 South Tornillo Street in Las Cruces.

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10:52 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Ancestral Wisdom/Sabiduria Ancestral

Ancient Wisdom, Original Art by Corina Gabaldón.

  May 16, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with local visual artist, musician/songwriter, and numerologist Corina Gabaldón. The rich culture, mythology, and art of her Aztec/Mayan heritage were the inspiration for her paintings to promote and preserve their ancestral wisdom. By sharing their traditional indigenous beliefs and ways of life, Gabaldón hopes to bring an appreciation and awareness to the world.

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