PUENTES

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

The Pulse of Las Cruces

Dec 26, 2014

  December 27, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Las Cruces Sun-News Pulse/Features Editor, Lorena Sanchez. A graduate of New Mexico State University, she has been the Pulse Editor for over a year and prior to that worked as the health writer for the Las Cruces Bulletin. She will tell us about a main attraction for New Year’s Eve in Las Cruces, Project Main Street’s Chile Drop, free to the public.

Christmas Traditions in the Mesquite District

Dec 19, 2014

  December 20, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra continues with part two of an interview with retired Artistic Producer/Founder of the Court Youth Center and Alma D’Arte Charter High School, Irene Oliver-Lewis, and her sister, local Advocate in Community and Historic Preservation, Sylvia Camuñez. They grew up in the historic Mesquite District of Las Cruces and recall some of their family Christmas traditions. Last week we talked about the different foods their family prepared for Christmas.

Christmas Traditions and Recipe Secrets

Dec 12, 2014

  December 13, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with retired Artistic Producer/Founder of the Court Youth Center and Alma D’Arte Charter High School, Irene Oliver-Lewis, and her sister, local Advocate in Community and Historic Preservation, Sylvia Camuñez to reminisce about their family Christmas traditions. They are descendants of a local pioneer family in the historic Mesquite District of Las Cruces. The sisters grew up with many local customs and traditions for Christmas.

La Cruces Senior Programs and Services

Dec 5, 2014

  December 5, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with City of Las Cruces Community & Cultural Services Director, David Dollahon. The Community & Cultural Services Department of the City of Las Cruces assists in many areas of civic life with programs such as: the Thomas Branigan Library programs and services; the Las Cruces Museum System programs and exhibits; the Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau – local events information; and the Senior Programs meals and support services for seniors.

Health Sciences Academy in Santa Teresa, NM

Nov 28, 2014

  November 29, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Health Sciences Academy (HSA) Founder and Governing Board President, Raphael Nevins. HSA opened this year in August with one hundred and forty 7, 8, 9 and 10th grade students interested in preparing for challenging health science careers. Located at 5340 McNutt Road, in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, HSA is a fully accredited, tuition free, public charter school for students in grades 7 – 12, including an evening program for adults.

Community Service in Action - Part 2 of 2

Nov 21, 2014

  November 22, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra continues with Part Two of an interview with Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico (CAASNM) Chief Executive Officer, Dawn Hommer. CAASNM serves over 30,000 low-income New Mexico familes every year through high impact programs that build self-esteem.

Community Service in Action - Part 1 of 2

Nov 20, 2014

  November 15, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Community Action Agency of Southern New Mexico (CAASNM) Chief Executive Officer, Dawn Hommer. She was appointed by the agency’s Board of Directors in 2011, after working for six years with New Mexico State University’s Arrowhead Center.

Read Write Now - Free Literacy Resources at DACC

Nov 17, 2014

  November 2, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Doña Ana Community College Literacy Coordinator in Adult Basic Education, Susan Ya-Senka. She recruits, trains and places volunteer tutors for students of GED and ESL (English as a Second Language) for Literacy Volunteers of Doña Ana County.

November 7, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Project in Motion Dance Company (PIM) Assistant Artistic Director and Massage Therapist, Lauren Mendoza; and with PIM Board Member and New Mexico State University Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Assistant Professor, Dr. Niki Harings. Project In Motion is a non-profit aerial dance company founded in Indiana in 1998, and in New Mexico since 2000 with PIM Artistic Director and NMSU adjunct dance instructor, Hilary McDaniel-Douglas.

Comezón: an itch; a longing; or a small town in NM

Oct 17, 2014

October 18, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with local performance writer, playwright, teacher and cultural activist, Denise Chavez. She is also the director of the longest-running book festival in New Mexico, the Border Book Festival. Her Hispanic heritage has roots in Far West Texas with her Mother, Delfina Rede-Faver-Chavez, and in Las Cruces with her Father, Epifanio E. Chavez.

NMSU Hosts Salvadoran Ambassador to the U.N.

Oct 16, 2014

  Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Permanent Representative of El Salvador to the United Nations, Ambassador Dr. Ruben Zamora. In August he was appointed to the United Nations after serving as the Salvadoran Ambassador to the United States since April 2013. Ironically, 30 years earlier, he was prohibited from even entering the country. Prior to studying law at the University of El Salvador, he was in the seminary for a while; and later received a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Essex in England.

Part 2 - Bishop Emeritus Ricardo Ramirez

Oct 10, 2014
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October 4, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra continues with part two of a two-part interview with Roman Catholic Bishop Emeritus of Las Cruces, the Most Reverend Ricardo Ramirez. He became the first Bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces in 1982, and retired last year. On this segment he recalls growing up in Texas, and the time he spent in the seminary in Mexico. Ramirez says “he did not know he would become a Bishop, it is a service of love.” 

Bishop Emeritus Ricardo Ramirez - Part 1

Oct 6, 2014

  September 27, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra profiles Hispanic leaders in the community. Her guest is Roman Catholic Bishop Emeritus of Las Cruces, the Most Reverend Ricardo Ramirez. In 1982 he became the first Bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces and retired last year. Although retired, he remains extremely busy. He was born in Bay City, Texas on September 12, 1936; and was ordained to the priesthood on December 10, 1966 in Houston, Texas. Ramirez is a member of the congregation of St. Basil, more commonly known as the Basilian Fathers.

When Hunger Hits Home

Sep 19, 2014

  September 19, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra profiles Hispanic leaders in the community. Her guest is Casa de Peregrinos Emergency Food Program Executive Director, Lorenzo Alba, Jr.; 2012 alumni of Leadership Las Cruces. His advice for students to succeed is to “listen” and “get involved.”

