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Fronteras-A Changing America (Radio)

Saturdays at 5pm on KRWG-FM
  • Hosted by Fred Martino; Emily Guerra

Feature reports from throughout the Southwest and interviews focusing on the people and issues affecting our growing border communities.

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.

Fronteras- 2/24/18

Feb 28, 2018

On this episode of Fronteras:  We meet a Dreamer who is also the 2018 New Mexico Teacher of the Year; an in-depth report looks at the lack of drug treatment centers in New Mexico; commentator Peter Goodman says a 1961 speech by Martin Luther King, Junior still resonates today; and Emily Guerra's "Puentes" segment features "The Big Read" in Las Cruces.

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.)

Rebecca Dow is a on a mission.  She says it’s long past time for New Mexico to move forward.  “Right now, I think we need hope.  I think we need hope for a better future,” she said.  Dow was elected to the New Mexico State Legislature in 2016.  The Republican represents District 38 in the state House, which includes parts of Grant, Hidalgo, and Sierra counties. 

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.

Officials Explore Options To Expand Psychiatric Hospital To Southern NM

Dec 14, 2017
Diana Alba Soular / Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS VEGAS, N.M. – This town is home to the only state-run psychiatric hospital in New Mexico. And each week, two Doña Ana County sheriff’s deputies transport people who are in crisis on a 350-mile trip north for treatment here.

Doña Ana County taxpayers spend up to $30,300 each year for 52 to 60 of these trips, according to county estimates.

Fragile Behavioral Health System Doesn’t Meet Region’s Needs

Dec 14, 2017
Robin Zielinski / NMPolitics.net

LAS CRUCES – The digital painting by Las Cruces artist Micah Pearson tells two stories — one that’s fictional, one that’s grounded in a painful reality.

It’s an image of a person kneeling, seemingly in anguish, with an array of color splattered against the background.

Mental Health Court Could Lower Recidivism, Cut Costs

Dec 14, 2017
Heath Haussamen / NMPolitics.net

LAS CRUCES – Establishing a mental health court in Doña Ana County, officials say, would help get into treatment people who commit crimes because of underlying mental health conditions. It could also reduce recidivism and cut incarceration costs.

People In Crisis, Deadly Force And The Search For A Better Way

Dec 14, 2017
Diana Alba-Soular / Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES – Juan Gabriel Torres twice drank a beer in front of police officers while in possession of a knife in 2016. The first time, he was arrested. The next time, he was shot dead.

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.

Brewery helps breathe life into downtown Truth or Consequences

Nov 6, 2017
Heath Haussamen-nmpolitics.net

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES — Marianne Blaue and John Masterson discovered this offbeat town by accident in September 2015.

They intended to pass Truth or Consequences as they traveled from Albuquerque to Silver City on vacation, but they were tired. They pulled off and stayed at the Holiday Inn Express.

Masterson found the community’s artist directory in the hotel lobby the next morning. It piqued their interest in a town they knew nothing about except for its funny name.

Immigrants find their place in Luna County

Nov 6, 2017
James Hemphill

IT’S A TYPICAL MONDAY in this dusty New Mexico town 30 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. In a brightly lit classroom at Deming High School, Francisco Manuel Garcia Ruiz, a math teacher recruited from Spain, speaks in rapid Spanish to a group of sophomores. In a room across campus, Annabelle Carbajal, the district’s migrant student coordinator, looks out at the faces of students whose parents work in the nearby fields, telling them she’s there to help.

Farmington works to revitalize Main Street, the city’s ‘heart’

Nov 6, 2017
John Miller-The Taos News

FARMINGTON — Tara Churchill spent hours as a child peering through the window of her family’s lumber store out onto Main Street.

For many years, she watched as the center of her community churned with activity.

Shoppers ambled along the sidewalks each day, and the store’s floorboards would creak as customers stepped through the front door. In the late afternoons, as shadows stretched aslant the town’s low buildings, workers returning from nearby oil fields and coal factories would pass the window on their way to dinner and drinks at eateries as old as Farmington itself.

Raton tries to rise again

Nov 6, 2017
Jane Phillips-The Taos News

RATON – Sparks fly inside the shop at Rocky Mountain Metals, a big warehouse building on the outskirts of this small town near the Colorado border. Men clad in welding masks, jeans and tattoos expertly cut, weld and sand smooth seams on hollow steel frames. It’s a Friday and the workers will knock off work at noon, part of the company’s tradition that gives their employees a little longer weekend. They make between $9 and $18 an hour — and in Raton, where housing and living expenses are comparatively cheap, that money goes a lot further than in other New Mexico towns.

Breweries patch the gaps between oil booms in southeastern NM

Nov 6, 2017
Owner and head brewer Lucas Middleton celebrated the opening of Milton’s Brewery with the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.

In 2015, T. Boone Pickens predicted the price of crude oil would rocket to $70 per barrel by the end of the year. It was a message of hope, delivered at the annual Energy Summit in Carlsbad, for the Southeastern New Mexico community that was feeling the pinch of a worldwide oil glut and a downslope market.

But more than two years later the price of crude hovers around $50 per barrel, never having reached Pickens’ predicted high.

Grassroots community development group strives for lasting change

Nov 6, 2017
Pine Ridge Reservation-Jerry Matthews

The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, with a diverse landscape of grassy plains, hills and wooded areas, covers more than 2 million acres in southwestern South Dakota. It is home to the Oglala Lakota Nation. Federal statistics estimate the reservation’s population to be more than 20,000, while the tribe and various organizations on the reservation estimate the number of people living there closer to the 40,000 mark.

Where’s the young West?

Nov 6, 2017
Bent County, Colorado-bentcounty.net

ACROSS THE WEST, more young people are moving out of rural communities than in. In every decade since 1980, most rural counties in the 11 Western states lost 20-somethings, without an influx of other young adults to make up for the loss, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau migration data by the Bozeman-based Headwaters Economics.

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