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PUENTES

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

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Las Cruces Public Schools Public Information Officer, Kelly Jameson, about solutions for a shortage of substitute and permanent teachers in the district. A four-part plan is being created to address these shortages by compensating teachers, proactively identifying substitutes, pooling additional resources, and providing opportunities for long-term subs.

Fulbright Scholarship Awarded to NMSU 2017 Alumna

Sep 9, 2021

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico State University 2017 graduate, Alma Chavez, about receiving the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to further her studies in forensic anthropology at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. She was born in El Paso, Texas but as a child grew up in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, where she became aware of femicide victims. This influenced her to pursue studies in forensic anthropology and hopefully to someday bring justice for the victims who have not been identified.

A Fulbright Scholarship application became a possibility for Chavez with the help of her mentor, Andrea Orzoff, NMSU associate professor of history and director of NMSU’s Office of National Scholarships and International Education. Orzoff can be contacted to learn more about how to apply for a Fulbright student scholarship or faculty award, at aorzoff@nmsu.edu.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Holy Cross Retreat Center Director, Fr. Thomas A. Smith, to talk about returning “live” with their Annual Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts – held each year on Labor Day weekend. He says they are hoping to make up for the lost income over the past 18 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This event is their main fundraiser.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke to MainStreet Truth or Consequences Inc. Executive Director, Linda DeMarino about space tourism in New Mexico. On July 11, 2021, Virgin Galactic successfully completed its first fully crewed spaceflight from Spaceport America in Sierra County. She was one of a few people able to experience the launch first-hand and said, “it was spectacular to see it actually happen.” DeMarino also talked about the economic effects of the Covid pandemic in Truth or Consequences.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke to League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico Co-President, Eileen VanWie, about a virtual voter webinar event sponsored by the non-partisan Southern New Mexico Suffrage Alliance on Saturday, August 28th.

ASCMV New Adoption Center and Rinconada Dog Park

Aug 12, 2021

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke to Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley (ASCMV) Executive Director, Clint Thacker. Construction on the ASCMV new Adoption Center at 3551 Bataan Memorial West, Las Cruces, NM 88012 and the Rinconada Dog Park began in June 2021.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke to the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department (ALTSD) State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) Northeast Regional Coordinator, Kris Winterowd, about how seniors, individuals with disabilities, and caregivers can access programs and assistance. The ALTSD in New Mexico has $30 billion dollars in benefits to help low-income people with Medicare that go unclaimed every year.

Transforming Downtown Las Cruces through the Arts

Jul 29, 2021

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with the Doña Ana Arts Council Executive Director, Gregory Z. Smith, to talk to us about the Arts & Cultural District as part of the downtown Las Cruces Partnership. He is also the Chair of the Arts & Cultural District Coordinating Council.

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with CAVU (Climate Advocates Voces Unidas) Deputy Director, Liliana Castillo, about the second of a webinar digital conversation series – “Clearing the Air – Making sense of climate change, air pollution, and energy development in New Mexico.”

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Juntos Art Association Creative Director and Curator, Diana Molina.

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with El Paso Owner of Acosta Social Security Information Services, Juan Acosta, to bring awareness of new conditions to qualify for Social Security Insurance disability benefits connected with Covid-19 disability and death based on your work history. Conditions must establish 100% disability with a 12-month duration or end in death.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with local author, Mary Armstrong, about her first book: “The Mesilla: The Two Valleys Saga: Book One,” a historical fictional memoir about the ten years leading to the notorious and unsolved Fountain murders. It is largely based on modern published accounts and historical newspaper reports.

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with statewide non-profit organization Health Action New Mexico Executive Director, Barbara Webber, about low-cost health insurance coverage under the American Rescue Plan. She says it is important to know the special enrollment period is still open and has been extended through August 15, 2021. Many individuals and families in New Mexico are without health insurance, especially the Southern part of the state.

   

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with non-profit organization “End of Life Options New Mexico” Board Member, MaryKay Brady about the Elizabeth Whitefield End-of-Life Act in effect in New Mexico June 18, 2021. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the bill into law on April 9, 2021 during the NM Legislative session, authorizing medical aid in dying for terminally ill adults and broaden the end-of-life options to patients, their families and healthcare providers. To be eligible for this procedure an individual must be a mentally capable adult terminally ill (with 6 months or less to live.)

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Las Cruces based non-profit organization “All Relations United” Board Co-Director, Bryan Brewer. He is of the Oglala Lakota tribe and former President of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. They bring awareness and assistance to Native American Veterans, Montagnard Veterans from Vietnam and Deported Veterans with their program, “Stand Up for Our Veterans.”

