PUENTES

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

Special Education on the Cutting Edge

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  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.

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.

  August 14, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with Youth Services Administrator for the City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department, Robert Nuñez. He has been working with local youth at CLC Parks & Recreation for 16 years and is excited about the new Youth Services Campus in the Historic Mesquite District of Las Cruces. The campus will offer Summer Recreation, Safe Haven-Weed and Seed, the After School Program, and the Juvenile Citation Program.

Jobs for CMI & Community with proposed Soundstage

Aug 7, 2015

 August 7, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute (CMI) Department Head, Amy Lanasa, and CMI Adjunct Professor, Algernon D’Ammassa, theatrical actor and producer. CMI prepares students for the 21st century in Digital Filmmaking and Animation & Visual Effects, as well as game design. Last year “Animation Career Review” ranked CMI as one of the top 10 animation and game design schools in the Southwest.

Old-Fashioned Storytelling

Jun 26, 2015

 June 26, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with Storytellers of Las Cruces members: Douglas Jackson, Loni Todoroki and Grits Wrangler to talk to us about one of the oldest forms of communication, storytelling.

A Unique Sisterhood of Firefighters

Jun 19, 2015

June 19, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with Las Cruces Fire Department (LCFD) Battalion Chief Kristen Andersen and Fire Chief Travis Brown. The LCFD recently broke ground for Fire Station #8 at the East Mesa Public Safety Complex and will soon be recruiting to fill thirteen new positions.

  June 12, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with Doña Ana Arts Council Executive Director, Kathleen Albers, and Casa de Peregrinos Executive Director, Lorenzo Alba, to talk about a unique collaboration between the two different organizations; the arts education programs and an emergency food program.

Chaparral Park - Place Matters

Jun 5, 2015

  June 5, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with Doña Ana PLACE MATTERS Coordinator, Kari Bachman, to talk to us about the concerns of Chaparral, a Southern New Mexico community.

Curandera without the egg?

May 29, 2015

  May 29, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Naturopathic Physician, Jacqueline Villalobos, originally from El Paso, Texas, now living in La Mesa, New Mexico. She is returning to the Southwest after living in Oregon for 20 years and is here to bring awareness of naturopathic medicine to our communities. Naturopathy is a form of alternative medicine using a wide array of “natural” treatments. [A note of warning, this interview is a look at alternative medicine and is not intended to be medical advice.]

Health Services for Doña Ana County

May 22, 2015

 May 22, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra meets with Molina Healthcare of New Mexico Senior Medicare Executives, Lia Castagna and Sophia Shepherd; and Community Outreach Representative, Alex Andrews. They talk to us about the healthcare needs in New Mexico and misperceptions with health insurance and Medicare.

Help For Adopted Dogs

May 14, 2015

  May 15, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges the community, Emily Guerra meets with Executive Director of the Doña Ana County Humane Society (DACHC), Kathy Lawitz, to talk about some of the services they offer the community in a coordinated effort to reduce animal overpopulation and abuse in the county; with programs such as, Animal Relief Fund (ARF) which offers aid to low-income pet owners whose pets have medical emergencies; Pets for Seniors; and Ruff-To-Ready – a free training program for owners of locally adopted dogs to show dog owners how to correct their pet

Supporting & Fighting Crohn's & Autoimmune Diseases

May 8, 2015

  May 8, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges the community, Emily Guerra meets with El Paso Crohn’s & Autoimmune Disease Support Group Founder and CEO, Carrie Wilkie-Sambrano, to bring awareness of this illness to the community. Crohn’s is an inflammatory disease of the digestive system.  The group helps individuals cope with related gastrointestinal diseases: colitis, celiac disease, and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome); and autoimmune illnesses: lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and MS.

Creating Happy and Healthy Pets

May 1, 2015

  May 1, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Coalition for Pets and People, out-going Co-Chair, Tom Townsend, and Coalition Member, Emile Bourdet, to talk to us about micro-chipping and sterilizing your dogs and cats.

April 25, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with (MPO) Mesilla Valley Planning Organization Officer, Tom Murphy; and MPO Board Chair and Mesilla Trustee, Linda Flores, to talk about regional transportation planning. The MPO is responsible for planning all aspects of the transportation system in Las Cruces, Mesilla and Doña Ana County. Every five years residents from these communities are called upon to provide public input into transportation plans.

Financial Responsibility Begins at Childhood

Apr 17, 2015

  April 17, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with First Light Federal Credit Union’s Community Marketing Coordinator, Savonne Griffin, and Financial Planner, Erik Jaime, to talk about financial responsibility.

The banking and mortgage industry have many acronyms we use daily, for example: ATM (automated teller machine); PIN (personal identification number); and FICO (Fair Isaac Corporation, the creators of the FICO score). In this interview both Griffin and Jaime describe a FICO score and how it affects our credit.

