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PUENTES

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

7th Natural History of the Gila Symposium

Feb 15, 2018

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Western New Mexico University (WNMU) Professor of Biology, Dr. William “Bill” Norris, to talk to us about the Seventh Natural History of the Gila Symposium.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with one of the founders of the Young Achievers Forum (YAF) of CommUNITY en ACCIÓN, Raymond Palacios, owner of Bravo Chevrolet Cadillac in Las Cruces and El Paso. CommUNITY en ACCIÓN is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the economic, civic and social well-being of Hispanics in the region.

DACA - Part of Cultural Diversity at DACC & NMSU

Feb 1, 2018

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with members of the Doña Ana Community College (DACC) Cultural Diversity Committee of the Faculty Council, Assistant English Professor Debasmita Roychowdhury; and English Instructor Federico Almarez. The Committee’s mission is to serve, highlight and promote the rich cultural diversity of the institution.

Women in Action: Power at the Polls

Jan 18, 2018

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Women in Action Planning Committee Member and Past-President for the Las Cruces Coalition for Reproductive Justice, Jan Thompson. She talks to us about the 1st Anniversary of the Las Cruces Women’s March called “Women in Action: Power at the Polls,” sponsored by Indivisible Las Cruces and the Las Cruces Coalition for Reproductive Justice.  

Arts & Culture at the New Mercado in Mesilla

Jan 11, 2018

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with (DAAC) Doña Ana Arts Council Executive Director, Kathleen Albers, to talk to us about activities and events for 2018 at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado, Mesilla, NM (across from St. Clair Winery & Bistro and next door to Paisano Café in the Bulletin Plaza.)

Opioid Crisis Leads to Heroin Addiction

Jan 4, 2018

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Sovereign Health of El Paso Clinician, Melissa Salmon, and Marketing Communication Coordinator, Cynthia Barrera, to talk to us about the growing drug epidemic in our country.

Braceros Fed our Country During WWII...And Beyond

Dec 14, 2017

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Luna County artist, sculptor, and tile maker, Diana LeMarbre, to talk to us about a traveling art and history exhibit depicting farm laborers from Mexico who helped feed our country during World War II. These seasonal agriculture workers were called “Braceros,” in Spanish bracero is derived from the word brazo - meaning arm. In 1942, the need for farm workers brought about the creation of the “Bracero Program,” a worker permit program between the United States and Mexico.

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.”

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