Heart of Las Cruces Representative

Sep 13, 2014

  September 13, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra profiles Hispanic leaders in the community. Her guest is Las Cruces City Councilor District 1, Miguel G. Silva, representing the “Heart of Las Cruces.” He is also an English Adjunct Professor at Dona Ana Community College and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from New Mexico State University; and the current Chair of the Animal Services Center of Mesilla Valley Board (ASCMV).

Advancement for Families Through AVANCE

Sep 5, 2014

September 5, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with AVANCE-New Mexico Regional Director, Josie Ramirez; and AVANCE Citizen Advisory Board President, Oscar Vasquez Butler. Avance is a Spanish word meaning progress or advancement. AVANCE is a national two-generation education nonprofit organization dedicated to parental involvement and child development by providing innovative education and family support services to hard-to-reach families for forty years.

Creating Healthy Food Zones

Aug 29, 2014

  August 29, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service Coordinator for ICAN (Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition), Kari Bachman, to tell us about an effort to explore Healthy Food Zones around schools or other locations likely to be frequented by children, such as parks, playgrounds, or youth centers; and an also an effort to provide healthy food trucks.

A Franciscan Oasis

Aug 22, 2014

August 22, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Holy Cross Retreat Center Director, Fr. Tom Smith, a Franciscan for more than forty years. He says the center is like an “Oasis in the Desert,” situated within 90 acres of pecan fields in Mesilla Park, an ideal place for conferences, planning and business events.

Healthy Aging

Aug 15, 2014

  August 16, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with State of New Mexico Aging & Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) Cabinet Secretary, Gino Rinaldi, serving more than 200,000 New Mexicans every year. He has been with the department since January 2013 and is experienced in the field of long-term care and social services.

Back to School Immunizations

Aug 8, 2014

  August 8, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with New Mexico Department of Health Immunization Program Coordinator, Debby Hanus, RN, to discuss immunizations. All children attending day care and school require immunizations. According to the NMDOH, “childhood immunizations are the most effective preventive health intervention, resulting in a 90% reduction in vaccine preventable diseases since the 1950’s.”

Saving Tortugas "A" Mountain

Jul 25, 2014

  July 25, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service Coordinator for ICAN (Ideas for Cooking and Nutrition), Kari Bachman, to tell us about an effort to save Tortugas Mountain from being developed. Also called “A” Mountain, Tortugas Mountain is at the entrance of “The Organ Mountains,” our newest National Monument recently proclaimed by President Barak Obama.

Sagrado - A Sacred Homeland

Jul 18, 2014

  July 18, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Dr. Spencer R. Herrera, New Mexico State University Associate Professor of Spanish. He recently co-authored a book – Sagrado: A Photopoetics across the Chicano Homeland, with poet, Levi Romero and photographer, Robert Kaiser.

White Sands National Monument - Gypsum Sand

Jul 11, 2014

July 11, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with (WSNM) White Sands National Monument Chief of Interpretation, Becky Wiles Burghart to give us a brief history of WSNM, the world’s largest gypsum dune field, covering 275 square miles over the Chihuahuan Desert in the Tularosa Basin of southern New Mexico. The monument can be enjoyed all year-round. They receive approximately 490,000 visitors a year from around the world and locally. Enjoy a Full Moon Night on Saturday, July 12 at 8:30 p.m.

Ngage New Mexico - Improving Education

Jul 4, 2014

  July 5, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Executive Director of Ngage New Mexico, Frank Rene Lopez. He has over 20 years’ experience working with nonprofit and community organizations, and is also an experienced attorney and former educator.

Best Children's Books

Jun 27, 2014

  June 27, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with (NMSU) New Mexico State University Associate Professor, Dr. Anita Hernandez. She was recently selected as the Coordinator of the Children’s Choice Awards, and also has been NMSU’s Kidd Literacy Chair in the College of Education for four years.

Active Seniors

Jun 27, 2014

  June 21, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Owner and Publisher of “Southwest Senior,” Keith Whelpley, to talk to us about seniors and an active senior friendly community. He is also the co-host of “Speak Up, Las Cruces” on KOBE 1450AM. 

Diabetes Awareness

Jun 14, 2014

  June 14, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Southern New Mexico Diabetes Outreach (SNMDO) Executive Director, June Donohue; SNMDO Board President, Susan Oliver; and RN Program Development Coordinator, Jodi Avalos, with information about diabetes awareness, prevention, and management.

SNMDO is a non-profit community outreach program which provides free diabetes screenings, classes, and support groups. The next meeting of the Youth Support Group will be Tuesday, June 17th.

Alfredo Corchado - A Bridge Between Two Countries

Jun 6, 2014

  June 6, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, bridges to the community, Emily Guerra revisits with the Mexico Bureau Chief for the Dallas Morning News and Author of “Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey through a Country’s Descent into Darkness,” Alfredo Corchado; and with the Border Bureau Chief of the Albuquerque Journal, Lauren Courcy Villagran, and is also the Editor of Corchado’s “Midnight in Mexico.” He says many things have happened since the book was published in 2013.

May 30, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Distinguished Professor of History and Chicano/Latino Studies at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Dr. Vicki L. Ruiz, award-winning scholar and educator; and author of Mexican American history.

A Good Bus Ride Read

May 24, 2014

  May 24, 2014 – Las Cruces, NM - On this edition of PUENTES, Emily Guerra bridges the community with Business Consultant and fiction writer,  J. R. “Joe” Conway, to tell us about his first book, “Greyhound Therapy,” as he says, “a good bus ride read.” His world premier book launch, signing and reception of “Greyhound Therapy” will be held on Saturday, May 31st from 3 to 5 p.m. at Casa Camino Real, home of the Border Book Festival (BBF), 314 South Tornillo Street in Las Cruces.

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