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PUENTES

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

A School to Challenge Your Child

Mar 23, 2017

Las Cruces, NM – A local non-profit private school brings a focus on math, science and languages (especially Chinese and Spanish) “with small classes and expert teachers giving students an opportunity to grow socially, emotionally and academically.”  

Las Cruces, NM – Concerned citizens throughout the nation marched the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, January 21st.

On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with two Las Cruces residents, Jean Berlowitz and Eileen VanWie, who went to Washington to participate with nearly 5,000 people in the Women’s March carrying their banner with their message – “Protect Our Representative Democracy.”

Doña Ana Arts Council - Las Cruces Arts Fair

Mar 16, 2017

Las Cruces Arts Fair - March 17-19 - Las Cruces Convention Center Edit | Remove

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 Las Cruces Arts Fair March 17th – 19th presented by the Doña Ana Arts Council.

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Team Zane Celebrity Waiter Founder, Jeffrey Silva, and (Cancer Aid Resource and Education) CARE Las Cruces Executive Director, Yoli Diaz, to talk to us about the 8th Annual Team Zane Celebrity Waiter Fundraiser – “Revenge of the Nerds,” Saturday, March 11th at the Las Cruces Convention Center from 6 to 11pm.

Las Cruces, NM - Preserving cultural heritage, moral teachings and the history of our ancestors are some of the many benefits of storytelling for present and future generations. When Jennie George Curry founded “Storytellers of Las Cruces” in 1927, she also believed that storytelling was a “service to the community,” and that “stories should be told anywhere and everywhere, to anyone and everyone.”

Las Cruces, NM – February is National Prevention Month. On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with C.A.R.E. (Cancer Aid Resource & Education, Inc.) President and Founder, Yoli Diaz. In celebration of “All Types of Cancer Awareness” month, C.A.R.E. will hold their “Race For Care” kickoff on Saturday, February 4th at the Mesilla Plaza at 9:00 a.m. with a 5K Run or 1K Fun Walk. The theme for this year is REVENGE OF THE NERDS, which will cross promote the 8th Annual Team Zane Celebrity Waiter on March 11th.

Great Community Conversations

Jan 25, 2017

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Great Conversations Executive Director, Randy Harris, to talk to us about the value of community dialoguing and the Great Conversations in Las Cruces.

"For the Love of Art Month" Shares All Forms of Art

Jan 19, 2017

Las Cruces, NM – During the entire month of February, for almost 20 years, the ArtForms Artists Association has been sponsoring and organizing “For the Love of Art Month.” On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with ArtForms President, Marty Galster, and Numerologist, Artist and Author, Ruth Drayer, to talk to us about the upcoming events.

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Scaffolding Theatre Company Co-Director, Justin Lucero, and cast member of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”, Amanda Bradford, to talk to us about their adaption of this classic production. Lucero says “it is a story about story” and wanted to take a new approach to the play and enhance its theatrical magic in a different way. Co-directors, Megan McQueen and Justin Lucero founded Scaffolding Theatre Company in 2014.

Tortugas Pueblo Traditions

Dec 9, 2016

Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with the current President for “La Corporación de Los Indigenes de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Tortugas Pueblo” (The Corporation for the Indigenous of Our Lady of Guadalupe), Arianna Fierro, and their Secretary, Jeannette Castillo.

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.”

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