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PUENTES

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

Believe Again!

Dec 2, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Jill Smith, Co-director of the Christmas holiday program – “Believe Again” – at University United Methodist Church in Las Cruces. She says that the line in the movie, “The Polar Express,” that says “but soon we had to grow up,” was the inspiration for their Christmas program this year.

Farm Fresh Mobile Farmer's Market

Nov 18, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with La Semilla Food Center Donor Relations and Communications Manager, Elena Acosta. Many of our communities that do not have access to healthy foods have high levels of childhood poverty and high rates of diabetes compared to the national average. So La Semilla decided to bring fresh foods to families that are living in underserved areas with the “Farm Fresh Mobile Farmer's Market,” a retrofitted bus that sells fresh local produce, eggs and meats.

Operachi: A Fusion of Opera and Mariachi Vocals

Nov 4, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with University of Texas at El Paso Assistant Voice Professor, Dr. Juanita Ulloa. She is American born and was raised primarily in Mexico City, but also lived in Panama and Madrid, Spain. Her experience as a lyric mezzo-soprano and her love of Mariachi Mexican songs brought about a new singing style for women called “Operachi,” a fusion of opera and Mariachi.

Día de Los Muertos - Day of the Dead

Oct 28, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Founder and retired Artistic Director of the Court Youth Center and Alma D’Arte Charter High School, Irene Oliver-Lewis, to talk about a cultural and religious tradition that dates back to the Aztecs and the indigenous people of Mexico.

Sustainability - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Oct 21, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico State University Manager of Environmental Policy and Sustainability, Joni Newcomer.

Savor a Hot Bowl of Soup and Collect a Handmade Bowl

Oct 14, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with recently appointed El Caldito Soup Kitchen Board of Director’s President, Gabe Anaya, where he has been volunteering for 17 years. El Caldito has been providing meals for the homeless and less fortunate in Las Cruces and surrounding communities for more than 30 years. They also receive help from the Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces with the “Empty Bowls” annual luncheon which PGLC first organized in 1993.

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Mesilla Valley Radio Club members, Robert Bennett and Robert Truitt to talk about the current exhibit at the Branigan Cultural Center.

The Right to Migrate or Not to Migrate

Sep 9, 2016

  Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Las Cruces City Councilor, Olga Pedroza, and Diocese of Las Cruces, Bishop Oscar Cantú, to talk about a community forum on immigration policies organized by the Las Cruces City Council and local community leaders.

Saving The Coyote: An American Original

Sep 2, 2016

 

UMWSW - Women Veterans Monument Groundbreaking

Aug 26, 2016

  Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with United Military Women of the Southwest (UMWSW) President, Karen Woods, retired from the Navy. UMWSW is a non-profit organization in Las Cruces that supports women veterans who have served or are currently serving our country.

A Walk for a Day of Remembrance

Aug 19, 2016

  Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Alzheimer’s Association Southwestern Regional Manager, Steven Montaño to bring awareness of Alzheimer’s, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. According to the 2016 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures Report, there are over 5 million Americans living with this incurable disease; 37,000 are in our own state of New Mexico. He says the best way to bring awareness is through the “Walk to End Alzheimer’s.”

Ending the Backlog of Untested Rape Kits

Aug 12, 2016

  Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico State University Graduate in Psychology, Jessi Lail. She is a concerned resident and advocate to help end the backlog of untested rape kits in New Mexico.

A Borderland Solidarity Economy

Aug 5, 2016

  Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico State University Associate Professor in the Sociology Department, Dr. Julie Steinkopf Rice. Earlier this year she brought the Borderlands Economy Project to our region to bring community members together to volunteer their time and energies and build a solidarity economy. The project originated in Latin America in the mid-‘80’s out of the poverty and economic needs of their people.

