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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 Southwest Environmental Center Executive Director, Kevin Bixby, about the proposed Green Amendment to New Mexico’s Bill of Rights sponsored by Senators Antoinette Sedillo Lopez and Bill Soules, and Rep. Joanne Ferrary. He says the proposed bill would ensure in a meaningful way the people’s right to a healthy environment. If passed, it will be on the ballot for the general election in 2022. Bixby says there are only two other states in the nation that have a Green Amendment, they are Montana and Pennsylvania.

Art From the U.S.-Mexico Crossroads

Jan 14, 2021

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, Curator and Artist, Diana Molina, about her recently published book: “Icons & Symbols of the Borderland: Art From the U.S.-Mexico Crossroads.” The book is based on a traveling exhibit of artwork depicting the border story from diverse viewpoints of several artists of the Juntos Art Association in El Paso, Texas.

The Importance of Online Learning

Jan 7, 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 College of Education Professor of Learning Design and Technology, Dr. Lauren Cifuentes, to talk to us about the importance of remote learning and how schools can prepare and adjust. New Mexico schools have joined online education services around the world after the COVID-19 pandemic has made it necessary for distance education. She says families can also help to support students with independent practice at home by managing their time and setting priorities for attending to their social, emotional and physical well-being. Instructors can help by planning and revising curriculum units for online teaching and for active engaging instruction. Cifuentes says “online learning can even be better when it is well designed.”

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico State University College of Education Interim Division Director, Dr. David Rutledge, School of Teacher Preparation, Administration, and Leadership. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about the ability of New Mexico teachers to adjust and develop their teaching skills for emergency remote teaching and learning. He said teachers and school districts have demonstrated their commitment to develop a variety of new skills to support New Mexico learners.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Amador Health Center Chief Executive Officer, Pamela Angell, how the Covid-19 pandemic is impacting the center. Angell became the CEO of Amador Health Center in 2018 after being the Executive Director of the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope (MVCH) for 9 years.

Amador Health Center offers comprehensive care for all, with medical care for all adults and children, behavioral health services, telehealth psychiatry, homeless clinic, LGBTQ support and harm reduction care services.

Las Cruces Legislator Proposes Paid Sick Leave Bill

Dec 3, 2020

  

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico State Representative for District 35, Angelica Rubio, about the proposed paid sick leave bill which will be decided upon at the next legislative session in 2021.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum Executive Director, Heather Reed, about their new virtual exhibits, programs, and educational opportunities.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Artist and Member of Artists of Picacho Hills, Dr. Paul Maxwell, to talk about their annual “Holly Day House for Charity,” starting at 9 a.m. on Monday, November 30th to December 14th.   Due to the Covid-19 pandemic they will be “virtual” this year. They will be donating 20% of all sales to Casa de Peregrinos.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with City of Las Cruces Community Engagement Manager, Jamey Rickman, about updates to the City’s Animal Control Ordinance last adopted in 2014.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico State University Research Council (URC) Chair, Dr. Tanner Schaub, about NMSU’s Second Annual Research and Creativity Week (RCW), November 10-13, 2020, this year co-hosted by Graduate Research and Arts Symposium 2020. Because of Covid-19, it will be totally Virtual.  He says it “is a celebration of creative scholarly activity at NMSU.”

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Doña Ana Arts Council Communications Director, Kathleen Albers, to talk to us about the Virtual 49th Annual Renaissance ArtsFaire with an online entertainment video Saturday, November 7th from 1p.m. to 4 p.m. on Facebook and YouTube. Randy Granger and Chris Mitchell will be the MCs with guest appearances by Queen Cherrie, Robert the Ratcatcher, Jousters on Horseback, SCA fighting knights (The Society for Creative Anachronism), dancers, magicians, and more.

Sierra County Sun - A Free Online Newspaper

Oct 29, 2020

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Kathleen Sloan, Founder and Chief Reporter of Sierra County Sun. It is an online newspaper in support of public-interest journalism in Sierra County. She started the news site when the newspaper closed in Truth or Consequences.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Doña Ana Arts Council Executive Director, Gregory Z. Smith, to talk to us about current activities, future plans and the start of the on-line Silent Auction preview week starting October 23rd with an Art Car Show. Bidding begins on Dia de Los Muertos - November 1st through November 7th as part of the Virtual 49th Annual Renaissance ArtsFaire.

Common Cause NM and ACLU-NM offer a Voter Hotline

Oct 15, 2020

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Common Cause New Mexico Campaign Director, Mario O. Jimenez III, to talk to us about a statewide election integrity program. Common Cause New Mexico and ACLU of New Mexico are teaming up to run an unbiased, non-partisan voter protection program to assist voters who encounter problems in voting, either by mail or in person. Jimenez says the program is not affiliated with any party, candidate or issue campaign.