Walking For a Cure

Apr 10, 2015

   April 10, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with a mother and her daughter, both diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). From Los Alamos, New Mexico, Debra Snow has been living with MS for eighteen years; her daughter, Jackie Becker resides in Las Cruces and has learned to live with her disease since her diagnosis in 2011. Although MS is not considered a hereditary disease, Snow has four other members of her family with MS, including her daughter.

April 3, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Tres Manos Weaving of New Mexico Executive Director, Teresa Guerra. The art of hand woven fabrics has been around for over 13,000 years. In 2002, this craft was brought to Doña Ana County as a rural economic development project of Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico. The first training center for Tres Manos began in San Miguel, New Mexico to help low-income women from the Colonias learn new skills to increase their family income.

BLM Offers Employment Opportunities to Youth

Mar 27, 2015

  March 27, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Outdoor Recreation Planner, McKinney Briske, and DOI/VISTA AmeriCorps Volunteer, Eileen Davis. They are working with Doña Ana Groundworks to hire Youth Rangers that will lead outreach programs throughout BLM sites in New Mexico such as Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, and other partner sites such as Mesilla Valley Bosque State Park and White Sands National Monument.

March 20, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with the President of General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Progress Club of Las Cruces, Valerie Redington; and GFWC Progress Club Centennial Committee Chair, Rebecca Courtney. This year the club celebrates 100th Anniversary of service to our community. Their motto is “Living the Volunteer Spirit.”

  March 13, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with the Chair of the Las Cruces/Lerdo Sister Cities Committee, Hale Huber. Nearly 60 years ago, “Sister Cities International” was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to promote world peace and positive international relations. Sister Cities are intended to unite citizens of both countries to develop friendship and international understanding through business, cultural and educational exchanges.

Merger Magic for Bigs and Littles Under the Big Top

Mar 6, 2015

  March 6, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with the new Regional Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region – Doña Ana/Grant County, Dawn Starostka, and Board President, Lucas Peerman with Las Cruces Sun News. Recently two non-profit organizations merged to ensure stronger and more capable programs for our youth by combining resources and ideas. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern New Mexico became Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region.

The Return of "An Iliad" - A Play About War

Feb 27, 2015

  February 27, 2015 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with two accomplished artists from the Las Cruces area, Randy Granger, celebrated musician and songwriter; and Algernon D’Ammassa, theatrical actor and producer. They collaborate with storytelling and music for the return of “An Iliad,” in two performances at the Black Box Theater in Las Cruces on Saturday, February 28th at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee on March 1st at 2:30 p.m.

A Time to Celebrate African-American Heritage

Feb 20, 2015

  February 20, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community New Mexico State University’s Director of Black Programs, Dr. Festus Addo-Yobo. He is originally from Ghana, West Africa and was at the Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota before joining NMSU in 2005. In 2013 he completed a doctorate in Educational Management and Development at NMSU.

Is Your Local Newspaper Dying?

Feb 13, 2015

February 13, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Las Cruces Sun News Digital Editor, Lucas Peerman, to talk about the evolving state of the newspaper industry and social media. He graduated from New Mexico State University in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and has been working in the newspaper business since he was seventeen.   

 February 6, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with the Branigan Cultural Center Curator of Education, Dr. Elisabeth Stone from Belen, New Mexico. She received her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in Anthropology, with a focus on Archaeology. From “Museum Selfies,” to “Birds, Bees & Brews,” she has developed new programs in order to stay on the cutting edge to attract new and younger visitors to the City of Las Cruces Museum System. Dr.

Homes for Our Community

Jan 29, 2015

January 30, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Executive Director of Mesilla Valley Habitat for Humanity, Maria Vasquez. Mesilla Valley Habitat was founded in 1987. It is an affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, which was founded in 1976 with affiliates in all 50 states, and operates in over 90 countries. Over 600 homes have been built throughout New Mexico.

A Symbol Used in Ancient Cultures

Jan 22, 2015

  January 23, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with local Author and Retired Educator, Carlos Aceves. He has a Master’s in Educational Psychology and has presented at universities and education conferences throughout the United States. He is also developed the Xinachtli Project, an indigenous based, multi-language pedagogy, for the Indigenous Cultures Institute in San Marcos, Texas.

AARP and CAASNM - Free Tax Preparation

Jan 16, 2015

  January 16, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Director of Family Empowerment, Dr. Rodolfo Acosta-Perez, at the Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico (CAASNM). He earned his Doctorate in Economic Development from New Mexico State University (NMSU), and has been with CAASNM since 2013.

Cancer Aid Resource & Education

Jan 9, 2015

 

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