Driven by History - 7,000 miles and more to go

Jul 29, 2016

  Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico State University Professor of History and Preservationist, Dr. Jon Hunner to talk about the second part of his “Driven by History” journey to our nation’s parks in celebration of the National park Service Centennial. He has driven more than 7,000 miles visiting parks in the Southwestern part of the country.

  Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Dońa Ana County Associated Sportsmen President, John Cornell to talk to us about the re-introduction of The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks Conservation Act, which will help protect wilderness areas within the National Monument.

hOur Time - A free exchange of services.

Jul 15, 2016

  

 

  Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Regional Administrator for the U.S. Small Business Administration South Central Region, Yolanda Garcia Olivarez, appointed by President Barack Obama.

Lynn Middle School - A Community School Model

Jun 17, 2016

  Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Assistant Director of Engage New Mexico, David Greenberg, to take a look at Community Schools.

In 2013, the State of New Mexico passed a Community Schools Act and was adopted by Albuquerque Public Schools. A Community School is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources in order to help improve student learning and facilitate stronger families and healthier communities.

  Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico State University Professor and Director of Starlight Theatre Company of Las Cruces, Dr. Ginger Scarbrough Andersen; and with Starlight Theatre Performer, Bridget Andersen.

A Book of Place - "Walking the Llano"

Jun 2, 2016

  Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with University of Texas at El Paso Professor Emerita of English and American Studies, Shelley Armitage about her new book: “Walking The Llano: A Texas Memoir of Place.”

Driven By History and Preservation

May 27, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico State University Professor of History and Preservationist, Dr. Jon Hunner. He is helping to plan NMSU’s National Park Service centennial celebration, and will be on the road to research parks nationwide.

Share Your Stories and be Part of Local History

May 20, 2016

  Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with City of Las Cruces Branigan Cultural Center Curator of Education, Dr. Elizabeth ‘Beth’ Stone and Las Cruces Museum System Exhibits Manager, Jessica Johnson.

Reading for Fun This Summer

May 13, 2016

  Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico Bilingual Educator from La Union, Patricia Minjarez for over 30 years.  She shares her reading passion with her students by sharing great literature, and has dedicated herself to making sure her students have books that they can take home to start their own libraries. 

Where Nature and Nuture Mingle

May 5, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Gourd Artist of Picacho Hills, Wanda Sparks, to talk to us about their annual Art in the Garden, where gardeners and artists of Picacho Hills in Las Cruces combine their talents.

  Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Speaker and Educator, Ruth Rivas, from El Paso, Texas, and Founder of “Spice is Not Nice” a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to bring awareness and educate the public about spice and other synthetic drugs.

  Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Co-Director of Sol y Arena, and Associate Dance Professor at New Mexico State University, Frank “Paco” Gilpin.

Dichos - Sayings or Mexican Idioms

Apr 14, 2016

  Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Theater Artist and Community Arts Advocate, Irene Oliver-Lewis. Fourteen years ago, in honor of her parents, Cecilia Fitch-Oliver and Fred Frietze Oliver, she wrote and performed a one-woman play called “Cecilia-isms—Dichos de Mi Madre” (sayings of my Mother). Her recent retirement as Artistic Producer and Founder of the Court Youth Center and Alma D’Arte Charter School has allowed her to revisit and update her play.

Forever Homes for Sheltered Dogs and Cats

Apr 8, 2016

  Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Coalition for Pets and People Outgoing Chairperson, Joanne Ferrary, and Incoming Chair, Kelly Barker.

Down Riverside Road: Growing Up in the Borderland

Mar 24, 2016

  Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Storydancer and retired educator for the Las Cruces Public Schools for 20 years, Terry Alvarez, who knows many ways to tell a story. She enjoys telling stories through dance and music to communicate a sense of fun while stressing family and educational values. She does this with her first novel, “Down Riverside Road: Growing Up in the Borderland,” and also hopes to influence young adults to write.

New Venue for Las Cruces International Festival

Mar 18, 2016

  Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with New Mexico State University International and Border Programs Associate Provost and Associate professor, Dr. Cornell H. Menking.

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