  

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with El Caldito Soup Kitchen Volunteer, Terry Frank, about this year’s soup-less Empty Bowls Fundraiser and Silent Auction co-sponsored with the Potter’s Guild of Las Cruces and Mesilla Valley Estates.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Ngage New Mexico Lead Museum Coordinator, Michael Radtke, about the first children’s museum in Doña Ana County. Ngage New Mexico is a local nonprofit organization focused on improving education through its SUCCESS Partnership and other nonprofit organizations. The City of Las Cruces will act as the fiscal agent in the development and construction of the museum. The “Children’s Museum Naming Contest” will begin on October 7th. Enter the contest at the SUCCESS Partnership website – SuccessDAC.org.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico District 38 Republican State Representative Rebecca Dow running for re-election. Resident of Truth or Consequences in Sierra County, New Mexico, she and her husband, Aaron Dow, are c-owners of Dow Technology, a multi-faceted technology firm. In addition, she provides consultation services to for-profit and faith-based early childhood providers operating in the Rocky Mountain region. Dow’s professional experience includes being the founder and director of AppleTree Educational Center which provides early care and education for youth and adult learners. She has served on various commissions, councils and task forces for Democrat and Republican Governors, and currently serves on the Early Learning Advisory Council. More information available at Ballotpedia.org and on her website rebeccadow.com.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico District 38 Democratic State Representative candidate, Karen C. Whitlock. Resident of Grant County, New Mexico, she is an educator and social worker interested in helping get resources to individuals, small businesses, and local rural area hospitals. Three key messages of Whitlock’s campaign are education, healthcare, and economic development. She has been on the board for Grant County Community Partnership for Children and other state and national boards. District 38 serves Grant, Hidalgo and Sierra Counties. More information available at Ballotpedia.org.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) Cabinet Secretary, Elizabeth Groginsky, about the new agency which opened in July 2020. Remote learning creates new needs for New Mexico families.

La Academia Dolores Huerta Accepting Students Online

Aug 28, 2020

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra met with “La Academia Dolores Huerta” Head Administrator, Sylvy Galvan de Lucero. La Academia Dolores Huerta (LADH) is a dual language charter middle school for grades 6, 7, 8. It was named after labor union activist, Dolores Huerta, from Northern New Mexico who worked with Cesar Chavez for over thirty years. LADH is a tuition-free public school established in 2004 and is the only charter middle school in New Mexico serving students from the Las Cruces Area.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Ross Marks, Las Cruces International Film Festival (LCIFF) Executive Director and New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute (CMI) Professor and film maker.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Doña Ana Arts Council Executive Director, Gregory Z. Smith, to talk to us about their move from Mesilla to Las Cruces on September 1st.

The Doña Ana Arts Council will be joining the recently designated Las Cruces Arts and Cultural District. Smith says, “they will be neighbors with two very historic structures.” The new location is at 250 West Amador Avenue across Water Street from the Amador Hotel, and across Amador Avenue from the Old County Courthouse.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with emergency food program, Casa de Peregrinos Executive Director, Lorenzo Alba Jr. He says their motto is: “Food for today, hope for tomorrow!”

Alba would like to thank everyone for their support and donations with their numerous food programs, but they still need more volunteers and monetary donations to continue to help the community.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with All Relations United, Founder and Managing Director, Lorelei Marie Horse Stands Waiting, to talk about their non-profit organization and the focus on Native American communities.

Through the BEAR program, Be Excited About Reading, All Relations United addresses youth addictions and suicide prevention in New Mexico and Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

El Paso Jazz Girls - An All-Girl Jazz Band

Jul 23, 2020

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Founder and Director of El Paso Jazz Girls, Amanda Ekery, about their unique all-girl jazz band which she started three years ago.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with New Mexico State Representative for District 33, Micaela Lara Cadena, about a Special Session held in June amidst concerns for safety during COVID-19.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Las Cruces Public Schools Superintendent Karen Trujillo about reopening on August 12th with guidelines from the New Mexico Public Education Department. Schools will be required to start the year in a hybrid learning model with attendance at a maximum 50% classroom capacity.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico Communications Officer, Sonya Warwick, about new food demands statewide due to COVID-19, especially a need for volunteers and donations.

Make Music Day Las Cruces - A Virtual Music Festival

Jun 11, 2020

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Make Music Day Las Cruces Co-Producer, David Senk, also founder of Creative Network, about their adjustments with COVID-19. Like many organizations they have gone to virtual experiences online.

A music festival “Make Music Day” started nearly 40 years ago in France as “Fete de la Musique. It is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries with affiliates as far as China and Africa on June 21, the Solstice, the longest day of the year.

Las Cruces, NM – On this edition of PUENTES a la comunidad, bridges to the community, host Emily Guerra spoke with Doña Ana Arts Council (DAAC) Executive Director, Gregory Z. Smith, about their adjustments with our current global pandemic. Many classes, presentations, and seminars are now on ZOOM.

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