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PUENTES

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

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with The Cat’s Meow Volunteer Board Vice President, Alison Reynolds, and Volunteer, Linda Pribble, to talk to us about The Cat’s Meow, the only feline adoption and resource center in Las Cruces.

Affordable Health Insurance Plans through "beWellnm"

Jul 12, 2018

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with New Mexico's Health Insurance Exchange, also known as “beWellnm,” New Mexico Outreach Manager, Veronica Reyes. It is the official health insurance marketplace for individuals and businesses where New Mexicans can shop, compare and access the subsidies that are offered to consumers so they can have health insurance coverage. They offer a program for New Mexicans that are 138% above the poverty level, and for those that are under 65 years of age.

The Music and Moments at the Heart of "Homelands."

Jul 5, 2018

Las Cruces, NM – Music is essential in part two of a two-part interview on this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra with El Paso-based Mexico Border Correspondent for the Dallas Morning News, Alfredo Corchado, and Philadelphia-based Tequilas Restaurant owner, David Suro Piñera, about Corchado’s newest book: “Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries and the fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration.”

Las Cruces, NM – Part one of a two-part interview on this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, with host Emily Guerra and with El Paso-based Mexico Border Correspondent for the Dallas Morning News, Alfredo Corchado, and Philadelphia-based Tequilas Restaurant owner, David Suro Piñera, about Corchado’s newest book: “Homelands: Four Friends, Two Countries and the fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration.” Suro was one of the three friends he developed a close bond with when he was so homesick in Philadelphia in 1986.

Remembering the Braceros - Personal Accounts

Jun 22, 2018

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with Raymond Cobos, historian and curator of the traveling art exhibit “Braceros – Melding History and Art” currently at the Branigan Cultural Center through October 3rd. The exhibit explores the history of agriculture, labor and migration during World War II through 1964 with the Bracero program, a worker permit program between the United States and Mexico.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with Western New Mexico University Special Assistant to the President for Cultural Affairs, Faye McCalmont to talk about the three-day 2nd Annual Fiesta Latina cultural event June 22nd – 24th, in celebration of Mexico’s heritage, customs and traditions in New Mexico.

Lowriders - More than a Hobby, A Way of Life

Jun 7, 2018

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with two lowrider owners, Imperials Car Club member, Eddie Rodriguez, and Good Times Car Club member, Jesse Paredes. They will be part of the Doña Ana Arts Council “Dale Gas!” (Step on it!) Concert & Car Show on Friday, June22nd at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center.

Lowrider Photo Exhibit, Concert and Car Show

May 31, 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 and Committee member, Irene Oliver-Lewis, in celebration of the elaborately decorated and technically enhanced lowrider vehicles.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with the Pastor of Santa Ana Catholic Church, Reverend Manuel F. Ibarra, to talk about their Centennial Celebration in June.

Parents Are First and Most Important Teacher

May 17, 2018

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with Children’s Reading Alliance Programs Manager, Maria Zuniga, to promote children’s literacy in areas such as Chaparral, Sunland Park, Anthony, Vado, Hatch and Las Cruces. In 2011 the Children’s Reading Alliance began with a mission to engage families and the community to “raise readers together.” She says parents are their children’s first and most important teachers and should read with a child 20 minutes a day.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with Raíces Del Saber (Roots of Knowing) Xinachtli Community School Project Coordinator, Lucia Veronica Carmona, and Educator and Curriculum Committee Member, Carlos Aceves. The proposed new dual language public charter school “Raíces Del Saber” is projected to open in August 2019.

Innoventure Jr. - Student Entrepreneurship

May 3, 2018

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with New Mexico State University Arrowhead Center’s Innoventure Director Amanda Bradford, and Program Specialist Cassie McClure, to talk to us about their new program - Innoventure Jr.

Building Bridges to a Better Future for Puerto Rico

Apr 26, 2018

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with New Mexico State University Professor of Engineering Technology and Co-Advisor of (AWL) Aggies Without Limits, Kenny Stevens. The group began seven years ago with students, faculty and community members focusing on improving the daily lives of developing communities with infrastructure projects both local and international. Local projects have been in Anthony, Las Cruces – Camp Hope; and Alamogordo – Foxhole homes; and internationally in Mexico, Bolivia and Nicaragua.

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.

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