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with “All Relations United” Board member and Montagnard Veteran, Y-Duen Buondap, to bring awareness about their plight and asking for help. “All Relations United.org” is a non-profit organization based in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Their program, “Stand Up for Our Veterans” brings awareness and assistance to Native American Veterans, Montagnard Veterans and Deported Veterans.

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Staff Attorney Logan Glasenapp to talk to us about the oil and gas industry paying its fair share to clean up its own messes. A recent report by The Center for Applied Research, Inc. found that about $8.1 billion would be needed to cover the clean-up and restoration costs of over 60,000 oil and gas wells and 35,000 miles of pipeline in the state.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with (ALEC) American Legislative Exchange Council Chief Economist and Executive Vice President of Policy from Washington, D.C. about the 14th annual edition of “Rich States, Poor States.” The report illustrates each states’ competitiveness and economic outlook using 15 weighted policy variables and trends from past decades. The study can be found at alec.org; the variables: richstatespoorstates.org.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Doña Ana Arts Council Board President, Dr. Dan Lere, celebrating 50 years of the Arts Council and the Renaissance ArtsFaire since 1971 – “Performing the Work of Arts.” Both started separately, RenFaire had been the Holy Cross CraftsFaire and eventually came under the Arts Council as the Renaissance ArtsFaire, which will again be celebrated in Young Park this year (pandemic allowing) November 6 & 7.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with UnidosUS Vice President for Health, Rita Carreón, about the UnidosUS “Esperanza Hope for All” mobile educational tour to bring information about COVID-19 vaccines directly into Hispanic neighborhoods across the country. UnidosUS is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy nonprofit organization in the United States, formerly the National Council of La Raza.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Desert Community Wellness Co-Founder and Board President, Kasey Peña, about their new local non-profit organization which works to cultivate community partnerships, programs and awareness to support wellness for all.

Food Justice Storyteller for La Semilla Food Center

Apr 22, 2021

  

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with “Food Justice Storyteller” for La Semilla Food Center, Michelle Carreon, about her new role and about their project “Soil beneath the Border: Frontera Voices and Networks of Support.”

Native Plant Week - April 18-24; also Earth Day Week

Apr 15, 2021

  

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Mesilla Valley Audubon Society President, Elaine Stachera Simon, and with National Audubon Society’s Bird-Friendly Communities Program Senior Director, John Rowden, about Native Plant Week.

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Executive Director of NAMI-National Alliance on Mental Illness Southern New Mexico, Micah Pearson, about one of their classes: “Familia-a-Familia” a 12-week course starting April 19th and “NAMIWalks your way” a virtual event scheduled for May 22nd. For more information visit nami-snm.org; namiwalks.org; and on Facebook @namisouthernnewmexico.

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with beWellnm Chief Executive Officer, Jeffery Bustamante about reduced health insurance costs for New Mexicans now available through the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange as part of the American Rescue Plan.

The Special Enrollment Period closes on August 15, 2021. Telephone assistance or virtual appointments are available at (833)862-3935 or online at beWellnm.com.

 

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Doña Ana County Community Outreach liaison, Emma Johnson-Ortiz, about the U.S. Treasury Department’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to help residents across the county affected by COVID-19 who are struggling to pay rent and utility bills. The money is available for residents living in unincorporated areas and residents of Las Cruces, Sunland Park, Mesilla, Hatch and Anthony, NM by just filling out an application.

LCPS Support for Student Mental Health

Mar 19, 2021

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Las Cruces Public Schools Coordinator of Mental Health & Academic Counseling, Soña Saiz, about support for mental health needs of students and teachers throughout the district during the pandemic. Saiz says there are several resources available to the community in support of mental health such as: 

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico State University Professor of Latin American History, Dr. ĺñigo García-Bryce. He is also this year’s President of the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies (RMCLAS) who will hold their 68th Annual Conference virtually this year on Thursday, March 18th through Saturday, March 20th with no registration fee. The opening reception on Wednesday, March 17th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico Voices for Children Executive Director, James Jimenez, about a recently released immigration report - “Strengthening All Communities for a Brighter Future”- to coincide with the New Mexico State Legislative “Immigrant Day of Action” -a virtual rally.

DACC is "More than a Community College."

Feb 18, 2021


  Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Doña Ana Community College President, Dr. Monica Torres, about its impact to the community during the pandemic. The East Mesa Campus is now a COVID-19 testing and vaccination site.

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