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PUENTES

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

DAAC 31st Annual Community Arts Awards

Apr 19, 2018

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with Doña Ana Arts Council Executive Director Kathleen Albers. They will be celebrating the 31st Annual Community Arts Awards with a Garden Party (Hats are Optional) on Sunday, April 29th from 3-6pm at the Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado in Mesilla. There will be appetizers, wine and beer by local vendors, and a dessert table; with music by “Oldies But Goodies.” Tickets and information are available at www.daarts.org.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with Co-Author of “Code Talker,” Judith Schiess Avila and the oldest Grandson of Chester Nez, Latham Nez, to talk to us about a well-kept secret of World War II, the Navajo Code Talkers. “Code Talker” is the first and only memoir by one of the original Navajo Code Talkers of WW II, the late Chester Nez, who passed away in 2014, two years after their book was published.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with local artist, educator and musician, Wayne Carl Huber, to talk to us about his new art show, “Memories of Georgia O’Keeffe.” The show will open at Las Cruces’ first Friday Art Ramble on April 6th from 5-8pm and continues through April 30th at Dragonfly Restaurant, 139 North Main Street. For more information and to view his work, visit his website – www.waynecarlhuber.com.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with volunteers of New Mexico’s first-ever Las Cruces Space Festival Dawn Starostka, Regional Director of Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and Joe Bullington, Jacobs Technology Communication Manager at NASA White Sands Test Facility.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Luis Alberto Urrea, award-winning author of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, and also a distinguished professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Understanding DACA and Immigration Myths and Trends

Mar 1, 2018

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Immigration Attorney Christian G.A. Zeller, a managing partner at Maney/Gordon/Zeller, P.A. in Tampa, Florida. Zeller also has offices in Albuquerque, El Paso and Orlando with areas of practice in Immigration & Nationality Law. He visits with foreign national students at New Mexico State University twice a year to assist them in how to apply and maintain their Visas.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra meets with Dean of New Mexico State University’s William Conroy Honors College, Dr. Miriam Chaiken, to talk to us about a community-wide reading project. This year’s selection for The Big Read Project in Las Cruces is Luis Urrea’s book, “Into the Beautiful North.”

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.

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